TEACH ENGLISH IN GEORGIA

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About Teaching English in Georgia

For most of the last generation, the newly independent nation of Georgia has run programs to attract native speakers to teach English in the Georgian school system. As the economy continues to grow, the private sector is also offering more opportunities as well.

English teaching jobs in Georgia are available year-round with expected downtimes being August and Christmas through the second week of January. A typical teaching contract is 6 or 12 months in length. In most cases, schools recruit teachers in advance over the phone/Skype, but there are some instances where schools will recruit in-person with interviews conducted in Georgia. While a BA/BS is preferred, it is not required to teach English in Georgia, however, a TEFL certification is.

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Wages are modest - you certainly won't get rich teaching English in Georgia, but the cost of living is low, so you should expect to break even while living comfortably. The English teaching job market in Georgia is strongest in major cities like Tbilisi.

The Teach and Learn with Georgia (TLG) Program is a movement initiated by the Georgian government and administered under the Georgian Ministry of Education and Science. The program involves recruiting native English, French, and German language speakers to co-teach alongside local teachers in public schools throughout Georgia. Participants of the TLG Program will have housing provided to them as well as return airfares.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Georgia. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview for jobs in advance from their home country, therefore it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide. 

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Georgia. This means you hold citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is required to teach English in Georgia. Please note, your degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field. 

TEFL Jobs in Georgia

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Georgia consist of:

HIRING & VISA

English teachers from native-English speaking countries that are interested in teaching English in Georgia can apply for the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program. Teachers interested in this program apply online, year-round, from their home country, and interviews are conducted in advance via video call.

Citizens of English speaking countries (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand) do not need a visa for stays over 360 days.

HOURS

Schools in Georgia offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be school-aged children from grades 1-6. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs for teachers participating in the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program will be approximately one month's salary - $300 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Georgia until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

Teachers participating in the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program can expect to make $180 USD per month after taxes (600 GEL).

Teachers participating in this program receive a stipend, free airfare, medical insurance, homestay accommodations, meals, and a free roundtrip flight for a vacation if you complete two semesters.

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The average monthly cost of living as part of the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program is around $180 USD per month (600 GEL).

English teachers participating in this program can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What does teaching in Georgia look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Georgia and Europe.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Europe could look like!

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Teaching English in Georgia FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Georgia?

To teach English in Georgia, make sure you understand what is required:

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • A four-year Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • You must be a native English speaker.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Georgia?

The biggest opportunity for English teaching jobs in Georgia is through the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program run through the Georgian government. The program recruits native English speakers to teach children in public schools throughout the country alongside local Georgian English teachers. Native English speakers are those that hold citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, or New Zealand.

You apply for the program online, year-round, and interviews are conducted in advance from your home country.

Successful applicants receive a stipend, free airfare, medical insurance, homestay accommodations, meals, and a free roundtrip flight for a vacation if you complete two semesters.

What is the salary for teaching English in Georgia?

Teachers participating in the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program can expect to make $180 USD per month after taxes (600 GEL).

Start-up costs for teachers participating in the program will be approximately one month's salary - $300 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Georgia until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

Teachers participating in this program receive a stipend, free airfare, medical insurance, homestay accommodations, meals, and a free roundtrip flight for a vacation if you complete two semesters.

The average monthly cost of living as part of the Teach & Learn With Georgia Program is around $180 USD per month (600 GEL).

English teachers participating in this program can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Georgia?

Citizens of English speaking countries (USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand) do not need a visa for stays over 360 days.

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Gwen Jeffrey

Taught English in Georgia

Gwen Jeffrey

I thought ITA's Online TEFL Course was great. I learned so much and felt prepared for my upcoming teaching position in Georgia. I chose to teach English in Georgia. It intrigued me because it is somewhat of a road less traveled. I would definitely recommend teaching in Georgia but I would stress the need to be open-minded. The country is still in the developmental stages and you will find yourself without many of the comforts of developed, Western countries. If you can look past this, however, and open yourself up to some new (and strange) experiences you will have a wonderful time.

Sarah Feigelson

Taught English in Georgia

Sarah Feigelson

I really enjoyed the Chicago In-Person TEFL Course. The instructors were very informative and always provided helpful feedback. The practicum was a great learning experience and it really helped prepare me for teaching abroad. My TEFL training gave me a good experience creating lesson plans and thinking on my feet in difficult situations. I worked for a public school in Georgia teaching grades 1-6. The students were great but the Georgian teachers rarely discipline them so they were quite rowdy at times. I would absolutely recommend teaching English in Georgia. Be open-minded about experiencing a culture that can be very different from your own.

Keith Gissubel

Teaches English in Europe

Keith Gissubel

ITA's support staff was the best at answering my questions and keeping me calm throughout the process of deciding to sign up. When I made the decision, I found that they weren't lying about the amount of support they provide throughout the whole process. My ITA advisor was amazing and got back to me very quickly with answers and solutions to any problems I had. Teaching here pays you so much more than money can ever buy you, and you will forever be changed.

Visit our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Europe and all over the world.