Africa is one of the top places on my “travel list”. It’s been up there for a long time, and I haven’t been able to get there yet, but one day I will, and I can’t wait for that day to come.
I’ve been doing some research into the TEFL industry in Africa and looking at the new top places to find teaching jobs. The industry is huge there and continues to grow each year. I know for many people (at least for me), Africa seems more exotic or far, than places such as South America, Europe or Asia, but today I’m going to try to break that stigma and tell you why Africa is a great idea for your next TEFL job.
Africa is a vast continent with over 50 countries! There are varying climates and sub-climates, an immense variety of cultures and ever-changing landscapes. In my opinion, teaching in Africa is not for the faint of heart. It takes an adventure-seeking individual to do this work. And that individual may just be you!
Something to note about teaching TEFL in Africa is that there are many volunteer teaching opportunities here. Probably more so than anywhere else in the world. It’s important to make sure you are clear on whether a position is paid or unpaid before embarking on the adventure. One aspect that may clarify this, is the qualification/certification required for a specific job. Many volunteer positions do not require a TEFL or TESOL certificate. However, for the majority of the paid teaching jobs, you will be required to have a TEFL or TESOL certificate.
Before we get into the best countries and cities to teach in, there are a few general things to note about teaching English in Africa that teachers should know about before heading that way:
- Most classrooms will be packed to the brim.
- School supplies are hard to come by and TEFL materials are not always a given.
- Living conditions may not be what you are used to.
Overall though, I think teaching in Africa would be life-changing. I think it would be the experience of a lifetime. Imagine all that you can learn from the vibrant cultures there. Furthermore, imagine the lives you can impact by teaching English there. In my opinion, that is the most beautiful aspect. You’ll build relationships unlike any other you’ve made before.
Without further ado…here are the top countries to teach in right now!
Morocco is a country in Northern Africa. It borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean sea. Situated so close to Spain and France, Morocco has a more European flair than most countries in Africa. You’ll notice the influences throughout the country.
The English industry is booming in Morocco right now. There a surge of young Moroccan people who are eager to learn and perfect their English skills and because of that, there is a high demand for teachers. The Moroccan government has some strict requirements for its English teachers. You must have a university degree, either Bachelors or Masters. Sometimes, you can get away with an Associate’s degree. Additionally, you are required to have your TEFL or TESOL certificate. You will be asked to prove both of these degrees with documents. Lastly, you must obtain a work visa before traveling to the country.
The most popular places to teach right now are Marrakesh, Casablanca, Fez and Rabat. Marrakesh is an ancient city with a vibrant culture where the Medina (marketplace) is constantly bustling. I can guarantee that you will never get bored in Marrakesh! Casablanca is a port city on the Atlantic ocean. Here, you may feel as though you are in Europe as a lot of the architecture is European in style, and the arts and culture scene is always buzzing! Fez is situated in the North-East of Morocco. Here, you’ll experience a whole lot of culture. In fact, many people refer to Fex as the “cultural capital” of Morocco. You’ll see the bustling walled medina as well as cow hides crying in the pastures alongside the city. Last but not least, Rabat is the capital of Morocco. Located on the Atlantic, Rabat is one of the most important cities in the country. It houses all foreign embassies and is an important place for the textile and food-processing companies in the nation.
You can expect to find teaching jobs that require 20-30 hours per week. This is pretty normal in the TEFL world. By spending an hour per lesson preparing, you’ll have yourself a full workload.
Senegal is a Western African nation, with a whole lot of French influence. It was originally a French colony and you are still able to see a lot of the colonial age there today. The primary language spoken in Senegal is French but has many other languages spoken, too.
Dakar is the country’s capital. It is probably the most common place to find a TEFL job. It’s the largest city in the country and you will undoubtedly feel at home here as the locals pay very close attention to welcoming newcomers and accommodating you.
You’ll be required to have your TEFL/TESOL certificate in order to teach here. Additionally, most institutes will look for teachers with at least 2 years of experience. If you’re a new teacher though, don’t fret! You can always look for volunteer opportunities throughout the country to get some experience before applying for a paid position. However, the more experience, the better. Teachers make a nice salary in Senegal, starting out at around $25 K per year. You will also receive benefits, such as insurance and renewable contracts.
Way, way down south, we have the beautiful country of South Africa. First colonized by the British, the English industry here has always been strong. WIth English as one of the official languages of the country, you’ll see an influx of students from around the world come here to learn the language. The country offers lots of immersion and study abroad programs that offer English classes.
In order to teach in South Africa, you’ll be required to have your TEFL/TESOL certification, a college degree and a little bit of teaching experience. Again, since the English industry is so bustling here, there are always English teachers in demand. Furthermore, you’ll find competitive salaries here, but it is definitely a competitive market, so you have to bring your A game.
South Africa offers so much to do in your free time. From rural to urban settings, you won’t be bored here. Plus, with most people already speaking English, it may be a little bit easier to navigate than other African countries.
Of course, there are many other countries in Africa with TEFL jobs. These 3 countries, in my opinion, are the best places to teach right now if you’re looking to make a little bit of money and have some sort of social life.
If you have any questions or would like to add somewhere else to my list, feel free to leave us a comment!