Country info and advice - Ethiopia
Your questions answered about teaching English in Ethiopia, from teachers who have been there and done it!
It depends on the requirements of individual language schools.
In rural areas, chances are they won’t know what a TEFL degree/certificate is; if you are in a more urban area, a certificate may needed.
You need to have a work visa prior to travelling to Ethiopia. The application for this requires a letter of sponsorship from the prospective employer. After arrival, the school will normally help to arrange a residence card to replace the business visa. You can’t change a tourist visa to a work visa without leaving the country.
Most of the schools and therefore most of the work is in Addis Ababa.
By contacting schools directly, or through personal contacts in schols or NGOs.
Many private schools begin the year between the end of July and September.
Most schools pay between 5000 and 7000 Ethiopian Birr (roughly 285-400 USD monthly). Some schools include housing, others do not.
15-25 hours a week in private language schools. Teaching children can make up a high proportion of the work.
|a meal in an average restaurant||40-120 Birr in Addis Ababa|
|a month’s rent||2000-3000 Birr for a studio apartment in Addis Ababa|
|a Coke||6 Birr|
|1kg of oranges||3 Birr|
By taxi and bus.
There are internet cafes, or dial-up connection by purchasing a CDMA.
I have never taught in Ethiopia but I have lived there for about 12 years. The people are great and the culture is so rich. I would think teaching there might be a little difficult because of the government. It is hard to get anything done with the government. Even something as easy as getting your license renewed takes days. Besides that the weather is great and you can walk anywhere. You don’t need a car transportation is easy. The only advice I have is if you are the type of person who is so used to having a government that is so cooperative then it might be a little hard to live in Ethiopia.
I’m Ethiopian. I left my country at a very young age. I recently went back to visit and I was just amazed by everything. I went with the expectation that wasn’t really good at the same time pushed myself to be open-minded before I got there. So once I got there it was pretty nice. They highly welcomed me. I felt a sense of belonging right then and there. They took me places and I had a great time. Don’t get me wrong, I was shocked by things like transportation, how they fit so many people in one taxi. And I would definitely have to say Ethiopia is over populated. Other than that I would have to say my trip back to Ethiopia was definitely worth it. Great place and people.
I lived and taught in Ethiopia for almost two years. I taught at two adult language schools and three private schools. The first private school was horrible. The second was not a lot better but the third time was the charm. I loved the food, the climate and the people, although some of them will cheat you out of your socks if you are not careful.
If you ever have the opportunity to go to Ethiopia… GO. It was one, if not THE ONE, of the best experiences in my life. I was only there for 9 short weeks, but those few weeks were full. The people are BEAUTIFUL in every way. True, the goverment is…, the buses, and taxis are packed. But, the experience is not to be missed.
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