We've worked with a lot of teachers over the years, and we're still in touch with many of them. Their talents and energy is at the heart of what we do, and we are grateful, honoured and enriched by our work together. Here are some of their comments:
I worked part time for The Villa for a year and a half and got great experience teaching both young learners and adults. The office was very supportive and understanding and the students I worked with throughout my time there were wonderful. Dagmar always communicated well with the teachers and support and resources were always ready when asked for. A great addition to what was an unforgettable experience in Prague!
- Daniel Maloney, Australia
Incredibly supportive and helpful
I worked at The Villa for 3 years, from October 2013 to June 2016, and I couldn't have asked for more from a language school! I taught a variety of group and individual classes, with students ranging from age 3 to 40+. The staff at The Villa is incredibly supportive and helpful! They have tons of resources, including an impressive collection of English children's books and games. Dasa and her team truly care about the teacher's needs as well as those of the client.
I highly recommend The Villa to both teachers and students. The Villa has helped me grow as a teacher and as a person and has made my experience in Prague unforgettable!
- Meghan Case, USA
Healthy work environment
My name is Corydon Merritt. I worked for The Villa (part-time) for eight months in 2010/11. After 5 countries, and several different language schools, I can confidently say that they are one of the best. They gave me an assortment of classes; YL to Marketing to Cambridge Exam Preparation.
I had never taught some of them before, but they provided support and materials for every class. They encourage professional development, collaboration, and foster a healthy work environment for all staff. In the world of ESL, time management can be tricky, but I appreciated that Dagmar was always conscious of, and respectful of my time when scheduling classes. The Villa is a great place to work in Prague. You will develop skills as an educator, collaborate with other teachers, and be a part of a family oriented team.
I'm grateful for the opportunity to have worked for such a great company.
- Corydon, USA
I have worked for The Villa for over a year and it was an unforgettable experience, both professionally and personally. The Villa offers not only a great opportunity for a highly professional development, a variety of courses, it also encourages organizational flexibility, motivates and supports its employees to such an extent that I have only praise for the owner who runs it impeccably.
I can recommend The Villa for both clients and teachers, for I know that the professionalism will be ensured. For the prospective teachers-coaches, who I am sure will find what they are looking for: great tailored schedules, classes, workshops and always new challenges.
Should my destiny bring me back to Prague, I would definitely re-launch my collaboration with The Villa with great pleasure.
- Jana Žilová, SK
Loved working with you guys!
I want to thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work at The Villa. I've loved working for you. You and Lucie are so kind, helpful, and efficient. I'm sad to leave! But I'll keep in touch, and who knows maybe I'll be back in Prague one day!
- Leah Dale, USA
Friendly and relaxed atmosphere
I only worked at the Villa for a short period of time owing to work and life changes I was going through at the time, but even so, it was a wonderful experience I will never forget. I think first of all thanks to the working environment that Dagmar and Lucie were able to create – a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, an endeavour to always make the teachers feel like they make a difference, and at the same time great attention to efficiency and offering the best services possible to the school’s clients.
The enthusiastic and client-focused attitude I’ve seen with all the teachers I met is a key element in why people choose to learn languages at the Villa.
- Dora Tichá, CZ
An amazing time in my life!
When I first came to Prague, I got a job with a very large language school. It was okay, but it was difficult to meet people, get a full teaching schedule, and coordinate with the administration. I interviewed with The Villa, was offered a position, and immediately felt so much more comfortable than with the big school. I enjoyed all aspects of working with The Villa, including but not limited to, the organization, full schedules, flexibility, great support, and helpful bosses and coworkers.
I had a lot of friends that were also teaching English in Prague that were constantly complaining about their jobs, and I could never really relate. A lot of them were teaching at 3 or 4 schools and hardly ever had full schedules. I was paid more than most of them. The Villa has extensive resources that are varied and useful. If there was ever a time that I didn’t have what I needed Dasa and Vince were ready and willing to help.
The school is very professional, but I always felt like I could come to them with any issues or problems whether or not they related to my job. Dasa and Vince are great people to work for. I would have stayed longer but because of my awesome first experience I wanted to go somewhere else and try a different place.
I will always remember my time in Prauge with The Villa as an amazing time in my life.
- Meredith Graham, USA
My name is Nathan Spargo, I worked for The Villa during 2005 and it was an extremely rewarding experience, the students were generally very friendly and keen to learn, and the company provided an extremely flexible working environment that was open to new ideas and methods. We were given access to a large range of teaching resources and provided with introductions for each student regarding their level and teaching methods they responded best to.
The Villa were always willing to provide suggestions where needed for improving teaching techniques and to review the teaching of students that required fresh approaches.
The Villa also provided us with support settling into the Czech Republic, supplying us with "local knowledge", helping us with official documentation, and teaching us Czech. Emm and I became good friends with many of our students and with the The Villa staff over the course of the year, and it became very difficult to leave!
Ultimately we had to leave back to Australia, but part of us is always longing to jump on the next plane back to Prague.
- Nathan Spargo, AUS
Great place to work!
Hi, my name is Emmaline. I worked for The Villa, in 2005 as part of a working holiday around Europe. Teaching English with The Villa was a great job, with lots of interaction with a wide variety of students who for the most part were eager to learn and improve. Teaching very beginners to make their first sentence was as enjoyable as finding new ways to challenge advanced speakers who tested my knowledge of the English language every lesson.
Over time the relationships built up with students was surprising, making teaching a great job for those interested in learning about a country and its people first hand. The Villa provided excellent support with resources, lessons ideas, access to equipment and dealing with any difficulties including the visa process. As well as experienced helping hands they understood my role as a new teacher and allowed time for me to get to know my students and methods.
While the pay scale in Czech Republic may not match that of other countries, the working environment at The Villa was one of the best I've experienced in any industry. Not only were Dagmar and Vincent very professional, we became good friends and continue to keep in touch years after our time together.
If not for our limited time overseas we would have stayed on, as the more we got to know our students and life in Prague the more we found teaching with The Villa to be a rewarding and interesting job.
- Emmaline Stigwood, AUS