Teachers Zone

We are always looking for enthusiastic and passionate teachers to join our dedicated team at International House Bielsko

  • Work Mon-Fri!
  • A variety of levels and age groups to teach
  • Competitive salary + extra bonuses
  • Professional EFL development opportunities - IH world certified
  • Personal gratification and job satisfaction
  • Unique location: explore the Beskid mountains in your free time!

Step 1 – Requirements

· a CELTA or Trinity Cert. TESOL teaching qualification (a grade ‘A’ or ‘B’ qualification is preferred but not essential)
· A degree
· Non-native speaker teachers additionally need either a BA or MA degree in English Philology (this counts for the degree requirement) and/or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English
· Previous teaching experience is desirable but not essential
· Commitment to professional development
· A high level of professionalism
· Strong people skills and the ability to work as part of a teaching team
· A positive, friendly, open personality

Step 2 – The application process

· If you want to apply for a position, send our internal application (there is a link at the top of the page), your current CV and a covering email to: bielsko.recruitment@ih.com.pl (only applications from appropriately qualified teachers will receive a reply).
· If your application is interesting to the school, the next stage is an interview. Interviews can be held face-to-face or on Skype (with a webcam). Selected candidates will receive a detailed guide about the school to help them get to know the school better.
· If the interview is successful, you will be sent an offer for your consideration along with a deadline for your reply.

Step 3 – Travel, arrival and accommodation (foreign teachers only)

-The school helps you find a flat (single or shared). It can either be done in advance by the school sending you information and photos of possible flats by email or it can be done on arrival with the school making appointments for you to view flats available. The flat contract is signed directly between the teacher and the landlord.

-Teachers are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. Most teachers fly to Katowice or Krakow airports with Wizz Air (see www.wizzair.com), Ryanair (see www.ryanair.com/en/) or EasyJet (see www.easyjet.com/en) from London (all airports), or other cities in the UK. TIP: Please try to book flights which arrive during the day and not very late at night or early in the morning. The school can arrange for a driver to collect you, for a reasonable fee (paid by the teacher), from Katowice or Krakow airport. If you decide not to use this service we will be happy to give you advice about how to get to Bielsko-Biala using public transport and a staff member will collect you from the main bus or train station and help you get to your accommodation. -The teacher is responsible for paying their own travel costs between the airport and Bielsko-Biala bus/train station.

Step 4 – Induction programme (3 - 4 days)

This involves…
· Input sessions giving you more detailed information about working at the school
· Being introduced to the School Director, senior staff and administrative staff
· The opportunity to meet and talk with the school’s returning teachers
· Getting your timetable and sets of materials for the courses you will be teaching
·Taking part in our annual back-to-school party

Teachers are paid for this induction period at the rate stated in the pay scale.

Why work for IH Bielsko?

To apply please email us at bielsko.recruitment@ih.com.pl

As part of the International House Network we love Continuous Professional Development and are always looking to help our teachers develop and grow professionally. All teachers can count on a friendly staffroom atmosphere and ambitious and keen students. On top of that we offer:
– Service quality assurance from International House World and Polish Education Department
– A spacious teachers’ room (everyone has their own desk!) with adjoining kitchen facilities
– An extensive teaching methodology library
– A 3-4 day long Induction
– 10 Free Polish lessons
– Paid holidays over Christmas, Mid-term winter break, Easter and other bridging holidays (this does not apply to self-employed teachers)
– A programme of extra-curricular activities for our students (Pub Quizzes and Kids’ Clubs)
– Regular School Social Events for Teachers (Seasonal Parties, Sleigh Rides, Hiking trips and the like)
– 29 years of experience in English teaching!
– Administrative staff support throughout the whole school year

Our in-house training programme

Our weekly training sessions are led by senior members of staff until winter break. We choose topics from your suggestions made at the start of the year or follow up on the results of global feedback after a series of observations. In the second term, teachers new to the school are encouraged to lead sessions or facilitate swap-shop sessions. Help in preparation and feedback afterwards is available. Remember that running training sessions and participating in them is credited on your Professional Development Interview form and can really help you develop as a professional.

Online self-study workshops

Throughout the year our teachers are encouraged to take part in online self-study workshops offered by IH World. These are a maximum of 3 weeks long and completed asynchronously, so you can do them at your own leisure! There is a broad range of topic covered but in case you’re into longer-term courses, too, you might want to consider other IH Online courses offered here: https://ihworld.com/teach/ih-online-teacher-training/).

Professional Development Interviews (PDIs)

All teachers have a Professional Development Interview once per academic year in April or May. A PDI is a summary of your time at the school and lists your teaching strengths and weaknesses, admin tasks you have completed during the academic year, training sessions you may have run, Social Programme events you may have organised and run etc and other aspects such as your reliability, punctuality and co-cooperativeness.

Courses and Workshops

Apart from our weekly in-house development sessions, IH Bielsko also runs the IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers course every September. The course is two weeks long and offers a unique opportunity to develop as a YL teacher! Please ask the DoS to find our whether you’d be eligible for free participation! Watch one of our teachers, Chris, talking about the course and his experience: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vv4l_H8RGnc&t=205s

IH Teacher Training Days

Our teachers get to attend TEFL and IH conferences on a regular basis and support in this respect is provided by the school.


These happen regularly and are always followed by a constructive feedback session. Help with lesson planning is available prior to the observation as well as afterwards.

Current academic year

• The International House Language Awareness Course (LAC)
• A short in-house course on teaching Phonics

Bielsko-Biala has a lot to offer especially when it comes to nature and outdoor activities. Below please find a very subjective outline of possible free time activities :)

The school organizes regular social events for teachers and students. For teachers, we have seasonal social events such as back-to-school party or sleigh rides in Szczyrk, whereas for students we offer Pub Quizzes (organized by teachers!) and kids clubs. More ideas are always welcome!

Sightseeing: Discover Bielsko and its history! Did you know that the city is famous for its unique Frog House and a statue of Reksio? Check it out here: http://it.bielsko.pl/home-page/
Start sightseeing with this 3D virtual tour of the city: http://spacer.bielsko-biala.pl/
and see more photos here: https://www.facebook.com/lukasztaifun/

Hiking: there is no better free time activity than hiking if you find yourself in Bielsko-Biala. And it only takes 20 minutes on the local bus! To find out more about hiking in the mountains visit: http://it.bielsko.pl/hiking-trails/.

Breweries: visit local breweries and try our delicious beer! If you’re a fan, apart from the brewery in Bielsko, you should also consider visiting Zywiec and Tychy. Cheers!

Local day trips: visit Goczalkowice-Zdroj or Zywiec to see some of the pretties landscapes in Silesia. The two lakes are especially appealing in spring and summer when you can rent pedal boats or swim. Pszczyna is also worth a trip if you would like to see European Bisons. You can also visit:

Szczyrk: one of the biggest ski resorts in the country. Only 30 minutes away!
Auschwitz: the infamous Nazi concentration camp is located in Oswiecim, Only 30 minutes away from Bielsko
Wadowice: the birthplace of John Paul II and home of the famous cream cake! Only 1 hour away from Bielsko.

Weekends away: so many places, so little time! Discover Silesia and other regions of Poland, and if there’s time left, why not go abroad? Have a look at our suggestions for your weekends away:
Katowice: the capital city of Silesia – 40-50 minutes from Bielsko by train
Krakow: the most famous Polish city – only two hours away by bus
Warsaw: the capital city of Poland – getting there shouldn’t take more than 4 hours
Wroclaw: this city was home to 10 Nobel Prize winners!

Approximately 5 hours away by train. It’s really worth the trip! – The Polish seaside: the Baltic Sea awaits! Approximately 7-8 hours away from Bielsko.
Vienna, Austria: this beautiful city can be reached within hours either by train or bus in 6-7hours.
The Czech Republic: the border with this beautiful country is only 40 minutes away by bus. Prague can be reached by getting a train from Cesky Tesin (on the border) and it takes 4-5 hours in total.

Food & Going out

– Szpilka and Dogs Bollocks (Rynek 28)
– Srodek (1 Maja 1)
– Beskid Burger (Wzgórze 6)
– Momo Grill (Podcienie 2A)
– Nowy Swiat (fancy!) (11 Listopada 25/23)
– Maximus (Batorego 7)
– Jarmuzno (11 Listopada 57)
– Palunichka Kuchnia (1 Maja 47)
– Magnum (Ratuszowa 3)
– Piwnica Zamkowa (Wzgórze 16)
– Browar Miejski (Piwowarska 2)
– Miasto (Mickiewicza 2)
– Ratuszowa (plac Ratuszowy 1)
– Niam Niam Grill Panini Bar (Partyzantow 44)
– Deka Smak (Galeria Sfera, 3rd Floor)
– Jedwabny Szlak (Wzgorze 8)
– Picollo Pizza (1 Maja 10)
Lily Kebab & Spice Kitchen (Brodzinskiego 2)

– Celna (Celna 10)
– Miasto (plac Adama Mickiewicza 2)
– Grawitacja (Wzgórze 3)
– Rock (Staszica 7)
– Chmielowe Pocienia (Podcienie 2)
– Sephia and Happy Hours (3 Maja 13)
– Piwnica Zamkowa (Wzgórze 16)
– Galeria Wzgorze (Wzgorze 4/4)
– Stolarnia (Broniewskiego 19) (especially in summer!)
– and more…

Cafes / Breakfast
– Oskar (Bielsko’s oldest) (Rynek 16)
– 4 Jaski Cafe&Deli (Plac Wojska Polskiego 5)
– Parasol (11 Listopada 40)
– Cremino (1 Maja 10)
– Farma (Smolki 7)
– Sniadanioteka (Partyzantów 23/6)
– Maluch Café (Cieszynska 3)
– Ciachomania (Gorska 16)
– and lots more in Sfera

Develop your teaching skills with us!


IH Bielsko runs the IH Certificate in Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers course every September. The course is two weeks long and includes 20 input sessions, daily teaching practice as well as portfolio and observation tasks. The school offers a very competitive price for the course (exclusive of the £95 certificate fee). For more details please contact the DoS.


The first Online Teacher Training Day at IH Bielsko - From The Heart

November 28th marked the first ever Online Teacher Training Day organised by International House Integra Bielsko, Poland. The school has held numerous face-to-face training days and workshops, but this event was the first online event organised by the school in its long history. 

The line-up of speakers was mpressive for a first-time online conference. They had the honour of hosting Sandy Millin as their first plenary speaker of the day. In her energetic presentation, Sandy told us more about improving communication between teachers and managers – an increasingly important topic as we now all rely on written communication more and more in our online lives. After the plenary session, participants could choose between two rooms which simultaneously ran different sessions. The first time slot was shared between Zuzanna Szatanik, ADoS at IH Bielsko, who told us more about ‘The Vulnerable Teacher’ and Elzbieta Chudoba, DoS at IH Bielsko, who analysed some of the most common teaching mistakes and ways of fixing them.

The two sessions were then followed by Lisa Phillips’ ‘Senses Working Overtime, an illuminating collection of activities focused on helping students become more engaged in the classroom thanks to their senses. At the same time, Richard Lacy, an ex-IH Torun Teacher, was in Room Two speaking about how he became ‘Mr Lazy’. In this session, he talked about giving students more autonomy in areas such as course design and lesson structure.

Later in the day, Doris Nneka Egwu spoke about her unique journey to becoming an English teacher and Alex Tieanu-Koppandi talked about involving YLs during online classes. In the early afternoon, Chris Walker ,Teacher Training Coordinator at IH Bielsko, discussed the lessons he learned through writing feedback with his exam preparation students, which many of the participants found very enlightening. At the same time in Room Two, Prem Sourek shared his reflections and experience in the area of ‘Hybrid Learning’ – a topic which many of us can relate to.

The final two sessions before the closing plenary were Glenn Standish’s ‘Freer Speaking Activities’ and Aleksandra Zaparucha’s ‘Exciting Experiments’. In his session, Glenn showed us the great possibilities Zoom and flashcards can offer in helping our students improve their speaking skills, while Aleksandra demonstrated a live experiment and related it to the CLIL wheel which was another focus of her presentation.

The day culminated in a very reflective and personal session by Chris Bain who spoke about the influence Covid-19 has had on his teaching beliefs. It was a truly great session which helped us all see the silver lining of the turmoil 2020 has brought us.

After the conference, both the presenters and participants could take part in a very professionally organized Post Conference Quiz kindly run by Ricky Bland from English Wizards, Poland. Thank you, Ricky!

IH Bielsko would like to thank the presenters and audience who made this event truly special. They also commented about the presenters saying ‘Their passion and enthusiasm for teaching English were almost tangible and we were extremely pleased to receive lots of positive feedback afterwards. In the words of one of our participants the Training Day ‘ targeted not just our minds but also our hearts. It nourished our perception of what a teacher should be and of what a teacher could do to make a difference.’

The videos of the sessions are now available on the school’s YouTube channel