Teaching and Living in Morocco

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  • cewcathar
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    5 September, 2007 at 17:58
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    Hi, I live in the U.S., have taught English overseas previously (one year), have degrees in English, linguistics/TESL, and education, plus fluent French and pretty good computer skills.

    Except for the horrible heat , Morocco appeals to me. But my question is about apartments.

    1. Is it possible to rent an apartment by oneself in Morocco, say in Rabat or Fez (I was in Fez once and found it intriguing, but years ago; however I think more schools are in Rabat), without getting roommates, on a teacher’s salary?? I have a student loan to pay(it is pretty big; I’m not for sure exactly how much I must pay out month-to-month as the rate changes; $500 to $1000 or more U.S. dollars though).

    2. Also are there apartments where you can walk outside, see plants, and trees? I do not remember much of that in Rabat even though the countryside can be pretty? (maybe flats in homes??)

    The heat is the remaining problem; it was too hot for me before in November-December. I cannot imagine summer there.

    Participant
    8 September, 2007 at 10:34
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    Reply To: Teaching and Living in Morocco

    Hi

    It is possible to rent an apartment by yourself in Morocco. I worked in Casablanca, and the school I worked for arranged apartments for all the teachers. The logistics and paperwork involved in doing all this yourself on arriving in the country can be quite daunting, so it’s very useful if the school you’re working for can help you with it. The rent was 2000 dirhams a month (about 200 US$) per teacher, based on two teachers sharing, for a very nice, big apartment. Living by yourself would of course cost a little more than this. These apartments were in a nice area of the city, and so I’m sure you’d be able to find somwehere cheaper than that if you needed to.

    Teacher salaries when I was there (I left 3 years ago) were between 8000 and 10000 dirhams a month, net (about 800 – 1000 US$). After rent and living expenses, this still allowed for a good saving. I was paying off the equivalent of about 250 US$ a month in student loans and I managed okay. If you need to pay 500-1000 though, I think you might be pushing it.

    Rabat has a few nice green areas, Casablanca less so. Fes, I’m not sure, I only visited once. I would guess that apartments in leafy, green areas would be pricier, however.

    The heat varies – on the coast, in Rabat and Casablanca, it doesn’t get nearly as unbearable as in somewhere inland like Marrakech. November and December can in fact be quite chilly – if you found it too hot in these months, then July and August could be intolerable! (maybe 45 degrees C in Marrakech, 35 in Rabat). If you can bear the heat though, I’d absolutely recommend Morocco – it’s a stunning country in every respect.

    Hope this helps.

    Keith

    cewcathar
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    12 September, 2007 at 19:21
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    Reply To: Teaching and Living in Morocco

    Thanks!

    Abe
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    8 September, 2013 at 17:39
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    Reply To: Teaching and Living in Morocco

    I’m originally from morocco the salary some how is got high in today days over there, you may can average $1500 every month or more especially if you add hours working for night schools and weekend schooling you can get $20 dollars per hour as pay you just got to look into private language centers and other classes for colleges at weekends or nights.

    Good luck

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