Native English speakers with a TESOL certificate should not have a problem finding work in Croatia, as there is a strong demand for private English language teaching. However, 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.
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.
We advise the following courses for Croatia:
All our Global English accredited courses now include online English teaching as standard, which is important, as post pandemic much teaching has gone online, and may stay that way in some form.
We suggest one of these courses for this country: