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English Wizards seeks to connect English teachers to teaching jobs in the heart of Central Europe through our collection of revolutionary new programs.

At our heart and core, we are a community of teachers. Every teacher on our programs receives our full support in finding the best possible teaching placement, in addition to full support with getting a legal work visa, finding accommodation, and getting settled in your new home.

Our community is currently made up of over 100 teachers in 7 cities all across Poland, and growing every day! Outside of the classroom, our teachers form a very active social community with regular gatherings and social events for not only fellow teachers but locals and other foreigners as well.

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Aaron
5/5
No, I don't recommend this program

English Wizards

I used English Wizards for their freelancer program. It's hard to imagine how I could have done this without their help. Their staff helped me get a PESEL, a bank account, an apartment, and a residence permit. There's a lot of bureaucracy in Poland, and English Wizards helped me get through the complicated process. Staff was responsive by email, and we also met in person to check my completed application. I highly recommend English Wizards to freelancers who want to move to Poland. Their social events are fun too.

Pros
  • Help applying for residency
  • In-person assistance
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Wendy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Everyone Should Experience Living Abroad

Being over 50 when I decided to try living abroad and teaching, a lot of people thought I was crazy. My life went into storage, I quit my job, and I moved to Paris. A short stint there led to 4 years in China, a half year in Bali, and onto Poland. Randomly scanning job boards for SE Asia, I stumbled upon English Wizards and I decided to contact them. One thing led to another and their enthusiasm not only for English Wizards but Poland, in general, hooked me. Although it would be 6-9 months before I was able to move to Poland, the EW gang kept in touch and pointed me in all the directions I needed to go...visa options, residency permits, work permits, you name it, they provided assistance/guides. When I return to the USA, probably all parents of high schoolers will want to kill me, because I want to go into schools and tell those kids to "take that gap year" and experience life abroad. English Wizards is the perfect way to make that happen. I won't just tell those "kids" but I would recommend to anyone who is at a turning point in their life to take the leap. English Wizards is a great way to do this because it won't feel as if you are doing it alone and have to figure everything out yourself. There will be someone there to assist you. I tell everyone, you're never too old or young to make your life a story worth telling.

Pros
  • Experienced assistance by the EW staff
  • Ease of travel in Europe
  • Cultural Exchange
Cons
  • Paperwork for immigration can be a hassle but in the end its worth it
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Jason
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

English Wizards are making magic happen

English Wizards assisted with all of the documents from work permits and visas to bank accounts and PESEL numbers. That is all very well.

But to be honest, if it wasn't for Myles, my community manager I would have really struggled to adapt. We are not just colleagues now, we are friends. And I have made many friends thanks to all the social events he organised.

When I was having some tough times, Myles, Chris and all of my new colleagues were there to support me.

I cannot thank these guys enough for all of the support and the comprehensive training we received.

What was your funniest moment?
Myles has a hilarous sense of humor. He made so many jokes, its hard to pick out just one.
Prenevin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

World-class B2B Teaching Services

Hello, I'm Prenavin Naidoo an ELT teacher from Johannesburg, South Africa and I have been honoured to join the English Wizards community since February 2021.

English Wizards is a community of fellow teachers that have a passion for education and creating opportunities for people from all different places and spheres of influence to collaborate and make a positive difference in the lives of students through English as a Foreign language.

My experience has been life changing, I have met so many incredible people and had the privilege to undergo the power-packed and engaging business internship, which is truly just world-class. The English Wizards team have been super supportive and with community managers that are just super-human at times always ready to help and hold our hands through this new journey navigating life as a teacher in Poland.

One of the most unique parts for me about English Wizards is how detailed and informative they are. They assist teachers every step of the way with a smile! Literally from when you select your package, getting your visas/work permits to getting on the plane, fetching you upon your arrival, making sure you settled in your hostel or helping to arrange your accommodation and even when you start at your first school, there is always some from the team who can give you advice like lesson plan tip and even where to get that essential euro plug- this is not just a B2B teaching Business they are the experts with a heart for growing teachers.

I would highly recommend anyone to reach out to the English Wizards team and they will be happy to provide all the steps you need to begin your new life working in Poland. Regards, Prenavin Naidoo

What was your funniest moment?
We went on our first internship tour to Zakopane and while up in the mountains, I was wearing totally the wrong boots so needless to say I slided down but couldn't walk up the snow😂
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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

One year in, one year to go!

I have been teaching in Poland through English Wizards's Freelance Teaching program for just about one year. I moved to Krakow about a month before the pandemic hit Europe, so it has been an interesting year to say the least. I have, however, been extremely pleased with the service and support that English Wizards offers. They help with all the logistical challenges involved with moving to a new country, and they are helpful and communicative if issues arrive. Krakow is an amazing place to live. I taught abroad in Madrid before Poland and I love the flexibility that I have working with English Wizards, compared to my experience in the Auxiliares program. I would highly recommend English Wizards!

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Alumni Interviews

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Emily Krank

Emily spent a year as a language assistant in Madrid, Spain. After returning to her hometown in Seattle, WA in the US, two months passed before she began aching to return to Europe. After applying to English Wizards, she moved to Krakow, Poland.
Emily Krank smiling in the snow

Why did you choose this program?

When I went looking for teaching programs in Poland that would sponsor a work permit and visa for native speakers, the options were limited. I was fortunate enough to come across English Wizards, which was a newer teaching program at the time. The program does not charge for its services and allowed me to to find my own job in the city of my choice.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

English Wizards provided a lot of assistance with my work permit, as well as all the documentation needed to apply for a visa in the US. Later, when I arrived in Poland, they provided a step-by-step guided for applying for a National ID number, as well as helpful day-to-day suggestions for where to sign up for a bank account, etc. Months later, they also provided assistance when I decided to extend my time in Poland and needed to apply for a Temporary Residency.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

My advice to future applicants would be to think about where you want to live in Poland, then focus your job hunt in those areas. I was insistent upon having a job lined up before I arrived in Poland, and the first job I was offered didn't end up being a good fit. The hours were few, and the pay was low. I wish I could go back and tell myself to get to Poland, meet people/network, and figure out what the going rates were for teaching before committing to a position.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Average work days/weeks vary a ton for each participant. For example, I work 95% remotely. I teach individual private lessons during the week from about 9am-4pm, but with a few breaks in the middle. I have total control over my schedule, and since I am a Freelance teacher, I can take time off when I want.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was feeling lonely in a new country. I knew from experience how hard it is to establish a community in a new country. I knew I had to hit the ground running when it came to making friends. To do this, I (swallowed my pride and) posted a "friend ad" on a Krakow women's Facebook page. I went on fifteen+ friend dates over the next few weeks. Several of them didn't go anywhere, but I met some awesome friends that way who I still see often.