Slovenia is a small country with lots of natural beauty. The TEFL market is also small, partly because many local people already speak good English. Generally speaking, you need to be in the country to find the work and this makes it very difficult for TEFL teachers from countries outside the EU to find work. Accommodation can be rather expensive in Ljubljana and in coastal towns.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||700 – 1,000||Various but often including weekends and evenings||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools and universities||2,500 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, local interview preferred.
1. Teachers from outside the EU should do all they can to find work before arriving in Slovenia.
2. Expect to have to take on extra private classes in addition to your regular job. It’s the normal way to make ends meet for TEFL teachers in Ljubljana. Expect to share a flat with another teacher.
3. Given the lack of competition, citizens of EU countries should consider setting themselves up as self-employed.
As with most countries in Europe, it is a lot easier for EU nationals to find work as the paperwork required is significantly less than when applying to employ non-EU nationals.
Cost of living
Moderate – accommodation, food and transport. Accommodation costs in Ljubljana are higher than elsewhere. This is reflected to a small degree in the salaries but certainly not enough to enable the average TEFL teacher to save money each month. You will almost certainly have to offer private classes in your spare time.
Tax and salary information
Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.
|Friendly students eager to learn||Lots of red tape for non-EU nationals who do not already have contacts in Slovenia|
|A genuinely beautiful little country||Small TEFL market|
|Potential for EU citizens to go self-employed||High rental costs in Ljubljana and coastal areas|
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