Teaching English in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Overview

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


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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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.

Red tape

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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  1. Mehboob Alam says:

    I have a Masters in English Literature from the Karachi University. I have teaching experience of 40 years in Pakistan, Iran and in the Sultanate of Oman. I am in my 70s, but I enjoy excellent health and at present I am working as a teacher of English at a college in Kharian, Punjab.

  2. Caroline Fakhri says:

    I found your comments very interesting about still teaching in your seventies. I am fifty five and would like to teach English in many different locations in the world but especially I thought how great it would be to go to Afghanistan. I lived in neighbouring Iran for eleven years and came iin to contact with many Afghan nationals who had gone to Iran because of the war.yoir comments give me inspiration.

  3. Noman Alam says:

    I have done my master in English Literature and linguistics from National University of Modern Languages Islamabad in 2011, beside that I have also got TEFL certificate and have 3 years of teaching experience. I am teaching English Language and linguistics. I am 28 years old and have a passion for teaching. I am well aware of the physical and cultural environment of Afghanistan as I am basically from Peshawar Pakistan. So a Teaching job in Afghanistan will be of a great interest for me Thanks.

  4. wahidullah says:

    I have recently accomplished BS four years program in English at university of Malakan from Pakistan.It is one of my extreme desire to teach and provide service to my beloved country Afghanistan and help with Afghan students in field of education ,to become able to lead their country toward prosperity,growth and stability.As you know I am Afghan,beside that I am well aware about the Afghan culture and radiations.there I can work effectively.

  5. Mansur Nawabi says:

    hi, can anyone give me a email address or a contact for any school in Afghanistan where I can send my resume?

  6. Faisal Sayyar says:

    I have done MA English in applied linguistics and literature from NUML Islamabad Campus and currently working as a lecturer at NUML Karachi Campus.
    I am basically from Peshawar so it is easy for me to work in Afghanistan.

  7. Marky Li says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,
    I am looking for a job teaching English at the college and University level. Enclosed is my resume.

    Mark Iannicelli,1865 Larimer Street, Apt. 814,Denver, Colorado 80201,
    markyli420@yahoo.com 303 -263 – 0404
    Trainings and Certifications
    1979 – Dept. of Labor Certified Heavy Equipment Operator (coal mine reclamation)
    1991 – Brownsville, Texas & – Chauffer’s License (taxi cab)
    1994 – Anchorage, Alaska & Chauffer’s License (taxi cab
    2013 – Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course certification
    2005 – 2006 Northeast Agricultural University: Harbin, China, ESL professor
    • Taught English as a second language to University students
    • Edited assignments, graded papers administered oral exams, written exams, maintained attendance records, passed and failed students
    2002 – 2004 – Yingkou College of Vocational Technology , Yingkou City, China ESL Instruction
    • Lectured English as a second language to vocational college students and professors
    • Conducted mock job interviews with Chinese students in English
    • Edited assignments, graded papers administered oral exams, written exams, maintained attendance records, passed and failed students.

    1989 – Airo Instant, Brunswick, Georgia Spray Dryer Technician Supervised and trained personnel Manufactured Pigment dyes, Kaolin clay and Pharmaceuticals Documented weight, collected product samples for research and shipped products.

    Education: Texas Southmost College: University of Alaska Anchorage: Associates Degree in Liberal Arts BS American Political Science
    Other Experiences and Interests: Art, music, amusement-parks, bicycling, human rights, motorcycles, movies, museums, , political science, swimming, theatre and travel.

  8. Reza Yousefi says:

    I live in Kabul and i have master in TESOL.

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