Budapest has long been well known as a great option for teachers who want to get qualified. What might surprise many however, is that so many end up staying.
To explain why could take as long as a boat cruise on the Danube; and that’s the perfect place to start.
A city as picturesque as any of its neighbours Vienna, Prague and Krakow, Budapest adds the lived - in feel. It’s a historic city with stunning architecture that doesn’t feel the need to hide the wear and tear that comes with such a history. It's a busy city of 2 million young and old but with green spots of serenity that often leave you wondering where all the people are. It’s a modern city that has all the convenience of any similarly sized European capital. Nothing ever seems to be more than 20 minutes away. And it’s a creative city whose inhabitants, never less than friendly and welcoming to the interested visitor, take full advantage of these contrasts. The famous ‘ruin pubs’ will assure any visitor of that. A beer, in a sun - splashed tenement courtyard, anyone? And for just one pound fifty?
The cost of living is definitely another major attraction. A month’s travel (all over Budapest, on trams, buses and metro) for under 30 euros. A cauldron of goulash for 3 dollars. Those arriving from the West may quickly succumb to the temptation of a few treats at these favourable prices.
And to fund those treats newly qualified teachers will probably be seeking work. TEFL Jobs in Hungary are relatively easy to come by for anyone willing to put a little effort into jobseeking - and the positions and contexts available are as diverse as one could hope for. Whether it’s General or Business English that attracts you, or Younger Learners or even Kindergarden, there’s something for everyone...