|Salary range (USD/month)
|$600 – $1000
A gorgeous island in the Mediterranean Sea, Cyprus is known more as a holiday destination than a place to teach English. However, alongside opportunities in bar-work and tourism-related businesses, there are lots of TEFL opportunities to be found if you conduct proper research.
Be warned that salaries are low and there is plenty of competition from others wishing to extend their holiday. It may be a great place to spend a few months teaching, but outside of International Schools, there are very few long-term opportunities.
As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations.
Typical Requirements and Tips
For a short-term teaching position, look into English language summer camps which take place from June to August.
Contracts may include accommodation so this makes sure you ask about this during your interview as it will potentially save you a good portion of your monthly salary.
It is worth complimenting your income with private classes which are easy to find once you have made contacts.
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals. The permits required can take some time to process and many teachers work illegally.
The cost of living is low but steadily increasing and, given the vast range, you will get what you pay for in terms of accommodation.
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.
Pros and Cons of Teaching in Cyprus
- Plenty of jobs
- Fabulous weather and holiday atmosphere
- Great social life
- Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
- Low salaries and lots of competition
- Very few opportunities for professional development
Fun Fact About Cyprus
One interesting fact about Cyprus that would likely intrigue an English teacher is that Cyprus is the birthplace of the ancient Greek philosopher Zeno of Citium, who founded the philosophical school of Stoicism. The Stoic philosophy heavily influenced literary works during the Renaissance and Enlightenment periods, and its principles are still studied and discussed today.