More than anywhere, Hungary seems to be a land of surprising contrasts, and the TEFL job market is no exception. On one hand there’s the bureaucratic employment legislation, a wobbling economy and an unfavourable tax system which do little to encourage language schools to take on teachers full-time. On the other hand, there are the innumerable opportunities for teachers, and the fact that the demand for English has never been higher. So how can that be?
The demand aspect is relatively easy to explain. With multinationals relocating to Hungary in droves to take advantage of favourable corporation tax laws and cheap(er) labour, the need for English (the lingua franca of the business community) is obvious. Then there’s the fact that pretty much anyone who wants to graduate from university needs to gain a certain level of proficiency in a language – and which language do most choose? English. Add this to the fact that Hungarians are looking to go abroad to find work like never before (we’re told the city which has the 2nd largest population of Hungarians in the world – after Budapest – is London!) and it is easy to see why EFL teachers are needed.
By Lindsay Varty
Ian Pitchford at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons
Located either side of the Danube River, lies Hungary’s capital and arguably the most beautiful city in Europe. Budapest has been voted one of the most livable cities in Europe and it’s no surprise why. With its stunning architecture, rampant history and buzzing atmosphere, it’s a prime location for TEFL teachers.
There are some things you simply can’t miss: the sprawling Buda Castle (‘Budavar’) standing defiantly on Castle hill. After centuries of housing Hungary’s royalty, this World Heritage site now contains museums such as the Hungarian National Gallery and many picturesque grounds open to the public. The neo-gothic Parliament building is the largest building in Hungary and is adorned in glistening lights at night. The Dohány Street Synagogue remains the second largest in the world at 44 metres high and can seat 3,000 people. Discover Europe’s haunting past at the Holocaust Memorial graves and see the huge metal ‘tree of life’ whose leaves are engraved with the names of the 400,000 Hungarian Jews murdered by the Nazis.
By Tammy Reed
By Lepeltier.ludovic (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary, and at the heart of Europe. It is sometimes referred to the as ‘Little Paris’, and it doesn’t take long to see why. Charming street side cafes and boutique restaurants (without the Paris price tag) make it an ideal place to while away your spare time! The Neoclassical to Art Noveau architecture is an absolute eye-opener, with its astonishing beauty far-outreaching the city into the surrounding countryside.
Straddled by a river it may come as no surprise that Budapest is divided into two parts: Buda, (The hill filled West side) and Pest (The flat East side). It is a huge city that plays it part centrally in terms of not only location, but within commerce, industry and politics- to name a few.