CETP is a teacher recruitment organization. Since 1991 we have been working to provide native-speaking English teachers and other languages and subjects to public schools as well as several parochial schools in Hungary and Romania. CETP serves more than 100 different schools, and has sent more than 500 English Conversation Teachers to the region over the past decade. The Central European Teaching Program is the single largest provider of teachers to Hungarian public schools.

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How to Apply

Participating in a program like CETP can be a challenge — you’ll travel far from home, and begin a new job in a completely foreign environment. You’ll be working alongside people who speak little or no English, and who are from a culture that may not be as similar to ours as it at first appears.

But, we think that’s part of what makes this an unforgettable experience… one from which you’ll gain as much as you give.

If you’re ready to begin a new adventure, this is the place to get started!


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The Experience: What’s it like?

“I have CETP to thank for so many of the amazing opportunities that have come my way. It’s hard to believe that four years ago I was working with the Narcotics and Special Investigation Unit of the D.C. police. Somehow that led to me working at a church school in Mako, Hungary, playing all sorts of English games. It was a great experience that allowed me to experience a new country. I made many great friends and felt like I was really making a difference.”

–Marty Benson, Hungary 2014

“When I joined CETP two and a half years ago, I had no idea what a life-changing experience was in store for me. It is not an exaggeration to say that teaching in Budapest these few past years has changed me in every way. I am more confident, more open, and more fulfilled than I have ever been. I feel I have been particularly lucky because my school is a perfect match for me, and I found an afternoon job teaching theater to English speaking children, which I love. Plus, who wouldn’t fall in love with Budapest? Ultimately, I would recommend this program to any aspiring teacher or traveler who wants to work hard, learn patience and flexibility, and reap the rewards of a changed world view. I promise, you’ll love the person you become.”

–Sloan Thompson, CETP 2014-Present

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“I’ve found a second home here in Hungary, thanks to the welcoming and friendly Hungarian colleagues, and the collegiality of the other native speakers. Hungary isn’t the most popular destination in Europe, but it should be! It has all you could want: great people, good food, excellent wine, and a depth of history. I’ll never be sorry.”

–Claire Strasbaugh , CETP 2012-Present

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“As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power

to make a child’s life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.

I can humiliate or heal.

In all situations, it is my response that decides

whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated

and a child humanized or dehumanized.”
-Haim G. Ginott

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Our Staff


Mary Rose

CETP’s Director, taught through CETP at an elementary school in Kalocsa, Hungary (2002-2003). She is an experienced teacher, certified in elementary education, and with her TEFL certification from Transworld Teachers in San Francisco. When not busy enjoying her young grandchildren—Cash, Jake, Cyrus, Noah, Abe and her only granddaughter—Malin, Mary directs the program from her office in Portland, Oregon.


Hajnalka Vancsik

is based in the capital city of Budapest. Prior to joining CETP, Hajni (pronounced “HOY-nee”) provided support for Americans studying in Hungary through various study abroad organizations. She is CETP’s Hungarian Director and acts as liaison between CETP, the Hungarian government, school directors, and our teachers. As such she ensures that CETP’s teachers have a safe, healthy, and satisfying stay in Hungary—in other words, she is our Hungarian mom. She was at one time director’s assistant for one of Hungary’s major theaters, and thus she’s well-acquainted with many famous stage and film personalities. She also takes care of Ponche, her old & blind dog.


Hildie Cuddigan

is Mary’s part-time assistant as well as fulltime mom to Cash and Jake.  In her spare time she volunteers at the neighborhood elementary school, takes long walks with her dog Rocky, gardens, and reads. She lives in Portland, Oregon.