Warsaw Poland or Warszawa in Polish - Life, Cost of Life and How to's
Plan to visit Warsaw in Poland or looking for a job, this article will help you. All you need to know about this awesome city! How is living in Warsaw? What is the Cost of Life? How to find a Job in Poland?
Warsaw, the capital of Poland is a city that has everything
Beautiful Green Areas and Parks on every corner of the city!
FREE Things to Do, FREE museums and FREE attractions! More Info!
Cheap and Easy Transportation Network!
Low Cost Of Life - See below Warsaw Cost of Life!
Sources of Extra Income in Warsaw!
Awesome job opportunities in International companies!
See below How to Find Job in Warsaw - Poland!
How i found my self in Warsaw, Poland?
Briefly my story
My name is Thanasis and i am from Cyprus. That small island in the Mediterranean sea with the warm weather, the beautiful beaches and the great history. You might be thinking what am i doing doing here.
Well, like with the most foreign people that are living in Poland, i have a Polish wife. We met in Cyprus one summer back in 2006, when Polish people were coming to Cyprus to work.
Yes, there was a lot of Polish people in Cyprus and there are still many left.
I was working as a barman in Pernera area and my wife came to work in a nearby Hotel. Accidentally that Hotel belonged to the father of my boss. So my bar was recommended to them.
This is how they started their first night out sitting on my bar.
Saint Nicholas Church in Protaras where we baptised Gabriel
We had a few drinks and he went out to the club after i finished work. We are together since that night. We got married in Cyprus in 2011. My wife moved to Poland in July of 2014 with our wonderful kid. He was 2 years old that time.
I said: "I need to find job in Warsaw to be with my family", so i prepared my CV and started looking. I had just one phone interview and one Skype interview through a recruiter and i landed a job. Without even travel for face to face interview.
In one month i packed everything, sold our car and bike, rented our house in Nicosia and here i am. I never regret that decision. Only barrier is the language, not everyone speak English here. But i am here so long and i am ok without it.
Sometimes is just a decision that will change our life to the better. I learned so many things since i moved, i work in a great international company, i changed already one job and i had 2 more job offers without even looking for a job.
Why i am so excided about Warsaw - General
Mindset - The Negative Face of Warsaw
First of all i think is the mindset. I could easily complain that the weather is cold and there is high pollution. Many people do not speak English or want to try to speak English. Many people at the shops are not smiling at all and there is much traffic.
Easily i could sit and cry that i have none of my old friends, family, warm sea to swim, plenty sunny days and Cyprus food. Also i hear about racism and at some cases i feel that people do not like me, at least until they meet me.
There might be many that do not like after they meet me as well. But i cannot be liked by everyone. I am who i am and i can live my life alone, my friends already know that :)
Warsaw old town behind the Wisła river
Who cares about all those above? Not me at least. Instead of all the negative, what i see, is that Warsaw is a city that have everything i ever wanted.
Warsaw in General (Warszawa in Polish)
Many sightseeing, great history, beautiful parks, things to do and places to visit. It should be one of the top travel destinations in Europe and it is a city with an architecture mixture, amazing transport network and a lot of development.
Although it is relatively a low cost destination, it has nothing to envy from the rest European capitals. There are so many attractions to visit, free walking tours, amazing museums, beautiful beaches on the Wisła river and cut breathing green areas.
Great restaurants with all kind of international cuisine. Cheap Sushi, great offers all the time and many many more.
Let's see why I prefer Warsaw instead of my home in Nicosia. Except that Nicosia is a very small city with not much to do when you have children.
Warsaw interactive Map
Multilayered map of Warsaw showing modern day facilities but also the old layout. You can see the street layout from before the war and from 1960.
Worth checking out where the Palace of Culture now is - as that was all streets before the war - and in 1960, the square there was Plac J Stalina.
Good for exploring! Enjoy here!
1. Warsaw is a place you can go out with 25 euro or less
To begin with you can go out and spend a lot of money as well. But there are some tricks that can definitely save you money. Specially during the summer time, you can have fun with very little money.
It is fact that without trying to save and without deprive myself anything, i spent a whole night out with just 80 PLN. Which is less than 20 euro.
Note that i travelled using Taxi (Hm, Taxify is the cheapest comfortable transport option in Warsaw) and i live around 10 KM far away from the center.
So i had 2 Taxify rides, one was late after 02:00 in the morning and i paid only 36 PLN (9 euro) for both.
Then i had a nice burger at the banks of the Wisła river which costed 24 PLN (6 euro). Finally i had 4 beers in a bar which plays outdoors and they costed 10 PLN each, which is another 10 euro.
So i paid in Total 25 euro for a night out.
But i could do this much cheaper. If i was taking a bus to go and a night bus to come back, it was going to cost me only 2 euro on transports. So totally 18 euro and if i was going by a bicycle rental i was going to pay only 0,25 cents.
Offcourse buying the beers in zabka instead of the bar was going to cost me 4 euro. Also if i was eating Kebab instead of the burger it was going to cost me only 3 euro.
I remember last time i was in Cyprus and i was out with my cousine. We haven't been to any special place. I was only drinking beers and i haven't paid anything for transport. That night costed me 85 euro.
Poland's PPI (purchasing power index) is lower than most other european countries. Thich meant that our purchasing power allowe us to visit most sites, enter most museums, and eat at most restaurants without obsessing over the cost.
The frugal traveler can cut loose here and live in nice hotels and eat in decent restaurants.
2. The climat is much better
Have you ever heart that in Cyprus we have no central heating in the most of the houses? It is true, so when outside the temperature is 2 C during the cold nights of the very short winter, in home is 6 C without any heating.
Whatever you use, except that you need to pay much money for this, it doesn't keep the hot at all. The most ways for heating a house in Cyprus are un-healthy as well.
Here at least you have a warm house and you do not have to dress with a jacket in home.
I can't forget the cold nights that you need to make a shower. Freezing in your own home. The cold was passing through the bones and there was no way to get and stay warm the whole night.
Now i am enjoying a warm house, which help me to be more productive and do more. I can sit until late working without feeling cold at all and i feel much more comfortable.
Summer Time at the River in Warsaw
Finally, summer in Warsaw is hot but not very hot. This is also very important because you can get in car and go somewhere without sweat. In Cyprus during the summer you are bored to move from the hot.
It is still nice to be on holidays and be so hot, because you can laying with your swimming suit. But try then to dress and go out in the night, when the temperature is +32 C. The clothes stick on you start sweating.
It happened also in Warsaw i think 1-2 days this year. But 1-2 days it's nothing. It's not the same.
Certainly Cyprus have warm weather for longer time. Usually the tourist period starts in April and ends in November. Even you can have great days and go the beach sometimes in December.
See more info about weather in Cyprus and a few awesome beaches where you might be able to swim nearly the whole year.
3. You can find an awesome job in Warsaw
It might not be the same in all the companies, but at the same time it can be even better in many other companies. Still comparing my current job with the job i had in Cyprus, but i will not refer to my previous job.
Now i am sitting in my office with my free coffee working on my computer with my 2 monitors. The first day i enter the office my laptop was waiting for me ready and i had my clean office. A colleage traveled from Barcelona in order to train me.
People respect me and they always talk nice to me. They understand that a mistake is the best way to learn. I am not saying making the same mistake all the time, but they see and they appreciate when you learn from your mistakes.
Learning day by day new things and i was even provided with a paid course in a programming language. Every year we have an appraisal review and they always ask if you have any problem or if you need something.
Summer time at the Park Szczęśliwice
I can arrive at work anytime i want to, but i need to complete my eight hours. I can even work more one day and less the other day.
If i need to do something. I never have problem to ask for a day off and even recently i was allowed to work from home in order to stay with my son that was sick at home.
What else to say. We have our Christmas party with open buffet and bar every year. When someone visit us, we may have free lunch.
We have a kitchen with all the necessary so i can take my own food. We have fruits once a week and FIKA sometimes.
If you wonder what is FIKA. It comes from Sweden and is like a meeting with sweets and coffee.
4. Places are more Green and beautiful
Cyprus is in generally not very green place, but it has another beauty. It has green up in the mountains and there are also a few green areas in Nicosia.
But due to the absence of water and the fact that is not raining a lot, the green is very limited.
But here is Warsaw the green areas are everywhere. There are beautiful parks with lakes, ducks, restautants and playground for kids across the city. We have the luck to be close to 3 beatiful parks. The two of them are in a walking distance.
The last one is Park Szczęśliwice in Ochota, which is my favorite. You will notice this if you are reading my blog :) To this one there are direct bus connections that can take you just outside the park.
Also on the river side you can find a lot of green, walking and cycling paths in beautiful areas. Even in the city center you have beautiful green areas and the city is thinking to create even more.
Finally, the surroundings of Warsaw, Poland are just amazing. There are beautiful forests at the METRO both ends. Kabaty and Młociny. If you are interested in the countryside from Warsaw, then i reccommends this article: Awesome places outside Warsaw, Poland
5. Lot of things to do with Kids
The city is very kids friendly and there are many things to do. Parks, festivals, palygrounds in every corner and in every park, attractions for kids and many events for kids nearly during every weekend.
In the most of the shopping centers there are internal paid and free playgrounds. You can leave your kid and go for shopping or just spend some time with the kid.
Many business (cafeterias, restaurants and shops) also have a small places for the kids.
The city is investing a lot in the kids and all the parks have big playgrounds with sand and many different toys that are helping the kids to develop.
It's very easy in general to find something to do with Kids in Warsaw, Poland. Let me give you some advices on where to look.
Cafeteria made for Kids to play and adults to Relax and Make SPA
- When i see something good, i always share it on my Facebook Page. I am also sharing interesting events for adults.
- You can read this article: Different things to do with kids in Warsaw, Poland. There are a few things for adults.
- I reccommend to follow another Facebook Page that is dedicated to the kids. They share some interesting events and things to do in Warsaw: Kids in the City - Family life in Poland
- For smaller kids, i reccommend PomPon in Warsaw. I used to go there but now my kid grown up :(
- Finally you can also read my article about things to do outside but close to Warsaw.
In case you need any other information, please contact me. I will try to find it and then i can also add it to this article.
6. You do not need a car
The transportation network in Warsaw, Poland is so easy to use and also cheap. You definitely do not need a car, at least if you have small kids. When you have small kids with trolleys, it might depend on the time and the place.
But there are so many different options you can use in order to get from one point to another. I have listed many different options in how to travel in Warsaw and Poland - Options for different cities and Airports.
Finally the cost of using public transport is like 1 euro per 75 minutes. But you can have un-limited rides for a better price when you make a public transport card.
Last but not least. Travel with FlixBus, the cheapest intercity option in Poland with prices as low as 19 PLN. Latest travel was Warsaw - Torun for only €7.
Book the Cheapest Intercity Transfers - FlixBus
Get your Monthly Pass for Warsaw
If you are planning to stay in Warsaw for more than three months, then the monthly pass is highly recommended. A monthly pass from the city transport provider (ZTM) give you unlimited access to metro, buses and trams.
Also unlimited access to the night buses that exist for the whole night every half an hour.
There are currently two different types of Monthly passes:
- The 30 Day Ticket Option - This cost 110 PLN (Around 26 euro)
- The 90 Day Ticket Option (3 Months) - This cost 280 PLN (Around 67 euro)
In order to be able to buy this option, you will need to issue a Warsaw City Card. In order to get the Warsaw Card, you need to fill an online form in: Warsaw City Card Website in English.
Unfortunately there is a waiting time around 4 working days. You will then receive an email that your Personal Card is ready and you can pick it up. Pickup points are available in the biggest train/metro stations.
You can find the list of Warsaw Card Pick Up Points.
Please also note that it is required to present an ID. In case of underage children it will be required to produce e.g. school identity card or any other document allowing us to verify the personal details
Remember – in case of the traditional application, an attached photo shall have a format of 3.5 x 4.5 cm and be current.
In case of the application sent via the website, a photo shall have a format of min. 99 x 128 pixels, the definition of 72 dpl and the size not exceeding 200KB.
One final issue is that the person might not speak English so it will be nice at least to say that you want to pickup your Warsaw City Card.
This is how you say this in Polish: "Ntzien Ntobre, Chceou Ontebrats Karteou Mieiskoou. Mam na imieou [Your name]". You will also give your Parrsport preferably.
The issue of the first card is for FREE, but if you lose it or destroy it you will have to pay 14 PLN for a new card. Once it is used, you just need to renew it using the ticket machines or in buses.
7. Education is better
This is very important for the future of our child. I know in Cyprus the education is not very good. The teachers take much better money than here in Poland, but it's not their fault.
Not sure where the problem exactly is, but there are a lot of good teachers in Cyprus.
It might be the system, the ministry of education, the fact that the well paid and "most educated" are doing nothing. Maybe the fact that the good people do not have the power to do something and they are silenced.
Anyway Cyprus is a country of fatigue. If you know someone, then you can be someone. Get in goverment, become a police officer or work in an office.
Working for the goverment, at least for the 85% of the positions, means doing nothing the most if the time and getting a relatively good salary.
Same with education. The good young people wait for years until they get in schools to teach. When they get, it might be already too late for them because the most of them already lost the passion they had to start teaching.
Kayaking by River Fun close to Warsaw - Find More Places
Either they had to work on something else or started their own business.
The system in the public schools is not progressing and the kids are not learning much. We have definitely kids that they really study and do amazing things. But i am talking about the majority.
The kids never learn in school how to speak correct, how to eat correct, how to behave and general knowledge.
They even told him that they will teach them a bit of History of Cyprus, can yoou beleive this? I finished University and i never heart what Poland is.
My son is finishing this year the public pre-emptive education. They do english, drawing, learning the history of Poland, learning how to eat and how to behave.
They are going to speech therapist and psychologist, they visit museums and farms.
Many times i am surprised how many things he is learning in school. How to walk and how to cross the street. The police talked to them so many times in school already. He is even controlling me and correcting me when i am driving wrong.
I remember during my time in school. I was 2-3 years already in primary school to learn some of the things they are learning here in pre-emptive education. They even met the president of Poland and i never met the president of Cyprus.
8. Big wide streets and bicycle streets
There is no need to say much about this. The streets are very good and they are all the time making new streets and trying to solve traffic problems. I know, many times they change the lights and they create more traffic on the way to work.
But at least they are trying. They are not laying back and say "All good, we can now relax and not doing nothing". You can see it in the city in general, there is too much development.
What i like the most is that you have wide streets where you can walk.
Certainly Warsaw it is a bike friendly city. Not only bike friendly, but also offers you bike rentals on every corner of the city. And those bikes cost nearly nothing. You can get to your work with just 1 PLN.
In general i am sure you will enjoy very much driving a bike in Warsaw. I recommend that you get out of the city center and visit some nice parks. You can see Pole Mokotwskie and Park Szczęśliwice together with the most famous Łazienki Park.
Finally, the most imprtant is that with the bikes you can nearly go anywhere. You can visit the forests at the 2 ends of Warsaw, you can load them in the trains and buses and go out of Warsaw. You can cycle to Kampinoski National Park.
Find more information about places you can visit outside of Warsaw in my Warsaw Blog.
Above all i enjoy driving in the city when there is no traffic. Big wide streets allow you to make 10-12 KM in very short time.
To be fair, when it is traffic is terrible. The traffic is focused usually around 7:30-9:00 and after 16:00 until 18:30 on areas connected to business parks like Mokotów and city center. But you can avoid traffic if you use tram, metro or bike.
9. Cheaper Flights to Europe
Warsaw is located more or less in the center of Europe. I remember when we was living in Cyprus, flights was expensive. Then Ryanair came in and we could find better flights.
Here we have now a lot of good companies. Rynnair is not flying from Modlin and anyway is going to Paphos. But Wizzair is one of the top companies we use.
LOT is also awesome and is not that is Polish. They have very good service and if you are closely watching you can find amazing offers. Specially for flights from Cyprus.
We travelled to Italy from 50 euro both ways and you can find even flights from 10-15 euro. Finally Ryanair also operates but only from Warsaw Modlin airport and only to specific destinations including Greece.
In addition to this, in Cyprus you can only travel using airplane or a ship. Here you make the round of whole Europe using a car, train, bus or airplane.
There are so many different companies where you can find and compare cheap transport options, like GOEURO. This allow you to travel with very little money.
10. I can still find some Greek food
This is the good part. At least once every 2 weeks i need to eat souvlaki, tzantziki and grilled pitta. Although there are so many nice food here, Greek is my favorite.
There a few nice places to eat Greek food. Offcourse i cannot find my specialties but as i said above it's all about the mindset.
If you want to what i like eating in Cyprus, maybe you can take a look in this article: Visit Cyprus Planning and Travel Tips. There is section on What to eat and Where to eat in Cyprus.
Let's come back to Warsaw. Let me recommend you some place with nice Greek food.
- KAVOS - This is my favorite and since it was opened i am not eating in other place (Jasna 26)
- PAROS - Well, i don't go there for food anymore, but is a nice place to eat, drink and then dance (Jasna 14)
The combination of the above two is feeling my lonely nights out in the capital of Poland.
- Tawerna Błękitny Zakątek Warszawa - This is friend's tavern. But the hours doesn't help me much to eating there often.
- Another new great fast food Greek food is at Hala Koszynki. NIKOS GREEK GYROS. See some pictures from my latest visit.
Finaly there are many other places. I have been twice to Meltemi. This is located behind the park Szczęśliwice and it is a nice place to go after a long day at the park. Although the prices are a bit high and portions are quite small.
Last but not least, you can look and try Santorini, after the river. I have never been there and also El Greco, which is the same company that has PAROS and KAVOS.
There was another one called PATRIS and i was there once. It't not bad. It might even very nice to go there is summer as it located exactly on the banks of the Wisła river.
By the way, the place with the best pączek in Warsaw is Pączkarnia z Tradycją M.M. Wolińscy. My sport is the one next to Bitwy Warszawskie but they even have in Nowy Swiat.
11. Girls & Guys are not stupid and snobbish
This is not very important for me. I am married, at least i am still married. But i am sure that might interest many guys :)
In the first place, there are many guys that moved to Warsaw because of a woman. To be honest i think that the most of the guys moved to Warsaw because of a woman (please correct me if i am wrong).
The rest came to study or work, but deeply in their mind is always a female presence. Why not? Guys want to meet girls and girls want to meet guys, not always but it is fact.
Well, you are in the correct city. I am not sure about you, but from what i see around me girls and guys are not snobbish. In general you can talk to someone in the street, you can ask questions and they will try to help you.
Certainly, a girl talking to you and smiling to you in the street doesn't mean that she want to sleep with you. But if she want, i am sure she will make sure you understand about this. Same with most of the guys.
In conclusion, the rumor is true. You can easily meet girls here but let's clear that is not always so easy to sleep with them. It might be easier for a girl to sleep with a guy. Well this is everywhere easier, specially in Cyprus and other Mediteranean countries.
Ladies, i haven't forget about you. You know how many handsome guys are around? You can't imagine.
12. It's easy to meet other people
There are many international communities in Warsaw. A lot of events are taking place in the capital of Poland. Even if you are not Polish in Warsaw and you are just alone, it's easy to start some good friendship.
Cenrtainly facebook is the main source of socialization. Maybe you need nothing more than that. Let's see where to start with Facebook and getting socialized in Warsaw.
- Warsaw Social is a community that organize Events for foreigners in Warsaw. It is the biggest FREE community in Warsaw.
- Another international community focusing on language meetings during the evenings in Warsaw is: Tandem Warsaw International Community
- Use Tinder, is very trending in Warsaw.
- Get out of the house, go for a coffee or drink, smile and talk.
- In your work, there might be some people interested going out with you.
Greek Language Meeting In Warsaw
Join some expat groups in Warsaw as well. Below are some main Facebook groups with Expats and Polish people in Warsaw.
- Life in Warsaw - Polish, Expats, Students and Erasmus
- Expats in Warsaw, Poland
- Look and you will find more.
In general people here are easy to talk to and they are open when someone look normal. We even say Dżien Dobry in elevators and other places with people i see first time in my life. I like this :)
Well, anything you are going to do requires an effort, time investement and consistency in order to be successful. I started creating this blog alone part time from scratch before 3 years around. I consistently writing contents and try to improve.
I haven't invested any money on this, because i have no money to invest. Only recently started to bring some money back and still not worth the effort spent. But i need to keep working on it. I need to look for better ways and continue the effort consistently.
Anything we start, we need to plan it, work on it and take consistent actions. If that plan does not work, then we need to adjust the plan, but never stop trying. Never give up. Let's see some alternative ways you can make extra money in Warsaw.
Become a Driver in Warsaw
There are so many companies you can work for as a Driver. Some of them require that you have a company set. I think this process for registering a company is not so difficult and it might worth. Some companies looking for drivers are:
I am sure there are many more, but hope you got the idea. There are even companies, which they rent you cars in order to get you started.
There are also travel companies that they provide the cars in order to drive people to attractions in Poland and they only need English.
Become a Guide
After you get familiar with the city, you can take some courses and get some good knowledge on something. In order to guide, you need to really learn very good about something.
Advertise your knowledge to the tourists that come from your country and be their guide in Warsaw.
Recently i was interested to make something extra. It was one company looking for Party Guides in Warsaw. The name was Walking Parrot (nice name).
I went to a meeting and it was very interesting because i learned a lot good information.
Historic center, Market Square
During this meeting i realize that this job is not for me. I have family and i cannot missing from home 3 times a week. But this can be a good source of extra income for a single person. It can even become a full time job.
What these people do is relatively simple, but it requires selling skills and organizational skills. You also need to have good suppliers (bars and clubs) that will give you some basic package in order to be able to make profit.
You can guide people in an alternative FREE walking tour in Warsaw and get only Tips. You need to find your area, specialize and learn some good stories about the city.
Finally, i have see today an advertisement that Orange umbrella is looking for people who speak English and Spanish to be guides. Find more info here.
Teach your Language
There must be people in Warsaw that they would like to learn your language. If you have the skills to teach it, then you only need to find the people who want to learn.
There a few groups in Facebook, like Language exchange and also different language meetings.
This can even be online, through Skype, it doesn't even have to be in person.
Sell products from your country
You are the only person that have the best access to your country products. For example a Turkish guy can sell leather woman bags. Why? Because they are cheaper in Turkey than here. Same with fake brands (monkeys).
You know how many different pages exist that they sell fake branded products? I have no idea. But every can do this! All you need is to set a Facebook page, find a supplier and be creative in Facebook adds.
The Greek people bring wine, olives, halloumi, pitta and tzantziki. Also ouzo and other nice Greek products, which they sell in the market.
The best place to sell your products in Poland and also buy cheap used products is definitely Allegro.
Start a Blog about your experiences
This require a lot of effort to be successful and also a lot of time to start to seeing results. But it is something you can do from home. The best way is to be out, making pictures and videos, discovering new places and new experiences.
Engage your audience, choose your niche and go for it. Get followers that they like what you picture or write about and then try to sell a good product or a good service to them.
Not sure if everyone knows what exactly is network marketing. It is briefly just another way of marketing and selling your products. Instead of puting them in shops and paying for TV and other advertisement, you give them to people.
The people will advertize the products within their own network, but the good one will expand their network and attract new people. You have the ability to focus on selling products or selling and recruiting at the same.
Not everyone have the skills to do this and you either need to have a good trainer, usually the person above you will do the job or using trial and error.
There are thousdands of companies using this model and is a model where you can make money. If you work consistently and if you beleive in the products you are selling.
It is very important to beleive and the only way is to use the products and see results.
I know a few good Network Marketing companies that they operate here in Warsaw. I am sure they are thousand other companies you can join and start your own business.
The good think with those companies is that you have ready products. People cannot find them in the shops and there is already a supply chain ready to serve you.
Nuskin (Beauty, Anti-Age and Losing Weight)
I was in one of their meetings and i am registered, although i am not active. I have tried some products and they are good. Unfortunately i cannot going to their meetings or actively recruiting people.
But i can get you in for FREE and it is completely free to join and start selling their products worldwide. The best part is that they have weekly meetings even in English here in Warsaw. You can even sign up online.
You can visit the Nuskin Website and register for FREE using the Distributor ID: PL3303427
But it's always better to register together with an active person. This person will try to help you to succeed and teach you a few staff.
I know they operate in Warsaw. I registered in Herbalife just before i left Cyprus because i know their products are good and i wanted to start having a healthy breakfast.
In order to register you need to pay a small amount and you also need to renew your subscription every year in order to stay active. Their warehouse is located in Yanki but i am not sure if they do any meetings in English.
Never registered, but i have seen their presentation in Cyprus. I know they exist in Warsaw and it is not hard to find them. The product is good as well, although they might not know how to promote it.
Join a Property Management Business - NEW!
This is more or less like the network marketing. The only difference is that the product is only advertising. You need to find people which they have properties (villas, apartments and houses - anything except from Hotels).
Make a contract with them and add their properties on our booking system for FREE. The owners get the money they ask for and they have more chances to rent their properties. You also get a small commision from every transaction.
If you are interested, please contact me. I can provide some more information.
There are thousand of different opportunities. I am sure you will find something.
This is a hot subject. I would like to warn you that if you are not specialist on something, then it might be hard to find a good job but it is not impossible.
Language Jobs in Warsaw, Poland
There are thousands of jobs and you can even find a job with languages. Also without any previous experience. Below are some useful languages.
- English - This is necessary to have for nearly every job, except if you know Polish
- French, German, Spanish, Italian and in some cases Russian. These are the regular languages i see in many opportunities.
- Greek - Yes, they sometimes need the Greek language, although is a bit rare
- Chinese is rare to see but it exist.
Where you should look for language jobs? Usually the recruiters are sharing posts on Facebook asking you to send your CV. This is how you start. Also when you see a recruiter you can send a Private Message your CV to them.
If they have something and they like your CV, they will possibly call you for an interview. It is always better to already be here in Warsaw.
If you are not, then maybe you can say that you are because some companies don't want to take the risk employing someone from abroad. Specially when is someone with family and kids.
Another way to look for a language job is to post briefly what you know and that you are looking for a Job in one of the Facebook Groups below:
- Foreign Language Jobs in Poland
- English Language Jobs For Expats in Warsaw - Facebook Group
- Language Jobs in Wroclaw
You can find also many other groups to Join. Search for Language Jobs Poland and see what are the results. But see also below more options on how to find a job in Warsaw, Poland.
General Jobs in Warsaw, Poland
It is recommended to find a job in advance and before moving in Warsaw. Sometimes the interview process might take long time and you might have more than one interviews.
Also be prepared for a test and read about the company you are going to have interview with. It is better to provide a local address and a local phone number, the recruiters might feel more comfortable.
In the most of the jobs people ask for a good experience, but there are fields you might start wtihout it. You will need at least to show a good study and know the subject well.
Also jobs in restaurants, bars and cafeterias might be difficult to get due to the language. But as a driver or delivery the language might not be required.
Where to look for a job in Poland?
First of all, the most of the pages are in Polish but when Polish are not required the posts might be in English. You will definitely need the Google Chrome Plugin for translation, it works more or less ok.
You can also find thousands of jobs in Poland using ADZUNA.
I recommend to create also an English profile in LinkedIN if you do not have already. Change your location to Warsaw and add all your Skills. Write also a brief introduction with keywords of your skills.
Next, you might need to create another profile in the same exact way in GoldenLine.pl. This is more or less the same as LinkedIN, but the Polish edition. You can just copy-paste.
Always make sure you write correct, you might want to ask for someone to proofread. It can proofread one place and then just copy paste the same text in all the different profiles.
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Have a good modern CV ready, but you need to changing your CV more or less following the job description. Never lie on your CV.
It's also good to have some good references from previous employers or from your school of study.
In addition is good to create a good profile at least in two other pages:
- Another similar is InfoPraca.pl
- You can also find thousands of jobs in Poland using ADZUNA.
Finally, "Praca" in Polish means work. You can search in Google and find more, but the above are just enough. For more informal jobs and even sometimes good jobs you can look also in Facebook.
Use the Praca pattern or Work or Jobs + Poland and look in the results. There are many groups. You can make a post or watch the posts where they ask for employees.
The cost of life analysis also depend on the life you would like to have. If you make the wrong decisions, it might cost you. But in general it is low the cost of life in Warsaw.
The most important is to know that the Gross Salary from the Net Salary have a big difference. The net salary is the 70% around of the gross salary, It is always good to clear this before you accept a contract of employment.
For example if they tell you 5,000 Polish zloty Gross, it means that you get in hand only 3,500 PLN. From this money you will need to pay accomodation, bills, transportation, food and any other special need you might have.
Cost of Accomodation
This depend on the area, the apartment age and area. There are many different areas in Warsaw, which are much cheaper than some other. Usually the more distance from center is cheaper.
Renting is expensive in Warsaw, but compared to other European cities is cheaper but it is more expensive than in Nicosia.
The Polish Currency - Zloty - 1 euro is around 4,2 PLN - More Info
You have two ways to go. If you are alone, then you will need to rent a room in a shared apartment. Renting a room in a shared apartment can cost from 800 PLN to 1300 PLN.
When you are a couple or a group of people, you might want to rent an apartment for you. Apartment prices vary as well, but i will try to give a cost around so you know what to expect.
- Studio - It was long to see something but i think the cost should be between 1800 PLN and 2500 PLN
- 1-bedroom apartments - We used to rent something in Włodarzewska, which is considered to be a good area in Warsaw. We was paying 2500 PLN including bills.
- 2-Bedroom apartments - We was paying on a very good location 3250 PLN but now a friend is paying 3950 PLN in Mokotów. Expect that you might see even prices of 7000 PLN
- 3-Bedroom apartments - These are hard to find but consider to start from 3500 PLN and go up-to 7000 PLN as well. Even more.
So if you have a gross salary of 3500 PLN, you can definitely not rent a 3 bedroom apartment alone. The cost of bills can be from 100 PLN to 250 PLN per month if it is not included in the price.
We mentioned above how to make the monthly card which cost 110 PLN. But consider that you will some extra in special occasions. For example you can take Taxify some nights that you return late home.
Consider the cost of a long ride in Taxify to be around 27 PLN (12 KM). So if you do this 2 times per month alone, then add another 60 PLN. So consider 170 PLN per month.
Shopping for the house
Today i made a full IKEA bag of shopping in Biedronka for 170 PLN. We are 3 people in the house and if i don't make a mistake we pay around 300 PLN per week. So consider to need around 900 PLN per month.
But if you are staying in a shared apartment, you will probably split some of the expenses. So it might be even cheaper. Biedronka is considered to be a cheap place for shopping in Warsaw.
Telephone and Internet
We are paying for 2 mobile numbers and unlimited mobile data 100 PLN per month. You can consider a good package for Mobile, Internet and TV to be around 200 PLN per month.
Again if you stay in a shared apartment, this cost can be much lower and even included in the price. In this case you might have only 50 PLN per month for a mobile phone.
If you have a kid, you might be wondering what is the cost for private schools in Warsaw. They are quite expensive. I remember we was paying 1200 PLN for the kindergarden. But this prices is with food and from 7:00 to 18:00.
Public schools in the other hand are very cheap. But they only speak Polish. We only pay 240 PLN per month and is with food until 17:00.
Not sure what will be the cost for English speaking or other language speaking schools. But possibly they will be expensive.
Eating and Drinking Out
Already mentioend some information above. Consider the cost of one beer in a bar or club to be from 8 PLN to 30 PLN for the most expensive craft beer.
You can have a good meal from 13 PLN to 60 PLN for expensive tastes. You can buy a box with 70 pieces of Sushi for 100 PLN.
Finally, a street burger can be from 19 PLN to 30 PLN. A Kebab can be from 10 PLN to 14 PLN. Beers in Zabka are less than 1 euro and you can even find good promotions.
Since May 1, 2004, Poland is part of European Union. Also from 21 of December, 2007 is part of the Schengen Area.
Schengen Area is a zone without passport controls on internal borders.
It allows for free travel between the 28 countries:
Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican.
Third-country nationals may enter Poland if they are in possession of a valid travel document and a visa (if required).
Source of information and more information about VISA in Poland.
For those who need VISA, it worth checking also: Poland Schengen Visa Application Requirements
European citizens to do not need any VISA in order to work in Poland. At some point you will need to make a PESEL number.
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