What is the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) for teaching English in Hungary?

Every year, thousands of new and experienced teachers head to Europe looking for adventure while working as an English language teacher. A large number of these will arrive in the usual hotspots across Italy and Spain where the competition for jobs can be very high. If you are looking for something a little different that is slightly off the beaten path, then the Central European Teaching Program (CETP) may be worth a look. The CETP is a long running program that places applicants into schools in Hungary to work as English language teachers.

What are the requirements for the Central European Teaching Program?

The CETP is open to native English speakers from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., or any other EU country. As the scheme has no official upper age limit it is a particularly good option for older teachers who might find it difficult to secure jobs in some other European countries. The standard program runs for 10 months from September to mid-June, with an orientation week prior to the start. There are also 6-month positions available from January to June. Unlike many government run placement programs, the privately operated CETP requires applicants to pay a placement fee. While this might put off some teachers, the program does offer many benefits that warrant further consideration. Some of the main benefits of the program are as follows:

  • A regular salary that is equal to local coworkers (no income tax is required)
  • National health insurance
  • A private, furnished apartment with all utilities covered
  • Paid holidays
  • Work visa that also allows you to travel across Europe
  • Partners, friends or families can often be placed together

How do I apply for the Central European Teaching Program?

If you are interested in the program and would like further details you should visit the CETP website. In order to be accepted on the program applicants must submit the following documents:

  • TEFL/TESOL certification that includes at least 20 hours of practical classroom teaching
  • Letter from doctor confirming your good health (work visa requirement)
  • Notarized copy of your university diploma
  • Background check