The Netherlands mixes some of the most liberal attitudes to be found in Europe today with an orderly, structured society. Typified for being flat and easy to travel around, you will still find towns surrounded by canals and castle walls. Dutch people are very friendly and speak excellent English, partly because it is well taught in state schools. While there are many private language schools, the competition for jobs is fairly strong. However there is an increasing demand for in-company teaching, brought about by the high demand for English in the workplace.
Do bear in mind that a bilingual (Dutch-English) teacher will be in greater demand than an English only teacher. There is also an increasing demand within Universities, where teachers are quite often recruited informally through contacts, but you will need considerable experience to take advantage of these positions.
Alternatively, there is a tradition of people attending a kind of community college or folk university, called ‘Volksuniversiteit’, mainly for conversation classes. These centres throughout the Netherlands may be able to offer some work – try www.Volksuniversiteit.nl.
Tips for teaching English in the Netherlands:
* choose the 150-hour TESOL Premier Plus course for Europe
* consider adding a 30-hour Teaching Business English course, as this specialism is very much in demand
* add the 40-hour Total Grammar course as this will come in especially useful
* dress for business and present a professional CV/resume
We suggest one of these courses for this country: