Poland A cultural corridor between eastern and western Europe, Poland is a diverse land of rolling plains,
cobblestone streets, and medieval towns filled with welcoming residents.
Since it joined the European Union in 2004, Poland’s demand for English has sky-rocketed. That year the country experienced a 30 percent growth in exports. This foreign trade has increased English requirements for Polish citizens. In fact, young students who are interested in a business career must pass a government-administered English Proficiency Exam. Today, Poland has arguably the biggest TEFL market in Europe, and that market continues to increase with foreign investments. Though salaries are generally lower in Poland than in other European countries, teachers can easily earn extra income by teaching private lessons. Free housing, short-term teaching commitments, and plenty of job opportunities are just some of the advantages of teaching in Poland.
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Your English Students •K-12 •University •Adults
Best Time to Get Hired •August and December
Typical Start Dates • September and January
Length of Commitment •6 to 12 month contracts
Typical Teaching Schedules •Full-time and part-time schedules available
Average Pay and Benefits •$500 - $900 USD per month depending
on location •Free housing (from some schools)
Average Cost of Living •$400 - $850 USD per month depending on lifestyle
Requirements •Bachelor’s degree •TEFL certification (see recommended courses above) •Native speaker or fluent in English
Located in the heart of Europe, Poland is one of the continent’s most unspoiled countries. The northern part of the country brushes the Baltic Sea, while the Carpathian Mountains form a natural boundary in the south. Poland’s cities offer magnificent diversity as well. The national capital, Warsaw has a rich artistic atmosphere with theaters, cinemas and museums scattered among historic buildings and palaces rebuilt after World War II. Krakow further south is the country’s cultural capital, and beams with architectural gems, cobblestone streets, and a medieval Old Town. Known for their hospitality and friendly demeanor, the Polish people are open-minded, hard-working, and take great pride in their country’s history and achievements.
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Poland at a Glance
Capital:Warsaw Population:38,163,000 Currency:Zloty Language(s):Polish Literacy Rate:100 % Life Expectancy:74 years
Poland Fun Facts
•Polish people peel bananas from the blossom end, not the stem. •The biggest section of any Polish grocery store is the candy section. •Pope John Paul II is the only Polish pope, and was the first non-Italian pope since the 1500s. •The Polish have pope-mania: there is a Pope channel on TV and the biggest section of any bookstore is books on Pope John Paul II. •Polish pizza does not contain tomato sauce—waiters bring it to the table in a pitcher.
Regions & Weather
Poland has a moderate climate with four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and sometimes severe, while summers are pleasantly warm and sunny. Spring and autumn are generally mild. There are high levels of rainfall throughout the year, with frequent thunderstorms in summer. Winters usually bring snow, especially in the mountains. Average temperatures hover around 32°F (0°C) in winter and 75°F (24°C) in summer. It is not uncommon, however, for temperatures to fall to -30°F (-22°C) in the winter and rise to more than 86°F (30°C) in the summer. On the Baltic north coast, winter temperatures tend to be higher and summer temperatures somewhat cooler than in the rest of Poland.