Teaching in Estonia
Options for teaching in Estonia
Typically, teachers abroad will find the most teaching job opportunities in larger towns and cities in Estonia, particularly in the capital, Tallinn, where most of the international schools and private language schools are located.
Primary and secondary schools in Estonia
Primary and secondary schools in Estonia look for fluent English speaking teachers to provide English language lessons for their students.
To find work as an expat teacher at an Estonian public school, you will need to have at least a Bachelor’s degree, as well as a teaching certificate.
Universities in Estonia
Third-level institutions throughout Estonia offer English courses for their students, so it’s possible to find a job teaching English at a university. To be considered for these roles, teachers will need to be certified and have previous teaching experience.
International schools in Estonia
There are a number of bilingual English international schools for children of expats in Estonia that recruit teachers abroad. The biggest schools include the International School of Estonia and the Tallinn International Kindergarten. International schools in Estonia usually require teachers to be certified in their home country and have a minimum of two years’ relevant teaching experience.
Private language schools in Estonia
There are lots of private language schools in Estonia that offer English language courses in introductory English, advanced English and business English.
Salary and benefits while teaching in Estonia
Salary and benefits for teachers in Estonia vary greatly from school to school. Having a Bachelor’s degree and an internationally recognized teaching certificate such as a TEFL certificate offers English language teachers the best chance to maximize their salary and benefit packages.
|Teaching Benefit Type
|Teaching Benefit Details
|$1,250/month on average.
|23 – 34 hours a week, depending on the grade level being taught.
|International schools will often cover your costs, including airfare and initial accommodation.
|June – September, as well as national holidays in the fall, Christmas and spring.
|Private medical insurance benefits vary from school to school.
Teaching in Estonia – Hiring
Qualifications to teach in Estonia
Visas for teachers in Estonia
Living in Estonia
Things for teachers to do in Estonia
Experience teaching in Estonia
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Estonia at a glance
Language: Estonian, with Russian as a minority language
Population: 1.325 million
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Major religion: Lutheran
Estonia’s capital, Tallinn, offers free public transportation to visitors and residents across the entire city.
Leading the pack, Estonia was the first country to introduce online voting way back in 2005!
Almost half of Estonia is covered in forest!
Estonia is a very digital society and the birthplace of Skype.
Estonia ranks second in the world for adult literacy.
Estonians actually celebrate two separate independence days - one on February 24th that was established after the first World War, and the other on August 20th after the country declared its independence from the Soviet Union.