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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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Jason
10/10
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
10/10
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
10/10
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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myles
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Internship - Awesome

I've really enjoyed my time out here.

I really wanted to explore and get to know Poland a bit more.

I've enjoyed my time socializing with other teachers but I've also enjoyed meeting locals and making local friends.

English Wizards have always been able to support me, if I had a question it was answered and if I needed help it was always offered.

The internship was intense but I had such a good time with my fellow teachers doing it. We all had a sense of comradery among us. Between learning new skills and practicing on real-life students, we socialized and saw the sites.

I'm now living in the heart of Krakow, my room is small and I work a lot but I expected this.

I wanted to come to Europe, I wanted to work as a teacher and I wanted to meet new people. I've done all of that and more.

So I recommend the program if you fancy something different than the standard 9-5.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I like to be independent so there was a lot that was nerve-racking.

Quitting my job in the UK and coming out to Poland was nerve-racking!

Doing things like finding a place where I wanted was nerve-racking, but a bit of hard work and a bit of common sense, and everything was fine.

I also kept saying "Dziękuję Ci" to say hello.....it actually means thank you.
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Candice
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

EW made my dream to live and work in Europe come true

Working and living in Europe has always been a dream of mine. Being a South African, it’s rather challenging to find work in an EU country. English Wizards made my dream a reality. I am part of their freelance program and it was one of the best things to happen to me during 2020. The interview process was easy though very thorough, they took care of my work permit application and they provided me with guidance with my visa application and getting to Poland. I like the fact that the Wizards have such a vast range of teaching jobs to choose from and the application process is seamless. Through their communication channel, we are kept up to date with any relevant information we need. Their team namely Nick, Ricky and Karolina are absolute stars to work with. I highly recommend English Wizards if you would like to enhance your adventures by teaching English in Poland.

What would you improve about this program?
The orientation is very helpful however I did not find it beneficial as I was already in Poland for a month before attending the orientation. Personally if the orientation was done online before I arrived in Poland, it would have been more helpful. With regards to logging hours and submitting the authentic materials, a video on how to do this would be much more helpful.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

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.