Teaching in Africa

Africa is a very diverse continent; possibly the most diverse continent on the planet. Yes, in other parts of the world, it’s referred to as if it were a country rather than a continent with more than 50 countries within it. African countries have skylines, social amenities, infrastructure, and large developed cities. They also have beautiful beaches, homes, rural and urban areas, entertainment, and recreational and shopping facilities.

Teaching in Africa
Teaching in Africa

Africa’s educational programmes are as diverse as the countries within it. Educators and teachers have a multitude of countries from which to choose, but then variety can also be seen in the different types of schools. Here, we look at why teachers should consider working in Africa, and how to research jobs and destinations. A big advantage of working in Africa is that, compared to such countries as the UK and U.S., there’s a considerably lower cost of living in Africa. There are also an attractive remuneration packages. Teaching in Africa offers a good opportunity to save money and educate yourself about other cultures.

Finding work in Africa

There are global recruitment agencies that advertise open jobs and recruit on behalf of schools. The majority of teachers looking to teach in Africa use these agencies, especially those without previous experience of teaching abroad. Teachers with international teaching experience can utilise other resources. Once you have previous experience, it can help you to build a network of global teaching colleagues, as well as global educational alumni. These networks send out job roles as well as post vacancies on LinkedIn, so that’s also a good recruitment platform.

When it comes to where to teach, this is dependent upon you and your interests. However, it’s important to consider the political climate. Blanket assumptions are sometimes made about Africa with regards to its safety, but it’s unfair to tarnish each country with the same brush. Besides, it’s always wise to carry out research into a country’s political atmosphere before relocating. This is an area in which you can seek advice from the recruitment agencies. You should look for information from multiple sources, however, as opposed to relying on one person, organisation, or website. Information on the Internet can be outdated, for one. Reach out to schools directly, too, via email or representatives. You can also ask questions and find out more about living and working in various countries during interviews. One example of one of the better countries to live and work in is Rwanda, a country that has experienced a positive economic turnaround.

What credentials do you need?

The basic requirement for the majority of international jobs is a teaching certification/qualification and, in some cases, prior experience. Many countries request for certified teachers specifically and that certification is dependent upon the curriculum. There are some job roles that specify how many years of experience are required. It tends to be around 1-3 years, generally. They may also need familiarity or experience with a specific curriculum, such as IBYP, Japanese, American, or the British National curriculum.