Teaching English in Poland 101
English teachers in Poland are constantly in demand. Teachers typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and again in January. Most contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are sometimes available throughout Poland and the whole of Europe. Positions in summer camps typically start in late June and early July.
Qualified Americans and other non-European Union (EU) citizens can interview and line up a job in advance from their home countries, while EU citizens can often line up an English teaching job locally in Poland. Many English teachers share an apartment with co-workers or other English teachers in Poland.
Some schools in Poland will sponsor a work visa for Americans and other non-European Union citizens (teachers will also need to get a residence permit upon arrival). While some non-EU citizens may work on a tourist visa "under the table", this is not as common as it is in some other European countries like Spain & Italy.
A good hourly wage affords English teachers to live a comfortable life. Schools typically offer around 20-30 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. English teachers need to have at least a bachelor's degree to teach in Poland, as well as a TEFL certification. Top job markets for English teaching jobs in Poland include Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw, Gdansk, and Kraków.