Teaching English in Belgium

 

Life in Belgium as an English Teacher

 

A small but remarkably varied destination, Belgium is a country where many cultures are woven together. Living in Belgium, you will have the opportunity to sample the staggering array of traditional Belgian beers, as well as internationally renowned varieties of chocolates and waffles. Many expatriates and politicians live and work in Belgium, particularly since its capital, Brussels, is host to the headquarters for the European Union and NATO.  In addition, many international companies have their European head or regional office located in Belgium. High-speed Eurostar trains are capable of whisking travelers between Brussels and numerous destinations within the EU.

Officially the Kingdom of Belgium, Belgium is a state located in Western Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts the EU's headquarters, as well as those of several other major international organizations (NATO among them.) Belgium has a population of about 10.8 million people. Straddling the cultural boundary between Germanic and Latin Europe, Belgium is home to two main linguistic groups: the Dutch-speakers, mostly Flemish, and the French-speakers, mostly Walloons, as well as small population of German-speakers. Belgium's two largest regions are the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders in the north and the French-speaking southern region of Wallonia. The Brussels-Capital Region, officially bilingual, is a mostly French-speaking enclave within the Flemish Region.

English teachers in Belgium typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June.  English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with their coworkers. 

A solid hourly wage affords English teachers the opportunity to live a very comfortable life while employed.  Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunity to travel and explore.  English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Belgium, as well as a TEFL certification.  Major cities for English teaching jobs are Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent, and Bruges.

 

English Teaching Requirements in Belgium

 

  • Education: BA/BS; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification at any of Onsite TEFL Courses or by taking the Online TEFL Course
     
  • Peak Hiring Months: Mid Sept, Early Oct & January
     
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
     
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Belgium
     
  •  Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
     
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
     
  • Cost of Living per Month: 1,600 -  2,000 Euro; 2,050 - 3,200 USD
     
  • Average Monthly Pay: 1,600 -  2,000 Euro; 2,050 - 3,200 USD
     
  • Start-up Cost: 3,600 - 4,500 USD
     
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
     
  • Accommodation/Housing Benefits Paid: No
     
  • Flight Reimbursement: No

 

Interesting Facts About Life in Belgium

 

  • No other country brews such a richly diverse selection of beer. Belgium produces over 800 varieties, many of which are enjoyed throughout the world. On average, Belgians tend to drink 93 liters of beer each year. 
     
  • On average, every Belgian citizen consumes apprx. 20kg of chocolate per year
     
  • Belgium has three official languages: Dutch, French, and German
     
  • French-speaking Belgium is the world's biggest producer of comics per capita

 

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