Croatia is certainly one of the better prospects if you are heading towards the Balkans for your teaching. English is a language once again in demand, in common with many other Eastern European countries.
Living conditions in the Croatia are improving and now almost as good as in certain other Eastern European countries, such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. The country is culturally and historically diverse and interesting.
Your prospective students are likely to be quite demanding in the classroom, respectful of education and highly motivated to learn English. We have heard mixed reports of availability of materials, so it is best to take some with you before you go. Authentic ‘realia’ such as magazine articles will be of great interest to your students and will not take up much room in your luggage. There are also opportunities for teaching English to young learners via a series of summer camps.
Teaching jobs are generally not advertised outside the country and so come with plenty of money to see you through and ensure your TESOL CV/resume 'sells you'. You might also consider teaching English online first with a company, then picking this work up again once in Croatia so you are not reliant on local teaching only. Find out more here about teaching English online.
Tips for teaching English in Croatia:
* the TESOL Advanced Course 150 hours for Europe
* the 30-hour Business TESOL for Croatia, as Business English is growing
* add the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners course for work in language schools