When to Apply for Teacher Jobs in Europe – School Sessions

When is the best time of the year to look for teaching employment in Eastern Europe?

It depends on where you’re going and what type of teaching job you are interested in. Overall, the best time to go to Eastern Europe and look for a job is later in the summer in order to find work for the school term that begins in late August or September. Aside from being the high season for travelers, logistically it is the easiest time to travel given the usually favorable weather conditions and the likelihood that you will have a little fun starting out on your new adventure.

Alternatively, new school sessions often begin in January, so arriving in the dead of winter has its advantages. In this case it would be wise to start your job search before the holidays of late December. Everything slows down, so you might find yourself sliding (not stomping) along the icy pavement in vain, only to find that your prospective employers are enjoying hot toddies at home rather than giving interviews in the office.

Another time to consider is the late spring or very early summer. When school is out there are a number of summer camps and short-term intensive language programs. Frequently, teachers are in short supply because this is the time when many of them travel or return home between sessions. Many of these jobs do not require work permits or formal credentials, although this is increasingly risky, and finding well-qualified teachers on short notice can be a difficult task.

Keep in mind that many schools hire on an as-needed basis. It certainly is possible to find work throughout the course of the year.

If you are not set on working for a larger private school or a public institution, then your chances are better for getting hired at times other than in August and September, or December and January. If you want to tutor on a private basis, then your options are wide open. Remember, though, it takes time to establish yourself. This approach requires more financial planning and forethought. You are less assured of securing a solid teaching schedule. Private students are notorious for canceling their lessons at the last minute or simply not showing up at all. If self-sufficiency is not your objective and you are willing to supplement your travel budget with money from home, this approach allows you the greatest overall flexibility.

No matter when you go, plan to spend a few weeks getting situated. Finding accommodations and searching for work at the same time can be tiring. It would be wise to give yourself some time to adjust to your new surroundings and to meet people who can give you valuable tips on the local job market and social scene.

Sign up for our newsletter!