To many, Africa remains a far away land of great mystery and intrigue, a massive continent that has long been a central beacon of humanity. Yet, few people ever get the chance to visit Africa and qualify this distant impression with something more tangible and realistic. Teaching in Africa can be an incredibly powerful way to lessen the stereotypes in your own life.
In our modern age, teaching abroad is one of the best ways to experience total immersion into another culture, while contributing your time and effort toward something that is productive for a local community. Consistently lacking in resources and funding, education is a point of great need in Africa, and teachers from all over the world are welcomed with open arms to lend a helping hand by teaching abroad in Africa—and yes, you can even teach English in Africa without a degree!
Whether entering into a volunteer or paid teaching job, in any subject, teaching abroad in Africa will change your outlook on the world and greatly impact the lives of your students. Since the countries that are encompassed by the continent of Africa are as broad and diverse as the teaching jobs available, we wanted to give you only the best of the best.
With the help of the GoAbroad community's expressed interest in particular destinations, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 places for teaching in Africa in 2018 to help you get started.
Ghana was the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to declare its independence from European colonists, and this spirit of progress and leadership continues to drive the country forward as a regional power in West Africa. A diverse nation of 27 million nestled pristinely along the the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana’s economy is starting to take off, as it becomes one of the world’s leading producers of diamonds, natural gas, and cocoa. If you want to teach English in west Africa, this is your spot.
Recommended program: International TEFL Academy
2. South Africa
South Africa is perennially one of the most popular destinations for teaching jobs in Africa, and for good reason. Following a complex history tainted by colonization and oppression, South Africa has risen up from its challenging past to become one of the top economic and political leaders of the continent. With a host of impressive cities, including Cape Town, South Africa boasts a number of highly attractive teach abroad destinations. It is especially attractive for to teach in Africa during summer here as the temps are more bearable (opposite seasons!).
Recommended program: i-to-i TEFL
The only northern destination to make our teach in Africa list, Morocco is one of the most iconic and popularly traveled to countries on the continent for not only teaching in Africa. With a unique blend of European, Arabic, and African cultures stemming from its regional centrality, Morocco maintains a distinctive national identity that is unlike anywhere else in Africa or the Mediterranean.
Recommended program: CIEE
A major regional power in East and Central Africa, Kenya is widely known for its tremendous geographical and biological diversity. With a number of prestigious wildlife reserves, world-class beaches, and the largest freshwater lake in the world (Lake Victoria), becoming an English teacher in Africa here will keep your hands full—exploring Kenya’s rugged landscape on their free time. While going on a safari will most definitely be an experience to remember, teachers will find that teaching jobs in Kenya are immensely more rewarding in the long run.
Recommended program: Volunteer positions with ELI Abroad
Tanzania is one of the most popular travel destination in Africa because of its impressive cultural diversity, and because it is home to the famed Mount Kilimanjaro. At the same time, Tanzania has considerable domestic troubles and social issues, which are too often left as an afterthought for many foreign tourists. However, international teachers have the skills and knowledge needed to alleviate a great deal of societal problems, by providing educational resources. For starters nearly half of the current population of Tanzania is under 15 years old, creating a serious mismatch between the amount of students and educators available to teach them.
Recommended program: Volunteer positions with Frontier
While Madagascar's school enrollment rate is impressive for the continent, classrooms are often overcrowded and teachers overworked. English is not a national language of Madagascar (those would be Malagasy and French), but the need and ability to make a real difference makes it an inviting destination to teach in Africa for international teachers. Do you desire to help aid local teachers in the battle toward educational development? Teach English abroad in Africa’s best-kept secret. Pro tip: Eat all the mangoes.
Recommended program: Teach English in Madagascar with Frontier
Senegal is an incredibly diverse nation (there are over ten main ethnic groups and 37 languages) that is categorized as a newly industrialized country, with an upper-middle income, which is perhaps symbolic of Africa’s promising future. Don’t let these fancy labels mislead you though, there is still a huge amount of inequality in Senegal, so international educators are continuously needed to step in and help minimize the educational opportunity gaps throughout the country. Join the ranks of teachers in Africa by finding education work here!
Recommended program: English teaching jobs in Senegal with CIEE
Pyramids, pharaohs, and camels, oh my! What's not to love about teaching in Egypt? Arabic is the national language of Egypt, making it a great place for educators who want to learn this widely applicable language while in return teaching English to local students. Largely influenced by its Muslim and coptic heritage, Egypt is also a premier destination for world travelers who want to immerse themselves in the Islamic culture and come to understand its mystery and often misunderstood beliefs. From Alexandria to Cairo, there are no shortage of sights to be seen or new experiences to be had while teaching in Egypt.
Recommended program: Teaching positions in Egypt with Teach Away
Did you know that Namibia's one of Africa's largest countries? There are lots of jobs (and the big 5!) to be found between the infamous red desert sands and elongated coastline. Windhoek is the nation’s capital and largest city, but other urban areas, such as Swakopmund, also have a great need for international teachers to help expand educational opportunities for local students. While English is the medium of education in Namibia, the local tribal languages are the more common tongue spoken at home and in private settings, giving international teachers a chance to both teach and learn during their time in Namibia.
Recommended program: World Teach
Uganda’s official languages are English and Swahili, yet over 100 different languages are spoken across the country (making it East Africa’s most linguistically diverse country). English teaching jobs are the most common employment opportunity for foreign educators in Uganda, although there are often plenty of other subjects to choose from too, including science, math, and even health education. The openness to foreign teachers can be partially credited to the work of the Ugandan Ministry of Education, and their partnerships that allow foreign teachers to locate jobs at local schools in Uganda.
Recommended program: The Real Uganda
A note from GoAbroad
We’d like to thank our community for not only inspiring us daily, but for also giving us enough insight to share accurate predictions for meaningful travel in 2018.
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