An Interesting Blend of European, African and Middle Eastern Influences
Morocco, situated in North Africa, is an interesting blend of European, African and Middle Eastern influences. There is much more to Morocco than the image portrayed by the famous film Casablanca. Morocco is also influenced by its neighbours. Near the water border with Spain, Meknes blends Spanish culture with Moroccan. To the east, it shares a border with its neighbour Algeria. The country also cascades down to the Western Sahara desert, where visitors can go on dune safaris in jeeps. This desert frontier is still disputed under international law. Moroccans also enjoy other outdoor pursuits. These include skiing in the Atlas mountain range, swimming on the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean Sea, and hiking to discover the forests and hidden waterfalls.
For those who are not so into outdoor adventure, Morocco offers other interesting activities, both historically and culturally. A visit to Fez is high on the visitor’s list. This medina (ancient city), dating from the Middle Ages, is protected under a UNESCO mandate and will delight the visitor. Other medinas also include Essaouira, Tetouan and Marrakesh, where time can be whiled away drinking fresh mint tea and eating tajines and couscous dishes. The language of Morocco is officially Arabic, but French is also spoken. Some basic French could help you navigate the country when you are first starting out.
Interestingly, despite its location in Africa, Morocco is not a member of the African League. Instead, it has decided that its allegiance is with the Arab League. This means that people in Morocco follow Islam, and with that behave much more conservatively. For Western women, in particular, this is important because if you do not dress more modestly here, you will be harassed. It is also advisable, as a woman, not to wander alone or take taxis in this country at night.
Due to the economy and industry, there is a demand for English in the country. This demand can be found in universities, state schools, private language institutes and corporations, where there is a need for business English. Moroccan students are eager to participate. They are motivated and enthusiastic. Teachers need to have a 120-hour TEFL certificate. Contracts generally ask for 20-25 hours of teaching per week. Whatever has been agreed between you and your institution needs to be in writing. There are quite a lot of cases where teachers have not been paid or employers have not kept their verbal agreements. There are also many locations to choose from when deciding where to live and work in Morocco. Casablanca is expensive, Marrakesh has a larger expat community, Mohammedia and Rabat are more laid-back, and Irfane is more for outdoor types. Jobs for Morocco can be found on online forums.
|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|
|Not required||6- 12 Months||All year round||Tourist visa convert to work visa||Business professionals, children||4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP)||4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP)|