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cstevens



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:50 am    Post subject: Thinking of Croatia Reply with quote

Is there anyone on the ground over there? What are the job prospects like.

I found a few language schools on the internet, but the websites are a bit hard to navigate.

If I were to go to Croatia, what schools would be hiring?

Thanks in advance
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Fresa Sorpresa



Joined: 21 May 2010
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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elcabojota



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love some info about this as well.
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escuto



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not an English-teaching soul to be found in Croatia?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent six months in Croatia a couple of years ago and investigated the teaching market at that time. It's tiny (as you might have guessed from the lack of replies to this thread). Mostly focused in Zagreb, with enough work at that time to support exactly 2 teachers in Dubrovnik and another 2 or 3 in Split (I can't speak for the Istria/northern regions of the country). Little to no work July-September on the coast, as most people are busy with the tourism industry at that time.

In short - it's a place where you MIGHT find a niche, but it's most likely going to require going there, with enough money to tide you over for as much as several months, and over the summer holidays. It would take luck and quite a lot of dedication, I think.
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Vorbourg



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:25 pm    Post subject: oooohh Reply with quote

Not an easy place to go and make a living teaching.
Good holiday spot though Idea
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heinrich66



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:37 pm    Post subject: Croatia Reply with quote

Hello!

I just spent two months in Zagreb, Croatia -- at first looking for work teaching English, later working at a hostel! I'm happy to pass along what I learned.

I contacted nearly fifteen language schools in Zagreb, and a handful located in cities along the coast like Split and Dubrovnik. In many cases, there were simply no positions open. But in nearly all responses I got, the following was said: the government presently only allows for Croatian hiring because the unemployment level is so high.

In other words, whatever the official policy, in actual practice any school trying to hire an English teacher who isn't a Croatian stands little or no chance of getting that hire approved. The gov't wants only Croatian citizens filling jobs at present. This was said to me so repeatedly that I'm forced to believe it is true.

Croatia is a beautiful country nevertheless. I had a wonderful time there. Hope this helps.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Come and work in the Middle East and spend your long holidays in Hrvatska !
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shotten99



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been teaching in Zagreb since 2005. You pretty much have to be here to be hired or taken seriously. More often than not, most schools will NOT sponsor a work visa for you. They will pay you cash in hand. This type of petty corruption is just a part of life. Unfortunately, the demand for English has dried up entirely. There were private schools every 50 meters or so, but since late 08 early 09, it's gone bust. There's simply nothing to be found right now.
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Archie Rice



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This still the case? Any updates on Croatia?
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still the case. Neither the economy nor the job market has taken a significant upward turn to the point that it would be easier for an EFL teacher to find a reasonable job in the country. According to my Croatian colleagues and students; I haven't tried myself.
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