Lost cities,stunning oases, nomads and the romance of the Sahara
Mysterious Mauritania is a country of desert and ocean. The capital city of Nouakchott is a fascinating mix of traffic jams, unusual architecture and vibrant markets, not too far from a lively fishing harbour. Moving inland you will encounter tough desert terrain which is home to numerous semi-nomadic communities. Tourism is not prevalent in Mauritania so your experiences are guaranteed to be authentic and your destinations untouched. Oil deposits were discovered in 2001 and the effects of this finding remains to be seen.
Be warned: though Mauritania may be beautiful, it is not an LGBT-friendly country.
Mauritania was previously under French rule but the country gained it's independence in 1960 and joined the United Nations in 1961.
Maurtiania has one of the newest declared capitals in the world, Nouakchott. The country's capital was announced in 1960 and the meaning behind the name Nouakchott is "place of the winds".
Pictures of the world from space tend to highlight the stunning birds eye view of Mauritania. Known to many as "The Eye of Africa" the Richat structure is a series of circular imprints on the ground. A diameter of around 30 miles it gives a stunning picture from above.
The area of Mauritania is mainly covered by desert. With two-thirds of the country taken up by sand and increasing southwards every year. Mauritania is also the 29th largest country in the world. Mauritania boasts one of the longest trains in the world at almost 3 kilometers long!
The biggest export out of Mauritania is iron ore which is a resource in abundance across the country estimated to be 40% of the exported resources from the region. Other important natural resources found in Mauritania include gold, diamonds, copper and oil. The latter discovered offshore in 2001.
Teaching English is still a relatively new industry in Mauritania but it is growing at a rapid rate. Young Mauritanians need English to be able to get jobs and so are motivated and determined to learn. As a result of this interest and backing from the government, institutes and language centres, often in collaboration with UK or US organisations, are popping up all over in Mauritania and in need of teachers. While local teachers earn a very low salary, working in an international school or language centre can earn you a good salary.
|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: none||Typical Contract Length: variable||Peak Hiring Seasons: year round||Visa Info: business visa||Typical Students: adults||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency: 300 000 – 450 000 MRO (390 – 585 GBP||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency: 650 000 – 1 000 000 MRO (1 500 – 2 500 GBP)|