Teach in Macedonia
ESL and certified teachers looking for teaching jobs in Macedonia can expect to find work at the handful of private language schools and international schools throughout the country. The capital, Skopje, is a great up-and-coming destination for ESL teachers looking to teach abroad.
Teaching in Macedonia
Options for teaching in Macedonia
Overall, teachers in Macedonia will find most job opportunities in the main cities like Skopje, where most of the international schools and private language schools are located.
Salary and benefits while teaching in Macedonia
|Teaching Benefit Type||Teaching Benefit Details|
|Yearly Salary||$1,000 USD at language schools, $2,000 upwards for teachers at international schools.|
|Working Hours||9am – 4pm.|
|Relocation Allowance||Not provided.|
|Vacation||Aside from summer holidays (June to September), there are breaks throughout the year (fall, Christmas, Easter and February).|
|Health Insurance||Not provided.|
|Contract Duration||One year.|
Teaching in Macedonia
The academic year in Macedonia begins in September and ends in June. Teachers can be hired for international and private language schools in Macedonia throughout the year, but the most popular time for hiring teachers runs from September to January.
Qualifications to teach in Macedonia
Private language schools in Macedonia will usually ask for a Bachelor’s degree and TEFL certificate.
The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online certificate can give you the edge over other candidates applying to teach English abroad in Macedonia.
International schools in Macedonia will often require their teachers have some relevant teaching experience as well as a postgraduate certificate in education. The best-paying teaching jobs in Macedonia are, more often than not, at international schools.
Visas for teachers in Macedonia
You will need to have a work permit to teach abroad in Macedonia. Due to the paperwork involved in getting a visa to work in Macedonia, it's advisable to have a teaching job lined up prior to your arrival in the country. You’ll need to apply through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Macedonia.
Living in Macedonia
The cost of living in Macedonia is quite low. Rent is around $250 USD a month in Macedonia, and transportation and food are also cheap, so you can expect to save a good amount of your monthly income while teaching in Macedonia.
Things for teachers to do in Macedonia
There’s no shortage of fun activities and sights for teachers in Macedonia. Macedonia has a rich history spanning several ancient civilizations, including the Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires.
Macedonia's capital city, Skopje, is home to the biggest bazaar in the Balkans outside of Istanbul. As Macedonia is one of the least expensive countries in Europe, you can usually eat out for less than $10 USD (and that’s including multiple courses and wine).
A trip to beautiful Lake Ohrid makes for the perfect weekend getaway for teachers in Macedonia who love camping. Macedonia is also a great base for teachers looking to explore other parts of Europe, with Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey just a cheap bus ride away.
Macedonia at a Glance
Capital - Skopje
Language - Macedonian
Population - 2.081 million
Currency - Macedonian denar
Government - Parliamentary democracy
Major Religion - Orthodox Christianity
Climate - Mild/Continental
- At a whopping four million years old, Ohrid Lake in Macedonia is the oldest lake in Europe, measuring 940 feet (288 meters) deep. Ohrid Lake was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979.
- Macedonia got its independence from Yugoslavia - entirely peacefully - in 1991.
- Macedonia has more mountains than any other country in the world, with 34 mountain peaks in total across the country.
- In the United Nations, the official Macedonian name is the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).
- The capital of Macedonia, Skopje, has a history of devastating earthquakes, with the worst occurring in 518 and 1963. The magnitude 6.1 quake in 1963 reduced 80% of Skopje to rubble, killing more than 1,070 inhabitants.
- Alexander the Great, the one-time king of Macedonia, was the world’s first conqueror, whose empire extended across Greece and Persia into India and Egypt.
- Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia.