Teach English in Ukraine

Teach English in Ukraine

Teach English in Ukraine – the following comments are from English teachers who have taught, or currently teach English in Ukraine.

Ukraine is an excellent option for English teachers looking for new challenges and to develop their skills in one of the fastest growing ELT markets in Europe. Not overly saturated with incoming teachers, a determined and qualified teacher can make decent money compared to western Europe, and fast-track their career by getting valuable experience in other academic and management positions.

Cambridge Exams, IELTS and business certificates are highly sought after in Ukraine, which provides a healthy market for teachers wishing to teach preparation courses or become examiners.

It is important to be sure you have found a good school to work for as with any developing EFL market, there are a lot of ‘cowboy’ schools.

Both The British Council and International House have a strong presence in Ukraine. However, there are some very exceptional private sector schools which are British-owned.

I work for The London School of English and highly recommend this company as they have 15 years experience in Ukraine and have several attractive schools in three different cities (Kiev, Odessa, Donetsk).

George Rowe, 29 April 2011


Ukraine is an excellent place to teach for those who have a background speaking Russian or who know people here already. For those who don’t have these advantages it can be a difficult experience.

Getting legal employment, a work visa and finding a supportive school to work with are all issues that new teachers to Ukraine face. If you have a TESOL qualification and experience teaching, you will find it much easier to find a supportive school. Even still, you have to be careful about who you work with here, some schools may try to change terms and conditions inexplicably midway through your employment, or pay you less etc…with no explanation.

Few schools offer legal employment and a work visa is also hard to come by, mainly because the process of getting a work visa is time-consuming and they prefer to have as little evidence they are earning income as possible.

My advice is to be firm, the English Schools in Ukraine are business not educational enterprises. Many view their teachers as earners, not educators and often not even as people.

Don’t start working for someone if you have any doubts about their honesty or integrity. Ask to speak with other teachers at the school and make sure you know about your ‘legal’ situation so you are prepared if it becomes an issue.

Steve Asplin, 6 March 2013


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2 comments and teachers' experiences of Ukraine

  1. GoEnglish

    Reading what the two other commentators posted, I thought maybe I would update it a little.
    Mostly everything they both said is true. No one will give you a work visa before you come and work a little.
    Even then they will not pay for it, you will. My school is no exception, except that my lawyer does not charge you $2,500 to get the visa.

    You can not legally work with out the work visa. The method we all prefer is for you to get a temporary visa another way and then an independent contractors license. Then we do not have to work you so hard to earn your pay. In my school a contractor earns about 20K UAH, but someone with a work visa will earn over 45K UAH. That is because Ukrainian law states that a foreigner must be paid 10x the minimum wage! I pay the same hourly rate for both, so you can see the second will be working more hours! As a contractor you can quit and do as you please, as an employee you can not work for anyone else, and if you quit you must leave the country immediately.

    Ukraine is a beautiful country, there are many beautiful buildings, nature, and people. People on the street are a bit standoffish, it is their culture, they are actually very friendly. There is a very rich history here and you will love the costumes and pageants also.
    The public transportation, while old, is very convenient and punctual. I have only ever had a train late once in the 9 years I have been coming here.

    Feel free to write me if you have any questions.
    NO, all of Ukraine is not in a state of war.

    • Jack

      Hey, I’m interested in working in Ukraine as a contractor. Do you have any info about the start up costs?

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