TEFL jobs in Switzerland
In Switzerland, more important than your TEFL certificate or degree will be your work permit (permit ‘B’). You need a contract to get a permit, and it can take a while to come through, so apply in plenty of time for upcoming positions. The permit process can be tricky and put employers off hiring teachers new to the country, and might instead prefer to hire someone local with a permit, even if their qualifications aren’t so good. Qualification requirements vary for different schools – Eduqua validated schools only hire CELTA qualified teachers. If you’re an EU citizen staying less than 3 months, you don’t need a permit, though you must register online. Stays of less than a year can be on an L permit (labour permit) but long-term jobs require the full B permit. Work permits for non-EU citizens are almost impossible to acquire. The best thing to do is be prepared, do your research and make a good impression when you meet employers.
An easier route to employment would be doing a stint at one of the popular summer schools to see if Switzerland is for you. We’ve listed plenty of summer school opportunities below, as well as regular TEFL work which usually requires advanced qualifications.
Where to find work in Switzerland
Membership to the English Teachers Association of Switzerland is highly recommended if you’re looking at building a decent career in the country. Including two annual national conferences, regional workshops, subscription to the ETAS journal and unlimited access to teaching resources, you can also access their jobs board.
Employers in Switzerland
Altitude Camps run day camps and residential camps for kids aged 3 to 14. Language lessons run alongside mountain adventures. Recruitment is in March/April for those with an EU passport, 21 or over, native speaker with a full, clean driving license.
Alpadia runs summer schools for 8-17-year old’s, primarily in Switzerland but also other European countries. An interest is sports or art is good, as is experience in summer camp teaching. They also sometimes have positions in their adult schools for English speakers.
Camp Suisse hires native or fluent teachers aged 19+ to deliver TEFL classes, looking for teachers who can creatively adapt and make class materials their own.
Le Rosey summer schools don’t require applicants to be native speakers of English, but a knowledge of another language too would be useful. You must be 20 or older, have an EU passport, and summer camp experience.
Les Elfes camps hire for a variety of positions to support in their seasonal programs.
Leysin American School in Switzerland is a boarding school with a summer program.
Monte Rosa is a boarding school in Switzerland that also runs a summer school and winter school.
International company Scotia Personnel hires ESL instructors to work at Swiss summer schools. Running June to August, food and accommodation is provided alongside the salary for instructing European kids aged 6 to 14. Native speakers aged 21 or over can apply.
St George’s School in Switzerland is a boarding school with a variety of themed summer camps – contact the summer school director for job information.
At Surval Mont-Fleuri, the boarding school offers summer and winter camps focused on immersion in English and French – female students only.
For teachers living in Basel and with a residence permit, look at Berlitz.
Living in Zurich, Basel, Bern or Luzern? Check out The Cambridge Institute.
Hotel School EHL occasionally has openings for qualified, experienced teachers.
Another Basel opportunity at Inlingua.
Verbier Language Schools looks for teachers that are at least bilingual, preferably trilingual.