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.
Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.
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.
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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