Live, Work & Travel in Hungary
One of the oldest countries in Europe, emerging in 896, Hungary has been ranked in the top 15 most popular tourism destinations in the past decade or so and is also regarded as a bit of a property hotspot. Though EU nationals only require an easy to get residence permit to work in Hungary jobs outside of English teaching and volunteer work are hard to find due to the poor state of the Hungarian economy and high unemployment.
Teaching & TEFL in Hungary
Quinn's World of TEFL advices those that want to teach in Hungary to “try, try and try again. Work is out there if you are persistent enough in your search.“ Similar advice is echoed by teachers writing at ESL Base, who also have a list of schools to approach.
When we last peeked at their site The British Council had vacancies for teachers for young learners, between the ages of 6 and 17, during the academic year and on their summer programmes. Another option, particularly for North Americans, is to go through the The Central European Teaching Program. One review, writing on Go Overseas, felt the support offered, particularly in getting a work permit, was worth the high administrative fees even though the salary barely offsets these costs and is only enough to cover basic necessities.
Au Pair & Nanny Jobs
EU nationals don't need a visa to work as au pairs in Hungary and there is a reasonable demand from parents in the country wanting their children to get a head start learning English or another European language. Many vacancies are listed on GreatAuPair.
Other Ways to Work in Hungary
Hungary is not going to lure backpackers with tales of wealth but some jobs can be found by foreigners. European Camping Services interview for park managers in January and February across the UK for positions in six European countries, including Hungary. Assistant park managers are also hired. Teachers and university students living or staying in Budapest are invited to apply to work at Funside‘s camps in Budapest and beside Lake Balaton.
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 Hungary 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 Hungary.
Jobs in Eastern Europe - Current vacancies from the Jobs Abroad Bulletin.
More Working in Hungary Resources
Ins and Outs of Teaching English in Budapest - Is it really that great teaching in Budapest? The answer is maybe, according to We Love Budapest.
Articles on Living, Working & Travelling in Hungary
Articles on other websites and blogs:
How Any Entrepreneur Can Get a Hungary Residence Permit - Global citizen Oscar Jesionek (he's actually Austrian) outlines the benefits of Hungarian residence as one of Europe’s simplest second residency programmes for entrepreneurs.
Five Reasons To Teach English in Budapest, Hungary - Rebecca Wallace recommends hopping on a plane or a train to Hungary to give it a try.
Teaching English in Hungary: The Heart of Europe - Jacob Hidas chose to teach English for peanuts in Europe rather than fill his pockets in Asia.
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