Teaching English in Somalia

Date posted:2016-04-07 | Writer: Abaarso School of Science and Technology | Email: [email protected]

Abaarso School is looking for TEFL skilled individuals interested in training the top secondary school students in a deeply underprivileged section of the world. We are located in in Abaarso, Hargeisa, Somaliland. The Republic of Somaliland, a self-declared state, is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia.

Abaarso School, featured in the New York Times and BBC World, is a non-profit boarding high school educating the best and the brightest Somali students in the Horn of Africa. The school prepares students to excel in higher education, while also focusing on extracurricular activities and community service. While only founded in 2009, Abaarso School has achieved success not seen in the area for several decades. After three graduating classes, Abaarso has placed over 60 Somali students on international scholarships including dozens in the United States. Abaarso School graduates have been admitted to schools like Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, MIT, Georgetown, Amherst, Carnegie Mellon, and many more.

We are looking for individuals interested in dedicating at least one year to training these top high school students. Teachers will join the school culture that puts the growth of the school and the students first, while finding a way around the challenges inherent in working in the developing world. Between the classroom, preparation, student groups, office hours, and other projects, teachers should expect 60-70 hours of work each week. With successful performance, significant upward mobility is possible for staff members.

The following qualifications and experiences are highly desired: - prior teaching experience, altruistic work/volunteer experience, experiencing working with children, prior work or study experience in developing countries.  


Round-trip Airfare

Quality Housing


Travel Medical Insurance

A $250/month stipend

Abaarso School Teaching Fellowships are determined through a year-round rolling application process but we are currently accepting applications for Teaching Fellows in various subjects, including EFL, beginning immediately, or in July 2016.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter and transcripts to the email address given on the job heading.  



Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.


This unit was conceptually straightforward. It emphasizes the importance of listening and reading throughout the language learning process. I liked how the unit offered ways to encourage listening and reading/comprehension of students by explaining how topic choices and the students' levels of interest were improved when the content they were reading fell into an area of interest for them.This is the last unit for this course, It talks about common problems that teachers face in the classroom. It covers how teachers can go about new lessons with ‘’new groups” and “existing groups”. It talks about handling large classes, use of native language, reluctant students, and difficulties with listening text. I believe that I am now equipped for EFL lessons.