Why Bulgaria is the Best Country to Find a TEFL Job
Located on the Balkan Peninsula and surrounded by the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea to the East, the peaceful waters of Danube River to the North and some extremely unique and diverse countries to the West and South, Bulgaria might be the best country to find a TEFL job.
You are certainly already asking yourself various questions about Bulgaria. Why would this small country be your dream place to live?
What would you do there? What it is to see? How will you be able to find a job?
Is it difficult to move there? And so on and so on.
Keep reading, as today we will give you the answers to all these questions and more!
Why teaching English in Bulgaria?
With history dating back to 6500 BC, Bulgaria is home to the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe.
Throughout the years, various tribes and nations have settled across the territories of modern Bulgaria, each one of them leaving a mark.
As a result, the culture and traditions are a beautiful fusion of Slavic, Greek, Ottoman and other elements.
It is not just the rich heritage, which Bulgaria is so proud of and has managed to preserve and enclose even in between the streets of the large modern cities.
Taking a step outside of the towns and diving into the stunningly beautiful countryside is one of the compulsory things to truly experience Bulgaria. Snowy-capped mountain peaks reflect into the cold waters of glacier lakes and quiet streams meander through the deep green forests.
When you head to the mountains during the winter season you will find top-notch ski resorts, whereas visiting the picturesque towns along the Black Sea in summer is a great way to explore the beautiful sandy beaches of Bulgaria.
Where to Live in Bulgaria?
With a territory of approximately 111,000 sq. km, Bulgaria is a relatively small country, but even still there are numerous options which city to live in.
As you can presume, the capital city Sofia offers the best work opportunities.
The various universities and endless number of investing international companies are a major draw for the younger generation, not only from Bulgaria but nearby countries as well.
Hence, across the capital you will find fantastic hipster bars, traditional restaurants and great work opportunities, as well as, chances to meet friendly, like-minded individuals.
Those of you looking for a great job market in a slightly less hectic environment, can head to Plovdiv.
As the second largest city in Bulgaria and an European Capital of Culture in 2019, walking through the streets of Plovdiv is like taking a step back in time.
Situated on top of three hills, the city is another common choice for young individuals, but also for families with children looking for a less frantic surrounding, yet packed with colorful and buzzing bars and restaurants.
Last but not least, if you would like to become part of a great digital nomad community with people from all over the world, you should choose Bansko.
Nestled beneath the high summits of Pirin Mountains, Bansko has become home to a large number of digital nomads from all over the world. Despite being a ski resort, the town is also a great summer destination with a large number of hiking trails starting there.
Keep in mind, though, that Bansko is a better option if you will be looking for an online TEFL job.
Finding a TEFL Job
The large number of international companies opening offices in Bulgaria has significantly affected the country’s economy and it has been rapidly developing during the last few years.
Young people from countries such as Italy, France and Spain have also been moving to Bulgaria drawn by the fantastic job market, the relatively low cost of living and the endless options of entertainment in their leisure time.
Both adults and children have been signing up for English classes and the demand for English teachers has increased massively.
Hence, finding a TEFL job in Bulgaria should not be a challenge as long as you are aware of the main requirements you need to meet.
First you need to make sure that you have a TEFL Certificate.
While having previous experience as an English teacher is not compulsory, unless you will be applying for one of the international schools in Bulgaria, it is highly advisable to have a Bachelor’s degree.
Being a native English speaker is not necessary, however, you need to ensure that you are perfectly fluent before applying.
The type of jobs you can expect to find will teaching in foreign language schools is either one-to-one private lessons or small groups.
You can also look for opportunities to teach Business English to adults, which is more profitable, both because it is high on demand and because it is usually paid more.
Keep in mind that the academic year runs from September to June and looking for a job during the summer months can be a challenge.
When browsing for jobs, start your search from our job board to see if there are any opportunities currently available, and have a well-structured CV with a cover letter to attach to your application.
Another good way to find a teaching job is to check directly the schools you would be interested in working with and see if they are recruiting.
Contacting them with a speculative e-mail is a tedious process and rarely leads to a job, but you could gather up to date information.
Here you find a list of schools you can start your search with.
Work permit to teach English in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is part of the European Union and if you are an EU citizen and hold a valid passport from any of the EU countries, you will not need any other work documents.
If you are a non-EU citizen, however, you will need to be granted a work permit first.
Keep in mind that you will not be able to apply for the permit yourself.
The documents will have to be submitted by your future employer.
At the time of writing (January 2021) things are still confused with Brexit.
Until this moment, British citizens were European, but things are going to change shortly and most likely, they will need to follow the same procedure as non European citizens.
The Europass CV format is fairly standard for Bulgaria, and it is advisable to prepare such, however, it is not mandatory.
During the application process, most employers will not ask for a cover letter, but if you have one, it certainly makes you stand out from the crowd.
Be prepared though, as employers can be strict and you may be required to go through multiple interviews and tests.
As the TEFL job market is not heavily saturated in Bulgaria, finding a job should not be a difficult task, as long as you have prepared all the necessary documents and you meet all requirements.
Once you have landed your dream job, you will definitely find a good work-life balance.
While Bulgarians are very hard-working, they also know how to enjoy life. From going for drinks after work to short mountain getaways during the weekends, you will find Bulgaria to be one of the best countries to teach English!