ESL Jobs in the
Prague has rightly gained a place as one of Europe’s most beautiful and culturally-fascinating travel destinations.
But its balmy summers and enchanting winters have also attracted a wave of ESL teachers, so English-language learners will expect a lot from you if you choose to work here. As a result, most language schools will expect previous teaching experience, but i-to-i works together with overseas partners that can find you a job whether you have this experience or not!
All the Essentials:
Details about i-to-i ESL jobs in the Czech Republic
Earn up to 21,600 CZK ($1200*) and discover Eastern Europe in a completely different way!
- Salary: Up to 21,600 Czech Koruna ($1200*) per month if you work the standard 18-hour week. Good teachers can earn a higher hourly rate and increase their earnings to 35,000 per month!
- Accommodation: You will be helped to find accommodation.
- Arrival: You’ll be given directions to the school before you arrive. Once at the school, you will learn the school’s teaching methods and be introduced to a tutor who will guide you throughout your job.
- Locations: The school itself is in Prague’s old historical centre, in the heart of the city. However, you may need to teach elsewhere in the city as well; if so, your travel costs will be reimbursed.
- Contract length: 12 months.
- Departure dates: Every month.
- Free courses: You will be required to attend Czech lessons at the school.
*Currency conversion accurate at time of publication.
i-to-i's Overseas Partner requires that all candidates meet the following criteria:
- Native English speaker with EU nationality.
- ESL qualification (120-hour ESL course required, as a practical element is essential).
- Must be between 23 and 50 years old.
- University degree not necessary, although viewed as an advantage during the application process.
Teaching and Employment
- What age and level of students will I be teaching?
Adults from beginner to advanced.
- How many students will there be in each class?
Depending on the course, you could be teaching one-to-one or up to 8 students.
- How long are the classes?
Usually 90 minutes long.
- Are there any teaching resources?
Your school will be well-resourced, with a library, study room and connection to the internet.
- Is there any training before the teaching contract begins?
You will be expected to attend 4 compulsory workshops, after which there are optional weekly workshops depending on your needs. If you complete 4 of these extra workshops, you’ll be given a certificate for your newly acquired skills.
- Will I be teaching alone or team teaching?
You will be on your own in the classroom, but outside of lessons you will be supported by your colleagues, especially your Senior Teacher.
- What kind of school will I be teaching in?
The school itself is in Prague’s old historical centre, in the heart of the city. However, you may need to teach elsewhere in the city as well; if so, your travel costs will be reimbursed.
- How much will I be paid?
Up to 21,600 Czech Koruna ($1200*) if you work the standard 18-hour week. Good teachers can earn a higher hourly rate and increase their earnings to 35,000 Koruna per month. Local taxes of 15%-25% are paid locally, depending on your earnings.
- You’re advised to share an apartment with other teachers, close to the centre in an area such as Letna or Vinohrady (approximately 7-15 minutes by metro or tram). Expect to pay 6,000CZK per month for a private room in a shared house here (you may need a deposit). In the city centre, accommodation is more expensive.
- After rent, your living costs shouldn’t be more than 9,000CZK (£290*) ($480*) per month, depending on your lifestyle.
- You can buy a monthly travel pass for 460CZK, which allows you to travel around the city on any form of public transport. Your job will probably require you to use public transport several times a day, so the monthly pass will be worthwhile. These costs are reimbursed to full time teachers.
- Groceries are inexpensive, and most restaurants charge around 150 CZK for a meal and beer (which in itself is usually cheaper than a glass of soda!).
- Do I receive a bonus or flight re-imbursement?
No, afraid not.
- How many holiday days will I receive per year?
There are no paid holidays, but if you want to take unpaid holiday you should give at least 2 weeks’ notice. For holidays of 2 weeks or more, please try to give 1 month’s notice.
The school closes on all bank holidays and over Christmas (usually from Dec 22nd - Jan 3rd), so you can often arrange a longer break from Dec 20th - Jan 5th. At Easter you will have the date of Bank Holiday plus 1-2 days.
- What are my working hours?
You will spend 18 hours each week in the classroom, at times between 7:30am and 7:30pm, usually Monday to Friday. Most classes take place in the afternoon and early evening.
- How does the recruitment process work?
- Send the required documents to us at i-to-i.
- Once submitted, our partner in the Czech Republic will arrange a telephone/Skype interview. If you pass this, they will search for a teaching job for you.
- You will then travel Prague for face-to-face interviews.
- If successful, you will be given a contract and start teaching straight away.
- Can I renew my contract?
It’s possible, but will have to be discussed with your school.
- What happens if I need to break my contract?
You should give 2 months' notice.
- Who is my contract with?
Your contract will be with your employer: the language school or institute. It will not be with i-to-i or with our overseas partner. If you have any problems while working, you’ll have to take them up with the employer themselves, rather than i-to-i.
*Currency conversion accurate at time of publication.
While you can find work with limited ESL skills, our in-country partners suggest taking our top courses, the 100-hour Online ESL Course or the 120-hour Weekend ESL Course to give you the best chance of finding a good job. This will qualify for more specialised and challenging ESL jobs with higher salaries.