Does anyone have any advice, names of schools etc for teaching English in Cyprus? I’ve been searching the internet but not come up with much. I heard that the salaries are pretty low – can anyone give me a figure? Many thanks!
This article is intended for those of you who are thinking of coming to the island of Cyprus to teach. Cyprus has a marvellous Mediterranean climate, which is one of the main reasons people like to visit the place. It is blessed with beautiful sandy beaches if you like swimming, as well as mountains where you can enjoy winter sports or visit in the summer if you want to get away from the heat.
Fresh fruit and vegetables are readily available and surprisingly inexpensive.
English is widely spoken in Cyprus and Cypriot people are renowned for their hospitality. It also has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, which makes it a lovely place to live and work in.
“ I came to Cyprus because it has the perfect climate, ideal location, a strong economy and a bright future. What more could you wish for?” Christopher Ree, teacher, British Council examiner.
THE STATE OF THE ELT INDUSTRY
You have to be aware that Cyprus has a small population of about 700.000 people, and as such, opportunities are on par with this. However, there is a large English teaching industry on the island as all the major cities and large towns have afternoon language schools.
FINDING A JOB
THE JOB MARKET
To find an ELT job in Cyprus before you get there is extremely difficult because very few of the ELT schools actually advertise on the Internet. Some websites where you may see jobs are englishschoolwatch.org and daveseslcafe.com . As far as sending in CVs is concerned, don’t expect to be overwhelmed by replies. It is more fruitful if you visit schools in person and hand in your CV. Furthermore, state school jobs are extremely hard to come by for foreigners as you need at least a 3 year degree in the relevant subject as well as a good knowledge of Greek. Therefore, you should probably expect to find a job in a language school in the private sector, which would probably mean working in the afternoon or evening, although some schools also have morning classes.
Fortunately, Cyprus has been a member of the E.U. since May 2004. Consequently, a visa is not required for EU citizens, although you do need to register with the government for residence purposes. Other citizens (USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa) will need a job offer and the employer should take care of your visa arrangements. If you arrive in Cyprus without a job, on a tourist visa, which can be up to 3 months, and you find a job, the employer should take care of the arrangements, although this is not always the case.
SALARIES AND CONDITIONS
Now, the good news! Most schools offer a contract of about 20-25 working hours a week, for the whole academic year. The pay is above average. It starts at about 7 CY pounds per hour, which is about 8.32 GBP or 12.19 EUR.
Good international private schools sometimes have fixed salaries of about 12.500 CYP per year, which is very good pay compared to the average wage in Cyprus.
There are usually two holidays in the academic year. Two weeks during the Christmas holiday and two weeks during the Greek Orthodox Easter holiday. The academic year starts in September and ends in May or June, depending on the ages you will be teaching. Some schools may be able to offer you some hours during the summer holiday, as well.
Most of the schools in Cyprus have very good facilities, although they may be lacking slightly in technology. In language schools, the class size is usually quite small ranging from about 8 pupils up to about 16. In government or private morning schools however, the number of pupils ranges between 20 and 30. Books are always supplied for you, so you shouldn’t have to spend any money on that and if you contact the major publishers in Cyprus, they will send you any material you need, free of charge.