Travel & Teach - Greece

Travel and Teach

Traditionally the best chance of finding work in Greece was from May to September (except August, when it seems like everyone in southern Europe is on holiday).

The British Council has offices in England and Athens for information (although they do not always have a list of schools). As things start to get back to normal, you'll need to be flexible. Thinking 'out of the box' is your best chance, so consider freelancing or running small group classes, or specialising exams to help learners pass the IELTS English speaking exam, so learners can more easily leave the country and find work in an English speaking country**).

In addition, teaching English online to international students means you will not be reliant on the local market. In the larger cities lists of schools can be found in the equivalent of the Yellow Pages, ‘the Blue Guide’.

The basic requirements are that you are a native English speaker that you possess a university degree. A TESOL qualification is important and although not generally required to obtain a teaching license in Greece, you will find it useful in overcoming the competition to find work. If you are a native speaker with a degree you may still be able to find work teaching privately, although it is less available than it was before the economic crisis.

It is possible to teach on a tourist visa, which must be renewed on a 3 monthly basis, either by re-entering the country or by presenting yourself at the local immigration office, where you must show that you are able to support yourself.

The more formal way to go about teaching in Greece beyond 3 months is to apply for a teacher’s licence once you arrive. Then you may apply for a residence permit, but the process is very bureaucratic, so don’t hold your breath waiting for the paperwork to come through.

Pay and conditions do vary greatly. There are cowboy schools, but with care you should be able to negotiate yourself a fair deal. With the economic downturn, salaries will be much less than they were but the cost of living is also much lower.

For the best chance of gaining English teaching work in Greece, we recommend that you take:

All Global English accredited courses now include online English teaching as standard, which is important, as post pandemic much teaching has gone online, and may stay that way in some form.

** If you would like to specialise in teaching IELTS, then take the Professional TESOL course (250 hours) instead, as this has dedicated modules to teaching IELTS.


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