I grew up in Portland Oregon USA and then went to college at Washington State and graduated in 2013. I didn’t really know what to do after I graduated school but I knew I wanted to travel.
I studied abroad in Budapest and loved it so I was looking for ways to go back to Hungary and found out about teaching positions all over Hungary and decided to go for it!
I ended up in a little town in Eastern Hungary about an hour from the Romanian boarder. I taught conversational English to kids ages 6-14. It was a very unique experience and very different than living in Budapest but I felt like I was experiencing the real Hungarian culture being out on the great plains.
Highlights and Thoughts
The lifestyle is very slow in Eastern Hungary. I lived in a spa town that was mostly older people and families so there wasn’t much to do in the town. The only people who spoke English in the town were the English teachers at the school so it was difficult to communicate with people but it forced me to learn more Hungarian and to improve my non verbal communication.
Being on a school schedule allowed for a lot of travel during holidays and school breaks. During my year in Hungary I was able to travel to 12 different countries all of my teacher salary.
I flew from Portland to Budapest. In my small town there was a bus to Debrecen which is the second biggest city in Hungary and only about 20 minutes away. There were also hourly trains to Budapest that took about 2.5 hours.
Our program included housing paid for by the schools. I had my own studio apartment with a kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.
I taught English at a bilingual 1-8 school. I was employed by the Hungarian government but I found the job through a program called Central European Teaching Program (cetp.info). I worked about 25 hours a week. The program only required that you have a four year college degree and that you were a native English speaker so there wasn’t too much pressure about being a trained teacher.
I would definitely do this again. It was a very relaxed lifestyle that allowed me to make money and travel at the same time.
It was a difficult job because I didn’t have much experience with teaching and there were many language barriers but it also wasn’t a high pressure job because we were mostly just asked to speak English with the kids.