• Want to Teach English in the Czech Republic?

    A charmingly historic yet rapidly modernizing country, the Czech Republic offers visitors an appealing blend of old and new. The seat of the national government, Prague is also the capital of Bohemia, a title that has as much significance socially as geographically. The Training Center, close to the Old Town Square and near the river Vltava, is located right in the historic center of the city near a variety of amenities as well as public transportation.

    Training & Certification

    LanguageCorps offers the following Programs in the Czech Republic:

    • TESOL Certification

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time and, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students. The spacious Training Center has seven classrooms, three staff rooms, and six computers with Internet access.

    Participants are prepared to teach English effectively in any classroom in the world. Designed for those with or without previous teaching experience, this intensive training program includes instruction from experienced trainers, classroom observation of professional teachers, and teaching practice with language learners. Participants learn how to lead classes using the communicative approach, teaching students to use real-world language for real-world situations. Upon graduation, trainees will be able to teach adult ESL/EFL classes of different levels, feel comfortable choosing the right material to teach a given class, and complement their classes with audio-visual aids.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Prague, Czech Republic is US$1,995

    Shared apartment accommodations are available near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately US$390 to $535.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    Are you ready to teach English in the Czech Republic? Email, call, or write us for more information - or apply now. Learn. Teach. Explore. Travel. Give Back. Get paid to teach English in the Czech Republic.

  • the Czech Republic Start Dates

    To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.

    The application is available here.

  • Country Overview

    A charmingly historic yet rapidly modernizing country, the Czech Republic offers visitors an appealing blend of old and new. The nation has in recent decades become popular with foreign visitors thanks to its stunning architecture, beautiful scenery, and relatively inexpensive cost of living. The Czech people themselves - friendly, dynamic, and generally welcoming of foreigners - are, of course, the greatest draw.

    Prague has stirred -- within its cocoon of medieval castles, gothic cathedrals, and winding cobblestone streets -- since the fall of European Communism. Because of its impressive and varied architectural beauty (left largely undamaged by World War II) the city itself is a virtual open-air museum.

    The seat of the national government, Prague is also the capital of Bohemia, a title that has as much significance socially as geographically. The city of over a million people boasts a youthful nightlife that hums seven days a week, a vibrant artistic community, a growing economy, and much of the world's greatest beer.

    Striking architectural beauty is not limited to the nation's capital; Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque buildings grace towns all over the country. Cyclists will enjoy the great Bohemian plateau, caving enthusiasts will love the Moravian Kras area, and hikers will find unspoiled nature just about everywhere. If you simply need a rest, take in the thermal waters at Karlovy Vary spa or indulge in the rich cuisine at one of the premier restaurants of Prague.

    The Training Center, close to the Old Town Square and near the river Vltava, is located right in the historic center of the city near a variety of amenities as well as public transportation. There is a grocery store across the street, a post office next door, a pharmacy on the same block, and a variety of restaurants nearby. The subway and tram stop Staromestska is also close to the Center, so it is easy to get around via the city's extensive public transportation system.

  • Job Prospects & Pay

    Students in the Czech Republic are usually adults learning or improving their English for professional reasons, or children and teenagers studying the language as a required part of their education. You may find yourself teaching exam preparation to a group of adults in a private language school, or a high-level conversation class to teenagers in a high school. In any case, you'll likely find your Czech students respectful and quite motivated to learn English.

    The typical salary for an English teacher in Prague is 15,000-25,000 Koruna (CZK), or around US$800-1,300 per month, depending on the school and number of hours worked. Health insurance is often provided as a benefit to teachers once they have a valid work visa.

    Because the cost of living is relatively low in the Czech Republic, with rent for a shared apartment around US$400 and a restaurant meal just US$3-$4, a typical teacher's salary is usually enough to make a living. However, for those wanting to supplement their income, taking on extra hours or teaching private students is a viable (and often lucrative) option.

  • Day-to-Day Living

    Food & Clothing

    Czech cuisine is generally hearty, emphasizing potatoes and pork. You will certainly also have chances to try knedlik, dumplings of wheat or potato flour covered in gravy, and zeli (cabbage). Sauces tend to be quite sweet, with caraway and poppy rivaling sugar in many.

    Vegetarians who are not devotees of root vegetables (onions, beets, carrots, etc.) and marinated greens will struggle with traditional Czech cuisine. Beer aficionados, on the other hand, will rejoice in the variety and quality of the Czech national beverage.

    Participants are responsible for their own meals.

    Dress codes in Prague balance between Western-European-casual and Eastern-European-dapper. When teaching, be sure to adhere to the local working culture and basic ideas of professionalism. Business Casual is a safe bet. Outside of the classroom, Smart Casual will get you far; neatness and style can trump tradition.

    Housing & Communication

    Accommodations during training can be arranged in an apartment shared with fellow trainees, local residents, and/or students from other schools. You will have your own bedroom, a shared bathroom and kitchen, and access to laundry facilities. The apartments are comfortable and simply furnished. They are equipped with basic cooking utensils, stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, blankets, and sheets.

    After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other students or Czechs. Some schools will provide a room for you, either shared or single (usually in an apartment with other teachers) and provide you with a monthly stipend.

    It seems that every person in Prague owns at least one mobile phone. There are three main providers (Vodafone, T-mobile, and Eurotel), each with shops all over the city. Note that, with a Czech cell phone, you can typically receive calls from the US for free.

    Internet Cafes are abundant throughout Prague.

  • Excursions

    Compared with London, Paris, or Rome, Prague is small enough to be quite manageable. Fortunately, it escaped much of the damage that World War II inflicted on other major cities, so historic sites such as Hradcany (Prague Castle) were spared.

    For orientation purposes, there is a river running north-south through the city center. The famous Charles Bridge (Karluv most) spans the River Vltava, and is alive with people year-round. Be sure to stroll across the Charles Bridge at night for the magnificent view of the illuminated Prague Castle. During the day you can climb the towers on both sides of the bridge (the tower on the Old Town side provides superb views of the bridge and the spires of the Old Town).

    Although Prague provides efficient tram service, walking is the best way to see the city. Bring a good pair of walking shoes and explore the compact medieval center with its wandering maze of cobbled lanes, ancient courtyards, and dark passages, overlooked by the Gothic spires of the Týn Church in the middle of Old Town Square. This beautifully restored monument towers over the square, the statue of religious reformer Jan Hus, and the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Hall. Be sure to climb to the top of the Old Town Hall tower for the spectacular view.

    Not far from the Old Town Square, you will find the Jewish Quarter (Josefov) with a number of interesting sites including the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest working synagogue in Central Europe.

    If you are keen on cycling, avoid the city center and head for the less populated areas, you will be rewarded by the freedom and mobility that a set of wheels can bring. Or rent a rowboat or pedal boat on the Vltava River and gain an interesting new perspective on the city.

  • Travel Resources

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Life as a Teacher

    What about work visas?

    Visa requirements vary widely by location. In many countries, participants enter on a tourist visa and the hiring school will help sponsor a work visa after being hired. In Ecuador, a Cultural Exchange visa is typically obtained, which is unique to that country. The training center or your hiring school will assist with that process. In Asian countries, work visas are commonly obtained. In Costa Rica, most schools do not want to go through the bureaucratic, lengthy process to obtain a work visa, so the common practice is for teachers to do a "border run", or leave the country for 72 hours every 90 days in order to stay there legally. Most people there look forward to their border runs as a travel opportunity!

    Many schools in the Czech Republic and Russia will sponsor their teachers for a work visa. However, it is difficult for non EU citizens to obtain work visas elsewhere in Europe. Most schools do not want to go to the trouble to obtain them, as it is a lengthy process, and in fact, if a school sponsors you for a work visa, you would typically need to fly back to the U.S. and go to a consulate here to get the visa, and then return to Europe. Most people do not want to go through the hassle and expense of doing that. The common practice is for schools to hire non EU citizens for "cash-in-hand" positions, and most people just overstay their 90 day tourist visas. Many non EU citizens are in Europe teaching, and being a native English speaker along with a TESOL certificate (after you complete the four week course), makes you quite marketable.

    LanguageCorps Programs

    What are the fees for LanguageCorps Programs? What do those fees cover?

    LanguageCorps offers a TESOL Certification Program with program fees that range from approximately US$[TESOL Certification min]-[TESOL Certification max]. We offer our TESOL Certification Programs in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. The program is an intensive and thorough 4-week course of classroom training and practice teaching, leading to a TESOL Certificate which is internationally recognized. As part of all TESOL Certification Programs, you will receive job search assistance, and in all locations, most people who are persistent and flexible are successful in finding teaching positions.

    In Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ecuador and Mexico, we also offer the TESOL Plus Program. This combines the 4-week TESOL certification course and job placement assistance, with a more comprehensive set of support services including accommodations and travel insurance. The TESOL Plus program fee is US$[TESOL Plus min]-[TESOL Plus max] depending on location.

    The fee for our Short-term Volunteer/Volunteer Plus Program (available in Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam) is US$[Volunteer min]-[Volunteer max] for eight weeks. These programs include abbreviated TESOL training or full TESOL certification, accommodations, placement in a volunteer (unpaid) teaching position, cell phone, medical insurance, visas, excursions, and local support while in country.

    Our Online TEFL (TESOL) Certification Program includes a full 150 hour certification course (including 20 hours of teaching practicum). This program is designed to be flexible enough for full time students or working professionals, while still ensuring a rigorous training. The program fee for our Online TEFL Certification Program is US$[Online fee].

    For all Programs we require a deposit of US$500 ($300 for the Online TEFL Certification Program) to reserve your scheduled start date. This deposit is deducted from the total program fee. Due to enrollment constraints, deposits received within 60 days of a program start date are non-refundable. Deposits received within 61-90 days of a program start date are refundable for 3 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee), after which they are non-refundable. Deposits received 91 or more days before a program start date are refundable for 10 business days after receipt (minus a $25 processing fee) after which they are non-refundable. The balance of the program fee is payable four weeks prior to your scheduled start date.

    Are there other costs in addition to the Program fee?

    You must provide for your own travel from your home to your arrival point and for your own travel back home at the end of your teaching assignment. (NOTE: Some hiring schools may offer partial or full reimbursement of airfare costs as part of your overall compensation.)

    In some teaching assignments, you may have accommodations, and/or free access to dining facilities, as part of your compensation. But more commonly, you will have to pay for your own food and rent. In addition, an apartment you select may require additional "up-front" payments such as security deposits and fist-month's rent. As in all walks of life, be sure to have enough funds to get through to your first monthly paycheck!

    You will need to pay for your food during the program, although in some countries a home stay is an option, which typically includes two meals per day. Of course, you will have to pay for any personal items and services (cleaning, laundry, etc.) you may want, and for your own entertainment, vacation or leisure travel, gifts or other personal shopping.

    How does LanguageCorps help me find a teaching assignment?

    During your in-country training program, the local staff will begin working with you to develop a CV and contact schools. For TESOL Certification and TESOL Plus Program participants, you will be given job search assistance and the names of schools to contact. In all locations, job placements for those who are serious and flexible have been very successful.

    For Online course participants, centralized placement support can assist you in determining the overseas location that best meets your goals and qualifications and you will have access to our world-wide directory of more than 8,000 ESL schools.

    Given the high caliber reputation of our LanguageCorps teachers, our staff's knowledge of and experience with local EFL teaching opportunities and our focus on job placement, we are confident that by the time you complete your certification / orientation or soon thereafter you will have received at least one, and usually more than one, offer(s) for a paid EFL teaching assignment. Our staff can also assist with the oftentimes complicated contract negotiations, to ensure our teachers receive the maximum benefits and pay they are qualified for.

    Sometimes a teacher will work in two or more part-time positions instead of one full-time position, or may elect to supplement their primary job with side work such as tutoring.

    LanguageCorps does not offer guaranteed job placement, however, our participants have been very successful with job placement in all locations.

  • TESOL Certification Program, Czech Republic

    The four-week training course includes 140 hours of classroom time and, and a minimum of 6 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students. The spacious Training Center has seven classrooms, three staff rooms, and six computers with Internet access.

    Participants are prepared to teach English effectively in any classroom in the world. Designed for those with or without previous teaching experience, this intensive training program includes instruction from experienced trainers, classroom observation of professional teachers, and teaching practice with language learners. Participants learn how to lead classes using the communicative approach, teaching students to use real-world language for real-world situations. Upon graduation, trainees will be able to teach adult ESL/EFL classes of different levels, feel comfortable choosing the right material to teach a given class, and complement their classes with audio-visual aids.

    The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Czech Republic is US$1,995

    Shared apartment accommodations are available near the Training Center for an additional cost of approximately US$390 to $535.

    The following are not included:

    • Round-trip airfare to host country
    • Personal expenses (meals, entertainment, local transport, living expenses, and personal shopping)
    • "Upfront" costs following the training period, such as apartment security deposits and first month's rent
    • Visa costs and fees

    Note: To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.