Teaching English in Nigeria

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Teaching English in Nigeria

A pulsating power house and coastal beaches

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

Nigeria is big. Known as the Giant of Africa, it has a population of approximately 194 million people, making it the most populous country on the continent and, with over 250 ethnic groups and more than 500 spoken languages, to say that Nigeria is diverse would be a gross understatement.

Nowhere can the sheer power of the country be seen more than in the capital Lagos, a city which pulsates with life, music and colour. Away from the cities, Nigeria has a lot to offer. Soak up some sun on tropical beaches, go for a hike and stay in beautiful mountain resorts, catch a glimpse of wildlife in national parks, or relax in warm springs. 

Sadly, though, Nigeria has a high crime rate and has suffered from terrorist attacks, civil unrest and frequent kidnappings. Before travelling to Nigeria, check with government guidelines regarding travel and safety. Ethnic tensions within the country have been cause for concern in certain parts of Nigeria for the last few years. Also, be aware that homosexuality is illegal in Nigeria.

Teaching Opportunities

Schools in Nigeria are in urgent need of qualified and skilled teachers, but you will need a teaching qualification to teach in a government school. Finding a position in an international school is easier but the teaching degree requirement stays the same. There are numerous charities, NGOs and organisations which are always on the lookout for English teachers on a volunteer basis.

Though volunteer positions may be unpaid, organisations usually provide a stipend to cover living costs. Salaries in government schools are not very high and payment may be sporadic but private schools do not have these problems. Often accommodation is included in your package because of the high cost of living in Nigeria. 

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: BA/ BS degree required unless volunteeringTypical Contract Length: 12 months Peak Hiring Seasons: year-round, especially May - September Visa Info: work permit Typical Students: children Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 900 000 – 1 000 000 NGN (2 400 – 2 60 Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 200 000 – 450 000 NGN (520 – 1 200 GBP)
Degree Requirement: BA/ BS degree required unless volunteering
Typical Contract Length: 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons: year-round, especially May - September
Visa Info: work permit
Typical Students: children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 900 000 – 1 000 000 NGN (2 400 – 2 60
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 200 000 – 450 000 NGN (520 – 1 200 GBP)

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