If you are Hungary bound with your TESOL qualification, you are about to meet a Central European country with a turbulent yet fascinating recent history.
Since joining the EU there has been a healthy demand for English and better work prospects for the EFL teacher. However, few schools advertise on the net and so expect to go, drop in to language schools and leave a CV/resume in person, and then follow up. There is a thriving language school market and so networking is a good idea and there are now a few Facebook groups for English teachers, local blogs and even a company that will find students for you: Learn English Budapest.
A degree is helpful and a TESOL certificate is expected by most. Salaries are good by local standards but don't expect to save much. Conditions of work and salary are often described as ‘basic’ but eating out, transport and the various cultural experiences on offer are cheap. Your biggest concern will be finding somewhere to live. Good, inexpensive accommodation is scarce and you can expect up to a third of your salary to go on rent, especially if you stay in the capital, Budapest.
Hungarian students are likely to be highly motivated, so if Hungary is the place for you, then you should enjoy your teaching very much.
TEFL tips for teaching English in Hungary:
We suggest one of these courses for this country: