Teaching English in Egypt

Everything you need to know about teaching English in the land of Pyramids.

Egypt is a fascinating country with thousands of years of history. Prospective English Teachers can enjoy teaching while exploring the country’s numerous beaches, desert oases, temples, and pyramids. Egypt also boasts a considerably low cost of living with cheap accommodation. Even a night out of town will not break your bank, and with 98 million citizens you’ll find ample opportunities to teach English in this stunning country.



Earn between LE 12,000 – 20,000 per month

(That’s US $700-1,200)



Egypt is a vibrant country mixing large cities, ancient temples, beaches, and vast deserts.



Arabic is the official language but many people speak basic English, especially in the tourism sector.



The climate in Egypt is mainly hot and dry throughout most of the year, with approximately 1-2 rainy days per year.

TEFL Wages in Egypt

Wages in Egypt can vary, especially with fluctuations in the Egyptian Pound (LE). Most native English speaking teachers with a Bachelor’s degree can expect to earn between 12,000-20,000 LE (US $700-1,200) in private schools. Teachers working in international schools often earn between US $2,000-3,000 but are expected to have a teaching certificate from their home country and 2+ years’ experience. Schools in Cairo tend to pay slightly more than those in Alexandria.

In addition to a monthly salary, most schools will also pay for an apartment (shared with another teacher), daily transportation to/from school and roundtrip airline tickets from your country of origin.

Class type: Wages:
Public school $600-$900 p/m
Private language school $700-$1,200 p/m
International school $2,000-$3,000 p/m
Private tutoring $10-$15 p/h

The value of the Egyptian Pound has fluctuated over the past few years due to events related to the 2011 revolution. Most schools pay in Egyptian Pounds, but it is recommended to negotiate getting paid in US dollars or British pounds as the monthly payment tends to be more stable. Negotiating is a way of life in Egypt, so don’t be afraid to speak up about your pay and other arrangements when discussing the terms of your contract.

A benefit to living in Egypt is the low cost of living. Transportation, food, and housing (if not included) are generally very affordable. Teachers can often save between $200-400 a month, depending on their lifestyle.

Where to teach English in Egypt

When many people think of Egypt, the first thing that often comes to mind are the Pyramids and vast deserts. Although you can find this, many people are surprised that Egypt also has turquoise blue waters on its Mediterranean coast, snorkeling in the Red Sea, multiple desert oases, rock climbing and hiking through canyons.

Egypt has a huge choice of cities to call home. Here are some of the top picks:

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Food in Egypt

For centuries, Egypt has been known for its spices and it is no surprise that its food is full of flavor. Here are a few of the most popular dishes:

English teaching requirements in Egypt

To teach English in Egypt, you’ll have to meet several requirements set by the government. While there may be exceptions in certain circumstances, for the most part you’ll need to meet the following criteria:

Non-natives: If you don’t have a passport from the UK/US/IRE/CAN/AUS/NZ/SA, you can still get a fully legal work permit in Egypt, but you will need to be fully fluent in English.

Teachers without degrees: To teach in a public school you will need a university/college degree, however, you can teach in private schools and language centers without one.

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