Teaching English in Ukraine

Teaching English in Ukraine

Ukraine Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Kiev, Odessa$900 – $1200

Demand for English tuition is growing considerably in Ukraine and there are lots of opportunities to freelance as a private tutor.

The cost of living is low and the average TEFL wage will go a long way here. Even better, it would appear that Ukraine is one of the easiest places for teachers without an EU passport to find work and obtain a work permit.

As in most countries, some language centers are better than others so do as much research as possible before signing contracts. The British Council and International House are both very reputable employers.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

American teachers with little or no experience may consider looking at volunteering opportunities with various North American university cultural exchange programs.

The best time to look for work is after the summer break. Many classes begin in September.

It is worth complementing your income with private classes which are easy to find once you have made contacts.

Most TEFL teachers arrive on a tourist visa and set about obtaining the relevant work permit once they have found a permanent position. Note that corruption is common in Ukraine.

The cost of living remains low and average TEFL salaries are more than adequate (especially if you take on private classes in your spare time).

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 Ukraine


  • Growing demand for English tuition with new language centers opening
  • Lots of opportunities for private classes so teachers with initiative should have sufficient funds to live reasonably well
  • Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students


  • Corruption persists
  • Rather low salaries for those unwilling to freelance in their spare time
  • Not many opportunities for professional development