Face-to-face CELTA in Skopje, North Macedonia – Get qualified in the heart of the Balkans

Skopje, in the heart of the Balkans region of Europe, is an impressive capital city with thousands of years of rich history. Situated on the…

Skopje, in the heart of the Balkans region of Europe, is an impressive capital city with thousands of years of rich history. Situated on the Vardar River, it is largest city of North Macedonia, formerly part of Yugoslavia. It has links to Alexander the Great, and Skopje certainly is a great place to take your CELTA course. The June CELTA course, with an Early Bird Price of just €1170 EUR allows you to get CELTA qualified at an excellent price and have money left over to explore this fantastic hidden location, in perhaps its ideal climate too.

North Macedonia

Previously known as simply ‘Macedonia’ until 2019, North Macedonia was part of Yugoslavia until the state’s dissolution in 1991. Bordered by Kosovo to the northwest, Serbia to the north, Bulgaria to the east, Greece to the south, and Albania to the west, North Macedonia occupies a strategic crossroads between Europe and Asia. The country’s landscape encompasses rugged mountains, lush valleys, and picturesque lakes, including the iconic Lake Ohrid, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its crystal-clear waters and ancient monasteries.

North Macedonia’s cultural heritage reflects its complex history of successive empires and civilizations, from the ancient Macedonians and Romans to the Ottomans and Yugoslavs. This varied heritage is evident in the country’s architecture, cuisine, music, and traditions. Skopje, the capital and largest city, serves as a hub of culture, commerce, and education, with its bustling bazaars, historic landmarks, and modern developments. It also has links to Alexander the Great, one of history’s most influential military leaders, who conquered vast territories from Greece to Egypt and beyond into Persia in the 4th century BC.

What to see in Skopje

The Old Bazaar, characterized by Ottoman architecture and bustling markets, offers insight into the city’s past. The Millennium Cross atop Vodno Mountain provides panoramic views of Skopje’s skyline.

Visitors can explore Skopje’s cultural offerings at its museums, theatres, and galleries, showcasing the region’s heritage. Worth a look are the National Gallery of Macedonia and the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle. Landmarks like the Stone Bridge and Macedonian Square reflect the city’s historical and modern significance. Local taverns offer traditional Macedonian cuisine, rooted in culinary traditions passed down through generations. You can also say hello to Alexander the Great, whose statue is part of the impressive “Warrior on a Horse” monument complex.

Skopje’s urban landscape juxtaposes historic charm with modern developments. Revitalized neighbourhoods feature a blend of ancient structures and contemporary architecture. Exploring these areas reveals hidden treasures within the city’s streets and squares, offering a compelling cultural experience in Skopje.

Skopje CELTA centre

The Skopje CELTA centre is ideally located, held at a modern facility right in the heart of the city. The centre can organise transport from the city centre to the campus and back if trainees opt for accommodation in the city, but they can also choose to stay in the dormitories, very close to CELTA centre’s location. The centre provides any type of support the trainee may require for the course, such as logistics or legal assistance. It is also a growth area for job opportunities, with North Macedonia and the Balkans becoming increasingly more aware of the CELTA. The difference the certificate makes when hiring a teacher puts you at a distinct advantage and there are plenty of teaching opportunities available for those wanting to teach here.

Day trips out

If you have time, it’s definitely worth visiting Ohrid, a historic town on the edge of beautiful Lake Ohrid, an hour and a half southwest of Skopje. Known as the “Jerusalem of the Balkans,” Ohrid boasts medieval architecture, religious sites, and stunning natural beauty. Visitors can explore the Old Town, visit the Ohrid Cathedral and Samuel’s Fortress, and enjoy boat rides on Lake Ohrid.

Another popular day trip from Skopje is Matka Canyon, just a short distance southwest of the city. This picturesque gorge offers hiking, boating, and cave exploration opportunities. Visitors can take boat rides, hike to the Vrelo Cave, and admire the scenic landscapes. Matka Canyon also features centuries old monasteries and churches, providing insights into the region’s cultural heritage. Skopje’s proximity to Ohrid and Matka Canyon makes it an ideal base for exploring North Macedonia’s attractions.

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Apply to take the CELTA face-to-face via Skopje, North Macedonia today!

If you are looking to start an exciting career where you can teach around the world, the CELTA course via Skopje, North Macedonia is a great place to start! You can apply for the CELTA through our online form. There are no application fees and the form usually takes five to 15 minutes to complete.

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