Teach English In Ethiopia

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January 4, 2024

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Teaching opportunities
Teaching requirements
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How to begin teaching in Ethiopia

One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia is the only African country to have never been colonised. Ethiopia is a nature-lover’s paradise, with numerous opportunities for trekking, hiking in the mountains and watching wildlife on the lakes – including pelicans, hippos and crocodiles.

Besides nature and wildlife, Ethiopia is known for its dramatic landscapes. The Danakil Depression is one of the harshest and hottest landscapes on Earth, complete with volcanic craters and lava lakes. If you’d prefer somewhere a bit cooler, you can take a hike in the Simen Mountains, go white-water rafting on the Omo River or visit waterfalls on the Blue Nile.

Ethiopia is culturally interesting too with many festivals throughout the year, involving music, dancing and, of course, food. Many of these festivals relate to the major religion of the country: Christianity. In fact, the oldest Christian church in the world can be found in the northern town of Lalibela, where churches were carved out of rock.

And let’s not forget that Ethiopia gave the greatest gift to mankind: coffee – so why not take a tour of the coffee forests and learn how to drink it in the traditional Ethiopian way?

Teaching opportunities

There are many teaching opportunities for EFL teachers in Ethiopia, both voluntary and paid. You are more likely to find a volunteer position in a small town or village than an urban area as the majority of the population is located in rural areas, but the paid positions are likely to be in the cities such as Addis Ababa.

The school year starts in September, so vacancies will be advertised in the months preceding then. You will need to apply for a job before you enter Ethiopia as you will need your employer to assist in getting a visa before arrival. The average salary may not seem like much, but it is more than enough relative to the cost of living.

Teaching requirements in Ethiopia

If you are interested in teaching English in Ethiopia, you will be pleased to know that a degree is not a requirement. Typical contracts vary in length, and peak hiring seasons are from July to September. You will need to obtain a work visa to teach English in Ethiopia. Children are the typical students for English teachers.

The average monthly cost of living in Ethiopia ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 ETB, while the average monthly salary for English teachers ranges from 5,000 to 7,000 ETB. Ethiopia is a culturally rich country with a long history and stunning landscapes, making it a unique and fulfilling destination for teaching English.

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How to begin teaching in Ethiopia

One of the oldest countries in the world, Ethiopia is the only African country to have never been colonised. Ethiopia is a nature-lover’s paradise, with numerous opportunities for trekking, hiking in the mountains and watching wildlife on the lakes – including pelicans, hippos and crocodiles.

Besides nature and wildlife, Ethiopia is known for its dramatic landscapes. The Danakil Depression is one of the harshest and hottest landscapes on Earth, complete with volcanic craters and lava lakes. If you’d prefer somewhere a bit cooler, you can take a hike in the Simen Mountains, go white-water rafting on the Omo River or visit waterfalls on the Blue Nile.

Ethiopia is culturally interesting too with many festivals throughout the year, involving music, dancing and, of course, food. Many of these festivals relate to the major religion of the country: Christianity. In fact, the oldest Christian church in the world can be found in the northern town of Lalibela, where churches were carved out of rock.

And let’s not forget that Ethiopia gave the greatest gift to mankind: coffee – so why not take a tour of the coffee forests and learn how to drink it in the traditional Ethiopian way?

Teaching opportunities

There are many teaching opportunities for EFL teachers in Ethiopia, both voluntary and paid. You are more likely to find a volunteer position in a small town or village than an urban area as the majority of the population is located in rural areas, but the paid positions are likely to be in the cities such as Addis Ababa.

The school year starts in September, so vacancies will be advertised in the months preceding then. You will need to apply for a job before you enter Ethiopia as you will need your employer to assist in getting a visa before arrival. The average salary may not seem like much, but it is more than enough relative to the cost of living.

Teaching requirements in Ethiopia

If you are interested in teaching English in Ethiopia, you will be pleased to know that a degree is not a requirement. Typical contracts vary in length, and peak hiring seasons are from July to September. You will need to obtain a work visa to teach English in Ethiopia. Children are the typical students for English teachers.

The average monthly cost of living in Ethiopia ranges from 3,000 to 4,000 ETB, while the average monthly salary for English teachers ranges from 5,000 to 7,000 ETB. Ethiopia is a culturally rich country with a long history and stunning landscapes, making it a unique and fulfilling destination for 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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