Published: 24 November, 2014  |  Last updated: 24 November, 2014

Teaching English in Sofia, Bulgaria


Sofia, Bulgaria 

Report submitted on 24 November, 2014 by Elena.

Teaching English in Sofia, Bulgaria:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Sofia, Bulgaria?
The best bet is to look up top 4 language schools in Bulgaria:

1. British Council
2. Avo Bell
3. Britanica
4. Intellect

… and contact those schools directly.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at companies, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.).

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
CELTA is preferred in good schools.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?

What are the levels of payment?
15 – 30 lv per hour (7-15 euros)

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
7-10 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
In my school (Avo Bell) we have holidays off. In other schools, teachers are still required to come to work even if students are on a break.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Sofia, Bulgarian to teach English?
I think Bulgaria/ Sofia is great. It’s a small enough country /city, very friendly to foreigners. Teaching positions are not very well paid…but again, it depends on where you work. Teachers at the International school (Anglo-American, etc) are very well paid.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Sofia, Bulgaria?
– English teachers are in great demand
– there are tons of opportunities for leisure activities (hiking, skiing, seaside)

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Sofia, Bulgaria?
Not well paid.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
It really depends on a school. Some schools are very set in their ways and expect you to teach their way…but again, there are tens of language schools in Sofia and, as everywhere, it depends on who your supervisors/ colleagues are and how open-minded you are.


Living in Sofia, Bulgaria:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Bulgaria?
If you are an EU-citizen, then no, otherwise, yes.

What is the cost of living like in Sofia, Bulgaria?
To live comfortably, I’d say you need at least 1,000 euros per month.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
There are lots of real estate site that offer various accommodation.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Sofia, Bulgaria?
Outdoor activities – hiking, skiing, seaside, great night life.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Sofia, Bulgaria?
It depends on where you are coming from and what you are used to. If a teacher is coming from a developed Anglo-Saxon country, some aspects like bad roads could be frustrating.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Sofia, Bulgaria to live?
Negotiate a higher salary from the beginning.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
Good service.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country (e.g. things that are difficult to get in your location)?
You can get everything here.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Sofia, Bulgaria?
Nature, people.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Elena

Nationality: USA

Students I’ve taught in Bulgaria: Elementary (6-12 years), high school (15-18 years).

Where I teach: Avo Bell language school in Sofia. Working here for 1 year.

How I found my current job: I did CELTA at Avo-Bell.

My school facilities: Good – The building is pretty old. Rooms are small. Not many interactive teaching opportunities (e.g. no technology to use the white board interactively), but otherwise the working process is very well organized (Moodle, etc).

Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations.


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3 comments on “Teaching English in Bulgaria – Sofia”

  1. The figures you gave seem a bit off. You state that 15 euros/hour is the top pay and you also give 10 as the top number hours per week. So that is 150 per week. Multiply that by 4 and that is 600 a month. So far so good. But you also state that to live comfortably you need at least 1000 euros per month. So there is a shortfall of 400 euros every month…is this made up by private outside teaching or other work?

  2. I am seriously thinking of moving to Bulgaria as I visited Veilko Turnovo in early October 2015 where the views are stunning just a few minutes out of town, and the value you get for your money for the house’s you have there is just mind blowing plus the pace of life is much better than the UK, and you do not feel threaten at all will I did not when I was there.

    I cannot speak Bulgarian yet but in time I could, and I am not a English Teacher, but I speak English fluently with a lot of cockney rhyming slang, and other saying.

    I would like to move out there very soon but I was told that if you go for a job in Bulgaria the interviews are in Bulgarian which I cannot do at the present. So I am wandering could I teach English or do you have any idea of any English speaking jobs out please as I am a very experienced Bus/Coach Driver preferring Double Decker Buses/Coaches.

    I am prepared to much jobs even rubbish collection or traffic warden etc or Tele-sales or Call Centre. Maybe you could give me some guild me please cheers from David Russell on email =

    1. David:

      My name is Steven. My email address is: and I am an American whom lives in Seattle, Washington. Like yourself, I am contemplating moving to Bulgaria to teach English. I am, also, a professional motor-coach operator/Tour Guide with a very successful career for 17 years in Las Vegas, NV.

      I have had two career paths. Along with giving “historical and cultural” day-tours; I am a Professional Chef. I have a very extensive resume in this field as well. Like yourself, I do not have a teaching credential in English here in the U.S. However, I am very well educated with a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from the University of Southern California. I spend one year in law school, thereby, completing the “dreaded first year law school curriculum”. I, also, attended the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and was a “Dean’s List” honor student.

      So, I would be very interested in hearing from you about your search to also teach English in Bulgaria. If you are interested in corresponding with me in this regard, since we seem to be seeking the same information; I will share what I learn with you as well.


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