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TEFL Jobs in Africa
If chosen carefully, there is no reason why a job in Africa can’t represent an experience of a lifetime. Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania all offer tremendous variety in terms of climate, activities, local facilities and customs - not to mention the fantastic wildlife parks, and truly stunning historical monuments.
Even in countries where French is the official second language (francophones), amongst the younger generation there is much greater interest in English. Therefore, there are plenty of opportunities for teaching.
Unlike Europe, those wishing to teach in a state or private school do not need a PGCE. You will need a TESOL certification such as that offered by TEFL International and, in the case of state schools, it is worth checking if they require teaching experience and/or a degree.
There are loads of language centers and they are certainly worth a visit to see if they’re hiring. In the public sector, you can expect larger classes with students of varying degrees of ability. Students’ ages may also vary within the same class.
Wages will seem very low and the conditions might often seem basic, but people come to Africa for the experience of a lifetime, not to sit in the lap of luxury.
Visas and Regulations
It is always best to contact the consulate of your destination country to enquire about work permits and what types of jobs you’ll qualify for under your tourist visa. Proof of qualifications, references and resumes should be prepared ahead of time and one should be ready to make them available.
Tunisia offers wonderful Roman ruins at Carthage. Cameroon offers fantastic wildlife parks as well as beautifully deserted beaches. Mozambique has a quaint colonial atmosphere, world heritage sites, islands and again beautiful deserted beaches. Senegal boasts its sophistication of its capital city, Dakar. Once you get tired of the capital, you can make your way to sparsely-populated beaches, or even take in some of the famous bird watching. South Africa has a truly magnificent variety of activities on offer. You can go on safari, climb mountains, and even get in a cage surrounded by great whites.
Getting a Job
You’ll need to prepare ahead of your arrival but all your efforts will pay great dividends. It is a very good idea to contact all of the African embassies in your country of origin, enquiring about teaching and visas, and see what you get back.
For many, getting a job will mean getting out and visiting schools and this is why you’ll need certificates, etc. Local telephone directories will list universities, schools and language institutes, etc., and they are often only too willing to interview candidates. Highly-qualified, prepared and enthusiastic teachers are in short supply. If they like you, they will almost certainly find some teaching for you.TEFL Courses in Alexandria
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Date posted:2003-07-15 | Writer: EF English First Casablanca | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Date posted:2003-03-03 | Writer: American Language Center | Email: email@example.com
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Date posted:2002-10-17 | Writer: Fluor Industrial Services Limited. | Email: email@example.com
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