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How to Begin Teaching in Ireland

English is not the first language of Ireland - English is indeed widely spoken across Ireland, with most people claiming it as their first language. However, Irish is the official first language of Ireland. It can be seen on all official government documents as well public transport, signs and public buildings.

Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state which occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. It shares a border with Northern Ireland which is a part of the United Kingdom.

A truly romantic destination, Ireland is a country of castles and fairytales, leprechauns and whisky. Also known as “the land of saints and scholars”, Ireland boasts more winners for the Nobel Prize for Literature than any other country in the world.  In fact, in Dublin you can take a stroll around Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College or you can go on the Dublin Literary Pub Crawl and visit many famous writers’ favourite pubs.

If you want to get out of the city, you can hire a car and take a roadtrip down the west coast of Ireland to experience amazing views, rugged coastline, ancient castles and quaint villages.  And, of course, for golf lovers there are more than 50 seaside links courses or 400 regular golf courses to choose from.

In county Galway you’ll find the longest place name in Ireland, Muckanaghederdauhaulia. A small town which translates to “ridge, shaped like a pig’s back, between two expanses of briny water”. Ireland are also know for their tea drinking skills with statics showing that the average person drink 1184 cups of tea a year, making them the 3rd largest in the world for tea drinking.

It’s hard to mention Ireland without the iconic Guinness being mentioned. But did you know most Guinness in the world is sold in Britain with Nigeria second! Ireland come in as third for the business who are known to produce 10 million pints of Guinness in Dublin every day.

A country steeped in sports history Ireland has two traditional sports still played today. Hurling and Gaelic Football. Hurling incredibly dates back over 4000 years, played by the Irish warriors of the time to hone their sword skills for battle. Hurling is known as the fastest sport on grass played with a hurl (wooden stick) and a ball known as a sliotar. Gaelic Football on the other hand is a mixture of soccer and rugby. The first “proper” game of Gaelic Football was in 1885 only 22 years after soccer was first played. The “finals” of both sports is played at the historic Crowe Park, Europe’s 4th largest stadium with a capacity crowd of 82,300.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Even though Ireland is an English-speaking country, there are many EFL teaching positions available. Many people come here to study or work and so there is a high demand for English teachers. During the summer especially there is an influx of European students who come out to Ireland to attend summer camps and these can be a great way to earn some extra money for a couple of months.

Most of the work you will find will pay on an hourly basis, unless you are signed onto a long-term contract, which is usually reserved for local teachers of management staff. Your salary may not be very stable since it will vary according to the season and the number of hours you are given.

The cost of living in Ireland is quite high in comparison to your possible salary, so sharing accommodation and picking up private students to supplement income is common.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/ BS degree preferred
  • Typical Contract Length
    Varied
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    Year-round
  • Visa Info
    work permit, unless you are an EU citizen
  • Typical Students
    Adults and students
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    1,200-1,500 EUR
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    20 EUR/hour

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