Teach in Lithuania
If you’re a certified teacher or an ESL teacher looking to teach abroad, Lithuania might be just the country for you.
There’s a relatively high demand for native English speaking teachers in Lithuania as the younger generation becomes more and more interested in learning English to boost their career prospects, so there are lots of opportunities for expat teachers to find teachings jobs in Lithuania at private language schools as well as international schools.
Teaching in Lithuania
Options for teaching in Lithuania
There are many opportunities to teach English in Lithuania at private language schools and international schools. These schools are primarily centered in urban areas like the capital, Vilnius.
At private language schools in Lithuania, there is an increased demand for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certified teachers. As Lithuania is generally a lesser known destination for TEFL teachers, this can mean more job opportunities for ESL teachers.
The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can give you a competitive advantage over other candidates when applying for teaching jobs in Lithuania.
Salary and benefits while teaching in Lithuania
|Teaching Benefit Type||Teaching Benefit Details|
|Yearly Salary||Starting at $1,000 at private language schools, while teachers at international schools can expect to earn upwards of $2,500 US/month.|
|Working Hours||26 hours per week.|
|Relocation Allowance||International schools will often cover your costs, including airfare and initial accommodation.|
|Vacation||Aside from summer holidays (June to September), there are breaks throughout the year (fall, Christmas, Easter and February).|
|Health Insurance||Not typically provided.|
Teaching in Lithuania – Hiring
Teacher applications to international and private language schools in Lithuania are accepted throughout the year. The academic year runs from September until the beginning of June.
Qualifications to teach in Lithuania
Ideally, teachers looking for jobs at private language schools in Lithuania should have, at minimum, a Bachelor’s degree and an internationally recognized TEFL certificate to stand the best chance of finding a job teaching in Lithuania.
International schools in Lithuania will often require teachers have an advanced degree in education as well as a teaching certificate and relevant teaching experience. The pay is accordingly higher at international schools compared to private language schools in Lithuania.
Visas for teachers in Lithuania
Lithuania is a European Union member state, which means that EU nationals don’t need a visa to teach in Lithuania. If you aren’t an EU national, you will need to apply for a work permit to teach in Lithuania.
Living in Lithuania
Salary, working conditions, teaching hours and more tend to vary from school to school in Lithuania. As the cost of living in Lithuania is reasonably low, teachers can expect to live a good lifestyle whether they’re at the lower or upper end of the salary scale.
As requirements to teach at an international school in Lithuania tend to be higher, they often offer teachers a generous salary and benefits packages as well as excellent professional development opportunities.
Things for teachers to do in Lithuania
Teachers in Lithuania will find lots to do in their free time. Due to the country’s small size, getting around is relatively inexpensive. The capital, Vilnius, with its baroque Old Town, is the perfect destination for a city break, with a lively nightlife and restaurant scene.
In the more rural areas there are lots of outdoor pursuits to be had, so be sure to check out the country’s stunning national parks and beaches. Lithuanians are renowned for their sense of hospitality, so you’ll feel at home in no time!
Lithuania at a Glance
Capital - Vilnius
Language - Lithuanian
Population - 2.956 million
Currency - Euro
Government - Parliamentary republic
Major Religion - Roman catholic
Climate - Humid continental
- Basketball is the Lithuania’s national sport, and their national team ranks in the world’s top three.
- Lithuania has the fastest internet speed in the world.
- Over a third of the country is covered in forest.
- Lithuania was the first country to declare independence from the Soviet Union in 1990.
- Lithuania has its own national perfume, called the “Scent of Lithuania”!
- Lithuanian is commonly regarded as the oldest of all living languages.
- The white stork is Lithuania’s national bird.