TEFL jobs in Estonia
The demand for EFL teachers in Estonia isn’t particularly high, but those who do manage to secure a teaching contract in this beautiful country can expect to enjoy a good work/life balance. Contracts typically involve 25-35 hours per week, which leaves time for other pursuits and picking up some private tutoring work on the side.
Estonia is a haven for outdoor sports and activities such as hiking, canoeing, and cycling. If you’re into the great outdoors then it could be the perfect TEFL destination for you!
Where to find work in Estonia
If you don’t have EU citizenship, it can be hard to find a job in Estonia that will sponsor your visa for you to work there. Positions in Estonia are few and far between, and some schools don’t accept prospective applications. Consider doing a summer camp contract or some volunteering as a way into the country to get word of mouth recommendations about where to apply.
Employers in Estonia
Bellnor Summer Camps are held at the sandy beach location of Kloogaranna, 30 km from Tallinn. They ask for teachers with ‘basic teaching and volunteering experience’ to teach children aged 9 to 17. Teaching 3 hours a day for two weeks. Voluntary position with accommodation and four meals a day provided. They also have an au pair programme.
Exceptional English is a private language school in Tallinn.
International Language Services hires teachers for 80 to 130 academic hours per month. They also hire part-time teachers who are local freelancers. You need a CELTA/Trinity certificate and one year of experience, and preferably some experience of Business English. Contracts start in September for 9 months, with the possibility of extending over the summer. Lessons last 90 minutes. €600 per month for 80 hours of work, and €12.75 per hour after that. Full time staff usually earn around €1,000 – €1,500 per month. Hiring is usually between March and August.
The International School of Estonia hires natives or English speakers of C1/C2 level, with a minimum of 2 years of experience, and you must be IB trained and experienced. They don’t accept CVs unless there is an open position – check the website for listings.
Language School In Down Town holds 45-minute lessons for adults and children, as well as summer camps for kids and teens.
Tartu International School caters for kids from 1.5 years to 15 years. They follow the IB for their primary school students. Class size of up to 12 students – a small school.
If you want to teach at a university in Estonia, here is a list of universities in the country.