Teaching English in Liechtenstein

By | February 12, 2014

Liechtenstein is a very small country located in Central Europe. It is a landlocked alpine country and sits between Switzerland in the west and Austria in the east and north. The country is very small at only 160 square kilometres and has a population of just over 35,000.

Although very small, Liechtenstein has a lot going for it. It has the highest GDP (if adjusted with its purchasing power), lowest external debt and also one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.

The German speaking country sits in the Alps and almost all of the country is mountainous. For this reason it is a very popular winter sports destination. On top of this, the country as a very strong financial sector and is a considered to be a tax haven.

The country’s police form consists of only 125 officials but it also has one of the world’s lowest crime rates. The country has no military and was accidentally invaded by the Swiss in 2007. 170 Swiss infantry got lost during a training exercise and ended up in Liechtenstein. After they had realised their mistake they returned back to Switzerland and the country offered sincere and official apologies to Liechtenstein!

Read more about Liechtenstein from Wikipedia.

Why Teach English in Liechtenstein

Balzers - Liechtenstein

Balzers – Liechtenstein – Image courtesy of WikiMedia.

With a population the size of a small city, you won’t find that there are many opportunities for TEFL teachers in Liechtenstein. However, when you occasionally do find one, you will have one of the highest standards of living out of any country in the world!

Due to the fact that your expected salary is comparable to that of what you would receive in Switzerland, you will earn a lot of money teaching English in Liechtenstein.

If you’re into winter sports, then this is the country for you! Most of Liechtenstein is mountainous and is home to some great skiing. In the summer months, you can enjoy some great walks and hiking. So if you’re the outdoor type, then Liechtenstein would be a good destination.

Where to Teach English in Liechtenstein

As you can imagine, for a country this small, there isn’t much call for English teachers in Liechtenstein. There are, however, a few international schools in the larger towns, such as Schaan and Vaduz.

Types of Teaching Jobs in Liechtenstein

International schools

Steg, Liechtenstein

Steg, Liechtenstein

There are a couple of international schools in the country and as is the case in Switzerland, their standards are very high. You will need to be a qualified teacher with a post graduate certificate in education, you will also need to have good and recent experience and also have a proof of career progression. Although the standards are very high, you can expect a fantastic working environment and a high salary.

University

There is only one university in Liechtenstein and it does have courses in English. Teaching jobs won’t come up very often. But when a position does arise, you will need to be very well qualified and have a lot of experience to even be considered for a job.

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Teaching Requirements and Qualifications

To work in an international school or the only university in Liechtenstein, you will need more than the regular bachelor’s degree and a TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA. You will need a postgraduate certificate in education, good experience and proof of career progression. In order to stand out a bit more, a master’s degree or a PhD would also be beneficial.

Expected Salary and Living Costs

Visa Requirements

Working visas for the country are not actually issued by Liechtenstein; instead they are issued by the neighbouring country Switzerland. Therefore, to be issued a visa for Liechtenstein you must first be issued a visa to stay in Switzerland. The same rules apply for Liechtenstein as they do Switzerland when it comes to working visas.

How to Find a Job Teaching in Liechtenstein

Steg, Liechtenstein

Steg, Liechtenstein

You won’t often find English teaching jobs advertised online for vacant positions in Liechtenstein. Schools sometimes advertise vacant teaching positions on their websites and you might find that some also attend conferences to try and attract teachers.

There are so few schools in the country that there won’t be many job openings. Therefore, try to research about vacancies online before you arrive in the country. Contact the schools directly and enquire about their recruiting process and whether or not they need teachers.

Teach English in Liechtenstein

As a country that only has a population the size of a small city, you can’t expect to find many job openings. In fact, TEFL jobs are very few and far between and when they do come up you really have to be in the right place at the right time to find them!

There are only a handful of international schools and only 1 university in Liechtenstein and although they do employ native English speaking teachers, there really aren’t all that many jobs available. Unless you happen to be in the right place at the right time, you should probably consider another country to work in.

Disclaimer

Although I have never worked in this country, every effort has been made to ensure that this information is correct. This blog post has been written after extensive research online, interviews with teachers who have worked or are working in the country, and local schools have been contacted. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. If you have worked or are working in Liechtenstein, we would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment and share your experiences with us.

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