Teaching English in Tajikistan

Tajikistan Overview

There are volunteering opportunities in rural parts of Tajikistan and paid teaching work available at a small number of ‘International’ Schools and language centres. Salaries are low but should cover your living costs and allow sufficient funds to explore the country. Demand for English tuition in Tajikistan is growing steadily.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres and kindergartens 600 – 800 Various but sometimes 6 days a week 2 weeks plus national holidays
‘International’ schools 800 – 1,000 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday 4-6 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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1. The schools that offer good salaries tend to recruit several months in advance for a September start.

2. When discussing the details of your employment contract be sure to ask if accommodation is included.

3. Note that it may be difficult or impossible to find imported Western goods that you are accustomed to.

Red tape

Speak to your prospective employer regarding work permits. It may be a lot easier if you can arrange all necessary paperwork in advance. Visa requirements are changing frequently so it is vital to speak with your embassy and with your prospective employer.

Cost of living

The cost of accommodation, food and transport is low in Tajikistan. It is a poor country and  tourism remains undeveloped.

Tax and salary information

Income tax should be paid by your employer on your behalf. As usual, salary should be expected on a monthly basis.


Lots of volunteering opportunities Very few jobs advertised
The demand for English tuition is growing Poor infrastructure, healthcare and law enforcement
Your contribution can have a positive impact on the local people You need to keep up-to-date with any travel warnings issued regarding recent fighting in the region

Directory of Recommended Schools, Language Centres and Recruitment Agencies

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1 Comment

  1. James says:

    What are the best organizations for finding an English teaching position in Dushanbe? Thanks!

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