Teaching English in Morocco

Teaching English in Morocco

Morocco Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Rabat, Marrakech$800 – $2000

Many people love traveling through Morocco but those who decide to teach English in the country are often underwhelmed by the experience. Corruption and dishonesty are widespread within the private sector and many teachers complain of being misled by employers who have little interest in education but a huge interest in money.

Finding paid teaching work is not difficult but TEFL salaries are rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal or non-existent. English is still regarded by many as less important than French so you may encounter students with motivational issues. By sticking to trusted employers such as the British Council not only do you receive an excellent salary but you also don’t have to worry about when – and if – you will be paid the wage you are owed. Nevertheless, it is an unforgettable experience; the local cuisine is excellent and there are many areas of outstanding natural beauty outside the cities.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?

Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for openings at the British Council as these are by far the best-paid positions for those without a Master’s Degree.

Teachers without experience are advised to undertake great research before signing any contracts. Ask to speak with both previous and present employees for their verdicts.

Be sure to negotiate contractual details before you start work. Get everything in writing.

Work permits are best arranged before you arrive in Morocco but in reality many teachers find work when in the country. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

Food and transport costs are low. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location.

Pros of Teaching in Morocco

  • Beautiful beaches, deserts, and mountains
  • Friendly local people
  • Fascinating culture and delicious food

Cons of Teaching in Morocco

  • Poor pay for those without considerable experience
  • A culture of corruption and dishonesty pervades
  • The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced

Fun Fact About Morocco

One interesting fact about Morocco that might intrigue an English teacher is that Morocco has been strongly influenced by the English language throughout its history. During the 19th century, Morocco established close diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, leading to a significant Anglo-Moroccan community and the establishment of English-language schools. English remains widely taught in schools and universities, and many Moroccans speak English fluently, making it one of the official languages alongside Arabic and Berber. This historical connection and the widespread use of English in Morocco could offer a unique perspective on language and cultural exchange for an English teacher.