Travel & Teach - Croatia
Croatia is certainly one of the better prospects if you are heading towards the Balkans for your teaching. English is a language once again in demand, in common with many other Eastern European countries.
Living conditions in the Croatia are not as good as in certain other Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. However, if you are not motivated solely by money and are determined to teach here you can reap rewards in other ways. The country is culturally and historically diverse and interesting.
Your prospective students are likely to be quite demanding in the classroom, respectful of education and highly motivated to learn English. We have heard mixed reports of availability of materials, so it is best to take some with you before you go. Authentic ‘realia’ such as magazine articles will be of great interest to your students and will not take up much room in your luggage. There are also opportuntiies for teaching English to young learners via a series of summer camps.
Tips for teaching English in Croatia
In a country that values education, a good, accredited TESOL is highly prized.
Teaching jobs are generally not advertised outside the country and so come with plenty of money to see you through and ensure your TESOL resume 'sells you'. You might also consider teaching English online first with a large company, then picking this work up again once in Croatia so you are not reliant on local teaching only. Find out more here about teaching English online>>.
British Council http://www.britishcouncil.org/
British Council in Croatia: http://www.britishcouncil.org/croatia.htm
Croatian Embassy UK: http://croatia.embassyhomepage.com/
Croatian Embassy USA: http://www.croatiaemb.org/
Croatian National Tourist Office: http://www.croatia.hr/home/
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Travel and Teach
Native English speakers with a TESOL certificate should not have a problem finding work, as there is a strong demand for private English language teaching but you will usually need to be in the country to secure work. Once in Croatia, try the local yellow pages or the British Council office in Zagreb, which should hold a list of the principle language schools in the country. Consider teaching English online before you go with a large company that you can pick up again once in Croatia. This will provide you with an income while you are looking for work.
It is strongly recommended that you take:
* the 30-hour Teaching English One-to-one >> for teaching online before you go
The situation regarding visas appears to be relatively straightforward in comparison with other Eastern European countries. British passport holders can enter the country on a tourist visas for up to 90 days. However to work legally an entry permit must be applied for in your own country before you travel and you will need to show details of your contract of employment at the Croatian Embassy (see Useful Contacts).
Work contracts are common and usually set from 10 to 12 months, and it is possible to pick up private teaching work. It will be worthwhile making contact with the HUPE (Croatian Association of Teachers for English) after you arrive, as this has an international focus. As previously mentioned, pay is not great but should be sufficient for you to live on.
Naturally you will find there are greater opportunities in the country’s capital Zagreb, although opportunities are now being reported elsewhere in cities such as Dubrovnik, Varazdin and Karlovac.
When applying for EFL positions, it is generally advisable to send a passport-sized photograph along with a CV, covering letter and possibly copies of degree/TESOL certificates. You might find the guide to writing your CV on our site quite helpful here. Global English helps its trainees in creating good TESOL CVs and then can link them to a list of language schools in Croatia.