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Egypt is a fusion of the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Egypt is a fusion of the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Many visitors are drawn to this country, due to the history of the pharaohs and the pyramids of ancient Egypt. No visit is complete without taking in the sites of the Valley of the Kings or visiting the impressive collections in the Museum of Cairo. Egypt also boasts the Nile River as well as the Nile valley region and the Red Sea. It is home to the ancient city of Alexandria, and incredibly is almost 90% covered by the sands of the Sahara Desert that is located right in the middle of the country. The rich cultural environment of this country will delight anyone who decides to live here. Egypt is also an ideal location for those who wish to travel. It is easy to access both the Middle East and Africa from Egypt.

The people of Egypt are friendly and helpful, as long as you show respect to their customs. Egypt is a Muslim country and visitors need to act more conservatively in their behaviour and dress. Women need to avoid showing their knees, shoulders and cleavage in public. Egypt has also in the last couple of years gone through a dramatic political change, particularly in Cairo where many people took to the streets to demand change. Egypt saw its long-term president overthrown and is now heading into new uncharted waters. This means that the situation in the country can be politically changeable and sometimes volatile. It is important to keep up with these changes by reading the advice from the Foreign Office.

The country’s capital, Cairo has been the capital for over 1,000 years, however, the government is planning a new capital 45 kilometres to the east to help in Cairo. This new city has not yet been given a name however it will be the home of the main government departments and ministries, as well as foreign embassies. Seven UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites are to be found in Egypt. Abu Mena, ancient Thebes with its Necropolis; Historic Cairo; Memphis and its Necropolis; Nubian monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae; the Saint Catherine area; and Wadi Al-Hitan, or Whale Valley, home to fossil remains of the earliest and now-extinct form of whales.

Like many countries worldwide, the most popular sport in Egypt is football. An interesting fact about the football league in Egypt is that the two biggest rivals in the city of Cairo actually share the same football stadium, the Cairo International Stadium. The teams that compete in this derby is known as the ‘Classico El-Arab’ are Al Ahly SC and Zamalek SC.

The world’s largest dam can be found in Egypt. The Aswan dam was built to harness the raging waters of the world’s longest river.

 

Teaching Opportunities

EFL students in Egypt are motivated and energetic. There are many opportunities to teach English. These range from private language institutions to elementary, middle and high school in the state system. Business English is also an in-demand EFL sector. To work in Egypt teachers generally need a 120-hour TEFL certificate. Teachers are expected to teach 20-25 hours per week. If applying outside of the country, contracts often come with benefits packages. These can include your flight, accommodation, visa assistance and health insurance.

It is possible to find jobs on online forums or in the Guardian and the Times Educational Supplement in the UK. It is extremely important that when applying for a job with an Egyptian employer you check out their credentials, as some schools do not provide the conditions they have promised. If you are able to secure a job with benefits, then you will live comfortably in Egypt because the cost of living is low.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    Not required
  • Typical Contract Length
    3 - 24 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    May-August, all year round
  • Visa Info
    Tourist visas convert to work visas or need a work visa in advance.
  • Typical Students
    Business professionals, children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    3,370-7, 860 EGP
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    5,500-12,350 EGP

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