TEACH ENGLISH IN MOROCCO

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About Teaching English in Morocco

From sparkling shorelines and medieval medinas to the trekker’s paradise of the Atlas Mountains, Morocco offers a broad array of cultural treasures and natural attractions.

While French has long been the second language of this entrancing North African nation, Morocco has one of the largest English teaching markets in North Africa, as many young Moroccans are looking to hone their basic English skills.  Basic French continues to be widely understood throughout the country, and knowledge of French can be useful in networking and arranging private students. Those interested in learning Arabic will note that the Moroccan Arabic dialect is fairly different from the Arabic traditionally spoken in the Middle East, as it has been slightly influenced by French and Spanish.

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Most first-time English teachers should expect to interview in person once they arrive in Morocco, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Wages tend to be modest, but because living costs are low they typically enable English teachers to live a comfortable life.  Government regulations specify that foreign teachers need a university degree to obtain a work visa and a TEFL certification is typically required as well. Most teachers live in apartments with other English teachers and expats.

Schools typically offer around 20-30 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. Many teachers also take on private students to boost their income. English teaching jobs in Morocco are concentrated in major cities such as Fez, Rabat, Marrakesh, Tangier, and Casablanca.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Morocco. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers interview in-person in Morocco with little to no opportunity available to interview in advance from home. Because of this, it is common to take one of the following TEFL courses:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You will need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Morocco. This means you must be a citizen from recognized English-speaking nations: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is required to secure a job teaching English in Morocco. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Morocco

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Morocco consist of:

  • Teaching children in public schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Tutoring private students one-on-one.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Morocco can expect to find jobs all year round with an expected downtime around Islamic holidays. 

Schools in Morocco conduct face-to-face interviews, meaning you will need to be on the ground and in Morocco to interview for jobs and ready to being teaching right away once hired. 

You will enter Morocco on a tourist visa which your employer can later convert to a work visa once you commence employment. 

HOURS

English language schools in Morocco offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be children, adults, or business professionals. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,500 USD (9,500 - 14,300 MAD). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Morocco until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Morocco. Teachers can expect to make $500 - $1,000 USD (4,600 - 9,500 MAD) per month. It is common for teachers in Morocco to also teach English online or take on private students to supplement their income.

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $500 - $1,000 USD per month (4,600 - 9,500 MAD).

English teachers in Morocco can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

 

What does teaching in Morocco look like?

Watch ITA alumna Miranda Schoonover show us a day in her life living and teaching English in Rabat, Morocco.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in Morocco and the Middle East could look like!

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Teaching English in Morocco FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Morocco?

To teach English in Morocco, make sure you understand what is required:

Required:

  • A bachelor's degree is required - your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it may be in any field.

  • You must be a native English speaker to teach English in Morocco. This means you must have citizenship from recognized English-speaking nations: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

  • A TEFL certification.

  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.

  • Savings for start-up costs.

How much money can I make teaching English in Morocco?

Teachers can expect to make $500 - $1,000 USD  (4,600 - 9,500 MAD) per month in Morocco.

English teachers in Morocco can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,500 USD (9,500 - 14,300 MAD). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Morocco until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Morocco?

The most common job types in Morocco consist of:

  • Teaching children in public schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Tutoring private students one-on-one.
  • Teaching English Online.

English teachers interview in-person in Morocco and can expect to find jobs year-round with an expected downtime around Islamic holidays. 

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Morocco?

You will enter Morocco on a tourist visa while you search for a job. Once employed, you'll be able to convert your tourist visa into a work visa.

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Ariel Dansky

Teaches English in Morocco

Ariel Dansky

When I moved to the remote city of Oujda, Morocco to teach English, I decided that I would spend as much time with Moroccans as possible. I threw away any expectations of what Moroccan culture might be like and chose to simply take it all in. I was not only there to teach, but to learn. I developed lifelong bonds and learned lessons that have stayed with me to this day.

Avery Little

Taught English in Morocco

Avery Little

I decided to teach English in Morocco in the city of Rabat. My quality of living is incomparable to how I lived in the United States, and the fruits and vegetables are super tasty. I would recommend teaching here if you're adaptable. You are going to have to deal with a lot of inconveniences, and being a single woman is not easy. However, if you're up to it, Morocco is beautiful. The people are generally genuinely nice and very helpful.

Latisha Springer

Taught English in Morocco

Latisha Springer

I lived like a queen in Morocco & was treated like a celebrity. There were little issues occasionally that had me missing my American life, but those were few & far between. I highly recommend teaching English in Morocco. The people are AMAZING, the country is rich with history & beauty, the food is outstanding, and the experience will be unforgettable!

Visit the Morocco section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Morocco and the Middle East.