Teaching English in Poland

Everything you need to know about teaching English in Europe’s rising star.

Since joining the EU in 2004, Poland has seen its economy boom. Its growing ties with the rest of Europe and the world means demand for English speakers is rising year by year. So, there are jobs galore for English teachers and wages are on the up. Historic cities, lively nightlife, and varied landscapes from the Tatra mountains to the Baltic sea make Poland an ideal place to teach English. Read on to learn more about the country and how you can get started teaching there.



Earn between 3,400 – 7,000 PLN per month.

(That’s $900 – $1,800 USD)



Choose from historic Krakow, booming Warsaw, or a small mountain town. Anywhere you go in Poland, you’ll be welcomed.



Polish – unsurprisingly – is the most spoken language. Most young people, especially in the cities, speak at least some English.



A typical central European climate of hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Bring your swimsuit and your skis!

TEFL wages in Poland

Wages in Poland are not the highest in the world, but with a low cost of living its possible to have a very good life and even save a little.

Wages don’t vary too much around the country, apart from in Warsaw where you can expect to earn quite a bit more, especially if you get a job in an international school rather than a language school. Some employers will provide accommodation for free, especially at the lower end of the salary scale. You would typically teach 20-30 hours per week, and might be paid by the hour or have a fixed monthly salary.

Location: Class types: Wages:
Warsaw Private language school 8,000+ PLN p/m
Warsaw International school 6,000-7,000 PLN p/m
Other cities Private language school 3,400-5,000 PLN p/m

Accommodation, transportation, food and drink, and other basic living costs are fairly low, so it’s certainly possible to save between 500 – 1,500 PLN per month depending on your lifestyle.

Where to teach English in Poland 

English is a compulsory subject in schools in Poland so, even in small towns, there are people looking to learn English. That means you can work anywhere, from the deep forests of eastern Poland to the buzzing capital of Warsaw.

Here are some of the most popular places to teach English:

Food in Poland

Don’t come to Poland hoping to lose weight! Traditional Polish cuisine has an emphasis on butter and cream, meat and potatoes, and big portions. Here are some must-tries when in Poland.

English teaching requirements in Poland 

What you’ll need to teach English in Poland varies depending on your citizenship, but there are some basic requirements.

Non-natives & teachers without degrees: Not all schools will require you to have a degree, or to be a native speaker. But, you should exercise a bit of caution with schools that don’t have these requirements – the pay is likely to be low, and the working environment less… predictable.

Non-EEA citizens: Non-EEA citizens will need to arrange for a visa or permit to work in Poland. Most citizens of the US and other English speaking countries apply for a temporary residence permit and work permit combined. In order to do this, you need to first find an employer and sign a contract with them. The length of your temporary residence permit will depend on the length of your contract, and will be for a maximum of 3 years. You apply for the permit at the local Voivode office. It costs 440 PLN, plus 50 PLN for the residence card. The process should be simple and you will most likely get help from your employer.