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Teaching English in Romania

Teaching English in Romania

Fairies, Witches and Ghosts

Teaching English in Romania

The Transylvanian region is one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

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The Transylvanian region is one of the most beautiful areas of the country.

Teaching English in Romania

The first words that might come to mind when hearing the word ‘Romania’ are Count Dracula and Transylvania. The Bran Castle stands as a reminder of Bram Stoker’s literary legacy. This story seems to cast a dark image on the country, but in fact, the Transylvanian region is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with its breath taking mountain scenery, as well as its multi-ethnic population. In Romania, the medieval castles, monasteries and villages are a must see, as well as witnessing ancient traditions that are still actively practiced in the country. It is not unusual to see traditional farming methods and horse drawn carts, as well as agrarian crafts commonly still being used in rural communities. There is also a strong folk culture of superstition. There are many folk stories still actively told of fairies, witches and ghosts. Romanian music is also another area that is both unique and mesmerising for Romanians and visitors alike.

Bucharest, the capital, is not as attractive as other parts of Romania. Even the Romanians are not keen on the architectural landscape that was unfortunately redesigned by Ceausescu during the communist era. Despite its appearance, however, Bucharest has a lively student and cultural scene with Romanians visiting the theatre and opera, as well as film festivals. There are also well kept parks in the city. There is an excellent transport system from Bucharest, which allows you to explore the beautiful natural landscape of Romania. 

Teaching Opportunities

Having joined the EU in 2007, there has been large foreign investment in the country.  There is also a general enthusiasm to learn English, but currently the EFL market is underdeveloped. Many state schools struggle to pay native speaker teachers. In the private sector, the main opportunities are located in the language schools of Bucharest, particularly for business English. Most job opportunities are not advertised on online forums, so teachers need to go to Romania to find paid work. This will mean that you will need to have 4-6 weeks of savings and also money to pay for your flight to Romania.  Being a native speaker is enough for some available positions, but for the better schools a 120 hour TEFL certificate can be a bonus to get you a higher paid job.  It is also important that you check out the reliability of the school (for example paying your salary) before agreeing to a job.  A reputable source to vet schools is the British Council in Bucharest. Salaries offered in Romania are not huge, and might need to be supplemented with private classes. Another option to decide whether you would like to work in Romania is to work as a volunteer teacher in the summer months on one of the English Camps.

Country and Cultural Highlights

The first words that might come to mind when hearing the word ‘Romania’ are Count Dracula and Transylvania. The Bran Castle stands as a reminder of Bram Stoker’s literary legacy. This story seems to cast a dark image on the country, but in fact, the Transylvanian region is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, with its breath taking mountain scenery, as well as its multi-ethnic population. In Romania, the medieval castles, monasteries and villages are a must see, as well as witnessing ancient traditions that are still actively practiced in the country. It is not unusual to see traditional farming methods and horse drawn carts, as well as agrarian crafts commonly still being used in rural communities. There is also a strong folk culture of superstition. There are many folk stories still actively told of fairies, witches and ghosts. Romanian music is also another area that is both unique and mesmerising for Romanians and visitors alike.

Bucharest, the capital, is not as attractive as other parts of Romania. Even the Romanians are not keen on the architectural landscape that was unfortunately redesigned by Ceausescu during the communist era. Despite its appearance, however, Bucharest has a lively student and cultural scene with Romanians visiting the theatre and opera, as well as film festivals. There are also well kept parks in the city. There is an excellent transport system from Bucharest, which allows you to explore the beautiful natural landscape of Romania. 

Teaching Opportunities

Having joined the EU in 2007, there has been large foreign investment in the country.  There is also a general enthusiasm to learn English, but currently the EFL market is underdeveloped. Many state schools struggle to pay native speaker teachers. In the private sector, the main opportunities are located in the language schools of Bucharest, particularly for business English. Most job opportunities are not advertised on online forums, so teachers need to go to Romania to find paid work. This will mean that you will need to have 4-6 weeks of savings and also money to pay for your flight to Romania.  Being a native speaker is enough for some available positions, but for the better schools a 120 hour TEFL certificate can be a bonus to get you a higher paid job.  It is also important that you check out the reliability of the school (for example paying your salary) before agreeing to a job.  A reputable source to vet schools is the British Council in Bucharest. Salaries offered in Romania are not huge, and might need to be supplemented with private classes. Another option to decide whether you would like to work in Romania is to work as a volunteer teacher in the summer months on one of the English Camps.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement: Not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 9 - 12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons: September, January and June
  • Visa Info: EU citizenship, working visa, can convert tourst visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 3,000 – 5,500 RON (480 - 880 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 3,300– 6,130 RON (527 - 989 GBP)

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency coversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

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