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Teach ESL in Madagascar

Published: 2 Oct, 2018

Speak English Tana

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Madagascar, Antananarivo
Full time

Job title

ESL Teacher

Job description

We are a family-run ESL school providing a variety of ESL classes and services for the last five years.

We are recruiting native speaker ESL teachers to join our team and provide ESL lessons for children, youth and adults in classes and individual lessons in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar.

Depending on your experience you will be teaching classes, animating an English club or tutoring individuals and small groups.

Our work environment is friendly and supportive. We expect teachers to be professional, outgoing and to show initiative. We can use all that you have to offer!

We are starting a new term in January 2019 and would like teachers to start by the 2nd week of January and to work for a minimum of 6 months. Ideally a teacher will stay for a year or more.

Contract: 6 to 12 months. Start in January 2019 or later. Bonus for 1 year.

The work: Teach ESL to children, youth and adults in private, group or English club settings. 20 to 39 teaching hours a week, mornings or evenings, Monday through Saturday.

Enter on tourist visa for short stay or get a work visa for longer contract.

We provide standard English courses based on well-known materials such as the Cambridge Interchange and Oxford American English File series. We also provide customized courses and tutoring for interview/exam preparation and for companies and NGOs.

In 2018 we added classes for children aged four to eleven. In 2019 we hope to be able to continue and expand classes for this age group.

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds: middle and high school students; university students; professionals in IT, Agronomy, Finance, Management, Media; business people, civil servants, teachers, hairdressers; directors and small business owners; and NGOs, tour operators and large companies.

We offer a variety of course times to accommodate our students. We have early morning classes that start at 7 AM, followed by mid-morning and afternoon classes. We may eventually add evening classes. We also have Saturday classes, starting at 7 AM and finishing at 4:30 PM, that are quite popular.

In addition to the standard courses we provide private classes based on mutually negotiated times.

Teaching the standard courses requires basic classroom management skills and an engaging manner. Little prep time is needed to prepare for classes, teacher books are available to guide lesson plans for the adult classes. For the most part the teacher can follow lesson plans in the student’s/teacher’s book.

The recently added classes for children aged 4-11 do not have a syllabus and the teacher will need to develop (or help contribute to develop) a suitable one.

We expect the incoming teacher to take on either 12,18 or 24 hours of adult classes a week, with a further 5 hours on Saturdays. Depending on the experience and ability of the teacher, and on student demand, the teacher will be able to pick up an additional 6-12 hours with private students/companies a week.

Classes for children can be from 2.5 hours a week up to 7.5 hours a week or more as we develop this category.

Teachers can arrange holidays around long weekends (with arrangements for substitute teachers to cover classes). Our main break of 2 weeks is usually around the end of December. An additional break of 1-4 weeks can be envisioned for July/August.

The main languages are Malagasy and French. English is taught in schools, but most students have a weak grasp upon graduating. Many professionals seek out English classes to improve their careers.

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world with most of its population living in a rural environment. The capital and larger towns have both modern and traditional aspects, e.g. Antananarivo has supermarkets, 4G internet, Hummers and stable electricity, yet malnutrition remains a problem.

Madagascar does have many riches in its forests and unique plants and animals, its rich musical culture (Youtube link: will give you a variety of videos ranging from Malagasy folk to dance music!), its crafts, its seafood, its tropical fruit (think Litchis by the basket). You can take French/German/Chinese lessons, African or classical dance lessons, music lessons, tennis etc. here in the capital.

Diarrhoea is common for most first-timers to Madagascar. Malaria is not common in Antananarivo so you will not need Malaria prophylaxis unless travelling outside the capital.

Doctors’ visits are inexpensive and most medicines are available in generic form. We will reimburse 50% of medical expenses up to a limit of 200,000 Ariary/month.

Security and personal safety require some vigilance, the same as in any large city. We will provide an orientation on health and safety for teachers arriving from abroad.

About Speak English Tana: You can see more about us at

About Madagascar: Search “traveling in Madagascar” on the internet!

Previous teachers that have worked with us: Malcolm, Jennifer, Rachel, Kristin, Haina, Doug. Their contact information is available on request.

Associate Director: Shahbaz Lee Fawbush

Salary and benefits

Pay is calculated on an hourly basis (one hour teaching equals one hour pay). Different pay rates are applied for different types of teaching work e.g. Saturday class has a higher rate than weekday class.

Experienced and capable teachers will have the opportunity to work with individuals and companies for private tutoring/classes. These are paid at higher rates than regular classes. These classes may require travel around the city. You will be given an additional taxi fare if travel is required.

Salary: Starting from approximately 550 USD per month, up to 1,100 USD per month, depending on capacity and experience of teachers and on availability of classes.

With 18 hours of regular weekday class and 5 hours of regular Saturday class a teacher's monthly salary is 2,005,000 MGA or 600 USD. An additional 6 hours of private classes per week would add an approximate 317 USD to the monthly salary. Thus, a total of 29 hours of regular and private classes a week would result in 917 USD per month.

A potential maximum of 29 hours of regular class plus 10 hours of private class a week (total of 39 hours over 6 days) would give 1,283 USD a month.

The pay for teaching classes for the 4-11 year old category is still evolving and will depend on the teacher’s input to the course and other factors. We think it will be higher than regular class and slightly less than private class.

Regular teaching hours may vary with +/- 6 hours a week and private classes depend on supply and demand.

For teachers coming from abroad we have a small one-bed apartment attached to the school that can serve as temporary accommodation until you find other accommodation. Alternatively, we can help look for accommodation nearby the school before your arrival. Typical rentals are not furnished. We may be able to rent you furnishings.

We will pay a bonus of 500 USD for teachers that complete a full one year of work with us.

LIVING COSTS Madagascar 2018 - Monthly
Rent: 300,000
Electricity and water: 60,000
Telephone and 1.1 GB data plan: 25,000
Transport (bus plus taxi*3); 45,000
Food - Groceries: 200,000
Eating out - cheap*5/week: 80,000
Eating out - pricey*1/week: 35,000
Toiletries/meds etc.: 40,000
Doctors visit: 15,000
Entertainment: 60,000
905,000 MGA or 270 USD

This is the low end of expenses. Things can cost more, e.g. an unlimited data plan costs 150,000 MGA/month. A vacation traveling over land is reasonable with hotels available from 40,000 MGA per night. Air travel will be the greatest expense.


Native English speaker with experience and certification.

How to apply


Please submit the following documents in English by email to:
1. Cover letter
2. CV
3. Three references

We will look for experience and proven ability in ESL teaching as well as a personality that enjoys working with people and experiencing new cultures.

It is important that the applicant is at a native English speaker level.

If your application is selected we will contact you and arrange for an interview.

We will review applications on an ongoing basis but the deadline to apply in order to start by the January 2019 term is October 12th 2018.

We will also have new courses starting towards March and April 2019 so applications submitted later may be considered if positions are not filled.

Start date: Classes start January 8th 2018. If arriving from abroad you would ideally arrive 5-7 days before the start of classes in order to acclimatize.

For new teachers we will evaluate your abilities and will develop an orientation or training program/period based on your situation/background. This may range from a basic orientation before you start teaching to a longer process. Ongoing feedback and support will be given to ensure quality and satisfaction during your time here.

There are two ways to do this. One is to enter with a tourist visa, and the other to obtain a work visa.

Most passport holders can enter Madagascar and obtain a 90 day tourist visa at the airport for 50 USD. Entering on a tourist visa will require you to leave the country and re-enter at the end of the 90 days. Being an island, flights to the closest neighboring countries of Reunion, Mauritius or Comoros cost about 350 USD round trip.

If you intend to stay for a year or more we suggest entering with a work visa as this will permit a longer stay and will be cheaper.

Steps to obtaining a work visa:
Before arriving:
1. Obtain police clearance from your country (original copy within 3 months),
2. Sign a contract with us.
3. We prepare your “Authorization to work” certificate here which we will send you.
4. Go to nearest embassy and submit above papers and a visa application (fees around 50 USD, processing time 4 days)*.
5. Obtain a one-month transformable visa.
6. Enter Madagascar with the above visa.
7. Upon entering Madagascar we will submit paperwork to transform the above visa to a longer term work visa. This costs 150,000 MGA (about 50 USD) for a one or two year visa.

* For countries without a Malagasy embassy we may be able to do steps 4 and 5 for you from Madagascar and send you the entry visa.

You will also need to get a national ID card here for an additional fee of 300 or 400 Euros for a one or two-year card respectively. This ID card requires additional paperwork to be obtained here such as a Tax ID as well as another copy of Police clearance. We will help with the paperwork. You are responsible for the visa and ID card fees.

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