Want to Teach English in Morocco?
LanguageCorps in Morocco
There are countless reasons that draw millions of tourists to Morocco each year, all of which make teaching English in Morocco appealing. Historic medinas, the Atlas Mountains, Berber villages, as well as the Sahara desert and both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, all contribute to the incredible variety of attractions the country has to offer. Of course, it’s also conveniently located for travel to western Europe and Spain, should you ever feel the need.
TEFL Certification Program
The four-week training course in Morocco includes 140 hours of classroom time, as well as 10 hours of observed Teaching Practice with local EFL students. The Program includes a combination of workshops, seminars, and demonstrations, and is conducted at our state of the art Training Center in Marrakesh.
The TEFL Certification Program Fee in Marrakesh, Morocco is US$1,795
Teacher Certification Dates
TEFL Course Dates 2018
- 22 January – 16 February
- 4 June – 29 June
- 2 July – 27 July
- 30 July – 24 August
- 12 November – 7 December
TEFL Course Dates 2019
- 21 January – 15 February
- 3 June – 28 June
- 1 July – 26 July
- 5 August – 30 August
- 18 November – 13 December
To ensure placement in the program you desire, we advise applying two to six months prior to your intended start date. Late placements are sometimes possible; please contact us immediately if you are applying less than two months before your desired start date.
Teaching in Morocco
Morocco is full of opportunities for an adventurous ESL teacher. Although the official language is Arabic (with French as a close second) English is rapidly gaining ground. This is due in part to the growing importance of tourism, and increased trade with the EU. English is now required for entrance to universities and for access to the better jobs. Many teachers accept well-paid positions at one of the many private language institutes which are readily found throughout the major cities (Marrakesh, Tangier, Casablanca, etc.). Positions can also be found in smaller coastal towns, as well as in the public sector.
Students in Morocco are highly motivated and willing to work hard. Although most students are teenagers and adults, there are also plenty of opportunities to teach children. Most schools offer a contract for 20-25 hours and many teachers supplement their income by tutoring private students both in person or online. As many schools in Morocco will help you obtain a work visa, the typical contract length is a bit longer: 10-12 months. Some private institutes offer teaching positions that require only a 6 month availability, but this is less common.
Teachers in Morocco get hired year round, there is no specific peak hiring season.
In some cases, it is possible to apply for jobs in Morocco in advance, but most schools will want to interview you in person.
A TEFL, TESOL or CELTA certificate is needed for teaching ESL in Morocco. A 4-year degree is required if you want to apply for a work visa.
Morocco is considered a “break-even” market for ESL teachers. Salaries are modest, but since the cost of living is very low, you should be able to cover your monthly expenses and live comfortably. On average, teachers in Morocco get paid $600-$1000 month, depending on the location, the school, experience, and the amount of hours worked. The cost of living ranges from $600-$900.
Benefits: housing, health insurance and airfare are typically not provided by the employer, although some employers may provide a room for you in lieu of higher wages, either shared or single (usually in an apartment with other teachers).
In addition to the program and housing fees, you will want to plan for airfare, any visa costs, and personal expenses (meals, local transportation, security deposit and first month’s rent on an apartment once you know where you’re working).
Travel For The Program
Most people, including those from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia automatically receive a 90-day tourist visa upon arrival in Morocco. A tourist visa covers the duration of your certification program.
Although not unheard of, it is not common for ESL teachers to work on a tourist visa in Morocco. Most schools will and should help you obtain a work visa, so if a school refuses, you may want to think twice about working for them.
If you are able to secure a job prior to arrival in Morocco, you can apply for a work visa in advance. If you find a job while already in Morocco, you should convert your tourist visa to a work visa. Your hiring school should offer help. Keep in mind that both processes can be time-consuming.
Living in Morocco
Morocco invites millions of tourists each year to explore its culture, religion, and history. The stunning architecture, tile-work, palaces, and mosques draw those who appreciate art and beauty, while the Atlas Mountains, Sahara desert, and Atlantic and Mediterranean seas provide nature lovers the variety they desire. It’s also a perfect location to extend your travel to western Europe and Spain.
The LanguageCorps Training Center in Morocco is located in the city of Marrakesh, home to beautiful mosques, palaces, and gardens. Here you can find lively marketplaces selling traditional textiles, pottery, and jewelery. Although not the capital, it is one of the largest cities in Morocco, and one of the most important. Comprised of an old fortified city and more modern neighborhoods such as Gueliz, it is a major economic center, and an attractive tourist destination.
Rich spices and bold flavors characterize the local cuisine. Couscous is a central part of many meals, cooked with spices, vegetables, nuts and raisins to be a meal in itself, or topped with stews or roasted meats. Lamb is another popular dish, prepared in any number of delicious ways. Meats, fish, and poultry can be grilled, stewed, or otherwise cooked, and enhanced with dried and fresh fruits, nuts, and spices, to create savory dishes that are the envy of North Africa.
The official language spoken in Morocco is Arabic, but most people speak French as well. Some knowledge of the French language will definitely be helpful as many people don’t speak English.
It’s important to understand that Moroccan culture differs quite a lot from American and European culture. We encourage you to embrace the difference, but it’s good to keep a few things in mind. Time is relative in Morocco, so don’t be surprised if your students arrive late. You will most likely encounter some communication barrier as it’s very normal to interrupt someone, while at the same time, direct confrontations are fundamentally wrong. Bring along your message carefully. It is also a good idea to become familiar with local laws.
Business attire is conservative, where it is not formal. Men should wear dark colored pants and nice shirts, or suits. Women must be careful to cover themselves appropriately, in suits, dresses, or pantsuits, which cover the knees and most of the arms. Avoid wearing expensive accessories.
One of the reasons millions of tourists visit Morocco each year, is the abundance of things to see and do. Popular excursions include visiting the Saadian Tombs, which were built for Saadian Sultan Ahmed el-Mansour, or trips to the Majorelle Gardens, with their marble pools, raised pathways, groves of bamboo, and bougainvilleas, are all composed and coloured like a painting. You can also see the Souks – tangled alleys full of craftsmen, working centuries old skills. Or spend a night underneath the stars in the desert!