Located in Southeastern Europe, Bulgaria is known for its coffee, black sand beaches, and picturesque mountain ranges. However, the country is facing a demographic crisis, as birth rates are rapidly decreasing, and many young people relocate abroad. As a result, many Bulgarian businesses are going head-to-head with international companies, in order to retain and create jobs for the younger work force.

Today, full-time English language instruction and classes are in incredibly high demand, so that the Bulgarian market can have a competitive edge in the region. Even so, Bulgaria has some of Europe’s top scores in reading and writing, as it is known to hold high educational standards for its students. ESL teachers will find work in Bulgaria to be rewarding and the country itself to be enchanting and physically stunning.

Foreign Language Schools:

Most teaching jobs in Bulgaria are located in English language schools, like International House Sofia or Lloyd’s Language Center. Some meet after school (for young students) or on nights and weekends (for adult learners).

Private Lessons/Tutoring:

Teachers might want to earn extra money by tutoring. Since employers do not accommodate rent and airfare, teaching English on the side is a great way to earn additional income. Students may range from elementary-aged to adult learners. Although, it is not advised to only tutor; the cost of living in Bulgaria cannot be maintained by just part-time work.

Summer Camps:

If you are looking for short-term work, or are in-between contracts, Bulgarian summer camps typically start in early June and end in late July. Language camps, such as Camp California, are quite popular and consistently hiring ESL teachers.

When and Where to Look for Jobs:

Most jobs are located in Bulgaria’s cities, such as Varna, Sofia, and Plovdiv. Teachers typically work around 20-25 hours per week.


A bachelor’s degree and TEFL certification are not technically required for applicants, but it is highly advised that you have both. Employers/schools typically hire those with some teaching experience or TEFL/TESOL certification. In addition, most schools or companies conduct both a phone and an in-person interview. Although, make sure to secure an in-person interview before arriving in Bulgaria; if you land a job on the spot, it is difficult to make quick visa arrangements.

Salary & Cost of Living:

Average salary is around $500-1000 USD per month, which matches the monthly cost of living. This is due to the fact that employers in Bulgaria do not accommodate housing and healthcare. However, the general cost of living in Bulgaria is much lower than in other EU countries. Monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment, in the city, can cost around $250-300. Also, a dinner for two can cost around 7 euros (not bad!). It is possible to save a little bit, but foreign teachers will find that they break even with costs.

Classroom & Work Culture:

Teachers should dress in conservative, business attire while in the classroom. Also, the grading system is done on a scale of 2-6 points, with 6 being the highest and 2 the lowest. Lastly, note that Bulgarians shake their heads for “yes” and nod for “no.”

Teaching Programs in Bulgaria

Displaying 1 - 5 of 5 programs
English Academy Bulgaria
Teach in Bulgaria with English Academy!

English Academy Bulgaria is a private language school with centers...

American English Academy (AEA)
Teach at the American English Academy in Sofia

The American English Academy (AEA), located in Sofia, upholds a...

British Council
British Council - Job Opportunities in Bulgaria

British Council's Bulgaria branch opened in 1991 to provide learning...

AVO School of English
AVO School of English: CELTA courses

AGO Language & Examination Center offers CELTA courses which will...

English Language and Culture Programme
Internship Opportunities in Bulgaria, Istanbul, and London
Multiple Countries

We are looking for interns to join the programme as teachers...

Online TEFL Courses

A TEFL Certification will help you acquire the skills and qualifications to teach abroad in Bulgaria
  • International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ
    CCELT Online TEFL Certification
    10 •1 review

    CCELT Online is a distinguished 100-hour TEFL course. It’s the only...

  • International TEFL Academy
    International TEFL/TESOL Courses & Job Search Guidance with ITA
    9.27 •99 reviews

    Interested in getting paid to travel the world? With International...

  • 186 reviews
    ITTT Online TEFL/TESOL Course
    8.85 •186 reviews

    ITTT offers a wide selection of online TEFL courses ranging in length...

  • Maximo Nivel
    Online TEFL Certification + Personalized Coaching & Tutoring
    9.31 •16 reviews

    Welcome to online learning, teaching abroad, and international travel...

  • 362 reviews
    UNI-Prep Institute
    UNI-Prep 120-Hour Online TESOL Certification Course
    9.21 •362 reviews

    UNI-Prep's online TESOL Certificate program is 120-hours in length, is...

  • Premier TEFL
    Fast-Track Accredited Online TEFL Courses
    9.64 •45 reviews

    Our range of fully accredited TEFL courses start from 120 hours to 240...

  • myTEFL
    Professional Online TEFL Certification: Earn Money Teaching English
    9.57 •79 reviews

    Do you want to be a superstar EFL Teacher? To maintain zen in an...

  • 103 reviews
    The TEFL Academy
    Online Level 5 TEFL Course
    9.37 •103 reviews

    We only offer one course because we want all our students to have the...

  • Teach Away
    OISE University of Toronto TEFL
    8.39 •61 reviews

    Pairing your bachelor’s degree with a TEFL certificate from a top-20...

New Teaching Jobs

View the latest teaching job postings on our job board.

Related Teach Abroad Articles