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Teaching English in Egypt 101

English was introduced on a large scale in Egypt in the 1880s when the nation effectively fell under British control, and since Egypt realized independence in 1952, the language has been taught in public schools and used in many fields of education and the economy. Today, with a population of 80+ million, a large middle class, and extensive interaction with the English-speaking world, Egypt maintains a strong need for English language instruction, though the market has shrunk to some degree as a result of the recent political and economic turbulence that the nation has experienced.

Jobs are concentrated in Cairo and Alexandria, two crowded, colorful centers of history and culture. Limited opportunities may be found in other cities, including Demanhur, Ismailiya, Mansoura, and Aswan; Egypt is home to more than 100 language institutes and international schools.

Most first-time English teachers will gain employment by interviewing in person once they arrive in Egypt, and they will also be responsible for their airfare and housing.  Wages vary widely and are often modest, but the low cost of living typically enables English teachers to live comfortably.  Schools usually offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore, and many teachers choose to take on private students to make extra money. It is common for teachers to share accommodations with other teachers or expatriates.

Some experienced teachers with advanced credentials, including a TEFL/TESOL certification, may be able to interview in advance and may receive benefits like health insurance and a housing allowance. The market for these types of jobs can be quite competitive.

Most schools prefer to employ English teachers with a BA & definitely a TEFL certification.

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