Morocco is the epitome of the unexpected destination for TEFL certification hopefuls. Travelers are frequently surprised to hear French spoken in the streets, to see European architecture spliced next to Arabian style buildings, and to smell sweetly spiced foods in courtyards. At the epicenter of history for Europe, the U.S., and Africa, as well as a strategic site for religious activity in both Islam and Christianity, there is much to discover by taking TEFL courses in Morocco. Moroccans are traditionally known for being multilinguals, so the need for native English speakers is high and therefore ESL jobs are ready for the taking.
From touristy capital cities, to medium sized suburbs, to rural settings with breath-taking views, there’s a little bit of everything in Morocco. Most TEFL programs in Morocco are offered in Marrakech, a suburban city that was once the capital of Morocco. It provides a great opportunity to complete TEFL certification while immersing in the Arabic language and Islamic culture.
If you prefer to complete TEFL courses in Morocco in a bigger city or smaller town, both of those options are available as well. While TEFL programs will be similar across most locations in Morocco, different sites will offer various competitive advantages for future teaching careers.
For example, Rabat is the capital of Morocco and home to much of Morocco’s traditional culture. Academics and education are important to the heart of the city, with Morocco’s first public university located here so the education tends to be a big focus of local residents. Hence, Rabat could be a great place to teach in Morocco after you earn a TEFL certificate.
Casablanca is the largest and most famous city in Morocco. Not only is Casablanca one of the biggest economic centers in all of Africa, it is also one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. It is easy to be globally connected in Casablanca, since the city recognizes 21 sister cities, including Athens, Greece, Tokyo, Japan, and even Chicago, Illinois.
Course & Programs
TEFL programs in Morocco vary. Many require that applicants hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, although prior teaching experience is normally not required. For most TEFL certification courses, after submitting a written application candidates typically will be contacted for a phone or Skype interview. Some TEFL programs in Morocco may also require an in-person interview (in which case the application process may be a bit longer). Many TEFL certification programs are offered online too– although most contain a classroom element – allowing applicants to work through the material at their own pace.
TEFL courses in Morocco typically include how to teach English grammar basics and learners of a foreign language, classroom management techniques, linguistics, phonology, and the like.
Salary & Costs
The cost of TEFL certification in Morocco varies from $1,300 to $1,400, with transportation and housing costs not included. Typically, Westerners find that Morocco is a very affordable destination for daily living expenses. Even in large financial centers like Casablanca, the cost of living is significantly lower than in mid-sized American cities like Denver, Colorado or Columbia, Missouri. Meals on average cost $3, while local transportation can be as low as 45 cents.
Once TEFL certified, your salary will depend on where you end up teaching in Morocco. Morocco has a required minimum wage, depending on industry, ranging between $1.50 to $5.00 an hour.
Accommodations & Visas
Accommodations are not typically included as part of a TEFL program in Morocco, although almost all providers offer assistance in locating housing. Housing in Morocco varies from city to city, but will typically be apartment style. The size of the apartment will depend on its location, but will likely be smaller than typical Western floor plans. Internet may or may not be readily available at your residence, although some TEFL program providers have internet access within their facilities.
The type of visa you need to complete TEFL certification in Morocco will depend on the length of your program and whether or not you’d like to teach in Morocco once certified. Most likely, you will need either a student visa or a working visa. The student visa will be necessary if you are taking TEFL courses in Morocco. On the other hand, the working visa is required to earn payment for work in Morocco. Your program provider will be able to provide direction and assistance with visas.
Benefits & Challenges
- Surprising Place & Past. As a less traditional destination for earning a TEFL certificate abroad, Morocco is frequently surprising to those who choose to venture there. TEFL students, and travelers alike, are usual struck by the colorful and eventful role Morocco has played in shaping our world, as Morocco’s history unfolded long before many other developed nations.
- Cultural Adjustment. The many social and religious differences can be challenging for newcomers to get used to. Men are often more affectionate with one another than in Western societies. Women may also find that the local men can be quite aggressively flirtatious, with “cat-calling” being fairly common place in squares and markets. That being said, Morocco is a very safe place to visit, and the diverse cultures, religions, and languages make it a truly rich environment to gain your TEFL certification abroad, as well as begin an international English teaching career.