TEFL jobs in Greece
There aren’t as many TEFL jobs in Greece as there used to be prior to the financial crash in 2007, but there are still opportunities to be found. Teachers should be prepared for low wages and competition for jobs.
Children in Greece learn English in school, and in recent years have been learning it from an even younger age. The quality of English lessons in Greek public schools are often considered inadequate, and many schoolchildren attend private schools to get ahead in certain subjects, where they can afford to. English studies in Greece are very much geared towards whichever exam their school has signed them up for, and you’ll find it easier to get work if you have experience teaching one of the popular exams, such as IELTS, Cambridge First Certificate, University of Michigan exams, Pearson Test of English, ESB, and City & Guilds English. For a new academic year, schools might start hiring as early as January but most hire between May and July, although you would be wise to look early.
Where to find work in Greece
It’s worthwhile checking your contract carefully in Greece – make sure you’re not agreeing to pay compensation if you leave the position early, and you should have written confirmation of any verbal promises you’ve been made. Make sure you agree in advance on specifics such as pay, holidays, working schedules and other details – don’t rush anything contractual in Greece.
Applying well in advance is worthwhile for full-time positions, particularly in more academic roles such as public schools or international schools. However, much work can be found by word-of-mouth, and Greece is a location where you can hand in a CV in person and reasonably expect to gain interviews if anywhere is hiring. Most schools can’t afford to fly teachers in from other locations, and so being in country in a plus point for candidates.
Low wages mean that many experienced and qualified teachers who aren’t tied to the country generally choose to leave, making positions available for newbie teachers. There isn’t much summer work in Greece, so if you’re on one of the common 8 or 9-month contracts, looking to other nearby countries for summer work might be an option if you aren’t tied into a rental agreement.
Employers in Greece
Use this form to inquire about positions at Berlitz in Greece.
Betsis Language Schools prefer British/Irish applicants and offer 8-month contracts for up to 24 hours per week. €9,000 – €10,000 per contract, and you will get assistance in finding a rental apartment. Also, an opportunity to work with Andrew Betsis ELT, an ELT exam book company.
The Fullbright English Teaching Assistant Program arranges for U.S graduates to become young ambassadors in Greece, assisting in Elementary to Secondary Schools for 11 months, including grants for maintenance allowance, housing allowance, etc.
It’s tough find work as an American, but if you’re from the US, see if the Hellenic American Union has any openings.
If you’re a native English speaker but with Greek ancestry, you’ll go down well at Koutsantonis School of Languages. You’ll need a degree, and it’s preferable to be experienced and TEFL qualified. 8-month contract, up to 12 hours per week on weekday evenings, hourly rate negotiable.
At Lambraki they teach kids and adults, preferring British applicants who have a degree and TEFL. Up to 25 hours per week, they’re keen for teachers who stay for several years. €700 per month and assistance finding accommodation.
Nordic School is Russian, but runs summer camps in several countries, including Greece. Students are 12 – 19. Teachers should be native speakers and TEFL qualified.
Pagosmio accepts applications from those with a teaching licence and a degree, with applicants needing good computer knowledge.
Pinewood (The American International School) is in Thessaloniki and lists current positions on their website but also accepts CVs from qualified TEFL teachers.
QLS (Quality in Languages Services) lists more than 30 language schools that they partner with, with links to the schools where you might be able to find work. Lord Byron is one of the member schools.
Real Institute Centre of English has several language schools across Greece. They also have opportunities for Centre Directors and Directors of Study.
Ending in 2018, the British Council arranged for TEFL teachers to teach at the Skaramagas Refugee Camp near Athens – similar voluntary positions might be available at other refugee camps.