Teaching English in Turnisia

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Tunisia is a country of both natural and man-made beauty. It boasts gorgeous beaches and the stunningly beautiful Sahara Desert, but also the historical site of Carthage. It is the northernmost country in Africa and gained independence from France in 1956. Its recent history was marred by the Tunisian revolution in 2011 – an intensive campaign of mass resistance caused by high unemployment, inflation, corruption and lack of freedom of speech. It was this revolution which inspired the Arab Spring which swept through the Arab world.

Geographically, Tunisia is a long country so environmental differences naturally change from north to south. The south of the country is desert but it is known to snow in some areas in the north.  Generally speaking, the country enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, perfect for spending afternoons shopping in the souk, wandering the ruins of Carthage, drinking jasmine tea or hanging out at one of the beaches. The roman archaeological site of Carthage once was a great trading empire and home to half a million people. Two of the major known components are the Antonin baths, the largest of their kind outside Rome, and the archaeological park next to it.  The ruins are scattered through a residential area, so visitors may need to use transportation to visit the other parts, including the Punic ports and tophet, the necropolises, and the amphitheater.

The Medina quarter of Tunis has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Medina of Tunis is one of the first Arabo-Muslim towns of the Maghred (698 A.D). This area in the capital of Tunis contains some of 700 monuments, including palaces, mosques, mausoleums, educational institutions, and fountains dating back to the Almohad and Hafisd periods. One of the most remarkable monuments is the Ez-Zitouna Mosque. It’s the oldest mosque in Tunis and covers an impressive area of 1.2 acres. Just north of Tunis you can admire the Mediterranean coastline in the picturesque town of Sidi Bou Said, which is iconic for its traditional houses with white walls and blue doors. The blue and white color was inspired by the palace of Baron Rodlphe d’Erlanger in 1912.

Please note: before travelling to Tunisia, check up-to-date travel advisory warnings. As a result of a number of terrorist threats and attacks, a state of emergency has been declared in Tunisia and it may not be safe for tourists. As of the end of 2016, it is unclear when the state of emergency will be lifted.


Teaching Opportunities

The majority of teaching opportunities can be found in Tunis, a cosmopolitan mix of Arab and European cultures with easy access to beaches and the Sahara Desert, or the major tourist destination of Sousse. Jobs can be found in British- or US-run language centres or private universities.

There is a focus on education with the result that Tunisia boasts high literacy rates. Arabic is the official language of Tunisia but French is also widely spoken though not officially recognised – it is used in education, press and business. Tunisians are eager to learn English in order to study abroad or work for international companies – Business and Academic English are popular choices.

Teaching Requirements

  • Degree Requirement
    BA/BS degree required and 1 year teaching preferred
  • Typical Contract Length
    12 Months
  • Peak Hiring Seasons
  • Visa Info
    Work permit
  • Typical Students
    All ages
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency
    1 000 – 1 200 TND (350 – 420 GBP)
  • Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
    2 800 – 5 800 TND (980 – 2 000 GBP)

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