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 plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.
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.
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.
|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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