Location
  • Poland
Length
52+ weeks
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Pre-School Middle School High School University Students Adults Business

Program Details

Qualifications
  • Native English Speaker OR native-level fluency
  • TEFL Certificate (or equivalent)
  • An outgoing personality
  • Prior experience is highly preferred, but not required
Job Type
Teacher Exchange
Classroom Audience
Early Childhood Pre-School Middle School High School University Students Adults Business

Pricing

Salary / Benefits
Salaries in Poland for full-time teachers range between €750 and €1500 per month depending on your qualifications and experience. In addition to your salary, you'll receive the full benefits of being a member of the English Wizards community, including arrival and pre-departure support, assistance finding accommodation, onsite 24/7 support, regular social events, and lifelong access to our exclusive database of teaching resources and job offers,
What's Included
Activities SIM cards Visa
What's Included (Extra)

While we can assist with work visas for non-EU nationals, we do not cover the costs.

What's Not Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airfare Domestic Airfare Meals Transportation Travel Insurance Wifi
Sep 27, 2021
Apr 09, 2024
50 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Looking to live and work in the heart of Central Europe but don’t have an EU passport and also don’t join a restrictive, low paying teaching assistant program? Working with English Wizards provides you the option to find paid teaching jobs at schools all over Poland with a legal work visa and full support available inside and outside of the classroom.

Poland is one of the world’s fastest growing TEFL destinations due to its charming culture, beautiful medieval cities, cheap cost of living, and the widespread availability of jobs for native English speakers. Navigating the job market alone can be quite difficult, especially without EU citizenship, but English Wizards makes the process easier than ever before!

Uniquely, our programs gives you access to the entire country and its booming job market, you're never restricted to a certain job. Plus, you'll enjoy the full benefits of coming on one of the largest and most supportive teaching programs in Europe!

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Program Highlights

  • FLEXIBLE START DATES: Start at your earliest convenience
  • Live and Work in the Heart of Europe
  • 100% Flexibility: Work Anywhere in Poland - Your Choice
  • Full Visa Support & Arrival Support for all Teachers
  • Competitive Salaries: Poland has some of the best ESL salaries in the EU

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Program Reviews

4.95 Rating
based on 22 reviews
  • 5 rating 95.45%
  • 4 rating 4.55%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
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  • Benefits 4.65
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Facilities 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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Michael
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

New life in Poland

I was ready for a change. I had a good career that was winding down, sold a home I had been anchored to for decades, and wanted to see more of the world. After I received my TOFL certification, English Wizards made it easy for me to get a work permit and a one-year visa to Poland. I also received helpful assistance from EW staff in arranging a temporary apartment in Krakow. When I arrived, they helped me get a pezel (Soc. Sec. #) and set up an account with a good Polish Bank. Although I had the apartment for two weeks, I had 3 job offers in the first 3 days from schools I had applied to before leaving the USA. On day 5, I started work at a private school in beautiful Bielsko-Biała. The first night I was invited to an English Speakers' meet-up at an outdoor cafe and met 37 friends, a couple of whom became very good friends. I enjoy the sense of community, pedestrian-friendly city, great public transportation, and easy access to the nearby forests and mountains. Poland has a great quality of life and cost of living aspects--I have no regrets!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have come sooner. I would have stayed in touch with English Wizards in my second year and applied for my temporary residency sooner. I would also not depend on getting immigration information only from the school I had been working at. Getting temporary residency has been a slow 2-year process, in part from a naturally slow bureaucracy, plus an influx of Ukrainian refugees, and my life changed during the application process (requiring updated docs).
Pros
  • Poland make it pretty easy for an English speaker to get along day-to-day.
  • I feel safer and have more affordable healthcare here. The people have good integrity.
  • The infrastructure, water, accomodations, and access to nature are great.
Cons
  • Language issues come out mostly when dealing with government agencies and hospitals.
  • Polish is a challenging language to tackle.
6 people found this review helpful.
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Gugulethu
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Grateful for this program

Moving to a different country and learning a completely new culture has been emotionally taxing and very difficult - however Rob and his team ensured that from the day I arrived here I was taken care of, so my transition has been very smooth and really enjoyable! All the small but major things I never thought of (like a new sim card, 😂) were catered for. It has been a less than a week since I arrived, but I feel so comfortable and confident that I'm about to live my greatest life yet. I am eternally grateful and my investment has been well worth every penny.

What was your funniest moment?
In retrospective, all the worries I had.
Pros
  • All
Cons
  • The wait
12 people found this review helpful.
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Yakup
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with English Wizards

I loved cooperating with EW. They were very helpful, and friendly throughout the process.
Especially Rob, and Nick were great. I was able to get a response whenever I needed, and very quickly. Once you get into the community, you get to feel like you have been there for some time, you can find answers to your potential questions & concerns, and even make friends before even going there.
Through the program I was in, I had the opportunity to talk to many different schools all around the country, with EW's reputation, you feel that schools trust, and value you from the first step.
I highly recommend them to anybody who loves languages, travelling, and having fun.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I could have gone with another route.
Pros
  • Communication
  • Support
  • Information
Cons
  • None
15 people found this review helpful.
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LEIGH
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teach English in Poland with English Wizards

I have had a breeze since contacting English Wizards about my wish to move to Poland. Everything has been fantastic, thanks to their ready assistance. My husband and I have now been in Poland for a month and we're loving every minute of it. Thank you English Wizards. The weather is not your fault (sic!)

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Last night I went out bar hopping with my new friends. I shocked them when I ate Galareta and actually enjoyed it. Check it out!
Pros
  • I'm abroad - on my bucket list
  • I'm having fun
  • I'm still working on my terms
Cons
  • The sun has kinda disappeared. I see it once a week if I'm fortunate.
13 people found this review helpful.
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Justin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Really incredible experience with great support

Teaching in Poland was an incredible experience. The streamlined application process and continuous support made the transition seamless. The teaching placement surpassed expectations, with well-equipped schools and supportive colleagues. Plus I got help finding accomodation. That really made the transition easier. Living in Poland was a cultural experience plus I got excellent local support. Highly recommended. Big thanks to Rob and his team for the support they provided. Hope to take part again in the future. Cheers and Na Zdrowe!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Perogies without any meat in them! Ugh, they're only good with meat.
Pros
  • Great support from the team and fast application process.
Cons
  • Poland can be cold in the winter.
14 people found this review helpful.
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Corinne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful but Not Inexpensive

English Wizards was fine; they did everything they promised to do.

EW's service - finding a job and interview assistance, residency permit, accountant, finding housing (tho my employer helped me with this), medical insurance - not cheap, but couldn't have done it by myself. Sole Proprietor = US Independent Contractor, You pay your own taxes, medical, and pension so that cuts into your hourly earnings.

I worked near Wrocław, Poland for 18 months and loved it 90% of the time. I'll always treasure the experience and could go back. I taught ages 9 to adult, group and 1-on-1 classes. I miss some students immensely: their boundless optimism, friendship, determination, affection, and energy. But I also had students and classes that I dreaded: some unruly, highly distracted, and rude kids.

I'm sharing my own experience and what other teachers told me.

The job - Don't think that just because you're a native speaker, you can just sit around and chitchat randomly and call that working. The work is intense, protracted, and under conditions that can be far from ideal. Class size (either too big or too small), uncooperative students (they either won't speak or won't listen), and disparities in ability (struggling students get further behind and act up; advanced students act up if you simplify the lessons). You might dislike the lesson plans or even hate them, but you're told you cannot modify them or use your own material.

We all had the same problems. You might complain to Administration, who often turned it back on you: you're not being energetic enough, not engaging enough, you're boring, students don't respect you, you're too strict, you're too easy-going, etc. I thought 12-14 students was too many in a class but one teacher had ~40.

FINANCES: I had pension income from the US. Without that, I couldn't have done it unless I worked a lot more. I worked 16-20 hours/wk (not counting prep) which usually paid my rent and taxes. My roommate worked 30 hours/wk, sometimes 12 classes a day, plus her own online students, and she still had to ask parents for money. You will want to go home for Christmas or the summer and I know of no schools that pay any airfare.

Vacations - Poland has many holidays and group classes would have 1-2 wk breaks every month or two. The adult individual classes, though, would still be on and your vacation time would not be approved unless you could get another teacher to substitute.

I'd do it all over again, but it's expensive.

What was your funniest moment?
I asked "Mateus" to close the door - but there were two Mateuses, so they both jumped up to close the door, shoving and fighting over it - you had to be there to appreciate the humor. The three girls and I couldn't stop laughing.

Even the adults I met didn't pay close attention to US politics, but I do. So many people have the notion that Donald Trump is a smart, good businessman. So when I'd tell them the latest ignorant, ignominious thing he said that day they wouldn't believe it until I'd show them the clip and they'd laugh hilariously.

I had a student who grew up in the UK and his deadpan humor, with his accent, would crack me up every lesson! So many of my students had very funny senses of humor.
Pros
  • Beautiful country and I loved the proximity to Europe and Middle East. Traveled to 12 countries; many cities. Fascinating conversations were the best part!
  • When I'd have a good day with my favorite students, life was wonderful and I wouldn't trade my job for anything.
  • I had unique cultural experiences, met interesting and unforgettable people who warmly accepted and often admired me.
Cons
  • While the cost of living was much lower in Poland (about 30% of my US cost), so was the pay (about 25% of my US pay).
  • No paid holidays nor sick time. Rent+taxes= ~$850. Working ~20 hrs for 4 wks, nearly paid my rent + taxes. But working only 2 wks/month = ~$400/month.
  • Cancellations - Individual adults especially are busy and often cancel. So you can't always plan on that income.
26 people found this review helpful.
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Joyce
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

English Wizards Rocks!

I arrived in Poland from Zimbabwe three months after my application, yes Zimbabwe! This was my first teach and travel venture and at 52 it was awesome as I travelled with my teen daughter. English Wizards handled and helped me through everything - visa, work permit, TRC, job search, bank account and contracts with my schools. The fact that I couldn't speak Polish was not a barrier. I first settled in Rzeszow then moved to Gdansk, places that I used to see on the map. I am back in Africa due to family obligations, but am entertaining the idea of cooperating with English Wizards once more.

55 people found this review helpful.
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Natasha
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

English Wizards Review

My experience with English Wizards was nothing short of life-changing. From the moment I connected with them until I secured my dream teaching position in Poland, their unwavering support and personalized guidance exceeded all expectations.

English Wizards took the time to understand my aspirations and qualifications, matching me with perfect teaching opportunities in Poland. Their expertise and dedication shone throughout the hiring process, providing invaluable assistance in preparing applications and acing interviews. What set them apart was their genuine care and personalized attention. They were always available to address my concerns and offer support, ensuring I felt valued and supported at every step.

Thanks to English Wizards, I am now living my passion as an English teacher in Poland, making a positive impact on students' lives. For aspiring teachers seeking an exceptional opportunity, I wholeheartedly recommend English Wizards Their professionalism, personalized support, and commitment to finding the perfect fit make them the ideal partner for a remarkable teaching career in Poland. Trust them to turn your dreams into reality.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 out of 5 stars)

Pros
  • Personalized Attention
  • Extensive Network
  • Ongoing Support
Cons
  • Has a limited geographical scope, focusing exclusively on teaching opportunities within Poland.
  • The availability of teaching positions may vary depending on demand and circumstances,
  • There may be associated fees or costs when working with English Wizards
66 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Yes indeed! We are happy to accept non-native teachers so long as you have a native-like proficiency in English. This is means Cambridge C2, IELTS 8.5, or equivalent. We are proud to uphold EU standards against discriminating on the basis of national origin.

The COVID-19 pandemic has not impacted our recruitment, and we are continuing to accept teachers of all nationalites. Although Poland's borders have been largely closed to tourism since last spring, travelers coming for work-related purposes are specifically exempt and can enter with only a negative COVID test. We provide all of our program participants with the necessary documentation to enter...