Teach English in Kenya

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How to Begin Teaching in Kenya

Africa is a vast continent and if you are looking for an introduction, Kenya is the right choice.

Vast savannahs peppered with immense herds of wildlife. Snow-capped mountains on the equator.

Kenya is situated on the east coast of Africa and is a mixture of beaches, mountains, savannah and desert. It is an economic powerhouse and there is a big expat community, especially in the capital, Nairobi. Nairobi is also known as the safari capital of the world and living here means you can enjoy an urban lifestyle while still being able to easily access the wilderness of Kenya.
All over Kenya you are able to lead an exciting lifestyle. Kenya is famous for its wildlife and when you come here you will realise why. There are many game parks where you can go on safari and look for elephants, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, rhino and antelope. A balloon trip during the annual wildebeest migration from the Masai Mara to the Serengeti is a must. If you want, you can also climb high peaks or visit lakes in the Great Rift Valley. Around Mombasa there are some gorgeous beaches just waiting to be explored.
Culturally speaking there are a few UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kenya. Lamu is one such place and every year during the Lamu Cultural Festival the community celebrates the past and the future with traditional poetry, henna painting and donkey races. The Lake Turkana festival is an opportunity to experience traditional dances and food. Even better is the annual Camel Derby Festival which showcases colourful camel races. 

Kenya has many national parks and wildlife reserves and has been a popular destination for tourists for years. A large appeal for traveling to Kenya is the chance of going on a safari. Some of the most well known large animals roam Kenya, elephants, rhinos, lions and buffalos to name a few.

Kenya from a sporting point of view have dominated long and middle distance running for decades. Kenya have at the time of writing (start of 2020) 42 Olympic Gold medals all mainly track related. The Kenyan Gold medalist of the 2016 Rio Men's Marathon, runner Eliud Kipchoge in 2019 famously became the first person to complete a marathon in under 2 hours. Although assisted with pace makers and not officially recognised the amazing feat happened in Vienna for a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. Making it one of the standout moments of the decade and confirming the Kenyan as one of the greatest sportsmen of his generation. 

There's two official languages in Kenya one being English and the other being Swahili, although pockets throughout the country could easily speak other languages. Kenya became an independent country in 1963 from the United Kingdom.


Teaching Opportunities

While Kiswahili is the official language, English is seen as a necessity for progress and development. English is the language of instruction in schools. There are many foreigners working in Kenya and teaching is no exception. You are likely to find work in Nairobi, Mombasa and Nakuru in public schools or private language schools. Salaries are not high but will allow you to live comfortably.
There are many volunteer opportunities for teaching in more rural settings. 


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
BA/BS required3 – 12 months November, December Work visa Students KES 70 000 – KES 95 000 (£540 – £ 685) KES 75 000 – KES 115 000 (£540 – £ 830)
BA/BS required
November, December
Work visa
KES 70 000 – KES 95 000 (£540 – £ 685)
KES 75 000 – KES 115 000 (£540 – £ 830)

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