Teach English in Cameroon

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How to Begin Teaching in Cameroon

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

Known as “Africa in miniature”, Cameroon has varied geography and wildlife – in Cameroon you can find just about anything you would in all other African countries combined. The scenery includes savannah, rainforest, black- and white-sand beaches and even volcanoes, while in terms of wildlife there are gorillas, monkeys, rhinos, elephants, cheetahs and whales. In fact, Cameroon boasts more than 400 species of mammals, 165 species of birds and over 8 000 species of plants.

A lesser know fact is that Cameroon has lots of thermal springs, this is largely due to previous volcanic activity around the Western Boarder of the country, where Mount Cameroon is to be found. This is the largest Sub-Saharan mountain in Africa. 

And Cameroon is not only diverse in its natural environment. Cameroon has been a German colony and a French and British mandate but has been independent since 1972. Both French and English are the official languages but almost 250 indigenous languages are also spoken, making Cameroon the most linguistically diverse country in the world. Culturally Cameroon is a melting pot, too, being home to both Muslims and Christians while the Baka pygmies have been living undisturbed in the Cameroonian rainforests since paleolithic times.

Football is the most popular sport in Cameroon and in 1990 they became the first African country to reach the quarter final of the FIFA world cup. Their talisman at the time, a 38 year old Roger Milla took his team to victory by scoring two goals in extra-time against Columbia. Cameroon still boast some of the top stars in the game, with professional players dotted around all the best leagues in the world like the English Premier League and La Liga of Spain.

Teaching Opportunities

The majority of teaching positions in Cameroon are volunteer positions but if you have a teaching qualification you can teach in one of the private international schools. Students have a reputation for being highly motivated and dedicated to learning English.

In order to be granted a work permit from the Minister for Labour and Social Security, you need a contract with your employer so your job needs to be organised before entering the country.

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
BEd unless volunteeringvariable June, July, year-round for EFL positions Work permit children 310 000 – 430 000 XAF (400 - 560 GBP) 1 200 000 – 1 500 000 XAF (1 600 – 2 000 GBP)
BEd unless volunteering
June, July, year-round for EFL positions
Work permit
310 000 – 430 000 XAF (400 - 560 GBP)
1 200 000 – 1 500 000 XAF (1 600 – 2 000 GBP)

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