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?
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.
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.