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Travel & Teach - Cyprus


Unlike Greece, Cyprus is not often a first stop for the new EFL teacher as there appears to be much less demand for English teachers from outside the island. There is little demand for EFL teachers in the Turkish held area of the country.

In the Greek part of the island, English is the second language. Being taught from an early age at school, children grow up accompanied by the language and the dramatic increase in tourism has added to its popularity. However, because it is taught so widely in the state system, there are far fewer private language schools – hence the demand for the EFL teacher is much less than other European countries. Therefore offering  a specialism, such as teaching business English is a good idea to stand out and also for better freelance opportunities.

Teaching jobs are generally not advertised outside the country, so come with plenty of money to see you through and ensure your TESOL resume 'sells you'.  Also you might consider teaching English online first with a large company, then continue with it once in Cyprus so you are not reliant on local teaching work only. 

Tips for teaching English in Cyprus:

* choose the 150-hour TESOL Premier Plus for Europe
* consider adding a 30-hour Business TESOL as this specialism is very much in demand
* dress for business and present a professional CV/resume

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