Teach English in Senegal

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How to Begin Teaching in Senegal

Due to the economy and industry, there is a demand for English in the country.

This former French colony is a cultural melting pot. It is a Muslim country so you can expect plenty of mosques and religious monuments and you can also count on beautiful, rolling plains and coastal towns. The capital Dakar is vibrant, colourful and chaotic, promising good sightseeing opportunities as well as an enjoyable nightlife.

If you prefer to spend more time in nature than in the big city, you’re never far from some spectacular sight. You can visit the Pink Lake – so-called because of the colour caused by the lake’s high salt content, tour the forest and wetlands of the Saloum Delta National Park, hang out on the beautiful, long beaches, or go and see the mind-boggling World Heritage Site of the Stone Circles.

Teaching Opportunities

French and Wolof are the two languages which are widespread in Senegal but English is not, which means there are opportunities for EFL teachers. You can find positions in private international schools, especially in Dakar or the coastal town of St Louis, or you can volunteer in local schools in rural areas. These positions will offer only minimal resources and big classes. There are also language schools for adults.

Private schools offer attractive packages, including airfare, healthcare and bonuses. However, two years of teaching experience is necessary for a teaching qualification.

Teaching Requirements

Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Degree Requirement: noneTypical Contract Length: 1 month – 24 months Peak Hiring Seasons: year round Visa Info: work permit Typical Students: children, adults Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 450 000 – 550 000 CFA (580 – 712 GBP) Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 800 000 – 1 200 000 CFA (1 000 – 1 500 GBP)
Degree Requirement: none
Typical Contract Length: 1 month – 24 months
Peak Hiring Seasons: year round
Visa Info: work permit
Typical Students: children, adults
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 450 000 – 550 000 CFA (580 – 712 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 800 000 – 1 200 000 CFA (1 000 – 1 500 GBP)

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