TEFL jobs in Finland
Representing the strongest market for EFL teachers in Scandinavia, Finland offers a wide range of TEFL jobs. You can find positions teaching young learners, business people, working in summer camps, language schools and more. Finns of all ages seek to learn and improve their English, and with such healthy demand even entry-level teachers can find work here.
A 120-hour TEFL qualification is the minimum required to find work in Finland, and a university degree, while not essential, will certainly boost your chances of securing a good position.
Where to find work in Finland
Getting work as a non-EU citizen in Finland is almost impossible, unless you apply through special organisations like the American-Scandinavian Foundation. For many jobs, while a TEFL qualification, degree and experience are helpful, they’re not strictly necessary – if you’re a native speaker with an outgoing personality, you could land a good job without the usual credentials, particularly if it’s a summer position.
Employers in Finland
AACLocal is a growing business that hires across 7 offices. You’ll need a degree, and a TEFL qualification or business background, and a driving licence is an advantage.
American students and recent graduates can apply to the American-Scandinavian Foundation for help with temporary work permits for internships in Finland.
Berlitz is a major TEFL company that hires in Finland.
If you want to work freelance, the Federation of Finnish-British Societies promotes language courses and tutors on its website.
To work at Mark Richard’s Business English school, you’ll need a degree plus TEFL qualification or PGCE. Freelance positions paying from €22 – €28 per 45-minute class.
The Nordic School provides English lessons to Russian children aged 7-18 at summer camps in Finland. Degree/TEFL qualification not essential, but applicants must have experience of working with teenagers and at least know something about TEFL teaching methods. Camps run for 2-8 weeks from mid-June, and there are 1-2 week camps at other times of year. €400 – €500 per fortnight with full-board accommodation (twin room) and meals provided. Teaching 5-6 hours per day, five days a week. If you fancy working in Russia, the company also has private language school that run year-round.
For Business English teachers, contact Richard Lewis Communications which offers cross-cultural training.
RiversDown has an online application form for freelance teachers, TEFL qualification and degree preferred.
Check out the TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings.