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English Wizards

About

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 receive 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. We also provide world-class teacher training and TEFL Certification courses to new teachers looking to get started in the world of ESL.

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.

Founded
2018

Reviews

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Candice
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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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Stephanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Moving aboard to work always feels a little risky. English Wizards helped me feel more secure. They helped with the hardest parts of moving and working abroad.

The English Wizards program set me up for success. I was new to teaching english. The program not only gave me experience but gave me priceless guidance, tips, and tricks. It was intensive and rigorous, but entirely worth it. My classmates and I encouraged and supported each other throughout making it a fantastic learning environment. The hands-on experience and practice allowed me to be more confident and capable in front of my students. Overall, the experience made me a better teacher and without it teaching wouldn't be nearly as enjoyable.

Many of the daunting things regarding moving and working abroad, were made much easier by English Wizards. They provided some help to me with all of the following:
- getting a work permit
- how to get to Poland (flights) (during a pandemic this is not easy to navigate but they provided much needed guidance)
- Getting a Job
- Getting an Apartment
- Getting my Government paperwork figured out
- Making friends
- Navigating the Covid restrictions
- and much more!

TL;DR: It can be scary and risky to move and work abroad. English Wizards and their program helped me feel more secure and set me up for success.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Sometimes things take time to work. I had a job within two weeks of landing in Poland. My partner did not have work for the first month, but then got 3 job offers in two days! Some schools or companies hire at different times, so be a little patient and it'll work out. English WIzards is also huge help on this front.

Also, have fun with being here! Krakow is a lot of fun! Pierogis and Wawel chocolates are delicious!

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myles
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Heya,

So I joined the internship in September. It's a great experience, we had a full 5 days of heavy studying and even practice with actual students in the evening.

I found the whole process to be really eye-opening and it really put my TEFL knowledge to good use.

The pre-coursework for the internship was great and helped fine-tune knowledge already learned. During the lessons, it's great to meet other teachers and develop your skills together and there is a strong sense of comradery involved which is great fun.

I'm having a great time and it's great to be out here.

I like the community and everyone is more than happy to help.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Just enjoy being in another culture, it's great to hear your students perspectives on life and how they view the world.

I very much enjoy exporting British humor to some of my student's and exploring the English language in a way that's fun for the student (but also fun for me)

Having a cheeky Monty Python sketch here and there puts a smile on everyone's face.

Meeting local people has been key to feeling at home in Krakow.

I have a local bar near me where I can order my "usual" and I've also made a lot of local friends but I've also got a strong sense of community and friendships within the English wizard's program.

It's a great country to visit.
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Michael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This has been an amazing experience! The friends I made during the course, the scenery, architecture and culture I experienced since my arrival all exceeded my expectations.

Upon arrival, I was greeted at the airport and guided to my Airbnb. I was set up with a sim card, given a tour of the city including where I could find groceries, do laundry, etc. I was given a crash course on how to use the tram/bus system and if I had any questions English Wizards was a quick phone call away. It was my first time living in a different country but after several days I felt very confident and excited about my decision to move to Poland.

The TEFL program was very thorough and provided a formula for conducting lessons. I previously had no teaching experience so this course was very useful and gave me real-life practice scenarios that I used to perfect my teaching methods.

Unlike the US, searching for a job in Poland is a lot easier. I was really surprised because within a very short time of completing the course I had two job offers. Coming from a country where English is the first language really helps out!

I've been here nearly 9 months and have no desire to move back to Texas. Poland has become my second home!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Pierogi! I had no idea these delicious dumplings existed but so glad I found out about them!
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Jessica
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I taught as a Language Assistant in Warsaw, Poland for 6 months. It was a simple and easy way to be able to live in Europe. Poland, in general, is beautiful with loads of history but a fraction of the cost of other Euro countries. The school I worked for was what in the U.S. we would consider a daycare center. It was for kids under the age of 3 and I was a teacher in the classroom for 1-1.5 year olds. I loved it and loved the kids. It was easy to put in your 4 hours a day and get the rest of the day for whatever you wanted. Poland is a hidden gem of a country and should be on every person's short list of places to visit!

What would you improve about this program?
The welcoming could use some work. We were met briefly on day one, but then left to find our new apartment on our own, in a new city with no internet. It was a stressful start to an otherwise enjoyable working relationship.

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