1. What is the TEFL job market like in Egypt?
The present demand for TEFL teachers in Egypt is fairly high. In locations such as Cairo, Alexandria, Heliopolis, Maadi and Zamalek there are opportunities for qualified EFL teachers, at the same time as in other parts of the country the prospects are still good. Work is obtainable in the business and tourism sectors, as well as in private language schools, which are plentiful in the major cities.
2. What is the average teaching salary?
Salaries in Egypt differ generally. They vary between 800 and 3000 Egyptian Pounds (US$ 100-500) per month. The majority of teachers in Egypt depend on private tutoring for higher income. In addition, nearly all Egyptian schools do not offer accommodations for their teachers.
3. Do I need a Visa?
It is necessary for you to get a tourist visa. This process takes about one week. In addition you can get your visa upon arrival in Egypt. It is better to get your visa previous to leaving your home country to avoid wasting time at the airport waiting for the visa. If you want to stay longer in Egypt you can expand your stay for periods up to one year.
4. What is the climate like?
In summer it is hot. The average high is 93 degrees and it is very dry. Cotton wear is the best choice for this season. You can purchase Egyptian-cotton clothes at great prices in Egypt. The rainy season in Egypt is from October to March and it is rather cold then, with highs in the lower 60's. Warm clothes and raincoats are necessary then.
5. What is an average program day like? What's the schedule?
The original orientation is typically on Saturday evening previous to the course start date at 6:00 p.m. The first class will occur Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. The course schedule will be provided on Monday morning. Sessions usually run between 9:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. with proper breaks. In the first 2 weeks of the course, classes run Monday through Friday. In the last 2 weeks, during the teaching practice, classes are held from Saturday to Thursday; a characteristic school week in Egypt. The first two weeks are participation sessions where trainees obtain teaching techniques, classroom management, grammar, phonology, Arabic language and culture, and other parts of the course. Teaching practice starts in the last 2 weeks of the course. It comprises live teaching observation, common teaching practice and 6 teaching practice classes. In a characteristic day during the teaching practice time, trainees go to the teaching practice school to provide their lesson in the morning and in the afternoon they get ready for the next teaching practice class with the help for the trainers at the center.