- Study Abroad
- Volunteer Abroad
- Teach Abroad
- Intern Abroad
- High School
- Gap Year
Let the distinct culture of invigorating Morocco put you on the map as a learning traveller as well as a teaching foreigner. Morocco is a booming destination within the tourism industry, constantly introducing new construction and businesses. The advancements being made in the industrial economy has Morocco promoting the English language country-wide, which has posted a sudden high demand on English teachers. Why not teach in a land where there is so much to learn.
The traveller's journey is much different than the working environment in Morocco, which isn't always a 'walk on the beach,' although you can do just that in between school days! The working week runs from Monday to Friday, typically commencing at around 9:00 in the morning and ending mid afternoon. If you so choose, there are opportunities for extra tutoring in the evening and/or weekends. Otherwise the extra time is for you to dedicate to the pulse of Morocco; set on a quest to enjoy the ancient culture, raw beauty of the land, and bask in the delightful company of the locals.
Across the decades, Arabic and French have been the focused languages taught in Morocco. Recently, the Moroccan economy has been making more and more advancements that call for the use of the English language. English is in high demand to be taught at all levels. This opportunity lends the potential English teacher abroad many different avenues to explore, each unique in their own way.
Teaching experiences in Morocco will differ from public sector to private sector. This variance is due to the administrations; in public, it is government rules that are published with consideration to all teachers, but in private, the rules are that of the owners which often leave teachers fighting for respect. Take heed, Morocco has teaching opportunities but it only works well with those who are really aware of the industry and understand that there will always be risks of questionable contracts and bad employers. It is your responsibility to explore your teaching abroad career opportunities, and make a choice that will best suit you.
By volunteering in Morocco, one gets to savor a different culture and to form bonds with people who genuinely need help and support. This experience is available to anyone with an interest in helping others to learn the English language; you do not need to have any previous teaching experience or qualifications. Whether you want to volunteer during your gap year, career break or as a volunteer vacation, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. Besides environmental work and community projects, volunteers are also required for teaching projects. You will enrich the lives of the local people, which is what volunteering is about.
There may be opportunities to provide extra tutoring sessions to the students who require or desire the help. Additionally, due to Morocco's growing economy, many professionals seeking growth in their career are looking for English tutors.
Any reputable school should be able to get you a working visa. If they are unable to help you acquire one, a red flag should go up immediately. You can still get a teaching position while visiting under a tourist visa, however you will have to leave the country upon expiration; a working visa will allow you to remain teaching in Morocco past 90 days. Furthermore, to teach legally in Morocco and to have a bank account that allows you to transfer money out of the country, you must have a BA degree and a proper certification. These are government requirements. If the school you apply to does not insist on these, they will not be able to get you a work/residence permit and are most likely a private institution.
The best time to search for teaching positions, particularly English, is NOW. Morocco's growing economy has placed high demand on English teachers. To assist you in making the best employment decisions, refer to entities such as the British Council, American Language Centres in Morocco, and AMIDEAST.
Certification earned from any of the following Global Colleges will recognize you as an international English teacher and will often help you to secure an overseas teaching job in the public sector.
Many private institutions will hire teachers without any certification, however be careful when choosing a private school. The private schools are run on the rules of its owner who will often avoid signing an employment contract, pay much lower than the public institutions, or try to avoid paying all together.
It is obvious that teaching English is not a job that will earn you a lot in Morocco in view of the economic situation. However, this charming country may offer you some other values apart from money. Establishing a balance between your financial expectations and the economical status of Morocco is in your hands.
Once you become a qualified professional here, expect to get paid anywhere from US $800.00 to $1000.00 per month; you can significantly increase your earnings by offering private tutoring lessons. The average cost of living will range from US $600.00 to $900.00 depending on the lifestyle you lead. If the teacher's accommodation is not part of your salary, make sure to book your living quarters in advance; your menu includes holiday apartments, self-catering villas, cottages, hotels and hostels.
If you plan on teaching in Morocco be it English, French or any other subject for that matter. Be sure that you don't need to send money out of the country to pay your bills. As Western Union will inform you when you arrive with cash in hand "All transactions are inbound only."
The currency, the Moroccan dirham (MAD), cannot be exchanged outside the country, but can be reconverted to hard currency at the airport exchange counter upon departure. Exchange only as much money as needed. Credit cards and traveler's checks are accepted in certain stores and restaurants in urban centers, and in major hotels.
As a foreigner to any country, it is imperative to be aware of all local customs, laws, and safety precautions. Keep the following important notes in mind during your quest in Morocco:
Moroccan life is tough and you need to learn how to integrate with the people in such a way that you'll find it easier to adapt and adjust, especially to the culture. In short, you may have to shift your attitude if you're going to live and work here AND be happy. Morocco is a country of blooming beauty, but that doesn't completely cloak the ugly age-old corruption, racism and sexism. But to express surprise at their existence is delusional; versions of these problems are everywhere. If you're going to go to all the trouble to move to a culture as foreign as Morocco, best to do it with an open heart and offer your skills in ways that can best help; keep this in mind and you'll surely pass the test this experience will put you up against.
Ashley is an aspiring author currently braving the elements in Saskatchewan, Canada. She lives and breathes all aspects of culture, constantly looking for new avenues leading to great experiences. Along with some of her own world exploring, Ashley knows the ins-and-outs of travel through her tourism and marketing background. Meet her on her website: Life University.
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