Teach English in the Middle East and Egypt
Egypt: Prosperous Residents Employ Private Tutors
Institutions like the American Univ. in Cairo and the International Language Institute Heliopolis have very exacting standards. At the other end of the spectrum there are plenty of commercial language institutes, often located in the back streets of Cairo, which are less fussy about the backgrounds of their teaching staff.
In prosperous residential areas like Heliopolis, Mardi, and Zamalek anyone who can cultivate contacts may be able to set up private lessons. If you have no acquaintances among affluent Cairenes you will have to advertise with notices written in Arabic and English or in the expatriate press. A simpler way to advertise your availability might be to place an ad in the expatriate monthly Egypt Today or try the notice board at the Community Services Association where expats sign up for adult education courses.
Partly because inflation is very high in Egypt, expenses are low. This is also true for the TEFL training course offered by the American Univ. in Cairo and the International Language Institute.
Most teachers enter Egypt on a tourist visa (which you can purchase at the airport), then ask their school to obtain a work permit for them from the Ministry of the Interior. Work permits are not processed abroad. —Susan Griffith
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| Alexandria, Egypt
CTESOL: Teach English Around the World
4 week – (140 hr) Internationally accredited courses worldwide.
Our training centre in Alexandria provides teacher training, certification and career guidance and support throughout our graduate’s teaching career. The course has a very practical emphasis and features a high proportion of actual teaching practice hours in the classroom. Teach, travel, live and work abroad.
Dates: Course available each month all year-round
Cost: $1390 USD.
The American Univ. in Cairo
Graduate Master's degree program and fellowship for teaching English as a foreign language are offered at the American Univ. in Cairo. Courses essential for effective teaching are given by a supportive, skilled faculty. The master's degree program requires 2 years and the intervening summer for completion. Program starts in September only.
Contact: Matrans Davidson, American Univ. in Cairo, 420 5th Ave., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10018-2729; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aucegypt.edu.
Amideast American Cultural Center
English Teaching Program
Applications from qualified EFL teachers are welcomed throughout the year. A teaching certificate in TESOL® is preferred unless candidates have prior EFL experience. All employment agreements are on a local hire basis and compensation is sufficient for comfortable local living. Working conditions are excellent and a typical teaching schedule is 20 hours/week.
Contact: 3 El Pharana St., Alexandria; Tel. 011-20-3-483-1922, fax 011-20-3-483-9644; www.amideast.org.
International Language Institute
Offers RSA/Cambridge Certificate course seven times a year.
Kent English Ankara
Employs many native speaker teachers; should have university degree certificate and TEFL certificate. Monthly wage $850.
Contact: Selanik Cad. No. 7, Kat 3-4, Hamiyet Ishani, Kizilay, 06430 Ankara, Turkey; 011-90-312-433-6010; www.kentenglish.com.tr. Also in Istanbul: Kirtasiceyi Sokak No. 1, 34714 Kadiköy; email@example.com, www.kentenglish.com.
UNIPAL (Universities Trust for Educational Exchange with Palestinians)
Runs short-term summer projects with Palestinian teenagers in refugee camps in Lebanon (presently not available in the West Bank and Gaza because of security concerns). Volunteers teach children in refugee camps. Volunteers must be native English speakers and available for interview and training sessions in the U.K. in the spring. Fee £500.
Contact: BCM Unipal, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.unipal.org.uk.