Teaching English in Bulgaria 101
Bulgaria’s primary draw for travelers is its beautiful coastline along the Black Sea, but that is just one of Bulgaria’s many striking features. Since joining the EU and working to develop a stable democracy, Bulgaria has quickly become one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Hit the slopes at one of Bulgaria’s many ski resorts, or spend an afternoon dining in the picturesque countryside.
Following the collapse of the USSR and the adoption of a free market economy, Bulgaria has seen a dramatic increase in its need for native English instructors. English teachers typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most teaching contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are sometimes available in Bulgaria and throughout neighboring countries in Europe.
Those looking to teach English in Bulgaria should expect to cover the cost of their airfare as well as housing. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers.
A solid hourly wage allows English teachers to cover their expenses and live comfortable (though not lavishly). Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving plenty of time for you to travel and explore the country. English teachers will need to have a BA to teach for some positions in Bulgaria, though not all. TEFL certification, however, is absolutely necessary. Major cities for English teaching jobs are Varna, Sofia, and Plovdiv.