Serbia does not have the greatest of recent national histories but most TEFL teachers report an absolutely wonderful experience in the country, enjoying the kind hospitality of the people. There are quite a few language centres in the cosmopolitan city of Belgrade and the slightly more sleepy city of Novi Sad. Unfortunately, employment is high right now and the demand for tuition may have reached its peak. Additionally, Serbian people generally have good English skills and seem phenomenally talented when it comes to languages. Corruption remains a problem but is apparently becoming less and less common as time goes on. Nature lovers will be delighted to know that there are many national parks to explore.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1.000||Various shifts 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
Belgrade, Novi Sad.
Degree, TEFL certificate, local interview preferred.
1. The English Language Teachers’ Association of Serbia (ELTAS) 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. September is the best time to arrive as many of the language schools close for a summer break.
No major ‘red tape issues’.
Cost of living
Accommodation, transport and food are all reasonably low in price.
Tax and salary information
Paid by your employer on a monthly basis as is the norm.
|A beautiful country||More difficult to find work unless you are already in the country|
|Fabulous architecture, culture and nightlife in Belgrade||Rather low salaries|
|An unusual destination for TEFL teachers which means you will have a totally unique experience||Corruption remains a minor problem|
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