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Teaching English in Belgium 101

As host to major international bodies like the European Union & NATO, Belgium certainly has a high need for English language instructors. That said, Belgium’s ESL job market can be a more challenging one for non-EU citizens to break into. Schools seek to hire those with TEFL certification and are more likely to hire non-EU citizens who already hold residency or enjoy working privileges (including those on a student visa), or those with more experience in the teaching field.  

English teachers in Belgium typically find work towards the beginning of September, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June.  English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Many teachers share an apartment with other English teachers. 

Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Belgium, as well as a TEFL certification.  Major cities for English teaching jobs include Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges.

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