Teach English in Libya

Teach English in Libya

Teach English in Libya – the following comments are from English teachers who have taught, or currently teach English in Libya.

Libya is a fantastic country to work in. The people here are so keen to learn English: students are committed and friendly. The weather is scalding though! I can highly recommend Libya as a place for EFL professionals who are really dedicated to delivering what it takes! You have to be well-qualified and well-experienced and you have to not mind working 6 days a week… come to Libya, you will be amazed!

Wendy, 3 July 2006


Be prepared for some major shocks as Libya is VERY conservative! The cost of living is very low and of course you’ll save all the money you won’t be spending on alcohol :) On the plus side, the Libyan desert is stunning… as is the driving!

Peter, 11 March 2008


I’ve been teaching English in Libya for about six years now. It is really rewarding as 99% of students really appreciate you. They are friendly and always ready to lend a hand. Libya itself may be very different to what you are used to but is OK as long as you don’t expect nightclubs etc. Saying that there are plenty of expats working here who make their own “social clubs” I agree with the fact that driving in Libya is pretty scary!

Alice, 24 September 2008


Anyone coming to Libya needs to think very carefully about it. I personally love this country, but have worked extremely hard to adapt to it. The biggest difference is that of Arab countries, where male and female lives are separate to a large extent and the public spaces belong to men. As I’ve said, I love the country and have hundreds of Arab friends, but women need to know that all women, local and foreign, experience a lot of sexual harassment on the streets from certain men who hang out there. I know many Libyan women who never step outside, not because of their families, but purely because of the harassment. I have changed the way I dress, so as not to stand out, as foreign women, in relatively revealing clothes are subject to worse treatment. Some women who come here become virtual recluses, and some have been made ill by it. Please know this before you come, as companies and organizations, such as the British Council, are guilty of not preparing women for this, and not taking seriously the difficulties. I will say again though, the majority of Libyan people are generous and hospitable and humorous, and teaching here is very rewarding.

Morgan, 19 February 2009


I was teaching English in Sabratha and left just before it blew up. People are wonderful – there was no indication of what was to happen. These are good people, regardless of the regime. I would like to go back when it sorts itself out. Doesn’t matter which way, it’s the people that matter. They will always endure. I encourage all teachers to go back when it’s thought safe.

Phil, 20 May 2011


Thanks guys for the most beautiful feedback on Libya generally and on people in specific, I am so proud of having been thought of us as generous, hospitable and more importantly, is that we are extremely friendly and outgoing. I am a non-native speaker of English, yet i love English to the core and I always try to pass it onto my students since I am myself a language teacher, but the impression most of the employers have when recruiting a language teacher is that you should be a native speaker which is not always a case. I have been teaching English for the last five years and I’m getting more experienced every day, along with the fact that my language command helped me get a job as an Arabic teacher and I did it so well and the feedback of my students was so encouraging and positive that it made me reconsider teaching Arabic long term. Thanks a lot for your beautiful views and I am so glad of having been involved in such a forum.

Mohamed, 14 October 2011


Libya is an amazing country and the people are the warmest and most hospitable that you could ever hope to meet. They certainly didn’t deserve the recent NATO bombardments and massacre of innocent civilians. The country will now take years if not decades to recover from the NATO onslaught in the name of the people’s liberation. I am not Libyan but I am truly disgusted by NATO aggression here having lived and worked for many years in Libya I witnessed the growing prosperity and true freedom of Libyans before the massacre by NATO. First opportunity I get to go back there I will use to collate evidence of NATO atrocities.

Anonymous, 8 November 2011


I’m originally from Libya and i want to thank you all for your great comments about my home country but what Morgan said made me laugh. I’ve lived in the UK all my life so when i first went to Libya i too was shocked at how the guys on the street treated girls but i wouldn’t say its harassment its just flirting most the time and this stuff is present in most Arab countries. It took me time to get used to it and all you need to do really is just ignore them and not even look at them and they wont bother with you oh and yeah try to avoid the revealing clothes! lol anyway i think Libya is a beautiful country to work and live in and I’m not saying that because I’m Libyan but because I’ve experienced living in many countries but out of all of them i saw Libya as the most welcoming one. Teaching there was very easy as the students highly respected the teachers and were keen to learn the English language. So if anyone was thinking of what country they should go and work in then id encourage them to go Libya 100%!

Ream Al-musrati, 8 Auguust 2012


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2 comments and teachers' experiences of Libya

  1. Peter

    I spent a year teaching on a Saharan oil base in 2010. Made the mistake of returning in 2013 but managed to get out after a few weeks. The look of surprise on the faces of the people when I arrived at Tripoli Airport will never leave me. After all, why would a young white teacher go to teach English in a war zone? Because he was a crazy idiot I guess. Although there was a very brief moment when it may have seemed the tide was about to turn in a positive direction for Libya and that was why. Alas, it didn’t turn, and gunfire and explosions during lessons is not what any teacher signs up for. It will take a long time before it will be safe again to teach in Libya.

    • Saida mili

      I’m a Tunisian national and English teacher in UAE. I graduated in Tunisia with a Diploma in Teaching English Literature. I have an experience of 11 years in teaching and would like to get an experience in Libya.

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