Untouched by Tourism and the Outside World
For those who would like to escape from the rushed pace of Western Europe, and have a more laid-back experience, Slovakia is the place to head. This country is one of the few in Europe that is relatively untouched by tourism and the outside world. People travel to Slovakia not for the sites of the capital city of Bratislava, but for the outstanding and astounding nature. For all outdoor enthusiasts, this is the country for you. Hiking through the natural landscape and admiring the castles, fortresses and gothic churches is the way to pass the time in Slovakia. The medieval villages and towns have also preserved their folk traditions. Slovakia also offers impressive skiing and snowboarding facilities during the winter months. There is also a good transport system that will help you to explore the country. The people of Slovakia are relaxed and friendly, which also makes it a comfortable place to live. The cost of living is low, as well as the income tax, which can be attractive if you are in full-time salaried work.
In 2009, Slovakia retired the Slovak Koruna (SKK) and adopted the Euro. Joining the Eurozone has been a big advantage for tourism in Slovakia. It's surrounding countries except for Austria use their own currencies.
Slovakia has 180 castles it's the world’s highest number of castles per capita. The most famous castle undoubtedly is the medieval Spiš Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Slovakia's natural wonders include more than 6000 caves and over 1300 healing thermal springs. Most thermal springs are used within 21 spa resorts and aqua parks, but they are affordable thanks to their lasting traditions.
Citizens or permanent residents of countries in the European Union may be eligible to travel by train for free. All children, full-time students less than 26 years old, widowed or disabled pensioners under 62, and seniors 62 and older are eligible to travel by train for free using national railways. Travelling by train is a great way visit Slovakia's attractions and enjoy the beautiful landscapes.
The English demand in Slovakia is on the increase. If you are a native speaker, you will also be in demand. The students are enthusiastic and friendly to teach, and there is less competition for EFL jobs, compared with the neighbouring countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. The most in demand EFL sector is currently business English, particularly in the capital Bratislava. Other locations to teach English include Presov, Nitra, Kosice, Bystrica and Banska. Private language schools seem the best options for teachers, as they pay more than state schools. On a local salary you will find that your monthly pay packet will cover the cost of living in the country, but might not allow for huge savings. This will need to be considered when choosing between a state or private institution. Teachers can also top up their salary by giving private lessons.
Teachers generally teach 20-25 hours per week. Many job opportunities are advertised online and also come with benefit packages such as health insurance, holidays, a flight subsidy and fixed contracts. In some cases, you might also be given free accommodation or accommodation assistance. It is also possible to find jobs in the country, but you might miss out on some of the benefits being offered to those who apply from abroad. The start dates for many jobs are in June for summer camps, and in September for other language school employment. This will mean applying for positions in April/May and June/July respectively.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|Not required||6 - 12 Months||June and September||EU citizenship or tourist visa convert to work visa||Business professionals, children||460 – 915 EUR (400 - 795 GBP)||460 – 915 EUR (400 - 795 GBP)|