Live, Work & Travel in Latvia

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Latvia along with the other Baltic States have made a remarkable transition into liberal free market economies and are the only parts of the former Soviet Union to join the EU. Despite this, working in Latvia will likely be confined to English teaching and volunteer work.



Teaching & TEFL in Latvia

The excellent Quinn's World of TEFL suggests keen and pleasant students is one of the benefits for teaching in Latvia, a fact attested to by Nicky Yeeles who wrote about finding warmth in a cold climate when she taught in Riga. As usual ESL Base is the go to site if you want a list of English language schools.

Latvians seem to like learning languages and some language schools teach other languages such as German, Spanish, Russian, Italian and French, says William Lake, so other nationalities might find some teaching opportunities too.


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 Latvia 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 Latvia.
Jobs in Eastern Europe - Current vacancies from the Jobs Abroad Bulletin.


Articles on Living, Working & Travelling in Latvia

Articles on other websites and blogs:
Latvians and Their Backsides - To Linda O’Grady, Latvians sometimes get things arse about face.
Teaching English in Latvia: Linda - An interview with Linda, an Irish scribbler who moved to Riga several years ago to teach English.


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