Teaching English in Afghanistan

Teaching English in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Kabul$500 – $1000

Afghanistan is certainly not the first place you’d think of when considering countries in which to teach English. Needless to say, security is a huge concern and foreigners can be a target for violence.

All of that being said, the difference that your efforts can make for the ordinary people of Afghanistan is considerable.

There are some paid teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are usually rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal or non-existent.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?

Do as much research as possible into recent events of the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan. Certainly, don’t go blind into teaching English there. You need to be as aware as possible for your own security when living there. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidized accommodation in secure locations.

Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Afghanistan at first in order to make contacts and gain an understanding of the country.

IMPORTANT: Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Afghanistan. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

Food and transport costs are low as you might expect. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location. Security costs may be your highest expense so make sure that it’s discussed in detail with your employer.

Where applicable, tax is normally paid monthly by your employer. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Pros of Teaching in Afghanistan

  • You will be making a great contribution to the rebuilding of the country
  • Friendly local people
  • Certainly an experience you will remember for the rest of your life

Cons of Teaching in Afghanistan

  • Undoubtedly a dangerous place to live and work
  • Generally poor resources
  • The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced

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