About Teaching English in Cyprus
A crossroads of history and culture dating to the Classical Age, Cyprus has a long history of English language usage and instruction from the days of the British Empire. Today, this small island nation depends largely on tourism and trade, making English an essential skill for many citizens.
Teachers in Cyprus typically find work towards the beginning of September, with most contracts ending in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, there are some limited opportunities to teach English at summer English language camps. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July.
English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Cyprus, and they will also be responsible for 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 compared to the local cost of living enables English teachers to cover their basic expenses and to live a comfortable life. 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 Cyprus, and a TEFL certification is absolutely necessary as well. Major cities to teach English in Cyprus are Nicosia, Larnaca, Pafos, Limassol.
To teach English in Cyprus, you will need a TEFL certificate and a 4-year college degree. EU citizenship or a work visa and native English proficiency are expected to find an ESL job in Cyprus. The average salary for an English teacher in Cyprus is about $1,000 - $1,350 USD per month.