Teaching English in Albania

Teaching English in Albania

How to Get Started Teaching English in Albania: A Step-by-Step Guide

Are you looking for a new adventure and want to teach English abroad? Albania might just be the perfect destination for you! With its stunning landscapes, rich culture, and friendly locals, Albania is an up-and-coming destination for those looking to teach English as a foreign language. However, getting started can be overwhelming and daunting. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you navigate the process of teaching English in Albania. From finding a job to obtaining the necessary paperwork, we’ve got you covered. So, if you’re ready to embark on a new journey and make a positive impact on the lives of others, let’s dive in and discover how you can get started teaching English in Albania!

Albania Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Tirana$500 – $2000

Albania is a country in Southeastern Europe. It has a population of about 3 million people. The official language of Albania is Albanian, but English is becoming increasingly important in the country.

Albania is a fascinating country not least because the people are of a wide variety of religious denominations. Indeed, despite Islam being the most prevalent, a significant proportion of Albanians are non-religious.

There is a growing demand for English tuition and, as usual in Europe, it is often easier for EU nationals to obtain the relevant work permits although young Americans may have the chance to teach with the Peace Corp. Most of the work is to be found in the capital Tirana but be warned that salaries are usually very low.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

Experienced teachers are advised to check whether there are any present vacancies at the British Council Albania as the salaries far exceed typical positions.

Young Americans are encouraged to consider making inquiries about teaching with the Peace Corps.

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.

The cost of living is low. Accommodation, food, and transportation are all doable for a teacher’s salary.

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual, you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.

Fun Fact About Albania:

One interesting fact about Albania for an English teacher is that Albania is home to the world’s only known living example of an ancient Indo-European language called “Albanian.” This language has a unique historical significance as it has preserved many ancient linguistic features that have been lost in other languages over time.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Albania


  • Friendly and fascinating culture
  • Wonderful beaches and mountains
  • Lots of opportunity for voluntary work


  • Not many paid teaching opportunities
  • Not much opportunity for professional development
  • Very low salaries