Teaching & TEFL Programs in Netherlands

The Netherlands is a world famous destination with history, culture, friendly people, windmills, tuilips, bicycles and amazing cities. There are so many reasons why you might want to teach English here, view our guide and apply today. 


Teaching, Language & TEFL Jobs in Netherlands


Benefits of Teaching in the Netherlands

Lots of paid time off for school holidays and a relaxed working environment. You might also get to ride a bycle into work, this beats most worldwide commutes and is a very relaxed and healthy way to live. You will get a very laid back experience teaching in the Netherlands, this is one of the safest countries to visit in the world with modern facilities, schools and education system. Where you teach really depends on your interests, you could choose a large city or head somewhere more rural.


Eligibility / Requirements

  • Higher education & university B.A. degree 
  • TEFL qualification
  • Native English speaker
  • Teaching experience desirable


Popular Places to Teach

  • Amsterdam
  • Rotterdam
  • The Hague
  • Arnhem
  • Maastricht
  • Leiden


Teach English in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for bicycles, canals, coffee shops and red light distrct - but there is a lot more to this city than that. Amsterdam is one of the most desirable places to work as a teacher in Europe and it is easy to see why. This is a really fun city to live and work, but please note prices here for accommodation, food and going out are generally higher than the rest of the country. An alternative option to save money you might not have though about is to live in Utrecht but then commute to Amsterdam for work, it is only around 30 minutes on the train.


How Easy is it to Get ESL Employment in the Netherlands

Dutch people are very easy going and tranquil, they also pride themselves on being very good at conversing in foreign languages like English. In a 2011 English Proficiency Index by EF, the Nertherlands came in second place which might make you really consider whether there is that big a need for foreign teachers. The Netherlands doesn't have the largest population in Europe and find work can be easier in nearby countries. Gaining employment as a TEFL teacher in the Netherlands can be difficult, competition is high and your best best might be to work freelance and also give private lessons which generally pay quite well.


Where to Apply 

The main employment opportunities are found at international or private language schools, academies, colleges and universities.


Top Tips for Getting a Teaching Job

If you are qualified and have experience you will stand a better chance of gaining employment here.


Best Time to Gain Employment

The school term starts in September and we recommend starting job hunting in at least August. There are also openings in December whilst if you work freelance you can find year round opportunities.


Salary & Cost of Living

  • Estimated Salary: £1,500 - £2,000 per month
  • Average cost of living: Approx £800 - £1500 (depending on where you are working)


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