Morocco is an exciting melting pot of cultures – Berber, Arabian and European - with its northernmost tip only 9 miles from Spain!
Expect luxuries such as big shopping centres, fast food restaurants and coffee shops as well as souks (markets) that will awaken your senses. The souks in Marrakech are known as one of the most exotic places to shop in the world – they are bustling with sights, sounds and smells from motorbike fumes, to leather, to spices. Pick up handmade goods, such as leather bags and perfumes, discover tasty lamb cooked underground and watch out for the snake charmers. Prepare to get lost – even if you have a map!
Morocco’s top attraction include the Atlas Mountains, where you can see stunning views of the rugged landscape. You’ll also find Berber villages where life remains untouched by the modern world and you can gain a fascinating insight into how an ancient culture is living today. Another famous landmark is the Hassan II Mosque, the largest mosque in Africa, located in the port town of Casablanca and standing right on the water.
The larger cities in Morocco are the places to head for teaching jobs. You can find teaching jobs in private language schools, universities and international schools – just make sure you have a good TEFL certificate that’s recognised in Morocco before you jet off!
£550-£700 per month
Bachelor’s degree required
Master's degree / teaching qualification often required
Cost of living
TEFL certificate needed
120 hours +
Main job types
Private language schools
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There is an increasing demand for English language teachers in Morocco, especially from young adults in larger cities who want to improve their job prospects and their opportunities when working in other countries.
A lot of your students will have the benefit of being able to speak more than one language, so you could say they’re natural linguists already, making your job easier!
Morocco itself has plenty to offer TEFL teachers. It gives you the opportunity to experience a different culture with plenty to see and do across the country – from trekking in the Atlas Mountains or relaxing at beach resorts, to exploring markets where you can taste the spices in the air, Morocco has something for everyone. When it comes to food, try slow-cooked meat falling off the bone, fresh salads and delicious pastries.
The places with the highest demand for English teachers are big cities – coastal Casablanca is prosperous and modern, the capital Rabat is clean and charming, Fez is full of history and culture, Marrakech is ideal for exploring the tourist parts of Morocco and Tangier is the gateway between Africa and Europe. All have booming TEFL industries with positions in private language schools, universities and international schools up for grabs.
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Although the salaries might appear quite low, the cost of living is equally low in some areas. The average salary for an English teacher is 6,650 – 8,550 MAD / £550- 700 / $700- 900 per month, which means, depending on your lifestyle, that you should have a little left over for weekends away exploring the country.
The cost of living is quite low, but it might not be as low as you think. Prices are comparable to countries in Europe, especially in big cities or areas with lots of tourists. In more rural towns, prices drop considerably and eating out can be affordable, even on a daily basis. Renting can be as expensive as European cities, but your school may subsidise or provide your accommodation for you – so look out for job adverts offering this. Nightlife can be expensive, especially alcohol, which is sold only in certain bars, hotels and restaurants.
Renting a one-bedroom apartment in Casablanca costs around $500 per month but in Fez, the cultural capital, the rent is half this at around $250. A meal at a cheap, local restaurant in a city is around $3 but for somewhere more upmarket, expect to pay around $12. A beer costs around $3 and a coffee is around $1.50. A one-way ticket on public transport will cost you around 50¢, a cinema ticket is roughly $6 and a monthly gym membership costs between $20-30.
There are three main types of teaching work in Morocco for English-speakers, catering to different students. English lessons haven’t taken off in public schools yet so teaching children is limited to working in an international school. These schools are situated in Morocco’s largest cities – Marrakech, Casablanca, Tangier and Fez. To work in these schools, you’ll need a degree as well as a teaching qualification in your home country plus qualified teacher status.
There are also plenty of teaching opportunities in universities, which are usually part-time positions. For teaching positions in higher education, you’ll need at least a Master’s degree in your subject. However, lots of universities also have a language centre attached, where you can find TEFL jobs with a first degree and a TEFL certificate.
The final option is Teaching English as a Foreign Language in a private language school. You’ll usually be teaching adult learners who want to improve their job prospects. In these positions, it’s usual to work in 8 hour shifts with a long lunch break in which you can plan your lessons and sort out your admin before your next lesson. You might be offered a subsidised apartment and healthcare depending on your contract. For these positions, you’ll need a degree and a TEFL certificate.
If you’re from the USA, Canada or you’re an EU citizen, you can enter Morocco without a tourist visa for the first 90 days but you won’t be able to work. If you’re from another country, you’ll have to apply for a visa from the Moroccan Embassy to enter the country. To stay in the country, apply for a residency card as soon as you land. It’ll last for a year and means you can set up a bank account. To get a job sorted, you’ll need a residency card plus a work permit. Your new employer will organise your work permit but you’ll need to provide your passport, medical certificate and professional qualification. Ensure you keep records of any official documents, including your work contract.
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