TEFL jobs in Algeria
While there are many benefits to living and teaching English in Algeria, this country is sometimes branded as dangerous to travel to, and so you should always check the current guidelines from your country on whether or not travel to Algeria is advised. While Algeria is predominantly a Muslim country, it’s often a good choice for TEFL teachers because it’s more liberal than other similar locations. Even so, some teachers might experience culture shock if they’ve not lived in a Muslim country before, so it’s important to research what local customs you’ll be expected to adhere to while in Algeria.
Where to find work in Algeria
While the official language of Algeria is Arabic, French is used as a lingua franca and is also used in some schools. As such, brushing up on your school French and putting this skill on your CV will make you more employable, even if it’s just to make a good impression. Before you arrive in the country you must organise your visa, which your employer will help you to apply for. The employment authorization is issued by the Algerian Ministry of Labour. Quality paid positions are hard to come by in Algeria, but if you’re keen to work there, it might be an idea to seek out a voluntary position to start off with – this will help you to gain access to the country, get to know the people and a bit about the language, and most importantly, make the connections that will help you to secure paid employment. As salaries are generally low, if you can negotiate free or cheap accommodation with your employer, this will be a huge benefit.
Employers in Algeria
African Volunteer Network sends English teachers to a number of locations, including Algeria. The network is actually a database of opportunities offered through different charities and companies. Most opportunities will see you working with refugees. The volunteer visa is for three months (non-extendable) and you’ll likely be placed with a host family during your stay. Some areas that volunteers operate in are unstable, and it isn’t uncommon for volunteer trips to be cut short because it’s no longer deemed safe enough for them to be there.
The British Council in Algeria will offer some of the best positions in the country, with wages far above what you’ll earn in a state school or private language school. It will be a bonus if you’ve worked for BC in the past.
English Language Programs works on behalf of the US Department of State and sends TEFL teachers to many locations, including Algeria. On the 10-month contract, candidates will assist U.S. Embassies in delivering and maintaining quality English language programs. You will receive a $35,000 stipend over the course of the program, round trip airfare, living allowance, health benefit and more benefits depending on your location. Candidates must be US citizens, have a graduate level degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a field related to English language teaching, and a minimum of two years’ experience.
To find International Schools in Algeria, take a look at this list.
Professional Language Solutions hires TEFL teachers to conduct classes for adults, often in the energy industry or other corporate gigs. They look for experienced and qualified teachers with a CELTA as a minimum. They have a number of locations on their website, and they used to advertise for Algeria but don’t seem to be doing so at the moment.