TEACH ENGLISH IN TUNISIA

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About Teaching English in Tunisia

Because Tunisia is a small country with no oil wealth to speak of, the job market is not huge, however there are plenty of opportunities for English teachers. English teachers who wish to teach in Tunisia can sometimes find a job in advance at larger language school chains such as AmidEast or even at International Schools.

However, many jobs will also be found on the ground once in Tunisia. English teachers in Tunisia are typically responsible for their own airfare, as well as housing, unless working for an International School where many benefits are included. Wages tend to be modest, but because living costs are low they typically enable English teachers to live a comfortable life.

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Most teachers live in apartments with other English teachers and expats. Some schools will offer full-time positions of 20-25 hours per week of work, but many will hire on a part-time or temporary basis to start.

Many teachers also teach english online or take on private students to boost their income. Some experienced teachers with advanced credentials, including a TEFL 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. Jobs are concentrated in Tunis and other major cities.

 

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Tunisia. 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 few opportunities 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 Tunisia. 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 Tunisia. Please note, your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field.

TEFL Jobs in Tunisia

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Tunisia consist of:

  • Teaching children or adults in private language schools.
  • International schools.
  • Tutoring private students one-on-one.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

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

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

You will enter Tunisia on a tourist visa which your employer can later convert to a work visa and residency permit, known as a 'Carte de Sejour,' once you commence employment. 

HOURS

English language schools in Tunisia 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 in Tunisia will range from $1,000 - $1,500 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Tunisia 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

Teachers can expect to make $500 - $1,000 USD 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.

English teachers in Tunisia 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 Tunisia look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Tunisia.

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 Tunisia could look like!

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Teaching English in Tunisia FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Tunisia?

To teach English in Tunisia, 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 Tunisia. 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 Tunisia?

Teachers can expect to make $500 - $1,000 USD per month in Tunisia.

English teachers in Tunisia 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. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Tunisia 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 type of visa do I need to teach English in Tunisia?

English teachers in Tunisia who work for larger language school chains, universities, or international schools, should receive an employment visa and residence permit, also know as the Carte de Sejour. Your school will assist you with the visa process.

These can be applied for once in Tunisia and are fairly straight forward processes. The Carte de Sejour and Work Permit are valid for one year, however, they can be renewed on a yearly basis.

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Trevor Crosby

Taught English in Tunisia

Trevor Crosby

I would wholeheartedly recommend teaching here to open-minded, thick-skinned people who do not feel the need to be a missionary. I am learning to be flexible and can handle anything that comes my way. I taught in the States for 15 years, and I will say that nothing in my college experience prepared me for the classroom management challenges that I have faced. I feel confident now that I can deal with anyone.

Erin Gold

Teaches English in Tunisia

Erin Gold

No matter where you are thinking of teaching my advice remains the same: go into it with as little expectations as possible. I would recommend Tunisia if you are interested in the Middle East or North Africa. However, as I mentioned before, it might be hard for someone with no prior background in the region to adjust.

Adam Lucente

Taught English in Tunisia

Adam Lucente

If you're into cafes and soccer you'll have fun. There are some movie theaters. Tunisia has several bars and nightclubs too. These are frequented by both locals and expats. It's acceptable for the two to mix socially. The expat community is diverse and large, with many Europeans and Africans, some Americans, and Asians too. Being a small country, it's easy to see a lot of it in a short amount of time.

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