Afghanistan is certainly not the first place you would think of when considering countries in which to teach English. Needless to say, security is a huge concern and foreigners can be a target for violence. However, the difference that your efforts can make for the ordinary people of Afghanistan is considerable. There are some paid teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are usually rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal or non-existent.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Local schools and universities||500 – 1,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||6 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||2,500 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate.
1. Do as much research as possible into recent events of the ongoing conflict. You need to be as aware as possible of the situation for your security when living there.
2. Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Afghanistan at first in order to make contacts and gain an understanding of the country.
3. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidised accommodation in secure locations.
Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Afghanistan. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
Food and transport costs are low. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location. Security costs may be high so ensure that this is discussed in detail with your employer.
Tax and salary information
Where applicable, tax is normally paid monthly by your employer. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|You will be making a great contribution to the rebuilding of the country||Undoubtedly a dangerous place to live and work|
|Friendly local people||Generally poor resources|
|Certainly an experience you will remember for the rest of your life||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|
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