Libya is not the most popular nation to visit for work or pleasure at the moment due to the dangers but there is considerable demand for English tuition here. Students are keen to learn but, as with many nations in this part of the world, the cultural backdrop is incredibly stifling for most Western teachers. Forget nightlife, forget even holding hands with the opposite sex. Most local Libyans are pleasant and hospitable but women report a great deal of harassment in daily life so anyone without experience in this part of the world should consider things very carefully before signing contracts. There are good packages out there for the brave and experienced, especially with the British Council, but it could take a significant amount of time to ‘acclimatise’. On the plus side, the lack of opportunities to spend money means that you should be able to save each month. Additionally, nature lovers will find that the desert is a wonderful place to visit at weekends.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||1,500 – 2,500||Various shifts but sometimes 6 days per week||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. For more information on the EFL community in Tripoli, visit the English Teachers’ Forum Libya website.
3. Women should think twice before signing a contract to teach in Libya. Harassment is common.
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 Libya is fairly low and, given the salaries and the lack of opportunity to spend money on nightlife, it is possible to save money each month.
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||Women may find that they are harassed in public|
|Low living costs||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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