Algeria is the largest country in Africa and an exciting tourist destination due to having many UNESCO heritage sites, as well as the stunning Sahara desert, beautiful colonial architecture to marvel at, gorgeous beaches and historical Roman ruins. In such a large country, the geography of the landscape changes depending on where you are, so when checking out TEFL positions, make sure to research what sort of region you’ll be in – mountainous, costal, desert, etc. This will make a big difference not only to the weather and temperatures, but also what things there are to do in your local area.
The diverse climate makes Algeria the perfect spot for growing various delicious fruits and vegetables, and as such you should make an effort to enjoy the rich cuisines of different regions and sample local specialities. Couscous with BBQ lamb or chicken is a staple dish, but camel meat is also common.
- Popular locations for TEFL jobs: Algiers
- Average salary for EFL teachers: The basic monthly salary for full-time positions is likely to be in the region of 110,000 – 221,000 DZD (£820 – £1,600 / $1,130 – $2,350) per month.
- TEFL qualification requirements: A 120-hour TEFL qualification will be required for most positions
- Prerequisite university degree: Required for most positions
- Term times: September to July
- Currency: Dinar
- Language: Arabic (and French)
- Teaching programmes: State Schools, Private Language Centres, Voluntary, Universities and International Schools
- Age restrictions: None
- Previous teaching experience: Not always necessary
People in Algeria are welcoming and friendly. However, they sometimes lack motivation to learn English, as there is still the perception that speaking French would be more useful. This opinion is likely to change, particularly with young people who want to study abroad or do well in business, as it’s undeniable that English is a great skill to have under your belt. You can find work teaching both children and adults in Algeria, and the work teaching adults will often be corporate, in-house lessons to a group of colleagues. Wherever you end up teaching, you’ll likely find your school lacking in resources – don’t expect anything hi-tech like interactive whiteboards here! Have a good bank of activities to draw on when planning your lessons, and try to think of things that don’t require either use of the internet/a computer/projector, or anything that will require too many photocopies and handouts. Finding things to do when you have limited resources can be a challenge for inexperienced teachers (or for those who are more experienced but used to having a range of resources at their fingertips!) but it can be a great challenge to help you hone your teaching skills and get back to the basics of productive language learning. Literacy rates in Algeria are at around 80%.
Requirements for teaching English in Algeria
|Country||Avg. monthly salary||Degree required||Start of term||Teaching experience||Housing & flights included||Suitable for non-native English speakers||Age restrictions|
|Teach in Algeria||£550 - £900
($700 - $1,100)
As you might expect in a country with such a low cost of living, the salaries TEFL teachers can earn in Algeria aren’t very high, but if you live like the locals do and try to shop frugally, you should earn enough to make ends meet. Expats in Algeria say that the slow pace of life makes it a comfortable place to live, although the culture shock can make things hard to adapt to. In the past few decades, the unemployment rate in Algeria has dropped dramatically, and poverty has been cut by around 20%, contributing to a better quality of life for all who live there. One part of local culture shock you might experience is that men and women don’t often socialise together – it’s not uncommon for the men to socialise together in one room, and the women in another, though of course this will be different if you spend your time predominantly with other expats. Another struggle expats can experience is the quality of healthcare available, which might be a concern for you if you have ongoing health issues.
- Accommodation: £340 – £567 / $469 – $781
- Utilities: £29 / $40
- Health insurance: Cost of typical visit to a GP: £10 / $14
- Monthly transport pass: £8 / $11
- Basic dinner out for two: £16 / $22
- Cappuccino in expat area: £1.69 / $2.33
- A beer in a pub: £2.99 / $4.12
- 1 litre of milk: £0.52 / $0.71
- 2 litres of Coca-Cola: £0.78 / $1.07
(living costs sourced from Expatistan)