Teaching English in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Overview

Unfortunately, there are very few ESL opportunities in this country and because of the very high unemployment rate this is not likely to change anytime soon. A handful of language centres exist but the well-paid work is in International Schools. If you do manage to find a job you are likely to have an absolutely wonderful time in what is a very beautiful country.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 500 – 800 Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Banja Luka, Sarajevo.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.

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1. Americans may wish to look into the possibility of Fullbright Teaching Assistanship opportunities in the country.

2. The British Council may very occasionally advertise posts for its centre in Sarajevo so it is a good idea to investigate this possibility.

3. If travelling through more remote parts of the country, do not stray far from roads as there is still a large number of land mines.

Red tape

EU nationals should have no problems whatsoever as they can enter the country visa-free for up to 90 days.

Cost of living

Accommodation, transport and food are all low in cost.

Tax and salary information

Paid by your employer on a monthly basis as normal.


A beautiful country Very few jobs available
Excellent cuisine Low salaries
An unusual destination for TEFL teachers which means you will have a totally unique experience A workaholic culture in which it sometimes seems employees are afraid of going home in the evening!

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