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Teaching English in Prague

Prague is probably the most popular TEFL destination in Eastern and Central Europe. Many teachers complete their TEFL course in Prague, gain experience teaching Czech students, and then gone on to teach elsewhere. Others fall in love with the city and stay.

Teaching English in Prague is rewarding. People here often need to speak English to get a better job, to study and to talk and write to their English speaking friends. As one of the many Prague TEFL teachers wrote on his blog, “Prague is a seriously beautiful city. And this is coming from a non-city person.”

Teaching English in Prague for a private language school means a varied work schedule. 

A typical day

7.30 – 9.30 Individual lesson - a young professional at his or her office
9.30 – 12.30 Class of teenagers
12.30 – 14.00 Lunch break/lesson prep/personal time
14.00 – 15.30 Individual lesson – a mature-aged public official 
15.30 – 17.00 Afternoon break/lesson prep/personal time
17.00 – 18.30 Public class – adults 

This may seem to be a long day, but you get breaks and you will usually need to spend some time travelling from class to class. 

Clever teachers do their weekly prep on Friday afternoons or on Mondays, and use the breaks to do their shopping, catch up on their paperwork, Skype their loved ones back home, write their blogs, go on dates, etc. 

During your first year you will be happy to accept any new class, but from your second year on you will be able to tailor your schedule a bit more, putting students in the same location back-to-back, asking flexible students to start a bit later in the morning, and negotiating a bit with the school about new courses (and also your pay rate). You will also discover how to recycle material between different classes to help reduce your lesson planning time. 

How Much Can I Earn Teaching English in Prague?

  • Private language schools in Prague – CZK 240 – 270 per 60 minute class (1 EUR = 27 CZK) for new TEFL teachers who have just finished their TEFL course
  • Full time – between 18 and 25 scheduled contact hours per week
  • Reputable schools offer salary guarantee for full time teachers to compensate for cancelled lessons
  • Private students (not through a school) – pay CZK 300 – 400 per 60 minute class
  • Specialized lessons – CZK 500 per 60 mins or even more (examples: Presentations in English, Job Interviews in English, English for Marketing, etc.)
  • We recommended you get a full time job with a school for your first year and take on private students as well.

Is It Enough?

It is. Your typical living costs will include accommodation, meals, and transport. You can check up-to-date Prague prices here, but the following will give you an idea of costs.

Accommodation

  • A room in a shared apartment in Prague – about CZK 5-7000 per month
  • Own apartment with long term lease – starts at about CZK 9000 per month. Deposit is usually one month’s rent. 

Transport

Travelling around Prague is super cheap – an unlimited, all Prague, all means of transport (metro, tram, bus) ticket is CZK 550 per month. 

Meals

  • A restaurant lunch menu is usually about CZK 100 for soup and a main course. 
  • Beer is just too cheap to resist! Even in the city center you get half a liter glass of fabulous Pilsener for CZK 38!

Taxes in the Czech Republic

Your taxes will depend on your contract. 

If you are working part time on a “dohoda o provedeni prace” contract, 15% income tax will be deducted at source and you will be paid your net salary. However, this is limited to 300 hours a year and up to CZK 10,000/month (about 35 teaching hours/month). However, you can sign this type of contract with each legal entity you work for and you can legally work for more than one entity.

If you are working for more hours with one institution, you will need to organize your “Zivno”  A “Zivno” (the license & number you receive when you register for the “Zivnostensky List”) is a trade license which allows you to work as an independent contractor here in the Czech Republic. You have to pay your own health and social insurance, which is about CZK 3800 a month. The good thing is that under the current tax regulations you do not pay any income tax!

Saving Money

As an English teacher in Prague you may find it difficult to safe money, when you compare it to teaching in other regions and countries (for example, the Middle East). It all depends on your lifestyle and your teaching rate, but the odds are you will save enough for exploring the Czech Republic and neighboring countries at weekends, but not much more.

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