Teaching English in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Teaching English in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Banja Luka, Sarajevo$500 – $800

Unfortunately, there are very few ESL opportunities in this country and because of the very high unemployment rate, this is not likely to change anytime soon. A handful of language centers 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.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?

Americans may wish to look into the possibility of Fullbright Teaching Assistantship opportunities in the country.

The British Council may very occasionally advertise posts for its center in Sarajevo so it is a good idea to investigate this possibility.

If traveling through more remote parts of the country, do not stray far from roads as there is still a large number of land mines.

EU nationals should have no problems whatsoever as they can enter the country visa-free for up to 90 days.

Accommodation, transport and food are all low in cost.

Taxes will be paid by your employer on a monthly basis as normal.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Bosnia and Herzegovina


  • A beautiful country
  • Excellent cuisine
  • An unusual destination for TEFL teachers which means you will have a totally unique experience


  • Very few jobs available
  • Low salaries
  • A workaholic culture in which it sometimes seems employees are afraid of going home in the evening!