The Republic of Macedonia is one of Europe’s last largely-undiscovered countries. The capital Skopje is slowly increasing in popularity, but outside of the city life is a real adventure (usually a safe one). Unfortunately, there are not many ESL opportunities in Macedonia 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. Note that it is quite difficult to find work from outside Macedonia.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||500 – 1.000||Various shirts often including evening and weekend work||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
Degree, TEFL certificate, EU national.
1. The English Language Teachers’ Association of Macedonia (ELTAM) website is well worth a look.
2. You may wish to supplement your income with extra private lessons which are easy to arrange once you have made a few contacts.
3. If travelling through more remote parts of the country, do plenty of research beforehand as ethnic tensions exist in certain areas.
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 price.
Tax and salary information
Paid by your employer on a monthly basis as is the norm.
|A beautiful country||Very few jobs available|
|Fabulous architecture and culture in Skopje||Low salaries|
|An unusual destination for TEFL teachers which means you will have a totally unique experience||Tensions still exists between different ethnic groups in the country and this has the potential to escalate|
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