TEFL jobs in Sweden
Sweden consistently ranks highly in English proficiency tests. Due to the high level of English spoken by Swedes the opportunities for EFL teachers aren’t abundant, with locals filling positions in many cases.
You’re more likely to be able to secure work if you’re already in the country and having some Swedish language ability can be very helpful. This isn’t a country suitable for newly-qualified EFL teachers, but if you have a few years of EFL teaching experience under your belt then this Scandinavian nation could be your next home.
Where to find work in Sweden
The TEFL industry has been declining in Sweden in recent years as the standard of English amongst school leavers has improved, and the need for extra lessons is reduced. Positions will often be freelance or part-time, but full-time work can be found for well-qualified teachers at International Schools.
Employers in Sweden
A major TEFL employer worldwide, Berlitz has just a few centres in Scandinavia. You’ll need a degree and/or business-related work experience, positions are freelance and part-time, with most classes in the mornings and evenings.
British and Irish TEFL teachers are preferred for positions at Cambridge Institute, and you’ll need a TEFL certificate, a degree and 1 year of experience. Contracts are for 7-months (October to May), teaching adult students for a minimum of 20 hours per week. Decent hourly rate plus furnished accommodation.
Adult education centres, Folkuniversity, run language courses, where TEFL teachers can sometimes find part-time work. Students might include those who are unemployed and those preparing for IELTS or other exams, but the majority will likely be those needing English for the workplace.
Subject teachers can apply to Internationella Engelska Skolan, a popular International School network with branches across the country. You’ll teach for up to 18 hours per week, and a TEFL certificate won’t be enough – you’ll need a strong subject background and as a bilingual school, knowledge of Swedish is an advantage.
Sanwes hires freelance TEFL teachers with a business background, part-time work but for a minimum of 6-months preferred.
The Swedish Public Employment Service can be a place to find work, and they also have information about working in Sweden, support and benefits.
Immigrants and refugees in Sweden who have been granted residency can take a Swedish for Immigrants course, but with a huge number of refugees arriving in the country every year, you might also be able to find work volunteering teaching English. A stint of voluntary work in Sweden will give you access to the country, making you more employable in other positions and also expose you to the language and culture. For voluntary positions in Sweden, check out Workaway and the European Voluntary Service.