Live, Work & Travel in the Czech Republic
Fuelled by the Czech's discarding Russian for English as their second language of choice, Prague became the first big destination in eastern Europe for American and British English language teachers when the walls came down. Though the boom has passed qualified teachers will still find it relatively easy to find TEFL jobs in private schools in Prague and in other towns across the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic also attracts a healthy number of western Europeans heading east for lower property and living prices.
Teaching & TEFL in the Czech Republic
After the fall of the Berlin Wall Prague boomed as a TEFL town for Americans when the Czechs rejected Russian in favour of learning English. Membership of the EU gives Brits and Irish the advantage of a clear run through employment red tape now but English speakers from the rest of the world are still in demand even if the qualities and qualifications looked for in teachers have risen since back in the day.
Prague almost matches the UK and Thailand for numbers of TEFL certificate course providers, many of which have links with local schools to provide a job placement service for their graduates. TEFL Worldwide Prague is one of the longest established but more can be found here. English language school websites can be found via ESL Base.
A couple of less formal teaching opportunities are offered by Angloville and ENGLISHstay, who both seek English speaking volunteers to help create an immersive environment for their students. Volunteers are rewarded with free food and hotel accommodation. More information can be found on our cheap volunteering site.
Au Pair & Nanny Jobs
Czechs are far more likely to be outbound au pairs than the other way around but some au pairs do head in the opposite direction. Au Pair.com lists vacancies.
Other Ways to Work in the Czech Republic
EU nationals can look for work in any industry but will be hamstrung unless they speak Czech and wages will be lower than at home. Speakers of other languages may be able to find work in IT or telephone customer service. These and other vacancies are often advertised in Expats.cz.
Low Cost Options for Volunteering
From local NGOs to work exchanges we track down and list a number of opportunities for free or cheap volunteer work in the Czech Republic on another website in our small group.
Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free
Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link).You can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.
More Resources from our Sites
Directory > Russia & Eastern Europe Links - A selection of links for finding work, searching for a home and travelling in the Czech Republic.
Jobs in Eastern Europe - Current vacancies from the Jobs Abroad Bulletin.
More Working in the Czech Republic Resources
Target Jobs - Information on working in the Czech Republic.
Articles on Living, Working & Travelling in the Czech Republic
Articles on other websites and blogs:
Doing a Working Holiday in Central or Eastern Europe - Guest writer Roy worked in Prague.
How an Internship in Prague Helps Me Enjoy the City Even More - Tansu Philip likes to keep busy, so she took on a work placement with a magazine while studying in the Czech Republic.
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