Teaching English in Egypt

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Egypt Overview

Far fewer tourists have visited Egypt since the recent revolution and it is likely that many TEFL teachers have also been put off by political instability. If you can deal with the fact that situations can change rapidly in this fascinating country then it could be the place for you – although bear in mind that conservatism is sadly on the rise. There are still plenty of opportunities out there and the experienced can earn a very good salary. Students are generally very motivated and keen to learn because their English skills will be of such great use in their careers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 800 – 2,500 Various shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
British Council and universities 2,500 upwards Various shifts including evening and weekend work 6 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 3,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday┬áplus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Cairo.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.

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Tips

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. Those with a Masters Degree are likely to find very well-paid work, so if you wish to make Egypt a permanent home it would be a good idea to get an MA TESOL first (some universities offer a distance learning course).

3. Working illegally on tourist visas has become much more difficult since the ‘revolution’ so although you may need to arrive on one you should make sure that a proper work permit is obtained as soon as possible.

Red tape

Work permits must be arranged to work legally. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

Cost of living

The cost of living in Cairo is moderate. The salaries go a reasonable way to reflecting the cost of living but teachers without previous teaching experience may struggle to afford a decent apartment.

Tax and salary information

You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Summary

Considerable demand for English tuition An unstable nation at present
Friendly, eager students Poor pay for those without previous teaching experience
Less competition from other TEFL teachers recently The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced and conservatism looks set to rise here

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7 Comments

  1. RJB says:

    There are teaching jobs to be found in Alexandria as well as Hurghada. I was in Alex during the Revolution and felt very safe and was well looked after. I also taught in Hurghada for 6 months. I just walked down the main Sheraton Street and handed my CV’s in where ever a could see a language centre – quite a few – and the job offers came pouring in. I also managed to get a job at a private school and in a hotel. None of these jobs were advertised.

    I would advise though that many years experience would be an advantage as students soon ‘suss’ you out and I know of quite a few who had to leave as they could not cope.

    Accomodation was reasonably priced after negotiation and the locals are welcoming. I loved Hurghada and was lucky to be staying 5 mins from the Red Sea.

    I visited Cairo several times but did not stay there to teach.

  2. Omar says:

    Hello,

    I’ve recently passed my CELTA course, and was wondering if I could get any assistance in finding/getting a job in Egypt, maybe in alexandria or cairo.

    Thank You.

    • Tim says:

      Hi Omar – I saw your post. I too have just completed my Celta in Cape Town, South Africa, and I wondered I you have any info you can share regarding available ESL posts?

      Rgds, Tim

  3. Lottie says:

    Dear RJB,

    I am looking to move to Hurghada and have recently completed a TEFL course. I have taught privately before during my degree and am ready for a steep learning curve!
    May I ask whether the procedure for getting a work visa is difficult/ takes a long time?
    Thank you for your time. I would be most grateful for any information you can provide.
    Lottie

  4. Rasheed says:

    Hi can anyone send me some email addresses from schools that need English teachers,i have completed a tefl certification and have 2 masters degrees one philosophy and comparative laws

  5. Rasheed says:

    My email address is rasheeddien@yahoo.com

    Thanks
    Rasheed

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