is not financially supported by any institution,
foundation, or grant-making organization; nor
does the program receive financial assistance
from any Central European government, or charge
any fees to host schools. Therefore, to offer
teacher placement and support services, we must
charge a fee to participants.
are focused on providing a valuable service to
our teachers and our schools, and our fees simply
reflect our operating costs, nothing more. Although
unfortunately we cannot offer anyone a "free
ride," we try very hard to make the program
affordable to qualified applicants in special
welcome you to take a look at fees for similar
programs which provide a significant amount of
support in the host country (Transitions
Abroad magazine, and Susan Griffith's book
English Abroad, are both excellent places to start). Once you research work abroad programs, we're sure you'll feel that CETP's prices are highly competitive and are among the least costly. You will also find that, with our 19 year successful track record, CETP provides stellar services and peace of mind for the money.
some applicants with a talent for fundraising
have been successful at attracting donations towards
some or all of the placement fees. There are literally
thousands of organizations in America (and other
English-speaking countries) with strong ties to
Central Europe and a desire to help schoolchildren
there. For applicants willing to do the research
and the cold calling and the networking, the financial
rewards can be well worth the effort.
more information about our fees, be sure to scroll
down and review the chart of program fees, towards
the bottom of this page.
should I pay to work abroad?
is a valid question, with several related answers.
Peace of Mind (the "insurance" angle).
It might help to think of teaching in Europe through
CETP along the same lines as buying car insurance
or health insurance. CETP provides three tiers
of support for our teachers:
-The assistance of our US-based home office. Once we receive your application, we'll discuss placement options with you, locate appealing vacancies in your first choice host country, and help you narrow your search. When the time comes, we will arrange for your work visa to be issued by the host country's government.
English-speaking local contact person at your
host school. Your contact person will pick you
up after orientation, help you get settled in
your town, and will act as your personal translator
when you need to set up a bank account, visit
the doctor, register at the police station, etc.
-And, perhaps most importantly, our country directors remain in contact with you throughout your stay and, and will act on your behalf if an issue arises between you and the school that needs to be settled. Whether it's a health emergency, a personal crisis, or just a mid-year teaching slump, your country director is there for you, day or night, providing you with as much personal and professional support as you need.
don't just take our word for it! If you want to
talk to someone about what it's like to teach
abroad through CETP, we will be happy to provide
you with email addresses of current and former
to hear the pros and cons of going it alone and
to talk to people who have arranged their own
teaching placements around the world or have worked
with other placement firms, we invite you to begin
your research at Dave's
ESL Cafe. Talking to as many current and former
TEFL teachers as possible will help you determine
the level of support you need when teaching abroad,
and will put CETP's costs and services into perspective
Location (the "curse of the non-EU passport
holder" angle). In the early 90s, we
all heard about backpackers just showing up at
schools in Central Europe and being offered ridiculous
local salaries for minimal teaching duties, but
those days are LONG gone. If you are a US or Canadian
citizen and want to teach in Europe but don't
have a European Union passport, we don't want
to sound harsh, but good luck!
When it comes to ESL teaching jobs, EU countries (to include Hungary) are required by law to give preference to EU applicants (generally British teachers of English), and the red tape involved is enough to discourage most schools from wanting to hire non-EU citizens. Consequently, there are very few legitimate placement firms which can find full-time, paid employment for Americans in Europe, Western or Central.
Americans find under-the-table TESL work in Europe?
Yes, sometimes, as long as you don't mind not
having job security, legal status, health insurance,
a normal teaching timetable, or a steady paycheck!
CETP is proud to be one of the few programs that
can get you a "real job" in Europe,
with all the rights and perks you deserve (paid
vacations, health coverage, and paid, rent-free
summers off for two-year teachers... and more!).
ESL Cafe is an excellent resource for more
information on the TEFL job market for non-EU
Financial Reality (the "Central Europe is
NOT Japan" angle). To be blunt, if you
want to earn a magnificent teaching salary, Central
Europe is not the place to go. Hungary is not as wealthy as many other EFL teaching
destinations, and our host schools simply cannot
offer you a salary similar to what you might earn
in the US, or in Asia. However, your CETP salary
will provide for all your living expenses, and
some local travel.
addition, teaching for a school-year in Central
Europe can offer you the chance to travel extensively
in Europe, and to experience a foreign culture
as a resident rather than as a transient. You
can also learn one or more new languages. You
can increase your knowledge of Central European
history, politics, folklore, and customs. You
can internationalize your resume. You can relax
and enjoy yourself in a somewhat less materialistic
and individualistic society. You can shape your
own once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although you
won’t become rich, during your time in Central
Europe you’ll be showered with memories to last
included in the ten-month placement fee?
full-time teaching placement, September to June
health insurance through host country
pick-up in host country
information to help you prepare to live and
teach in your country of choice
housing, primarily in Soviet-style flats
- Utilities (except phone and Internet service)
events and teacher training classes
support from Director in host country, and from
Program Director in US
not included in the fee?
- Work visa fee though it is usually waived for CETP applicants. ($0 - $180, depending on country)
- Airfare to and from Europe (call us for price details).
((only applies when canceling after
June 1st. For an emergency, we may choose
to refund this fee after this date).
|(All CETP fees are subject
to change without notice. Call 503-287-4977
to confirm current fees.)
This fee covers CETP's job placement services,
and all of CETP's services to you during your
first school-year of teaching with us.
The cancellation fee is covered by the applicant
forfeiting his or her enrollment fee, or forfeiting
$500 from other fees already paid to CETP.
This fee covers all of CETP's services to you
during your second school-year of teaching with