EFL/YL Teacher in Riga (Sept 2020)

Start Date
1 September 2020
Duration or End Date
June 2021 or August 2021 for 9 or 12-month contracts
The teacher salary is 1000 EUR - 1300 EUR depending on qualifications and experience. The starting salary we offer to newly qualified teachers is the average middle class income in Latvia.


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.

Desirable requirements:

At least one year post-initial qualification experience.
A YL qualification and IH experience will be considered a plus.

Job description

IH Riga are currently seeking the following:

1. Teens and Adults Teachers (levels B1 - C1, aged between 15 and adult).

2. VYL and YL Teachers (working mainly with learners aged between 3 and 14).

Special seminars and training are organized for teachers of these age groups. Please note: Only applications which meet the minimum requirements will be replied to. 

H Riga is friendly school with a wide range of students of different ages and backgrounds which offers a competitive salary and low cost accommodation.

Each teacher has a variety of classes, encompassing different levels and age groups. An average of 23 clock hours per week, with an additional 1 - 2 hours per week dedicated to training, development and admin. Timetables differ, but the majority of classes are taught on site. Split days are kept to a minimum.

The school provides comprehensive academic support and professional development. Our Senior Team consists of Senior Teachers, ADOSes and the Director of Studies and provides day-to-day guidance and constantly works to improve our systems and procedures. Teachers enjoy a supportive atmosphere where they can learn from a team of friendly and supportive peers whose experience is wide and varied. Give and receive constructive feedback from regular observations and appraisals.

Career opportunities:

IH Riga is the largest private language school in Latvia and a member of IHWO, we can offer our teachers excellent opportunities for career advancement. Internal promotion: If you are looking to move into a senior position then this is the school for you. The Senior Team leads the main training and observation programme; teachers lead short training exercises at the monthly staff meetings and can lead longer seminars as part of their development. Working with us provides the opportunity to become a Language Cert Examiner. External promotion: after a year spent with IH Riga with excellent professional development, our teachers are in pole position to transfer to IH and non IH schools around the world worldwide.

About the school:

IH Riga is a modern language school in Latvia, founded in 1993, which joined the IHWO network in 2003. IH Riga is well-known for its high standards and the excellent training offered. The school is located in the historical centre of the city, in relatively newly refurbished premises. IH Riga is a Teacher Training Centre and Language Cert exam centre. Ninety-five percent of classes are on-site. For more information about the school, our staff and about Riga itself, please visit us at:

About the city:

Riga is a large modern city with a medieval heart and art deco 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 close to the city. The cost of living in Riga is much less than in Western countries, Moscow or Tallinn. Add to that low cost accommodation, paid holidays, airfare reimbursement and health cover and Riga becomes an ideal place to make your new home!

Other benefits

Flights: Flights are reimbursed up to 250 EUR

Accommodation: Low cost shared or single accommodation in the city center is provided by the school for a monthly rent of 100 EUR including all bills (capped), except TV/internet and electricity.

Holiday: There are up to 31 days paid holidays (including public holidays) for 12 month contract and up to 29 days paid holidays for 9 month contract.


About the school and city

Riga itself is a small city, easy to navigate around. It has a beautiful Old Town, a busy shopping district and a stunning Art Deco feel in other locations.

IH Riga is situated about ten minutes from the Old Town and the same distance from both the Train and Bus stations, so it is very convenient to get to. Even the airport is only about twenty minutes away on the bus. 

What is the best thing about the school?  You mean apart from the good facilities, the brilliant team and our lovely teachers? We would have to say our students. Some of them come back year after year for the Celta because they enjoy it so much, and our Young Learners are such a bright, funny, engaging bunch that trainees on the Young Learner course forget to be nervous!