A Guide to Teaching English in Tajikistan: Requirements and Opportunities

Teaching English in Tajikistan

Tajikistan Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Dushanbe$600 – $1000

There are volunteering opportunities in rural parts of Tajikistan and paid teaching work available at a small number of β€˜International’ Schools and language centers.

Salaries are low but should cover your living costs and allow sufficient funds to explore the country. Luckily too, the demand for English tuition in Tajikistan is growing steadily.

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Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?

The schools that offer good salaries tend to recruit several months in advance for a September start.

When discussing the details of your employment contract be sure to ask if accommodation is included.

Note that it may be difficult or impossible to find imported Western goods that you are accustomed to.

Speak to your prospective employer regarding work permits. It may be a lot easier if you can arrange all the necessary paperwork in advance. Visa requirements are changing frequently so it is vital to speak with your embassy and with your prospective employer.

The cost of accommodation, food, and transport is low in Tajikistan. It is a poor country and  tourism remains undeveloped.

Income tax should be paid by your employer on your behalf. As usual, the salary should be expected on a monthly basis.

Fun Fact About Tajikistan

One interesting fact about Tajikistan that may intrigue an English teacher is that despite being a landlocked country in Central Asia, Tajikistan is home to more than 140 languages. This linguistic diversity is due to the country’s diverse ethnic groups, such as Tajiks, Uzbeks, Russians, Pamiris, and many others. This fact could spark a discussion on the importance of multiculturalism, language preservation, or the challenges and benefits of having a multilingual society.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Tajikistan


  • Lots of volunteering opportunities
  • The demand for English tuition is growing
  • Your contribution can have a positive impact on the local people


  • Very few jobs advertised
  • Poor infrastructure, healthcare and law enforcement
  • You need to keep up-to-date with any travel warnings issued regarding recent fighting in the region

Comparable Alternatives

1. Latvia

Latvia shares a similar geographic location and cultural heritage with Estonia. It has a rich history, Baltic Sea coastline, and a blend of influences from neighboring countries.

2. Lithuania

Lithuania is another Baltic nation that shares historical and cultural ties with Estonia. It has a similar climate, beautiful landscapes, and a rich folklore tradition.

3. Finland

Although not geographically adjacent to Estonia, Finland shares similarities in terms of culture, history, and language. Both countries have a strong emphasis on education, technology, and nature. Additionally, Finnish and Estonian languages are part of the same Finno-Ugric language family.