Teaching English in Uganda

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Teaching English in Uganda

Soaring mountains, gorillas, terraced hilltops

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

Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is a landlocked country in Eastern Africa. It gained independence from Britain in 1962 and subsequently endured a turbulent few decades and became known for its high HIV rates. These days Uganda is relatively stable and safe to visit, though it has come under severe criticism for its laws against homosexuality.

Besides its politics, Uganda is famous for its gorillas, being one of the few countries where you can encounter gorillas in their natural habitat – the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are home to over half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Once you have spent enough time in the jungle you can head over the one of Uganda’s many lakes where you can enjoy boat safaris, fishing and birdwatching. And let’s not forget that Uganda is home to a number of national parks where you can enjoy a safari without the crowds which visit neighbouring countries.

Teaching Opportunities

English and Swahili are the two official languages of Uganda. Primary education is free but the quality of education has been affected by high student: teacher ratios. This has resulted in a need for teachers but you need a Bachelor’s in Education in order to teach in a government or international school. There are, however, many different volunteer programmes to get involved with which don’t require you to have any degree qualification. It’s also possible to be a private tutor. The majority of jobs can be found in the urban cities of Kampala and Kira.

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: BEd required, unless a volunteer positionTypical Contract Length: variable Peak Hiring Seasons: year round Visa Info: work permit Typical Students: children Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 2 700 000 - 3 600 000 UGX (610 – 815 GB Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: volunteer
Degree Requirement: BEd required, unless a volunteer position
Typical Contract Length: variable
Peak Hiring Seasons: year round
Visa Info: work permit
Typical Students: children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 2 700 000 - 3 600 000 UGX (610 – 815 GB
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: volunteer

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