Teaching in Serbia and Montenegro

Teaching English in Serbia and Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Belgrade, Novi Sad$800 – $1000

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 centers 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.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?EU National?Experience?
YesYesYesNo

You may wish to supplement your income with extra private lessons which are easy to arrange once you have made a few contacts.

September is the best time to arrive as many of the language schools close for a summer break.

There are no major β€˜red tape issues’, which is a plus!

Accommodation, transport and food are all reasonably low in price.

Taxes are paid by your employer on a monthly basis as is the norm.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Serbia and Montenegro

Pros:

  • A beautiful country
  • Fabulous architecture, culture, and nightlife in Belgrade
  • An unusual destination for TEFL teachers which means you will have a totally unique experience

Cons:

  • More difficult to find work unless you are already in the country
  • Rather low salaries
  • Corruption remains a minor problem