Living and Teaching English in Romania - Habits, Customs & Curiosities
If you are looking to avoid the overcrowded teaching markets of Western Europe, you might want to take a look at Romania as jobs are plentiful and the cost of living is low compared to many other countries in the region.
Below are a few guides to give you an insight into the country and its culture, from basic travel tips to some weird and wonderful facts that you might find interesting.
You will also find a travel guide to the capital Bucharest which is the cultural heart of the country and the main center for teaching jobs.
Located in Southeast Europe with a coast on the Black Sea, Romania has a fast-growing tourism industry and a strong demand for English language teachers.
Once in Romania you will find plenty of attractions to enjoy in your free time, from the relaxing beaches of the Black Sea coast in summer to skiing in the Carpathian Mountains during the winter.
As a full member of the EU, teachers with a passport from other EU states can live and work in the country without a work permit, other nationalities should check their visa status before arrival.
Other popular excursions you won’t want to miss include exploring the natural beauty of the Danube Delta and a visit to Bran Castle, more commonly known as Dracula’s Castle.
If you are considering Romania as a possible teaching destination then you might be interested to know a little more about the country, its people and the local culture.
The country is also home to the largest rock sculpture in Europe and the Palace of the Parliament which is the largest and most expensive administrative building anywhere in the world.
The River Danube Delta is one of the country’s most popular attractions as it is home to over 7,000 species of flora and fauna.
Other surprising facts include; Romania is one of the oldest wine producers in the world with production dating back over 4,000 years, and it is ranked number 1 in Europe and number 10 in the world for internet speed.
If you plan on heading to Romania to teach EFL, there is a good chance you will spend some time exploring the capital city Bucharest.
Although the peak winter months can be quite cold and the peak summer months hot and humid, there is never a bad time to be in the city as there are a number of cultural festivals throughout the year.
With a population of 2.2 million, Bucharest is the sixth largest city in the European Union.
Among the many must-see attractions in Bucharest are the Romanian Athenaeum which is a major landmark in the center of the city, the peaceful surroundings of Herastrau Park, and the National Museum of Art of Romania which houses masterpieces by many of the biggest names in European art.
The Danube Delta is a World Heritage site that covers over 4,000km² making it the second largest river delta in Europe.
Trips to the area can be combined with a stay in the nearby port of Constanta which is the oldest city in Romania dating back to 600 BC.
This huge area of outstanding natural beauty is a big draw for foreign visitors as it is home to spectacular scenery and a wide array of wildlife such as otters, mink, seals, wildcats and over 300 bird species.
This cultural center is popular as it offers a variety of great attractions, including historical buildings and monuments, a vibrant nightlife and easy access to a number of different beach resorts.
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