Teaching English in Greece

 

Your Life in Greece as an English Teacher

 

Teaching English in Greece will bring you face-to-face with history: walk past the Parthenon or gaze up at Mount Olympus, and feel the past come to life all around you.  Known as the "cradle of Western Civilization," Greece is also known for being the birthplace of democracy, creating the ancient Olympic games, and establishing the Western Philosophical tradition.  When you're not in the classroom, spend time strolling along the beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, hiking in the countryside, or touring the island of Rhodes.  Spend your evenings dining on fresh seafood, skewered meats, and of course, olives. 

English teachers in Greece typically find work towards the beginning of September or October, and then again in January. Most contracts end in late June. For those looking to teach through the summer, opportunities at summer English language camps are available in Greece and throughout the rest of Europe. Summer positions typically start in late June and early July. English teachers will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Greece, 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 to live a very comfortable life. Schools typically offer around 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of time to travel and explore the Grecian isles. English teachers need to have a BA to teach in Greece, as well as a TEFL certification. Major centers for English teaching jobs are Crete, Athens, Larissa, Corfu, Thebes, and Thessaloniki.

 

English Teaching Requirements in Greece

 

  • Peak Hiring Months: September & January
  • Types of Jobs: Foreign language schools
  • Typical Hiring Process: Interview in person in Greece
  • Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra prep time
  • Types of Students: Business professionals
  • Cost of Living per Month: 800 - 1,000 Euro; 1,000 - 1,300 USD
  • Average Monthly Pay: 800 - 1,000 Euro; 1,000 - 1,300 USD
  • Start-up Cost: 1,800 - 2,300 USD
  • Potential to Save or Break-even: Break-even
  • Accommodation/Housing benefits Paid: No
  • Flight Reimbursement: No

 

Interesting Facts About Life in Greece

 

  • According to the State Department, an estimated 97% of Greek citizens identify themselves as Greek Orthodox.
  • The Greek Orthodox Church is the second largest land owner in all of Greece.
  • In 2005, Greece was voted the #1 tourist destination for Chinese citizens.
  • Eighty percent of Greece consists of mountains or hills, making the country one of the most mountainous in Europe.
  • Greeks are the world's largest consumers of cheese.

 

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