Live, Work & Travel in Croatia
The long Adriatic coastline is an invaluable asset to Croatia's tourism industry. A few tourism professionals, such as watersport instructors or those working for foreign tour operators, may be able to find work here but with high unemployment Croatia's coastline provides jobs mostly for its own population, despite EU accession in 2013. Some work can be found in the towns and cities for English teachers and there are some volunteer placements to be had.
Working in Tourism
Finding work in tourism is harder than expected in a country with a well developed industry and EU membership. Yachts sail up and down the coastline and jobs in and around them can be found with MedSailors and Sunsail. Activity Yachting doesn't have a recruitment page but we have spotted them recruiting for flotilla skippers and sailing instructors to work between mid April to the middle of October in Croatia.
Even if your sailing skills aren't up to much other positions in admin and childcare may also need filling. Sail Croatia hire photographers, videographers and onboard representatives. More large tour operators can be found in our directory though Bspoke seems to have slipped through our net. They employ cycling and walking holiday representatives and mechanics, who would like to spend an enjoyable and rewarding summer working in several European countries including Croatia.
The larger hotel chains may have some vacancies, particularly for animators, but with Italians and Germans making up the two largest groups visiting Croatia a knowledge of those languages will be a significant advantage.
Teaching & TEFL in Croatia
James Joyce might have hated the place when he taught English to naval officers in Trieste but modern teachers in Croatia are more attracted to the lifestyle than any promise of high wages. Teachers motivated more by money will be better off looking for work further north in Poland or the Czech Republic. Sending your CV around to international schools is the best way to land a job. Vacancies are rarely advertised abroad.
Au Pair & Nanny Jobs
Croatians are more likely to work abroad as a nanny or au pair than to take one into their own homes. Au pairing in Croatia is uncommon with no standard regulations or au pair agencies specialising in bringing foreign girls to Croatia but the persistent can begin their job hunt with this short guide by Easy Expat.
An easier way to find work involving children is through the Camp California programme. Croatia's answer to American summer camp style holidays offers six to nine week contracts teaching skills - including archery, tennis, football, American football, dance, snorkelling, woodwork, digital photography and music – to children on the Adriatic coast. Staff from most countries are classified as volunteers under a cultural exchange programme and can work on a tourist visa. Pocket money starts at around €130 per week plus room and board for first time counsellors depending on age, education and qualifications.
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 Croatia 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).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 Croatia.
Jobs in Eastern Europe - Current vacancies from the Jobs Abroad Bulletin.
Articles on Living, Working & Travelling in Croatia
Articles on other websites and blogs:
Teaching English in Croatia: A Conversation with an American Teacher - Kelly Retzlaff talks about her experiences as a first grade teacher at The International School of Zagreb in Croatia.
Teaching English and Working at Summer Camp in Croatia - After getting online TEFL certification Amelia Perri started her first job overseas.
Finding a TEFL Job in Croatia - Compared to countries like the Czech Republic and South Korea, Croatia is rather underdeveloped in the TEFL teaching market.
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