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July 18, 2023

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Introduction
Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Requirements
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How to Begin Teaching in Belgium

Officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium (due to its constitutional monarchy), this small country borders France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Belgium is divided into two halves: the northern part, influenced by the Dutch, which speaks Flemish; the southern part predominantly speaks French, and the people in this region are often referred to as Walloons. When deciding on where you want to live and work in Belgium, you will have to choose which culture interests you the most, and which language you would most like to learn.

The capital, Brussels, is home to many international organisations. European Parliament, the European Union, and other multinational institutions such as NATO are all situated here. Bruges, another World Heritage site, is a splendid example of Gothic architecture. Apart from architecture, Belgium would be incomplete without mentioning the many varieties of Belgian beer and chocolate, waiting to be savoured by those who come to live here.

Teaching Opportunities

The TEFL scene, as in many European countries, is competitive. EFL jobs start mainly in September or October and again in January. Many schools in Belgium prefer that you interview in person for any vacant position. Once again, it is very difficult to find a job if you are a non-EU citizen. This means that teachers who wish to be considered for jobs in this country need to be EU citizens.

The main places to find work in Belgium are Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. There are opportunities in language schools as well as universities. To obtain a job, a degree and a Level 5 TEFL certificate are essential. The cost of living is also high, and flights and accommodation are generally not included in your contract.

Teaching Requirements

Candidates interested in this teaching position will need to have a BA/BS degree. The typical contract length is 12 months, with peak hiring seasons in September/October and January. To be eligible to work, candidates must be an EU citizen or have a work visa. The teaching opportunities are open to both business professionals and children. The average monthly cost of living is between 1,480 and 1,822 EUR, while the average monthly salary ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 EUR.

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How to Begin Teaching in Belgium

Officially known as the Kingdom of Belgium (due to its constitutional monarchy), this small country borders France, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Belgium is divided into two halves: the northern part, influenced by the Dutch, which speaks Flemish; the southern part predominantly speaks French, and the people in this region are often referred to as Walloons. When deciding on where you want to live and work in Belgium, you will have to choose which culture interests you the most, and which language you would most like to learn.

The capital, Brussels, is home to many international organisations. European Parliament, the European Union, and other multinational institutions such as NATO are all situated here. Bruges, another World Heritage site, is a splendid example of Gothic architecture. Apart from architecture, Belgium would be incomplete without mentioning the many varieties of Belgian beer and chocolate, waiting to be savoured by those who come to live here.

Teaching Opportunities

The TEFL scene, as in many European countries, is competitive. EFL jobs start mainly in September or October and again in January. Many schools in Belgium prefer that you interview in person for any vacant position. Once again, it is very difficult to find a job if you are a non-EU citizen. This means that teachers who wish to be considered for jobs in this country need to be EU citizens.

The main places to find work in Belgium are Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Bruges. There are opportunities in language schools as well as universities. To obtain a job, a degree and a Level 5 TEFL certificate are essential. The cost of living is also high, and flights and accommodation are generally not included in your contract.

Teaching Requirements

Candidates interested in this teaching position will need to have a BA/BS degree. The typical contract length is 12 months, with peak hiring seasons in September/October and January. To be eligible to work, candidates must be an EU citizen or have a work visa. The teaching opportunities are open to both business professionals and children. The average monthly cost of living is between 1,480 and 1,822 EUR, while the average monthly salary ranges from 1,500 to 2,000 EUR.

Your TEFL journey starts here!

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world?
Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board…

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