Teaching English in Romania

Teaching English in Romania

Romania Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Bucharest$600 – $1000

Romania is one of the most pleasant countries in Eastern Europe, with great natural beauty including the famous Transylvania region.

Unfortunately, TEFL salaries are not very high and the living costs are surprisingly high. You may need to share accommodation with another teacher.

As per usual, it is difficult for non-EU nationals to find work here due to legal regulations (unless they happen to be married to a local person!) However, there is a growing demand for classes with native speakers.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?
YesYesNoNo

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 easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.

The cost of living has risen sharply in recent years and accommodation costs in Bucharest are expected to continue rising. Eating out in restaurants can also be rather pricey.

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 Romania

Pros:

  • Growing demand for English tuition with new language centers opening
  • One of the most beautiful and fascinating countries in Eastern Europe
  • Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students

Cons:

  • Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals
  • Rather low salaries and surprisingly high living costs
  • Not many opportunities for professional development

Fun Fact About Romania

An interesting fact about Romania that may intrigue an English teacher is that Romania is home to one of the largest populations of native English speakers in Eastern Europe. English is widely taught in Romanian schools, and many Romanians have a high level of proficiency in the language.