Despite being a largely English-speaking country, Ireland still offers opportunities for TEFL teachers to teach English to immigrants, either in person or online. However, it’s true that jobs are few and far between, and there is much competition from the TEFL teachers who already live in Ireland. Teachers will need to be both qualified and experienced in order to get an interview, or already living in Ireland. Most TEFL jobs in the country are in Dublin, which is a lovely place to be, but has a high cost of living. However, if you already live in Ireland and are looking for work, don’t rule out the possibility of finding work close to home. The best time of year to look for positions is before the summer months, when many summer schools pop up catering for both kids and adults. Working on a summer course is a great way to make connections and find long-term teaching work in Ireland.
Ireland mightn’t be as exotic or sunny a destination as other TEFL locations, but there are plenty of reasons to pick this green land when choosing where to teach English. If you’re into surfing, you’ll know that the surf scene makes Ireland a popular place to visit, particularly in the summer months. Live music is a popular pastime in Ireland, and if you like Irish folk music, you’ll have no end of gigs to go to. There are several great festivals that take place throughout the year, too. If you like getting away for the weekend, Ireland’s small-ish size makes it perfect for exploring, especially if you have access to a car. Student life is buzzing because of the world-renowned universities, particularly in Dublin. Irish people are friendly, good-humoured and love to have a good time.
Teach English Online in Ireland
It can be hard to find full-time TEFL work in Ireland, even if you are experienced and qualified, so picking up some online teaching is a great way to supplement your income if you need to earn some extra money. The great thing about teaching online is that you can fit in the online lessons around your regular commitments.
When you’re teaching online, you don’t have to limit yourself to finding students in the same country as you. Supplement your income by finding work on a TEFL platform anywhere in the world to find students at a time of day to suit you. When teaching online, you can find students on a freelance basis (which usually pays more, but requires more work from you) or you can apply to work for an established school that will find students for you, and might even provide your lesson materials.
Volunteer in Ireland
If you want to volunteer as a TEFL teacher while living in Ireland, it might be difficult to find a formal volunteering position, as there isn’t much information about what voluntary roles are available. While there are a few roles listed below, many teachers who volunteer find that they can reach those in need by volunteering online. By teaching English as a volunteer online, you can apply to local companies in Ireland or those further afield, as you aren’t bound by geographical location. Once in Ireland, you might be able to find a volunteering position in person by making local inquiries or contacting local groups for migrants and refugees.
County Kildare Leader Partnership runs a number of volunteering projects, including the opportunity to teach English to new migrants in Ireland.
Fáilte Isteach hosts conversation classes for volunteers to help migrants with their English language skills. Volunteers can join an existing group or apply to set up a new class. At the moment, all new classes are online only.
Search on the Volunteer Ireland website for an up to date list of volunteering opportunities.
If you want to find out more about volunteering as a TEFL teacher, read our handy guide.
TEFL jobs in Ireland
Dublin is the best place to look for work but Cork, Galway and Limerick also have positions throughout the year. EU citizens can volunteer and work in Ireland without a visa. This makes it a great place to get some work experience if you have the correct passport. If you’re a non-EU citizen, it’s highly unlikely you’ll find a job to sponsor your visa, as there are already many TEFL teachers living locally as well as those with the correct passport.
While it’s possible to find full-time positions in Ireland, they’re hard to come by. For many TEFL teachers, working in Ireland provides an opportunity for newer teachers to get some experience under their belt by working for one of the many summer schools available in Dublin, as well as other locations. These summer schools provide lessons for kids, teens and adults, who arrive to Ireland in great numbers during the summer months. If you’re between contracts during the summer, or looking for a short contract to start you off on your TEFL journey, you shouldn’t have difficulty finding a school to hire you, providing you meet the usual requirements: an EU passport, TEFL certificate, and a BA degree.
DLTC English Language School hosts group holidays, junior summer schools, online Cambridge English courses, and adult evening courses.
English for Professionals is based in Cork, offering classes for companies or individuals.
Executive Language Training Ireland offer summer courses, Business English, Medical English and English for specialist purposes, homestay experiences and more.
Gormanston Park School of English offers residential stays to groups or individuals wanting to learn English. They also run a young learners program during the summer.
Harristown House Language School has an English Language school as well as running summer camps in additional languages. They offer IELTS, junior summer schools, one-to-one, online and group classes.
Hiberno-English Ireland has an English Language School, as well as offering immersive work placements for students, and placing students with host families.
The Horner School of English offers a variety of courses such as exam preparation, Business English, General English and more.
Horizon Adventure & Education Centres Ireland run summer camps and day camps for kids. There are a variety of programs on offer, including a Learn English camp. Students are aged from 5-17 depending on the program they join.
Infinity English College in Dublin teaches courses in Business English, IELTS, and Intensive courses, as well as junior English classes.
Joining the Irish National Organisation for Teachers of English is worth looking into if you plan to teach in Ireland for a considerable length of time.
Kaplan International has a branch in Dublin. They offer both long-term and short courses for students. Teachers should be CELTA qualified and experienced.
Language and Culture West is a homestay experience for students to practice their English. Students spend 1-4 weeks with their hosts, living in an immersive English environment. They also offer online classes.
Shannon Academy of English offers academic programs as well as more unusual study opportunities for students, such as English and Eco Mindfulness, English and Horse riding, and English with Outdoor Pursuits.
Visit the The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for the latest teaching jobs in Ireland.
Visit this database for a list of all Private Language Schools in Ireland. Positions are predominantly in Dublin, but there are schools all over the country in the smaller cities, too.