• Start Date: ASAP
  • Duration or End Date: 19.06.2019 
  • Salary: EU teachers on fixed contracts; 3400-3900; Self-employed teachers 50-65 PLN/hour; dependent on experience and qualifications

Essential role requirements

  • The role is open only to those with the right to work in the EU or hold a USA passport.

  • You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification

Job Description

Are you an energetic, passionate and genuinely caring teacher looking for teaching satisfaction, inspiration, creativity & development?

Come & join our kindergarten this academic year!

* Work Mon-Fri - travel on weekends
* AM hours mostly - explore or relax in the afternoons
* Competitive salary + extra bonuses
* Professional EFL development opportunities - IH world certified
* Personal gratification and job satisfaction

EU & USA passports holders ONLY!

Welcome to First Steps Bi-lingual Kindergarten Bielsko-Biala!

We are a long established and successful bi-lingual kindergarten, based in Bielsko-Biala's city center and located amidst the backdrop of a beautiful mountainous region, offering teachers traveling abroad, some great job perks!

- To begin with, who are we?
Put simply, we are a modern childhood education center for 130 happy and eager to learn 1-6-year-olds.

- What does the job entail?
Basically, teachers are given the unique learning opportunity to teach 2 groups of say, 4-year-olds, for 4 hours of English communication daily through interesting and fun subjects or activities such as, art, outdoor play, breakfast, morning greeting time, story time, music and dance; having the same children for 4 hours daily will allow you to build strong and special bonds with each of them and make your day-to-day teaching experiences memorable and extremely satisfying!

- Are English teachers assisted by other staff?
All our English teachers work side-by-side with English speaking Polish teachers and assistants so they always have a translator and help nearby.

- What other things are teachers involved in?
Teachers take part in many programs and activities, for example, Forest Adventure (trips to the forest)Jolly phonics, extra curriculum activities, healthy eating choices, special shows, culture days, trips to the city's theatres, museums and community services i.e. Police or Fire Station, day trips to plant nurseries, fun parks, etc., walks, family fun days, Christmas and Easter events, just to name a few.

- Do teachers get the support and assistance they need?
The quality of education a child receives is determined by the quality of the teacher so we are dedicated to you! We will strongly support you in all means possible. Some examples of these are, regular meetings, training sessions, an orientation and induction week (prior to starting work), peer knowledge sharing and observations, teaching guides, quality resources such as topic folders full of 1000s of colourful and laminated flashcards, a library of storybooks, music, art supplies, sporting equipment, toys and computer and office equipment, just to name a few.

- What are the working hours?
Depending on your contract, they range between 20-25 hours weekly and mostly in the morning.
You will also be given the special opportunity to work for 2-3 hours weekly at our language school, International House. To learn more about our other schools please read on or visit our website below.

- Length of Contract
ASAP - 19 June 2020.

- Healthcare entitlements
The school will pay 100% of the cost of emergency consultations with general doctors and specialists, emergency hospital treatment, and treatment for illnesses and injuries which occur in Poland. The school also pays 50% of the cost of prescriptions and emergency dental treatment. (Please note: this does not apply to self-employed teachers who have free access to publicly funded Health Care System in Poland).

-Accommodation
The school assists in finding accommodation and teachers are responsible for the monthly rental bills and all utilities.

- Our Kindergarten's history
First Steps Bi-lingual Kindergarten began in 2001 and is located in the city center close to shops and a large shopping center, the main train and bus stations, a cinema, cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. Having these facilities so close to our kindergarten saves time, eradicates long and tedious daily commutes and provides a quick stop for getting a meal, having a drink or simply meeting a friend someplace nice.

We are also owned and operated by the same proprietor of 2 other local schools - International House Language School Bielsko-Biala which has been successfully running since 1993 and is an authorized Cambridge English Examination Centre, and Primary Steps Bielsko-Biala (Primary School) which was opened in 2014. All 3 of our schools have a solid reputation in our local community for the great care we offer our students, families and teachers alike.

- Why would a teacher want to live and teach in Bielsko-Biala?
We are located in the state of Silesia in the southern part of Poland. This is a great place to live because it has a lot to offer the modern day intrepid explorer, traveler or local resident -
* Enjoy rich natural beauty? - Miles and miles of wilderness pathways to enjoy on your own or with friends as we are situated at the foot of the Beskid Slaski and the Beskid Maly mountains
* Love hiking? - Endless mountain walking trails and enchanting mountain refuges for overnight stays
* Ever skied or snowboarded? - Try our lower slopes or take a cable car to a higher point, only a 10-minute bus ride from the city center
* Experienced winter sports person? - Let loose on one of Poland's most renowned ski resorts, Szczyrk, only a 30-minute bus ride from the city center
* Looking for more? - We have something for everyone - modern and large fitness centres and gyms, tennis, horse riding, pubs and night clubs, cinemas, clean and modern swimming pools, bowling, go-karting, mountain biking trails, ice-skiing, rollerblading, indoor wall climbing and jump parks, supermarkets (Tesco), international cuisine, dancing centres, pottery workshops etc.
* Fancy visiting Slovakia or the Czech Republic? - Jump on a bus or train and you won't be disappointed, only a 30-60 minute bus or train ride from the city center. How about Prague, Vienna or Bratislava - only 3-4 hrs by train or bus
* Interested in historical architecture? - Wander around the city and admire our Art Nouveau, castle and old city area, we are known as Little Vienna
* World War History Buff? - Visit the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp for the day, only 30 km from us
* Like eating and shopping? - Visit our 4 large shopping centers or roam amongst our quaint boutiques and hidden cellar bars and cafes throughout the city's squares and cobblestoned alleyways
* How about some large urban exploration? - Regular and daily buses, coaches & trains to Katowice (45 minutes), Krakow (90 minutes), Wroclaw (3 hours), Warsaw (4 hours), Gdansk (7 hours but well worth the journey time) and inhale the secret health benefits of the iodine saturated air or find some treasure (amber) on the Baltic seaside only 8 hours away
* Wish to fly home for a break? - The 2 closest airports Katowice-Pyrzowice (Domestic & European cities) and Krakow (Domestic, European & America), are only 80kms away

- Why choose us?
* Competitive teaching salary
* Great benefits with salary
* Morning hours (mostly) and weekends FREE
* Opportunities for professional in-house IH training
* Satisfying job and great teacher support
* Great place to visit and experience in East Europe

- Steps of the application process
* Step 1 - Once we are in receipt of your application, we will respond to you quickly (1-3 days) via email
* Step 2 - We will then ask you to download, fill out and return our Internal Application Form
* Step 3 - Upon appraisal of it, we will set up an online face-to-face interview with you
* Step 4 - Before you take the step of signing a contract, we will allow you time to peruse it carefully and answer any important questions or concerns you may have.

1. EU teachers on fixed contracts: 3400 - 3900 PLN (Polish Zloty) per month
plus MONTHLY BONUSES of:
- 100 PLN for a newsletter
- 100 PLN for teachers holding CELTYL, IHCTYLT or CELT-P qualifications

BENEFITS:
* 20 working days of paid holiday for a full academic year including a Christmas break, a winter break in Jan/Feb, an Easter break and a long weekend in May
* Ski pass valued at 400 PLN for a full academic year
* Flight or travel assistance of 300 PLN to help with relocation
* FREE the opportunity to participate in the world recognized course IH CYLT (International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners & Teenagers) upon completion of your first year's contract and signing the next school year contract.
* FREE daily breakfast & lunch in our canteen.

2. Self-employed teachers (US and Polish citizens): 50 PLN per hour plus approx.100 PLN (monthly) for a newsletter

BENEFITS:
* Flight or travel assistance of 600 PLN for teachers traveling from the USA to help with relocation.
* FREE the opportunity to participate in the world recognized course IH CYLT (International House Certificate in Teaching Young Learners & Teenagers) upon completion of your first year's contract and signing the next school year contract.
* FREE daily breakfast & lunch in our canteen.

Other benefits

  • Flights: * Flight or travel assistance of 300 PLN to help with relocation
  • Accommodation: The school helps find accommodation
  • Visa: Only EU and US passport holders. The school helps with registration.
  • Holiday: Holidays (dependent on the contract): 20 working days of paid holiday for a full academic year including a Christmas break, a winter break in Jan/Feb, an Easter break and a long weekend in May

About the school and City

- Our Kindergarten's history
First Steps Bi-lingual Kindergarten began in 2001 and is located in the city center close to shops and a large shopping center, the main train and bus stations, a cinema, cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. Having these facilities so close to our kindergarten saves time, eradicates long and tedious daily commutes and provides a quick stop for getting a meal, having a drink or simply meeting a friend someplace nice.

We are also owned and operated by the same proprietor of 2 other local schools - International House Language School Bielsko-Biala which has been successfully running since 1993 and is an authorized Cambridge English Examination Centre, and Primary Steps Bielsko-Biala (Primary School) which was opened in 2014. All 3 of our schools have a solid reputation in our local community for the great care we offer our students, families and teachers alike.

- Why would a teacher want to live and teach in Bielsko-Biala?
We are located in the state of Silesia in the southern part of Poland. This is a great place to live because it has a lot to offer the modern day intrepid explorer, traveler or local resident -
* Enjoy rich natural beauty? - Miles and miles of wilderness pathways to enjoy on your own or with friends as we are situated at the foot of the Beskid Slaski and the Beskid Maly mountains
* Love hiking? - Endless mountain walking trails and enchanting mountain refuges for overnight stays
* Ever skied or snowboarded? - Try our lower slopes or take a cable car to a higher point, only a 10-minute bus ride from the city center
* Experienced winter sports person? - Let loose on one of Poland's most renowned ski resorts, Szczyrk, only a 30-minute bus ride from the city center
* Looking for more? - We have something for everyone - modern and large fitness centres and gyms, tennis, horse riding, pubs and night clubs, cinemas, clean and modern swimming pools, bowling, go-karting, mountain biking trails, ice-skiing, rollerblading, indoor wall climbing and jump parks, supermarkets (Tesco), international cuisine, dancing centres, pottery workshops etc.
* Fancy visiting Slovakia or the Czech Republic? - Jump on a bus or train and you won't be disappointed, only a 30-60 minute bus or train ride from the city center. How about Prague, Vienna or Bratislava - only 3-4 hrs by train or bus
* Interested in historical architecture? - Wander around the city and admire our Art Nouveau, castle and old city area, we are known as Little Vienna
* World War History Buff? - Visit the infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp for the day, only 30 km from us
* Like eating and shopping? - Visit our 4 large shopping centers or roam amongst our quaint boutiques and hidden cellar bars and cafes throughout the city's squares and cobblestoned alleyways
* How about some large urban exploration? - Regular and daily buses, coaches & trains to Katowice (45 minutes), Krakow (90 minutes), Wroclaw (3 hours), Warsaw (4 hours), Gdansk (7 hours but well worth the journey time) and inhale the secret health benefits of the iodine saturated air or find some treasure (amber) on the Baltic seaside only 8 hours away
* Wish to fly home for a break? - The 2 closest airports Katowice-Pyrzowice (Domestic & European cities) and Krakow (Domestic, European & America), are only 80kms away

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