EFL Teacher in Torun

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Start Date
Monday 16th September 2024 (arriving into Poland the weekend before)
Duration or End Date
30th June 2025
The base salary starts at 2050PLN going up to 2607PLN a month (depending on experience working for other IH schools or whether they are IH Torun returning teachers). This includes accommodation covered by the school. If teachers prefer to find and pay for their own accommodation the monthly salary will start from 3350PLN increasing to 3907PLN depending on the length of work with an IH school. There are also additional increments (e.g. overtime, travel time, exam teachers, etc).


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 candidates will be considered.
  • Experience teaching YLs and Cambridge exams an advantage.

Job Description

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated teachers with EU (or UK) citizenship + CELTA/CertTESOL who want to pursue teaching English as their career and are looking for teacher development. The position is for the 2024/25 academic year starting on 16th September (with a week-long paid induction week) and lasting until 30th June 2025 (with the possibility of staying on for the 2025/26 academic year). International House Torun has an excellent reputation for its continuous professional development that it offers its teachers.

Come and be part of our team! 

If you are looking to develop as a teacher, then IH Torun is the school to work at. We offer teacher development sessions once a week as well as weekly free basic conversational Polish lessons with a qualified Polish teacher. You will be teaching up to 25 Teaching hours of English (25 x 45 mins) each week in a fun, friendly and supportive school. Your classes could include a mixture of Young Learners (7-12) as well as teenagers (13-17) and adult 1-1 students/group classes at a variety of CEFR levels. Twice a week you may also have to commute to our satellite school in Inowroclaw (45 mins away). There is no weekend teaching, though on some Saturdays (no more than 4 a year) you'll be involved in some social events. 
We welcome enthusiastic teachers who have some experience, though newly-qualified will also be considered. 

Torun is a great place to live and work; certainly it's a home away from home! IH Torun is a small school but is very well-known within the ELT community for its great focus on teacher development. In 2023 we actually celebrated our 30th anniversary. 

Every year, we organise the IH Torun Teacher Training Day which has had some big name ELT presenters in the past such as Jeremy Harmer, Scott Thornbury, Jill Hadfield, Adrian Underhill, Jon Hird, Katherine Bilsborough, John Hughes, Hugh Dellar and Marjorie Rosenberg. We also offer extensive CPD opportunities. 

If you think teaching English is your career and you want to progress and improve, then this is definitely the school for you. 

Overall benefits: 
• Transport to out-of-town contracts* is provided, and salary increments paid (*if lessons are face to face) 
• Increments if you teach Cambridge exam classes 
• Outstanding INSETT programme and CPD opportunities including free entry to the annual IH Torun International Teacher Training Day which attracts big names in the world of TEFL (Past presenters include Jeremy Harmer, Scott Thornbury, Jill Hadfield, Adrian Underhill, Jon Hird, Katherine Bilsborough, John Hughes, Hugh Dellar and Marjorie Rosenberg). Teachers also attend an annual teacher training day at our sister school (IH Bydgoszcz) 
• Chance to present and lead your own sessions during the INSETT programme
• Opportunity to take the IHCYLT (IH Certificate in teaching Young Learners and Teenagers) and IHCAM (IH Certificate in Advanced Methodology) courses at the school at subsidised rates
• Basic Polish lessons with a qualified Polish language teacher are provided once a week 
• All EU citizens are eligible for free national healthcare under the Polish health system. Teachers MUST bring a valid European Health Card with them. The cost of medication and dental care are not covered 
• Shared accommodation in single bedrooms in a local, fully-furnished flat provided by the school. If teacher prefers to search and pay for their own flat then there is a monthly self-accommodating increment on top of the base salary 
• Return flights from within Europe. The one way ticket is reimbursed at the start of the contract and again at the end of the contract 
• All teachers returning to IH Torun receive a monthly increment of 10% on top of their basic salary 
• Having IH Torun on your CV looks great as we are highly regarded within the International House organisation

'Come to IH Torun as a newly-qualified teacher, leave with a wealth of knowledge and experience.' - A. Assadi (Teacher, IH Torun)


Other Benefits

Flights: We cover return flights from within Europe with a low-cost airline for approx. 400PLN per flight. The one way inbound flight is reimbursed at the start of the contract and the outbound return flight is reimbursed at the end of the contract.

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in a single room in a shared flat (shared with one other teacher). The flat is a 20 mins walk away from the school. All flats are modern and fully-furnished. NB. If a teacher prefers to find and pay for their own flat then a single flat allowance of 1300PLN per month is paid on top of the monthly base salary.

Holiday: Holiday pay is included. Holidays include Christmas, Easter and Ferie (the Polish winter break in January 2025).


About the school and city

Opened in 1993, IH Torun has approximately 14 teachers, and 450 students in and out of school and some in-company. Ages range from 5 to adult, divided into 3 age streams. Mostly it is general English, but there are special classes such as Cambridge exam preparation and exam club (First, Advanced, Proficiency). The school also has a branch in the small town of Inowroclaw, where some teachers spend two afternoons a week.

The school is situated 5 minutes walk from the old town. It boasts its own computer room with internet access, a small teachers' kitchen, and two teachers' rooms. There is a popular social programme for staff and students including pub quiz nights, karaoke evenings and kids' parties.

The school has a friendly, open atmosphere and offers daily teacher support from experienced staff. There is also free Polish lessons once a week for our teachers.

There are weekly teacher development sessions led by senior staff and regular teacher observations to help you improve your teaching. The management is always approachable and helpful, operating an open-door policy.

Every year, we organise the IH Torun Teacher Training Day which attracts participants from all over Poland and eastern Europe as well as some big name EFL presenters. Past presenters include Adrian Underhill, Jon Hird, Katherine Bilsborough, John Hughes, Hugh Dellar and Marjorie Rosenberg. This year we look forward to welcoming Scott Thornbury to IH Torun!