A Visa is an official document stating that a person is authorized to enter the country or territory for which it was issued and teach there. Depending on your own nationality, you may or may not need a visa to work in certain other countries.
For more, see Visas for TEFL Teachers Abroad.
TESOL or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who do not already speak English. It's more commonly used by American teachers.
For more, see TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
A TEFL Certificate is the basic qualification to teach English to non-native speakers. Good ones are usually 120hrs and cover teaching methodology, classroom management, lesson preparation and so on.
For more, see TEFL Certificates.
The EU or European Union is a collection of European countries; easy for British and Irish teachers to work there, more difficult for those without an EU passport.
For more, see Teaching English in the European Union.
Business English is English as it is used in the business workplace. It focuses on business phrases and typical workplace vocabulary often used for negotiations, telephone conversations, interviews, presentations, meetings, etc.
For more, see Business English.
TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Simply put, this is usually used to talk about teaching English to people who live in a non-English speaking country and who want to learn English for business or to take an exam, etc.
It is pretty much equivalent to TESOL and TESL.
For more, see TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
TEFL/TESOL in Croatia
Croatia is a beautiful country in central/southwest Europe in the Balkans. It has a population of about 4.5 million with Zagreb being the capital and largest city (pop. 800,00).
After the breakup of Yugoslavia and the Croatian war of Independence, the country was internationally recognized in 1992. The economy since the war has slowly recovered and nowadays Croatia is a popular destination for tourism and has a growing international business sector.
There is a high demand for teachers right now in Croatia.
Schools & Teaching Conditions in Croatia
State schools in Croatia teach English and some classes use English as a medium to teach other subjects. This means that English teachers are in slightly less demand than countries where English is not taught so strongly in state schools. However there is a very strong demand for English for Tourism and Business English.
A degree and a TEFL Certificate such as the ICAL TEFL Certificate are the usual requirements for most jobs with demand being high for native speakers as there are relatively few native speakers working in Croatia as oppose to neighbouring countries like Italy or Greece.
Contracts are usually for the academic year (which runs from October 1st – June). In private language schools pay is around €600 ($758 USD, £483) per month but the cost of living is quite low so this is enough to live on (although not extravagantly).
Accommodation tends to be quite expensive and could take up to half the monthly wage. It is also quite difficult to find in many places so you should try to get the school to organize this for you.
Visas and the EU for Croatia
Most tourists can enter the country for up to 90 days. However, to work you need to organize a visa before you enter the country. The school should be able to help with this. If you are already in the country you can still get a working visa if you find work (although again, the school will have to help you with this).
Note as well that Croatia recently joined (in July 2013) the European Union which means that non-Europeans will find it difficult to secure a working visa.
On the other hand, being in the EU also means that there is a strong demand for English as the country hopes to have greater business ties with the EU and English helps this. Thus the demand for Business English is thus quite strong and if you have experience in this field it will help a lot in getting work.
Croatians are generally regarded as warm and friendly people; teachers have respect here and classes will be formal and hard working.Image © alistercoyne