Many people love travelling through Tunisia but those who decide to teach English in the country are often underwhelmed by the experience. Corruption and dishonesty are widespread within the private sector and many teachers complain of being misled by employers who have little interest in education but huge interest in money. Finding paid teaching work is not difficult but TEFL salaries are rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal or non-existent. English is still regarded by many as less important than French so you may encounter students with motivational issues. By sticking to trusted employers such as the British Council not only do you receive an excellent salary but you also don’t have to worry about when – and if – you will be paid the wage you are owed. Nevertheless it is an unforgettable experience; the local cuisine is excellent and there are many areas of outstanding natural beauty outside the cities.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||800 – 1,200||Various shifts including evening and weekend work||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|British Council||2,000 upwards||Various shifts including evening and weekend work||6 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||2,500 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, CELTA (or equiv.), 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. Teachers without experience are advised to undertake great research before signing any contracts. Ask to speak with both previous and present employees for their verdicts.
3. Be sure to negotiate contractual details before you start work. Get everything in writing.
Work permits are best arranged before you arrive in Tunisia but in reality many teachers find work when in the country. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
Food and transport costs are low. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location.
Tax and salary information
Where applicable, income tax is normally paid monthly by your employer (although many teachers are paid in cash). You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract. Note that many employers are unreliable when it comes to pay day.
|Beautiful beaches and deserts||Poor pay for those without considerable experience|
|Friendly local people||A culture of corruption and dishonesty pervades|
|Fascinating culture and delicious food||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|