Teacher of English. Mostly young learners in Riga

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Start Date
September 2023
Duration or End Date
9 month contract
To be discussed at interview


Essential Requirements


  • You must have a CELTA, Trinity TESOL, or equivalent initial teaching qualification
  • The role is open only to those with the right to work in the EU.
  • You must have a degree (e.g. BA, BSc)
  • Mastery of English at CEFR C2 or IELTS band 9

Job Description

Each teacher has a variety of classes, encompassing different levels and age groups. The majority of our students are young learners, so teachers are expected to teach children from aged 5 upwards and we have many high level teens classes at B2, C1, C2. We also offer general English to adults, IELTS and other exam preparation, individual classes and specialised business courses.
There is an average of 23 real hours (60 mins) of teaching per week, with 2 hours per week dedicated to training and development, more if required. In addition to the teaching hours, there is admin such as lesson planning and end of term tests and reports. The timetable is likely to be Tuesday - Saturday, with split days kept to a minimum. Classes may be online or face-to-face.

The school provides comprehensive academic support and professional development. Our Senior Team provides day-to-day guidance and constantly works to improve our systems and procedures. Teachers enjoy a collaborative atmosphere where they can learn from a team of approximately 25 friendly and supportive international peers whose experience is wide and varied. There are opportunities to give and receive constructive feedback from regular observations and appraisals, team meetings and training sessions. As well as in-house training and development, our teachers can take advantage of the wide variety of training courses offered by the IH network.

• Paid induction
• Weekly team meetings and training workshops
• Lesson planning support and guidance
• Peer and formal observations and personal feedback
• Well-stocked teachers’ room and resource library
• Free survival Latvian lessons

Other Befenits

FlightsFlights are reimbursed up to 250 EUR.

AccommodationFor those recruited from outside of Latvia, low cost shared accommodation is provided by the school for a monthly rent of 100 EUR. Bills are heavily subsidised by the school

VisaAssistance with obtaining Latvian temporary residency and work permit.

Holiday: There are up to 24 days paid holidays for a 9 month contract. The school is closed for approximately 2 weeks over Christmas and New Year and on some Latvian public holidays throughout the year.


About the school and city

IH Riga is a modern language school in Latvia. The school was founded in 1993 and located in the historical centre of Riga. We have mainly teens, YL and VYL courses with some adult and exam classes. We have also become a newly certified LanguageCert centre this year. 

Professional development has always been a priority here, and the school provides a wide range of training options, ranging from in-house seminars and observations to external conferences and special training in exam classes. The possibility to complete the IHCYLT and Delta Module 1 with financial support is also offered to interested teachers. We run weekly workshops and staff are encouraged to contribute to training sessions throughout the year. 

The premises are spacious and nicely designed. We have a large, airy and pleasant staff room. We encourage our teachers to collaborate and share ideas. The staff room has a large stock of methodology and resource books for all ages and levels. There is also a small kitchen for teachers and a cafe area for staff and students. Teachers have their own classrooms which have internet and CD players. Large-screen laptops are also available for use in class. 

Riga is a modern city with a medieval heart and art deco districts so there are always plenty of things to do and see. The main cultural and entertainment attractions in Riga are all within easy walking distance. The famous Jurmala beach resort is also close to the city. 

The school organises parties and trips throughout the year and we have many teachers that have been with us for 10-15 years. We strive to create a positive and supportive work environment.