Teaching English in Algeria

Algeria Overview

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┬áplus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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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.

Red tape

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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1 Comment

  1. Tehhybrid23 says:

    I have a 2-years Degree,i studied in a private school ” el-qualam ” in Annaba, an exchange program made by the Embassador of the united states on 2008.

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