Live, Work & Travel in Albania

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A rugged and welcoming country, Albania is beginning to appear on the radar for travellers that want something different without the long haul flights. And, while still too far undeveloped for most, the long Adriatic coastline and deserted beaches must one day make Albania a contender for the next big thing in the property market. For now though Albania has the smallest expat cluster in Europe, according to a BBC survey. Working travellers will have to content themselves with the odd low paid English teaching job and limited numbers of volunteer placements.



Teaching & TEFL in Albania

Sit down, pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea and go through your list of friends and social media contacts and the likelihood is you won't be able to think of a friend who got rich teaching in Albania. Or anyone who taught English in Albania for that matter. Nonetheless jobs can be found. ESL Base list nearly a dozen English language schools in the country, mostly in Tirana, with July or August the best month to look for jobs for the school year beginning in September or October according to advice from the recruitment Agency TeachAway. More information from them can be found at


Other Ways to Work in Albania

Though hardly backpacker type roles has a few English language vacancies posted to its boards.


Low Cost Options for Volunteering

From local NGOs to work exchanges we track down and list a number of opportunities for free or cheap volunteer work in Albania on another website in our small group.


Other Ways to Travel or Stay for Free

Stay for free in return for caring for local residents' homes or pets. Join Trusted Housesitters to live rent free as a house sitter (Americans may prefer this link). I wouldn't expect Albania has a great many house sits available so, if not, you can get a free $25 Airbnb credit from us here.


More Resources from our Sites

Directory > Russia & Eastern Europe Links - A selection of links for finding work, searching for a home and travelling in Eastern Europe.


Articles on Living, Working & Travelling in Albania

Articles from our websites:
Househunting Travels: The Albanians - We weren’t sure about Albania and the Albanians at first. The people had a tendency to stare and the food could be hit and miss. Once we got used to these two facts the country and its people started to grow on us.
Photo Feature: Butrint - Unearthed during the Italian occupation and named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 a walk around Butrint is a woodland trip through the layers of its two thousand years of history.
Blogger's Guide to Albania - We thought of doing a guide to Albania but after careful reflection decided, nah! Let someone else do it. What’s the point of all these bloggers roaming the world otherwise?
Volunteer Work in Albania - A Simpson's handful of opportunities.
My Bad Travel Photo: Street Scene at Night, Gjirokastra - An unexciting shot of an empty street at night with a vague outline of the fortress in the background.


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