One of the more liberal Muslim-majority countries, Algeria is home to lots of ancient ruins and the incredible Sahara Desert. There are some paid teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are rather low and teaching resources are minimal or non-existent. English is still regarded by many as less important than French so you may encounter students with motivational issues. Local people are said to be very welcoming and helpful and, despite the dangers and corruption in the country, Algeria is a fascinating country to live in.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|State school||600 – 800||7am – 4pm Monday to Friday||4 weeks plus national holidays|
|Language centres||800 – 1,200||Various shifts including evening and weekend work||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|Local universities||1,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday||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. Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for openings at the British Council as these are by far the best paid positions for those without a Masters Degree.
2. Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Algeria 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.
Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Algeria. 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.
Tax and salary information
Where applicable, income tax is normally paid monthly by your employer. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|Fascinating country of ancient ruins and desert scenes||Few paid openings for those without contacts or postgraduate qualifications|
|Friendly local people||Certain areas of Algeria are dangerous and travel to those is not advisable. Check before you go.|
|Excellent cuisine and music||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|
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