Teaching English in Libya

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Libya Overview

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

Tripoli.

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. 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.

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 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.

Summary

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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19 Comments

  1. Tokoro says:

    What is the age limit for visas/jobs teaching English at universities in Libya? I am a Canadian, male, 60 years old. I have 18 years of experience teaching in Japan, 3 years in Saudi Arabia and an MA.

  2. Almiaad Education Center provides English courses, EFL, ES, TESOL, IELTS,TOEFL, and private tuition courses in Libya and in the UK.
    http://www.almiaad.com/Almiaad-Education-Centre.aspx

  3. zeinab2013 says:

    Looking for qualified native English teacher to work in the oil field on rotation 6/3

    • sirrdc says:

      What does the job entail? Could you give more details?

    • Joseph George Mallia says:

      I’m interested in knowing more about this job as I have lots of expereince in teaching in the MENA region, with DELTA and PhD

    • Dear ms. Zeinab:

      I am a female native English-speaking Canadian certified teacher, and I have years teaching experience at two Ministry Colleges in Oman in addition to my Canadian experience.

      Kindly let me know your application procedures

      Respectfully yours,

      Lazina Desormiers You may find some of my qualifications on the oct.ca site

    • atlasi says:

      dear madam
      my name is mustapha and i m moroccan i can assure you that my skills are highly regarded as ateacher of english in my country. currently i m working with students from libya in morocco and I was somehow convinced that Libya is a good place to work in. i have been teaching english for 5 years withing the moroccan air force as i finished my contract with them.
      if i can get your e mail address i can send you my cv and my certifications.
      hope to hear from you soon.
      best regards

  4. Kwame says:

    Am a ghanaian teacher ,have six years teaching experience and want teaching job in libya
    I hold diploma in education and bachelors degree certificates.thank you

  5. STEPHEN says:

    I am a Ghanaian teacher, taught for four years.I hold a Diploma in Basic Education and a Degree in second cycle education. i really dream of taking up a teaching job in Libya.
    thanks

  6. Fasalie Mansaray says:

    I am a Sierra Leonean graduate in Linguistics(BA Edu Ling/Lit Div II) and have been teaching English and Communication Skills for the past 5 years. How can I teach in Libya?

  7. Samira says:

    Hi all,
    I’m dual nationality British/Libyan, I speak English as my first language, Arabic as a second language.
    I have experience in teaching students TEFL advance for 3 years now how ever I’m looking at teaching in Libya (Tripoli).
    If any one knows of any work at this present moment I would appreciate it if you could reply to my ad.
    Many thanks
    Samira.

  8. badr khouzima says:

    dear Mrs
    I’m a Moroccan man who studied cultural studies at the university. I have been giving reinforcement classes to students of high school since 5 years. I wonder if there is any possibility to teach in Libya.

    kindly let me hear from you as soon as possible.

    sincerely

  9. Immanuel Bofomo says:

    Hellow
    I would love to teach English in Libya. I have 20 years experience teaching English in
    South Africa
    Mozambique
    Malawi
    Botswana

    I have
    a Bachelor of Education – English
    Authority to Teach
    My
    Masters and PhD are in different fields

  10. Fahim says:

    Hello, I am an American with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. I have extensive experience as a writing tutor working with students whose first language is not English. Please contact me if you have an opportunity.

  11. Abdul Hafiz Arkaah says:

    I am an Adult English/ Numeracy Literacy Facilitator at the university of Ghana Adult Literacy and Research Center of the College of Education. I have been facilitating at the laboratory for about 6 years now and would like to know if there is any opportunity of getting a job relating my field. Thank you.

    You may call 233272004005

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