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Travel & Teach - Austria

Travel and Teach

We rarely see advertisements for Austrian EFL positions in the UK or International press, as Austrian employers will normally want to see you before offering any form of contract. This obviously favours the teacher who is prepared to travel and apply for jobs on spec. Initially, for the reasons stated above, it is likely that you will have to survive on part time hours from a variety of schools. If applying to teach business English, be aware that employers generally favour commercial experience over academic credentials alone.

Although you are unlikely to be teaching beginners, a knowledge of German will help your application, as will a driving licence and do make sure you highlight any business experience you have.  At interview, ‘dress for business’ and ensure you have a professionally prepared and presented CV which highlights your contact with the commercial world. You might find the guide to writing your CV on our site quite helpful here. 

Work teaching English to children can be found in the numerous summer camps, which have a lively ‘study-holiday’ atmosphere. In this area of Austrian EFL, experience of working with children and a lively, enthusiastic personality may be more important than degrees and certificates.

If arriving on spec, try the Yellow Pages in the big cities, the British Council offices and newspapers such as ‘Austria Today’. Outside of the private sector, you may want to try teaching at one of the adult education and community colleges (Volkshochschulen), although you may need to have some teaching experience in order to do this.

Our recommended course options for Austria are:

If teaching young people is something you'd like to do, we suggest you add the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners.

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