Teaching English in Tunisia

Teaching English in Tunisia

Tunisia Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Tunis, Sousse$800 – $2000

Many people love traveling there but those who decide to teach English in Tunisia 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?
YesYes1-2 Years

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 Tunisia 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.

Where applicable, income tax is normally paid monthly by your employer (although many teachers are paid in cash). You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract. Note that many employers are unreliable when it comes to payday.

Fun Fact About Tunisia:

One interesting fact about Tunisia that may be of interest to an English teacher is that it is considered to be a hub for literary and intellectual movements in the Arab world. Tunisia has a rich literary heritage, producing renowned authors such as Tahar Ben Jelloun, Abdelwahab Meddeb, and Amina SaΓ―d. In addition, the country has a high literacy rate, with a strong emphasis on education, and has been recognized for its efforts in promoting reading and literature among its population.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Tunisia

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • 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