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Teach English in Macedonia

Macedonia is a small country north of Greece in the Balkans. It is an up and coming destination for English language schools and hence, needs native speaking English teachers. Private companies are beginning to open in Skopje, the capital, at an every increasing rate. Private language companies, like the British Council, mostly cater to adults and [...]

Macedonia is a small country north of Greece in the Balkans. It is an up and coming destination for English language schools and hence, needs native speaking English teachers. Private companies are beginning to open in Skopje, the capital, at an every increasing rate. Private language companies, like the British Council, mostly cater to adults and business people wanting to learn English or to children. Macedonian children must attend Macedonian schools from grades one through eight, but there are international schools that are taught in English. In high school, all children may go to private schools, so there may be job openings for native English teachers there as well.

Private language companies often hire native speaking English teachers without any university degrees. Private schools and better companies, however, ask for a bachelor’s degree and TEFL/TESOL/CELTA certification. Experience is also always useful for getting any English teaching job.

Private companies generally pay $10-$15 dollars an hour, while private schools pay even more — but expect a salaried wage. Rent is around $250 dollars a month in Macedonia, and transportation and food are also cheap, so you can expect to save a good amount of your income.

If you are working for a private school they should help sponsor you for a work visa. However, tourists are granted three month visas on arrival and can do visa runs every three months for a new tourist visa.

Contact info for private international schools in Macedonia

American School of Macedonia
Makoteks Compleks, Nikola Parapunov bb
Karpos IV 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
Tel +389-2-3063-265 .
contact@asm.edu.mk

Nova International School
Email: info@nova.edu.mk

Quality Schools International (QSI) International School of Skopje
Inlindenska BB, Reon 55
1000 Skopie, Macedonia
email: skopje@qsi.com

St. George’s School of English
E-mail:stgeorge_dooel@yahoo.com

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After traveling on her own for three or four years, Chaya met up with Wade Shepard, the editor of VagabondJourney.com. They were married in 2009, and continue to travel the world together with their young daughter. From time to time Chaya blogs about family travel and life on the road. has written 102 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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  • Kaitlyn December 23, 2011, 8:06 pm

    I would be very careful when negotiating a contract with a school in Macedonia. Private schools there, (especially NOVA but other schools as well) are generally run by ‘morally flexible’ individuals with little regard for their employees. An average teaching salary is about 400 euro/month. If your rent + utilities=200 euro/month (living outside the center in a very inexpensive apartment) it will be hard to save at all. Even if you could save everything, it would still be very little by western standards.

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    • Vagabond Journey Guides December 30, 2011, 6:57 pm

      Thanks for these tips!

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