Want to Teach English in Greece?
LanguageCorps in Greece
The LanguageCorps program in Greece is located on Crete, Greece’s largest island. From the life and vitality of the old town of Iraklion to the medieval mountain villages; from the sun-drenched sandy beaches with their year-round sunshine to the Minoan ruins of Knossos – Crete seems to offer everything.
The training center is situated in the center of Hania, Crete’s second largest city (and former capital) on the North-West coast. Hania is a beautiful old Cretan town with a population of around 60,000. The old town center is clustered around the 14th century Venetian harbor where much of the city’s life and light is to be found. The town is large enough to offer a cosmopolitan atmosphere and a ready range of nightlife and places to see, but small enough that it’s normally easy to get around on foot – whether from the training center to your apartment, or from the local shops downtown to the nearest beach.
TESOL Certification Program
The four-week TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) training course (approximately 140 hours) includes academic input sessions, 12 hours of observed teaching and 10 hours of observed teaching practice with local EFL students. The program is intense, interactive, and practical, and will give you the skills and confidence necessary to embark on a teaching career and work in a professional manner anywhere in the world.
The TESOL Certification Program Fee in Crete, Greece is US$1,595
Teacher Certification Dates
TESOL Course Dates 2018
• January 22 – February 16
• June 04, 2018 – June 29, 2018
• July 30, 2018 – August 24, 2018
• November 12, 2018 – December 07, 2018
TESOL Course Dates 2019
• January 21 – February 15
• June 03 – June 28
• August 05 – August 30
• November 18 – December 13
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.
Teaching in Greece
Although the demand for English teachers in Greece continues to be large – there are over 6,000 language schools (including many on Crete itself) – please note that due to the current economy in Greece, we recommend that participants who plan to get paid teaching positions following the training in Crete (as most do) be open to teaching in other locations outside of Greece for the most job flexibility. Teachers that hold a European passport, or have a work permit to work legally in Greece, have a fair chance to actually land a job in-country.
Teachers that work in Greece typically teach English to business professionals. Opportunities to work with children are scarcer. Most teaching opportunities can be found in larger cities, like Athens, Larissa and Thessaloniki, and on the islands of Corfu and Crete.
To increase your chances of finding a job, it is important to be around for the beginning of the new school year. September is when most teachers get hired and there is another peak in January. Most contracts are longer term; between 10 and 12 months. Teachers in Greece work between 20-30 hours per week and often have multiple jobs at language schools or at corporate businesses as “in-house” English teachers.
It is very unlikely that Greek schools will hire you prior to arrival. You are expected to interview face-to-face in the country. For this reason we only recommend applying for jobs in Greece if you are already planning on going there. Sending out application letters upfront is always a good idea.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is needed for teaching ESL in Greece. A 4-year degree is also required, preferably a Bachelor of Arts, although other types of degrees are also accepted.
Salaries typically range from the equivalent of US$650 – $1,000 per month. The cost of living in Greece is quite low and Greece is a so-called “break-even market”, meaning you should be able to earn enough to live comfortably, but maybe not enough to really save. Some teachers supplement their income with private English lessons, adding a boost to their salaries.
After training, you will most likely rent a room in an apartment or house with other teachers or locals. Occasionally a hiring school will provide accommodations, usually in an apartment with other teachers.
Benefits: housing and airfare are typically not provided by the employer.
In addition to the program and housing fees, you will want to plan for airfare, any visa costs, and personal expenses (meals, local transportation, security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment once you know where you’re working).
Travel For The Program
European citizens can travel freely and are allowed to work legally in Greece. Otherwise, most people, including those from the U.S., Canada and Australia, automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa for the Schengen area upon arrival in Greece. This tourist visa covers the duration of our certification program.
If you are a European citizen, getting hired is much easier than if you are not. If you do not already have legal rights to work in the country, it will be challenging to find a school that will employ you. Some schools will hire you on a tourist visa, however this is not common.
If you want to stay and teach in Greece long-term, you will need a apply for a work visa. Your first step is to find a school that will sponsor you, which is far from easy. International schools will sometimes help their teachers get a work visa as they want their students to be as exposed to international cultures, as possible. Please note that these schools only hire experienced teachers with a university degree (no particular degree is required).
Living in Greece
You are unlikely to find a more charming and beautiful location than Crete, as it seems to offer everything. The wild landscapes of the interior and the majestically unspoiled hiking opportunities of the nearby Samaria Gorge can make you forget that you are never more than a few miles from a palm-fringed beach.
The largest of the Greek islands is easily reachable by flight or ferry from Athens. Flights from Athens to Chania (airport code: CHQ) are reasonably priced, leave several times a day and take just 40 minutes. Local and express ferries are also available if you would prefer to take your time and cruise across the Aegean to Chania’s local port.
The weather is mild throughout the winter and normally warm enough to sit outside at the cafes all through the year. During the summer the temperature can rise to 100 F, but the fact that you’re never far from the beach helps to make this a little more bearable. There is almost no rain at all between June and September.
Eating and drinking is a way of life in Greece. With 20 percent of Greece made up of islands, and no part of the Greek mainland more than 90 miles from the sea, fish and seafood are a popular and common part of the Greek diet. Lamb and goat (kid) are the traditional meats of holidays and festivals, and poultry, beef, and pork are also in plentiful supply. Souvlaki (say: soov-LAH-kee) – skewered kebabs – is one of those foods that have become synonymous with Greece, and are as popular with Greeks as they are with non-Greeks. Souvlaki is a favorite street food on the skewer or in pita wraps, and a family favorite at home, cooked on the grill. There are countless varieties of olives, and Greek olive oil is world renown. The busiest shop in any Greek village is the local bakery. Bread was at one time the staple food of Greece and is still eaten at every meal, large hunks dipped in remaining sauce and olive oil, or coated with tsatziki (garlic-cucumber-yogurt dip), tarama salata (fish roe salad) or melitzana salata (eggplant salad).
Vineyards cover much of Greece’s hilly terrain and the country has become known for its array of fine wines and spirits, most notably ouzo, an anise-flavored liqueur that is the national spirit.
Clothing on Crete, and the other Greek islands, tends to be casual. During the summer, shorts and sandals are suitable attire when you are not teaching. In cities, such as Athens, clothing is dressier, and locals rarely wear shorts even in the summer heat. You should have respect for Greek customs: for example, if you enter a church make sure your shoulders are covered. During the winter it can get a little cold at night and a coat or jersey of some sort is recommended. For working as an English teacher in Greece, smart casual clothes are normally expected.
The island of Crete has historic importance as the home of the Minoan civilization. There are important archeological finds at Knossos, Phaistos and Gortys, which are visited by tens of thousands of visitors each year.
Crete is a paradise for people who love the outdoors. It is a huge landmass (taking about seven hours to drive across, on the best roads), which is covered with eucalyptus, cypress and plane trees, as well as olive trees. Crete boasts excellent hiking in both the mountains and the longest gorge in Europe, Samaria Gorge, and also has superb beaches, like the pink-sand shores of Elafonisi in the south.
The sheer number of breathtaking beaches in Crete is enough to amaze any visitor. You can find long stretches of sand lined with palm trees, small idyllic coves, lovely pebbly beaches and exotic lagoons. Off the coast of Crete are several tiny islands where the azure waters lap soft sands. In other words, Crete beaches cater to all preferences and styles, including quiet family beaches, beaches packed with the younger crowd, secluded beaches for couples as well as gay beaches. Water sports facilities are offered at many beaches in Crete, some of which are ideal for scuba diving.
There are many incredible destinations in Greece and few find enough time to see them all: In Athens, you must visit the incredible Parthenon and Acropolis, as well as the Agora. The Plaka is the area of winding streets around the Acropolis. It’s renowned for its small shops, restaurants, and some good examples of local domestic architecture. Syntagma Square, also known as “Constitution Square”, is the heart of Athens in many ways. It’s a large, open square which often hosts holiday events, and the location of several of Athens’ most renowned luxury hotels; it’s an intense public transportation hub, and it actually has the Parliament Building along one side of the square. Pedestrian-only Ermou Street leads off of it, providing access to some of Athens’ better upscale shopping.
Some say Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, is more attractive than Athens with wide avenues, parks and squares. It sits in a bowl framed by low hills, facing a bay on the Gulf Thermaikos, and despite being one of the oldest cities in Europe, it is lively and modern.