Teach in Ukraine
Rich in old world charm and generosity, Ukraine is a traveling adventure for teachers who wish to experience Europe’s second-largest - but largely unexplored - country.
Note to teachers considering Ukraine
Ukraine is currently experiencing a period of political unrest and the situation changes on a daily basis. Please check government travel advisories for the most up-to-date information:
Teaching in Ukraine
Teaching Jobs in Ukraine
Paid English teaching jobs can be found in language schools across Ukraine. The majority of jobs are located in the capital of Kiev, with a number of others located in Odessa. Private language institutes usually have students of all ages and require teachers to hold a recognized TEFL certificate.
Licensed teachers can find teaching jobs in Ukraine’s international schools. In order to obtain one of these positions, teachers will usually need at least 2 years of experience after receiving their teaching license.
For teachers interested in volunteering in abroad, there are often many chances to volunteer in Ukraine while teaching English. Opportunities can be found in both urban and rural areas, as the demand for English language education is growing nationwide.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Ukraine
Educators who obtain paid teaching jobs in Ukraine usually able to make a comfortable living when considering Ukraine’s low cost of living. Teacher salaries may range from approximately USD $1500-3000, and many schools will provide or subsidize accommodation. Other benefits may include airfare and a small relocation allowance.
Teaching in Ukraine - hiring
The school year in Ukraine begins in September, with most international schools doing the bulk of their hiring in the spring. ESL schools, however, will usually hire year-round for ongoing start dates. To apply for teaching jobs in Ukraine, please register with Teach Away.
What's Needed to Teach in Ukraine
Qualifications needed to teach in Ukraine
Teaching ESL in Ukraine usually requires a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certificate , as well as a Bachelor’s degree. The process to apply for a work permit - followed by a visa - can be lengthy, and educators will need to demonstrate their qualifications in order to be approved to legally work in Ukraine.
In order to teach in Ukraine’s private international schools, applicants will need a valid government-issued teaching license in their home state or country. Requirements vary by school, but most will require at least 2 years of full-time experience at the relevant grade and subject level.
Living in Ukraine
Ukrainians are known for being generous and welcoming, and foreigners who live in Ukraine find that they are usually greeted with warm hospitality.
Cost of living in Ukraine
Ukraine is an inexpensive place to live, and teachers’ salaries can go a long way. Many schools will provide or subsidize accommodation, but even if that is not the case, housing is usually very affordable compared to other places in Europe. Other necessities, such as food and transportation, are also inexpensive.
Housing for teachers in Ukraine
Some schools in Ukraine will offer teachers a housing subsidy, which is usually enough to cover the cost of accommodation. Apartments in Ukraine are generally basic but comfortable.
Traveling in Ukraine
Things to do in Ukraine
Although Ukrainian is the official language, most people also speak Russian, particularly in the east and south of the country. Knowledge of English has become more common in younger people and will usually be spoken in major hotels and tourist destinations, but it is not widely spoken amongst people from older generations.
If you are in Kiev, take time to admire the city’s beautiful architectural sites, including St. Sophia’s Cathedral, the city’s oldest remaining church. In the summer, residents often spend their days in the city parks and the beaches of the Dnipro River. Outside of Kiev, many cities along the Black Sea coastline are popular places to visit, including the old city of Odessa.
Some of Ukraine’s most popular dishes include borscht (a soup made of meat and beets), varenyky (dumplings stuffed with potatoes, meat, vegetables, or fruits), and a variety of delicious baked goods. When in Ukraine, enjoy a hearty meal with strong spirits and good company!
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Ukraine require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Ukrainian private school positions.
Ukraine at a Glance
Capital - Kiev
Language - Ukrainian
Population - 44 million
Currency - Ukrainian hryvnia
Government - Semi-presidential republic
- The largest country in Europe, Ukraine shares borders with Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Belarus, Russia and the Black Sea.
- Ukraine is home to a total of seven Unesco World Heritage sites, including the 11th century Saint-Sophia Cathedral in the capital city, Kiev.
- The city of Lviv, Ukraine, boasts the most cafes in the world per capita.
- Ukraine officially gained independence on August 24, 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
- In 1720, Ukraine created the first constitution in the modern world.
- The founders of Whatsapp and Paypal were both born in Kiev, Ukraine.
- Ukraine has one of the highest literacy rates in the world, at 99.7%.