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This former French colony is a cultural melting pot. It is a Muslim country so you can expect plenty of mosques and religious monuments and you can also count on beautiful, rolling plains and coastal towns.

This former French colony is a cultural melting pot. It is a Muslim country so you can expect plenty of mosques and religious monuments and you can also count on beautiful, rolling plains and coastal towns. The capital Dakar is vibrant, colourful and chaotic, promising good sightseeing opportunities as well as an enjoyable nightlife.

For a quick escape from Dakar’s bustling streets you can head north of the peninsula to N’Gor,  the most popular island and beach in the Dakar area. Every Sunday sheep are brought to beach of Dakar to engage in cleansing rituals. Pack a picnic and relax on the sandy beaches while keeping an eye out for swimming sheep.

If you prefer to spend more time in nature than in the big city, you’re never far from some spectacular sight. You can visit the Pink Lake – so-called because of the colour caused by the lake’s high salt content, tour the forest and wetlands of the Saloum Delta National Park, hang out on the beautiful, long beaches, or go and see the mind-boggling World Heritage Site of the Stone Circles. Fadiouth Island is made of millions of mollusk seashells. For centuries mollusks have been harvested for meat and their shells used to build houses, pathways, and graveyards.The main attraction is the local cemetery, which is completely made of shells and is connected to Fadiouth island by a wooden bridge.

Senegal is considered one of the safest countries in the region. Senegal is a majority Muslim country, however, you do not need to worry about covering your knees, head or shoulders in most areas. Most local women in the larger cities and villages don’t wear a hijab, instead they prefer traditional Senegalese dresses which expose their neck and arms.

 

Teaching Opportunities

French and Wolof are the two languages which are widespread in Senegal but English is not, which means there are opportunities for EFL teachers. You can find positions in private international schools, especially in Dakar or the coastal town of St Louis, or you can volunteer in local schools in rural areas. These positions will offer only minimal resources and big classes. There are also language schools for adults.

Private schools offer attractive packages, including airfare, healthcare and bonuses. However,Anchor two years of teaching experience is necessary for a teaching qualification.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    None
  • Typical Contract Length
    1 month – 24 months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
    All year round
  • Visa Info
    Work permit
  • Typical Students
    Children, adults
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    450,000–550,000 CFA
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    800,000–1,200,000 CFA

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