Teaching English abroad has many perks. Embracing a new culture, speaking a new language, building friendships around the world… and FOOD. Let’s be honest, you are not going all this way to continue eating microwave mac & cheese. The world has great treats to offer and Central Europe is the perfect place to begin your culinary journey!
Recently we took a look and shared 15 celebrities who took the leap to teach English abroad before they were famous (we’re not saying teaching English abroad will make you famous— unless you can act like Ed Norton or make a living pranking Dwight) and it got us thinking a bit.
What if fictional TV characters had the choice to teach English abroad? Would they jump on the opportunity, and if so, where in the world would they teach? And since there is no wrong answer here, we figured we would take an educated guess or seven.
By: Lauren Davis
Do you have any friends that are traveling the world and teaching English abroad? Or perhaps you have a few acquaintances or friends of friends that you've seen posting cool pictures all over Facebook from their time gallivanting around the world and teaching English. Maybe you've never met anyone who has left the country.
Either way, the demand for English teachers abroad is growing fast and even if you don't possess teaching experience, a degree in education, or even a diploma from a 4-year college, you can teach English abroad in any of dozens of countries with the training and qualification of a TEFL certification. Yes, there are literally hundreds of thousands of native English speakers teaching English abroad right now in major markets like China, Japan and Spain, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow their steps exactly. If you’re looking for an authentic experience, follow the advice of Robert Frost and "take the road less traveled." To help point you in the right direction, here are five of the world's best untapped markets for teaching English abroad in 2015.
Top 3 Cities for Teaching English in Beautiful Poland
By Gabriela Fernandez
- Do you want to discover quintessential Europe while living in a nation of historic cities, charming villages and beautiful landscapes?
- Would you like to walk to work everyday in the footsteps of great historical figures and artists from Nicolas Copernicus and Frederic Chopin to Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II and Roman Polanski?
- Can you see yourself living in the one of the fastest growing and most dynamic countries in Europe?
It may not have the cache of France or Spain, but if you seek to experience life in one of Europe's most beautiful and exciting countries, it would be hard to beat living and teaching English in Poland. Here are just several reasons why.
One of the Fastest Growing Job Markets in Europe
You may not know it, but over the past 15 years, no country in Europe has experienced the high rate of economic growth enjoyed by Poland. Since freeing itself from the shackles of communism and Soviet domination just 25 years ago, the nation has emerged as an economic powerhouse attracting investment and trade from the world over. This has generated new wealth and a high demand for English language instruction, creating thousands of jobs every year.
Those looking to teach English in Poland should possess a TEFL certification and will typically get hired after interviewing face-to-face in Poland during major hiring seasons in September and January, though some schools will interview and hire teachers from their home country in advance. English teachers are hired throughout the country, but most opportunities are found in major metropolitan areas, including the three fantastic cities listed below.
The Charm & Beauty of Krakow
This fairytale city is one of the few in all of Europe that escaped World War II with minimal damage. A major center of art and architecture in central Europe for more than 1,000 years, Krakow offers a great mix between the modern, post-Soviet Poland of the 21st century and the Renaissance and Gothic glories of the city that date as far back as the 7th century.
Today, the city remains one of the most important cultural and political cities in the country with vibrant art and music scenes, lively street life and loads of museums and galleries. Here you can enjoy one of the oldest and best preserved cities in Poland while visiting a multitude of historic churches and castles like the Wawel located in the heart of the Old Town. You can also enjoy a stroll through Rynek Glowny, a sprawling medieval square lined with magnificent buildings, and tempt your palate with traditional specialties of Kuchnia Polska and a refreshment at any of the city's hundreds of inviting restaurants, bars and cafés.
The Grandeur of Warsaw
Unlike Krakow, Warsaw was practically flattened after the Second World War, but ever since, the city has been constantly rebuilding, improving and rediscovering itself, most recently in a largely successful effort to reclaims it beauty from the drabness of the Soviet era. Poland's largest city and capital, Warsaw isn't known for it charm and beauty to the extent Krakow is, but it still offers a vast array of castles, museums, and exhibitions as well as exciting and vibrant cultural and musical scenes.
Highlights include visiting the old Jewish Ghetto, where Warsaw's once thriving Jewish community made a courageous stand against the Nazis; strolling along the old streets of the Old Town; admiring the royal grandeur of the reconstructed Royal Palace; and enjoying mouth-watering Pączki (Polish donuts) at the legendary Café Blikle, which has been serving them since before World War I.
The Historic Port of Gdansk
Known to those who remember the Cold War as the birthplace of the Solidarity labor movement that spearheaded Poland's popular resistance against Communism in the 1980s, the Baltic Sea port of Gdansk is also one of the most beautiful and historic seaside cities in Europe! This energetic town has endless numbers of narrow cobbled streets alleys, elegant and beautiful architecture, and charming coffee shops. Other highlights the Amber museum, the largest old brick church in the world: St Mary’s Cathedral, and the unusual ecclesiastical architecture of Oliwa Cathedral. Considered the longest Cistercian church in the world, Oliwa Cathedral has been a center for spiritual life in the city for more than 500 years and is home to one of the largest and most famous church organs in the world.
Want to Learn More about Teaching English in Poland?
If you are captivated by the idea of teaching English in Poland, request a free brochure or call 773-634-9900 to speak with an expert advisor about all aspects of teaching English in Poland and around the world, including TEFL certification, the hiring process, salaries, visas and more.
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Teach English in Krakow, the Gem of Poland
To the Polish people it’s known as “The Gem of Poland”, but to others worldwide, it’s just another Eastern European city with an unpronounecable name. Little do they know that Krakow is a veritable treasure chest of art and architecture, boasting delicious and inexpensive beer, wine and food besides. While many of Poland’s most beautiful cities saw nothing but ruin and destruction during World War II and the era of Communism, Krakow escaped largely unscathed. Wawel Castle and the city's many churches look today as they did when they were constructed hundreds of years ago. Find your future dream job working as an English teacher in Krakow, Poland, as you explore this nation’s rich and fascinating past.