EFL Teacher: Mainly Young Learners in Riga

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Start Date
3 Sept 2024
Duration or End Date
31 May 25 (with possibility of extension for Summer School until 20 June 25)
To be discussed at interview


Essential Requirements


  • You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification
  • The role is open only to those with the right to work in the EU. UK nationals will be considered.
  • You must have a degree (e.g. BA, BSc)
  • Mastery of English at CEFR C2 or IELTS band 9

Job Description

Each teacher has a varied timetable, teaching different levels and age groups based on experience and preference. The majority of our students are young learners and we have many teens groups at B2, C1, C2. The school has classes for adults, IELTS and specialised business courses but the schedule will be largely made up of learners under 18. We are looking for someone who will provide engaging, fun and communicative lessons.

There is an average of 23 hours of teaching per week, with approximately two hours per week dedicated to training and development, more if required. In addition to the teaching hours, there is regular admin such as lesson planning and end of term tests and reports. Split days are kept to a minimum and everyone has two days off per week. Some classes may be online, but most will be face-to-face. A reduced timetable is possible - to be discussed at interview.

A happy teacher usually means happy students, so creating a supportive and inclusive environment in which teachers can enjoy their time in Riga is a priority for us. The school provides comprehensive academic support and professional development, tailored to the teachers’ needs and interests as much as possible. Teachers enjoy a collaborative atmosphere where they can learn from a team of approximately 15 friendly and supportive peers - both local and international - whose experience is wide and varied. There are opportunities to give and receive constructive feedback from regular observations and appraisals, team meetings and training sessions. As well as in-house training and development, our teachers can take advantage of the wide variety of training courses offered by the IH network.

• Paid 3 day induction 
• Weekly team meetings and training workshops 
• Lesson planning support and guidance as required 
• Peer and formal observations and personal feedback 
• Well-stocked teachers’ room and resource library 
• Free survival Latvian lessons 
• Funding of up to 50% for CPD courses for those teachers who stay longer than one contract 
• Parties and social events

"I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my first teacher year! A huge plus for IH Riga is the warming atmosphere that they are able to provide for teachers even at 2.467km of distance (Italy - Latvia)". 
Alice, teaching online from Italy.


Other Befenits

FlightsFlights are reimbursed at the end of the contract, up to 250 EUR (for those recruited from outside Latvia).

AccommodationThe school provides high quality shared accommodation in the city centre and very close to the school. The monthly rent is only 100 Euros and utility bills are heavily subsidised by the school.

VisaAssistance with obtaining residency and work permit

Holiday: There are up to 24 days paid holidays for a 9 month contract. The school is closed for approximately 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year and on some Latvian public holidays throughout the year.


About the school and city

IH Riga is a modern language school in Latvia. The school was founded in 1993 and located in the historical centre of Riga. We have mainly teens, YL and VYL courses with some adult and exam classes.

Professional development has always been a priority here, and the school provides a wide range of training options and support including weekly in-house workshops and input sessions, observations and mentoring.  

The school premises are spacious and nicely designed. We have a large, airy and pleasant staff room, which has a large stock of methodology and resource books for all ages and levels. There is also a small kitchen for teachers. Teachers have their own classrooms which have internet and computers. Large-screen laptops are also available for use in class. 

Riga is a modern city with a medieval heart and art nouveau districts so there are always plenty of things to do and see. The main cultural and entertainment attractions in Riga are all within easy walking distance. The famous Jurmala beach resort is also close to the city. 

The school organises parties and team building events and we have many teachers that have been with us for 10-15 years. We strive to create a positive, inclusive and supportive work environment for our local and international teachers.