TEFL in Budapest / TESOL in Budapest (Hungary)
The TEFL training center is accommodated in a modern language learning center in the old part of Budapest, in Old Buda. It features nine well-equipped, air-conditioned classrooms with windows.
The school offers access to a resource library and the Internet for all TEFL trainees.
The TEFL trainers are all graduates from Hungarian universities holding degrees in English. They have taught EFL for many years and are thoroughly experienced.
- • Free airport transfer
- • Welcome breakfast
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% on-site training)
Dates in 2017
- • 13 March – 7 April
- • 17 July – 11 August
- • Total course fee: $2000
- • Deposit: US $500 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $1500 (due 30 days before the first course day)
With a little bit of effort, you will be able to find an ESL-teaching position that will give you money to be able to live on.
Some years ago, native-speaking teachers were a novelty. That’s not so much the case anymore. Nowadays, schools want someone with an ESL teaching certificate and at least a year’s teaching experience. Positions for untrained, native speakers may be available for a reduced salary in newer schools. The overwhelming majority of private language schools are in Budapest, but there are some in smaller cities and mid-size towns.
If you can get sufficient hours, you may earn approximately 200,000 Ft (US $1,500) per month in private schools. State schools pay around 100,000 Ft (US $700) per month; it doesn’t sound much, but free accommodation may make a big difference.
If you teach on a private basis, you may charge up to 3000 Ft per hour, and it’s easy to find students. In general, your pay is commensurate with your qualifications and experience.
Taxes are relatively high in Hungary: if you earn 100,000 Ft, you’ll pay about 18% tax; on a salary of 200,000 Ft, it’ll be 23%.
The cost of living in Hungary is similar to the rest of Eastern Europe. Monthly groceries will cost approximately 20,000 Ft (US $150) if you shop local markets. A monthly bus pass costs 7,500 Ft, and a beer is 200 Ft (just about a dollar). So when you teach English in Hungary, you do so to experience teaching and the culture. Don’t expect to get a savings package out of your teaching assignments.
Schools don’t usually advertise job openings. You may find schools addresses in either the phonebook or the classifieds in the free PestiEst, a Budapest events magazine. While it’s best to visit schools in person, emailing a short letter of introduction and your CV/resume works as well. You may also contact schools via their website: some examples are www.novoschool.hu, www.katedra.hu, www.cambridge.hu. Prime hiring time is normally in mid-September and again in January and February; however, private schools may need teachers all year around.
If you portrait the casual tourist-teacher who is trying to finance his/her travel throughout Europe, chances are you may not be hired. Just as most of the schools around the globe, Hungarian language training providers look for individuals who are serious about working at their school and wanting to improve their teaching skills. Most schools require trial teaching—anywhere from 15 minutes to eight hours. Even if you don’t find work with a language school, you’ll almost certainly find private students, either by word of mouth or by placing an ad in any newspaper.
Most schools offer open contracts that require only that you give notice (usually a month) before leaving. Although the more financially stable schools will help you get work permits, others hire only those teachers with who can provide an invoice (those with a local freelance license). Of course, working illegally isn’t unheard of.
Foreign teachers usually enjoy Hungarian students, who are open and like to express their opinion. Business students in particular demand like well-planned lessons from a teacher who knows how to explain their questions in a detailed manner. They expect you to know the English grammar in detail.
Housing is generally fine but the poorest towns in the east. Public transportation is efficient, and medical care of high quality–food excellent and inexpensive.
Hungary is not a place where everything is extremely organized: shops don’t always open on time, and paperwork moves slowly. You will not find as many English speakers as in Western Europe, but you’ll usually find someone who does. Renting an apartment in Budapest on a limited income can be a challenge. One-room apartments in downtown Budapest cost about 280 euro a month, in the suburbs 202 euro. If your school doesn’t offer assistance, it’s usually more efficient to go through a real estate agency than the classifieds.
Budapest is referred to as “Paris of the East,” and cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, its extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. The city attracts about 2.7 million tourists a year, making it the 37th most popular city in the world according to official surveys.
Here are five things to do in Budapest.
1. Visit the Fishermen’s Bastion.
From March 15 to October 15, an entrance fee must be paid between 9 am and 11 pm. The visit is free throughout the remainder of the year. The main façade of the Fisherman’s Bastion, running parallel to the Danube, is approximately 140 meters long. The seven stone towers with their pointed tops symbolize the leaders of the Hungarian tribes who conquered the country in 896. The bastion takes its name from the guild of fishermen that was responsible for defending this stretch of the city walls in the Middle Ages.
2. Try the famous Hungarian pastry Dobosh Cake together with a great cup of coffee at Café Dorrotya.
The selection of liqueurs and coffees and the discrete lights make this place perfect for a romantic date in the city centre, but it can also be a final stop after an exhausting day.
3. Try the world-famous Hungarian dishes at Klassz.
Monday through Wednesday from 11.30 am to 11 pm; Sunday from 11.30 am to 6 pm. Guests have to wait for their tables, because it is not possible to reserve a table here. The grilled duck liver with fennel and Tokaji sauce (HUF 1950) and the venison stew with noodles and sheep’s cheese (HUF 2390) are unforgettable.
4. Visit Janos Hill.
The highest point in Budapest offers stunning views of the city and Danube River below.
5. Spend a night at Morrison’s 2 (former Süss Fel Nap) Dance Club.
Unpretentious, cheerful ambiance, cheap drinks make this place very trendy.
Budapest has a temperate, transitional climate – somewhere between the mild, rainy weather of Transdanubia protected by the Alps to the west and the harsh, variable climate of the flat and open Great Plain to the east.
Spring arrives in early April in Budapest and is usually quite wet. Summer can be very hot and humid. It rains for most of November and doesn’t usually get cold until mid-December. Winter is relatively short, often cloudy and damp but sometimes brilliantly sunny. What little snow the city gets usually disappears after a few days.
January is the coldest month (with the temperature averaging – 4°C/25°F) and July and August the hottest (average temperature 26°C/79º F during each). Budapest is among those European cities that get the largest amount of sunshine throughout the year. From late April to the end of September, you can expect the sun to shine for about 10 hours a day.