I am interested in teaching English in Nigeria, specifically Lagos. I am CELTA qualified and hold several years teaching experience in London and Germany.
I have searched the web quite thoroughly and cannot seem to find any first hand accounts of what it is like to live and teach in Lagos, or anywhere else in Nigeria for that matter.
I would be extremely grateful in someone could:
i) point me in the direction of several reliable sources
ii) give me a reliable first hand account of your own experience teaching in Nigeria: The pros/cons etc.
27 June, 2010 at 0:50
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Reply To: Teaching English in Nigeria?? Any info/ advice??
More than happy to at least give some insight. First, I have not been there. However, I do know someone in Lagos, but strictly over phone, and e-mail communications–its another story.
Second, I did have thought of going there to teach, however, I did my research. First off, the U.S State Department has a travel warning in effect for the Delta States–whcih are east of Lagos. State Department warns of kidnappings and unrest in the Delta area (Warri, Port Harcourt, Oyigbo, etc). Lagos may be okay during the day, but not alone. Its a no brainer night time travel is risky. At least if I was to go–knowing what the State Department says, I would be a bit nervous. I did research Lagos a little and didn’t find anything earthshaking. There are apparently still some occasional scwabbles in the government in the Delta region which apparently makes locals upset–then they take to the streets. I was tring to find out if other Americans are there and what their experience is.
If you are in U.S. call your Senators office and ask someone there. BTW, State Department does have Customer Service line, but I think lady repeated what was on webpage. Otherwise, some of the pics I’ve seen show some pretty, tropical areas near the beach (love the beach) areas, and they also show some really bad areas due to good portion of country in poverty. I hope that helps. But if you do decide to go, please let me know here. And as for my contact, ran into them from another website and brought up same question of going there to teach. This I can tell you, phone service is terrible.