Living and working in Prague is a rewarding experience. The culture and lifestyle is great, and the job opportunities are plentiful. If you make the effort to get out there and be the best teacher you can be, then the city has a lot to give back.
How to get it all started
Apply for a TEFL course and you can begin the moving process soon after. That includes organising your tourist visa, accommodation and travel.
Long-term visa and other paperwork
To work in Prague you need a business visa based on a Trade License (Živno) . For this it is necessary to get together a number of documents; including a Police Clearance document, proof of funds, and proof of accommodation. There are several companies in Prague that help you with your visa application, so once you gather all the necessary documents and pay the relevant fees, the process is straightforward and it just becomes a waiting game. Sometimes the visa process can take a while, but usually everything is approved quicker than expected.
Costs of living versus how much a teacher can make
Like any big city, it is more expensive to live close to the center of Prague, while living further out becomes much more affordable. The nice thing about Prague is that it is a relatively small city, so even if you choose to live a bit further away from the center it is still very quick and easy to get around to where you need to be.
Other expenses in Prague are quite affordable, especially compared to the rest of Europe. In terms of what you can earn, it depends on how much you choose to work, but with a bit of planning it is very doable to live comfortably on an English teacher’s salary.
Getting around Prague
The public transport in Prague is some of the best in the world. There are trams, buses and metros that run all day every day, to all areas of Prague, with usually only a few minutes wait between them. Once you have a long term ticket (or lítačka), which only costs around 3650 kč for an entire year, you can travel anywhere freely and easily without having to worry about payments or tickets.
Cultural differences (people, language, challenges, etc.)
Culturally, Prague is fascinating. It definitely carries some European charm not only in the architecture but in the traditions as well. The biggest culture shock may be the language, as it’s unlike any other language. Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a situation where people don’t speak any English which can be a bit of a challenge, though with today’s technology it’s quite easy to manage. In the center it is much easier to get by as they’re more used to tourists.
The Czech people themselves may come accross as stubborn at first, but once you get to know them and immerse yourself in the culture you’ll find that they’re actually great and fun-loving people.
Travelling around Europe from Prague
One of the best things about living in Prague is that travelling around Europe is very easy to do. It is an amazing experience to only travel for a few hours and be in a completely new country.