Teach English In Botswana

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Kirsten Colquhoun
July 18, 2023

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Teaching opportunities
Teaching requirements
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A landlocked country with a population of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In terms of big cities, Botswana does not have much to offer but you don’t come to Botswana to experience city life. In the south is the capital of Gaborone, which offers museums, diamond mines and nightlife, but that’s about all the country has for city-dwellers.

One of the best safari destinations in the world, Botswana boasts the Okavango Delta – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, – the Chobe National Park and the Kalahari Desert on its list of must-visit attractions. Botswana can offer you all the animal experiences you could ever dream of. Chobe National Park has one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. It is especially well known for its huge elephant population but it is also possible to see lions, zebra, wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and hyena. A visit to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve might give you a glimpse of the famous black-maned lions.

Teaching opportunities

The majority of teaching positions in Botswana are volunteer positions, but it is possible to find a job in one of the universities. These jobs are usually well-paid and include end-of-contract bonuses, medical insurance and several weeks of holidays.

Volunteer opportunities are available all year round in Botswana but for positions in schools the main hiring season is November and December for a January start to the academic year. Volunteer positions are flexible on your qualifications but working in a school may require a bachelor’s degree and working in a university will require a master’s degree.

Teaching requirements in Botswana

Botswana offers exciting opportunities for those interested in teaching English. While a BA/BS degree is preferred, it is not always required for teaching positions, except for university positions where a master’s degree is preferred.

Typical contracts last from 1 to 12 months, with peak hiring seasons in November and December. Volunteer positions are available year-round. You will need to obtain a work permit to work in Botswana as an English teacher. Students of all ages may be your potential pupils.

The average monthly cost of living in Botswana ranges from 6,924 to 9,696 BWP ($520 – $730), while the average monthly salary for English teachers ranges from 8,309 to 16,619 BWP ($630 – $1250). Botswana is a beautiful country with diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes, offering a unique and fulfilling experience for those teaching English.

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A landlocked country with a population of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of Africa’s most stable countries and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. In terms of big cities, Botswana does not have much to offer but you don’t come to Botswana to experience city life. In the south is the capital of Gaborone, which offers museums, diamond mines and nightlife, but that’s about all the country has for city-dwellers.

One of the best safari destinations in the world, Botswana boasts the Okavango Delta – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, – the Chobe National Park and the Kalahari Desert on its list of must-visit attractions. Botswana can offer you all the animal experiences you could ever dream of. Chobe National Park has one of the largest game concentrations in Africa. It is especially well known for its huge elephant population but it is also possible to see lions, zebra, wild dogs, cheetahs, leopards and hyena. A visit to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve might give you a glimpse of the famous black-maned lions.

Teaching opportunities

The majority of teaching positions in Botswana are volunteer positions, but it is possible to find a job in one of the universities. These jobs are usually well-paid and include end-of-contract bonuses, medical insurance and several weeks of holidays.

Volunteer opportunities are available all year round in Botswana but for positions in schools the main hiring season is November and December for a January start to the academic year. Volunteer positions are flexible on your qualifications but working in a school may require a bachelor’s degree and working in a university will require a master’s degree.

Teaching requirements in Botswana

Botswana offers exciting opportunities for those interested in teaching English. While a BA/BS degree is preferred, it is not always required for teaching positions, except for university positions where a master’s degree is preferred.

Typical contracts last from 1 to 12 months, with peak hiring seasons in November and December. Volunteer positions are available year-round. You will need to obtain a work permit to work in Botswana as an English teacher. Students of all ages may be your potential pupils.

The average monthly cost of living in Botswana ranges from 6,924 to 9,696 BWP ($520 – $730), while the average monthly salary for English teachers ranges from 8,309 to 16,619 BWP ($630 – $1250). Botswana is a beautiful country with diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes, offering a unique and fulfilling experience for those teaching English.

Start your TEFL journey with The TEFL Academy

Would you like to teach English as a foreign language around the world? Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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