By Thomas Hollowell

Teaching English in Morocco – The Inside Scoop

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Many wouldn’t leave their home soil in an attempt to work abroad without first having a job in hand – especially if that place is Morocco! The financial burden of the plane ticket alone makes this risky business. Nonetheless, a decade ago, this is exactly what I did. I first started by teaching English. And now, I run a Morocco travel company called Journey Beyond Travel; we arrange private trips for couples, families, and small groups. Here, I’ll share some of my inside knowledge about surviving, working, and thriving in the Kingdom of Morocco.

Coming to Morocco with or without a job in hand is up to you. If you’ve got a healthy combination of time, money, patience, and something of an adventurous spirit, you may consider heading to Morocco to first explore your options. Although slightly more risky, it’s an option that I’ve recommended to a few acquaintances and it’s worked out well for them. This gives you (the new expat) a bit of buffer time to get your bearings before jumping into a position. Ideally, two weeks (minimum) to one month (about perfect) would be a recommended time to first explore the country, learn a bit about the people, see if you can enjoy it (and can hack it), and then begin settling down in perhaps a place of your choice. This month of travel can be done on as little as $800 in total for a budget traveler and closer to $2000 for someone wanting to stay in nicer accommodations while surveying the country. Bring an ATM card (banks are everywhere in Morocco), your passport with more than six months validity (no visa needed for Americans – upon entry mention tourism – not work as your reason of entry) and you are set to go.

In terms of qualifications, any reputable language center or private school is going to require you to have a bachelor’s degree. This degree does not need to be a BA in English. Many travel abroad and work in Morocco with degrees in philosophy, history, political science, or even mathematics. What’s also helpful and something will make you stand out above the crowd are certificates in TEFL, grammar, teaching theory, or even volunteer work that might apply. These certificates do not need to be year or two-year long programs. Well-respected websites offer courses online and in as little as one month or six weeks. You’ll become a grammar whiz soon explaining the subjunctive and future perfect tenses without a pause.

Those with Master’s Degrees might apply to a few universities in Morocco – teaching anything from the humanities to business to film. Specifically those with a Master’s Degree in English, TEFL, or even Education may be more suited to language and academic development centers. Those with teaching degrees and certificates (primary or high school) will benefit when applying to any of the American Schools outlined below.

The cities outlined here can be connected together to form an itinerary giving the traveler a circuitous route to the English-teaching hotspots in the country. Mentioned below is a quick snippet about the region and what schools, language centers, and even universities contract foreign hires. Traveling is best by train (Casablanca connecting to Rabat and Tangier; Casablanca connecting to Meknes, and Fez – an onward to Oujda). The train also connects Casablanca to Marrakesh with bus service continuing onward to Essaouira, Agadir, and farther south.

As a tip, when dialing to Morocco from abroad, dial 00212 (Morocco’s country code) and leave out the first (0). In country, do not dial the country code and dial the first (0). So, +212 (0) 5 28 82 15 89 is dialed 00212 528 82 15 89 outside of Morocco and in country, one would dial 0528 82 15 89.

ALC refers to each respective American Language Center below.

Casablanca

This is Morocco’s busiest, most bustling, and metropolitan, grimy, dirty, fast-paced, and modern city. Life here is more expensive than elsewhere and is much faster paced. For those looking for a big-city experience, malls, good restaurants, and don’t mind the noise and mayhem associated with it, this is your place!

ALC Casablanca

Tel: +212 (0) 522.27.77.65

Email: casa_dir@aca.org.ma

Address: 1 Place de la Fraternité, Casablanca

Director: David Neuses

Amid-East Casablanca

Address: 3, Boulevard Al Massira Al Khadra, Maarif

Phone Numbers: +212 (0) 522 25 93 93 OR +212 (0) 522 25 61 32 OR +212 (0) 522 25 61 58

Website: http://www.amideast.org/morocco

American Academy of Casablanca

*Not to be confused with American School of Casablanca.

British Council

*Mostly hire UK / EU nationals.

Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/morocco

Mohammedia

Located near Casablanca, this beach town is a bit more laid back than the big city.

ALC Mohammedia

Tel: +212 (0) 523 32 68 70

Email: alcmoh@mtds.com

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/alcmohammedia/

Address: Complex Mont Joli, 15 Rue de Sebta 2ème Etage, Appt 15, Mohammedia

Assistant Director: Nadia Kébir

Rabat

A superb town and capital city of Morocco. It is where most administration takes place and is much more laid back and calm when compared to Casablanca. The medina is worth exploring and there are a plethora of good restaurants, good weather, and sites to make living here quite nice.

ALC Rabat

Tel: +212 (0) 537 76 71 03

Email: dir@alcrabat.org

Website: http://www.alcrabat.org

Address: 4 Zankat Tanja, 10000 Rabat

Director: Hal Ott

Amid-East Rabat

Address: 35, zanqat Oukaimeden, Agdal

Tel: +212 (0) 537 67 50 81 / 82 / 75

Website: http://www.amideast.org/morocco

British Council

*Mostly hire UK / EU nationals.

Website: http://www.britishcouncil.org/morocco

L’Université Internationale de Rabat

*This school just opened and seems to be hiring teachers from abroad.

Kenitra

Located just 45 minutes north of Rabat, this town is a up and coming and has some nice surrounding beaches.

ALC Kenitra

Tel: +212 (0) 537 37 66 03

Email: alcken@aca.org.ma

Website: None

Address: 2 Boulevard El Kadissia, 14000 Kenitra

Director: Gary Butzbach

Tangier

Located just a few clicks south of Spain, this border city has some interesting sites to explore and an international feel to it. Lots of businesses are popping up and living here would be interesting.

ALC Tangier

Tel: +212 (0) 539 93 36 16

Email: alctangier@menara.ma

Website: http://www.alctangier.org/

Address: 1 Rue Emsallah, Tangier

Director: Mark Holbrook

American School of Tangier

Website: http://www.theamericanschooloftangier.com/

Tetouan

Located near Tangier, Tetouan is a fun town to explore and small enough to where you’d really get to meet and interact with some locals.

ALC Tetouan

Tel: +212 (0) 539 96 33 08

Email: alctetouan@menara.ma

Website: http://alctetouan.com/

Address: 1 Rue Maarakate Zalaka, Tetouan

Acting Director: Mark Holbrook

Meknes

Hot in the summer and home to the famed Roman ruins of Volubilis, Meknes has a lot to offer without the tourist hustle and bustle of Fez. People are friendly and exploring the medina here is both easily done and rewarding.

ALC Meknes

Tel: +212 (0) 535 52 36 36

Email: alc_mek@menara.ma

Website: http://www.alcmeknes.org/

Address: 4 Bis Rue de Mentons, 50000 Meknes

Director : Kathleen Lance

Fez

One of the most happening tourist cities in Morocco, Fez has a magical and otherworldly feel to it. With an expansive UNESCO-protected old city, its medina dates back to the Middle Ages. Fez is an academic and holy hub in North Africa.

ALC Fes

Tel: +212 (0) 535 62 48 50

Email : alcfes@aca.org.ma

Website: http://alcfezbook.com/

Address: 2 Rue Ahmed Hiba, B P 2136, 30000 Fes

Director: David Amster

American School Fes

Website: http://www.americanschoolfes.com/

Oujda

Located right next to Algeria, this city has little appeal, but its environs are worth exploring. The train goes here so getting anywhere else in country isn’t that hard.

American Language Center

Website: http://tinyurl.com/alc-oujda

Ifrane

Located in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Ifrane is a special place that sees four seasons a year. Forests, rocky trails, and villages abound. It’s tranquil, quiet, and a great place to meet locals and other families. It’s a resort-type town for Moroccans, but still small enough to enjoy.

Al Akhawayn University

Lots of options here, so see more below.

Website: http://www.aui.ma/en/

Al Akhawayn School of Ifrane

This is the ‘American’ style school overseen by the university. It has switched hands from French to the American system of education and now remains American in its curriculum.

Marrakesh

The most-visited city in Morocco, Marrakesh has a magical ring and is a special place to call home. It does average above 110-degrees in the summer, but winters are mild, cool, and even warm. Many expats live here and it has a plethora of restaurants, shops, and more to keep one busy.

ALC Marrakesh

Tel: +212 (0) 524 44 72 59

Email: alcmarr@aca.org.ma

Website: http://alcmarrakesh.com

Address: 3 Impasse du Moulin, Gueliz, 40000 Marrakesh

Director : Jordan Earl

American School of Marrakesh

Website: http://asm.ac.ma/

Fulbridge: English for professionals: tourism, hospitality, spa & business

Website: http://fulbridge.com/

They organise monthly free teacher training days for English teachers of the private and public sector.

Idealog Language School

Website: http://www.idealog.ma/

Center for Language and Culture

Website: http://www.clcmorocco.org/

Agadir

A sunny place most of the year, Agadir has some appeal in that it is somewhat laid back and right on the beach. This is a great place for water sports and surfing.

American Language Center

Tel: +212 (0) 5 28 82 15 89 or +212 (0) 5 28 82 04 63

Email: alcagad@menara.ma

Website: http://alcagadircenter.blogspot.com/

Address: Ave. des Nations-Unies, Cité Suisse, Agadir

Director: Lu-Ann Hassanin

German Language Institute – LIAL

Offers English language courses as well.

Website: http://www.lial-agadir.com

As one can see, there is plenty of American Language Centers (ALC) in Morocco from which you can choose. Salaries and hours given to new teachers will always vary. Introducing yourself via email before arriving to any of these institutions is recommended since this will mean you can meet with the director.

Official American Schools in Morocco are elite institutions and it’s best to be hired for these schools outside of the country. Some teachers are hired on the ground, but salaries can be lower since you are considered a ‘local hire.’

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco is also an elite establishment and will do most of their hiring of Master’s Degree holders and above the phone and at fairs in the States. The Language Center teachers work 20-25 in-class hours per week with plenty of meetings, while CAD (Center for Academic Development) works 12-15 in-class hours per week with less meetings. All contracts are negotiable, as no clear scale exists, so bargain well. Other schools on campus hire also hire from abroad, so look into all of their departments. If you do get offered a contract, request a heated apartment on campus or at the residences near the Ifrane School (or in the center of town) as a part of the deal in writing. If not, you may get stuck at a not-so-nice apartment at the poorly located Best Western complex. Ifrane can see up to six months a year of snow and rain in the winter, so heat is a big issue for both single and family occupants. Apartments are not insulated. Nights commonly dip below zero. Ask to speak with current professors about their job and what’s involved before signing on the dotted line.

In other areas of the country, such as in the region of Erfoud, Errachidia, and Merzouga, English teaching is very limited. There are some volunteer opportunities in the area, but not regular jobs. Moreover, other areas such as Ouarzazate, Zagora, Taroudant, Tafrout, and Essaouira also offer limited opportunities to teach, although they are amazing places to travel.

Thomas Hollowell is a travel writer and business owner. He has been published in various magazines at home and abroad and has four books to his name. Learn more about Morocco travel at http://www.journeybeyondtravel.com and follow and get off of the beaten path!

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48 comments on “Teaching English in Morocco – The Inside Scoop

  1. Reshma Motin

    Hi I am currently working full time in a primary school and I am wanting to know if it is possible to have some work experience in the summer holidays in morocco preferably Agadir. Could you please let me know how to go about this?

    Thank you

    Reshma

    Reply
  2. Maggie

    Hi! Would anyone who has lived in Morocco be able to give me some advice on languages? I’m a bilingual Spanish/English speaker but I have absolutely no French or Arabic. Would I be able to get by in cities in the north speaking Spanish?
    Thanks so much! 🙂

    Reply
  3. Dominique

    Thanks for the informative page. I’m interested in finding out more about opportunities at the university level. I have a BA, MA and am all but dissertation in my PhD in Energy & Environmental Policy. I’m already a French speaker, but educated stateside (despite a French father and American mom). Are most university courses taught in English? Are there other major universities to consider? Should one approach the university directly or concentrate more on responding to job postings? With an MA and some doctoral work is a TEFL certificate also recommended? Also, where would you recommend one concentrate her efforts should I be interested in learning Arabic while abroad? Thanks in advance for any info you might share. Also, I’d love an add to your mailing list. Thanks!

    Reply
  4. Ivana

    Thank you for all the great information, I’m currently attending TEFL course and I’m planing to move to Morocco. Please keep me informed for further vacancies.

    Reply
  5. Hassan Rashid

    Hi, great article, if there are any further opportunities available in Morocco could you email me thanks, being a newly qualified teacher, i am finding it hard to find a reasonable job abroad, i am a native English speaker from England, have a CELTA and a BA degree

    my email; hassan-rashid123@live.co.uk

    Reply
    1. Ayesha

      Salaam Hassan

      Did you manage to find a job in Morocco? If so, do you have any tips that you could share?

      I’m in the same situation newly qualified CertTESOL with a BAhons degree.

      Thanks

      Reply
  6. Jessica Freeland

    Dear TEFL Jobs Admin,
    I would like to thank you for posting this insightful article on teaching English in Morocco and would appreciate if you could include the Center for Modern Languages (CML) in the list of major language centers in Rabat.
    The Center for Modern Languages (CML), Rabat’s largest center dedicated to teaching English as a Foreign Language. We have year-around programs for all levels in General English & business English as well a children program and an active cultural activity calendar.
    We are currently accepting resumes from native English speakers with a TEFL certification. We are seeking individuals who have a passion for teaching who can commit to stay in Rabat for at least one academic year.
    For more information, please visit our web site at http://www.cmlrabat.com. Please submit your resume in MS Word or PDF Format to jobs@cmlrabat.com.

    Best wishes, Jessica

    Reply
  7. Oussama Elkadiri

    Hi,

    I got a few questions and was hoping that you can help me out. So Is having a degree a must? Would a 2 year diploma be fine in landing a teaching job in Morocco?

    I am originally from Morocco and been living in Canada for about 18 years now. Fluent in both english and arabic darejeya and was planning on getting the TEFL Online certificate. With that being said, what would be my chances of landing a job and preferably in Tangier?

    Thank you very much in adavance

    Reply
  8. Andrew P

    Hi

    I’m Irish, 23, and I’m a languages Grad with 2 years Teaching experience in France and Austria. I have a degree and will soon have a TEFL cert too.

    I’m going to Vietnam for a year in July but plan on visiting Marrakesh in the summer and would be interested in getting regular emails about job offers so would like to be added to your email list as I’d consider doing this next year.

    My email’s apjpisared@gmail.com

    Cheers

    Andrew

    Reply
  9. Nadira

    Hi I am a qualified tefl teacher holding a 150hour masters.

    I very much want to teach in Morocco and I am available immediately.

    However I do not hold a bachelors degree yet.

    Would it be possible to put me into contact with someone who can assist me with placement.

    Thanks and Regards
    Nadira

    Reply
  10. Lisa Cross

    Hello, Am looking to refresh my English language skills with a TEFOL or similar course. Will be in Morocco to visit a friend in March, so though to study there. What are the more reputable schools? Kind Regards, Lisa

    Reply
  11. Joanne

    I would like to teach in Agadir preferably part time at first. I have a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Education and Professional development plus a TEFL certificate. What is the best route to go, I am English.

    Reply
  12. Israel Morales

    Hi,

    I’m an American male with a degree in English and a TEFL certificate. I’m excited about the prospects of working in Morocco, and I’m hoping to find a job as a teacher very soon. I’d like to be added to the TEFL teacher mailing list; I’d greatly appreciate it.

    Best,
    Israel

    Reply
  13. Daniel Cook

    Hello,
    Great article, very helpful having a lot of these contact listings at hand. I’m interested in coming to Morocco this Fall. I am just curious which school translates into the best options for employment. It seemed to me the best courses were offered through ALC, AMIDEAST, and Language House. I was just looking for some feedback as to the best options for program and employment help afterwards. I recently graduated with my Bachelors degree, also just returned from a whirlwind tour of Morocco and I can’t wait to get back. I want to do at least a 120 hr certification. Is the only hiring time in Morocco in the Fall? Also, What is the average pay to shoot for as a new teacher with proper certification and some college level tutoring experience? Sorry for such a long thread I just have so many questions and time is limited. Please add me to your list, Inshallah.
    Sincerely
    Daniel

    Reply
  14. Lucy

    Hi,

    Thanks for a very useful article. I have just returned from six months in Fes (artistic break), and am planning to go back in september armed with my new TEFL certificate. I am British, have a UK degree, conversational french, and would like to teach on-to-one privately.

    Do you have any advice on obtaining the appropriate visa for this? Is it legal to work on the 90 day tourist visa? Without being employed directly by a language school I am worried obtaining the usual work visa and 1-year residency permit might be difficult.

    Any suggestions appreciated!

    Reply
  15. Ahmed Sissou

    Hi,
    I’ve just got a cetificate of proficiency in TEFL from the ALC of Marrakesh, and I moved to Tangier hoping to find a job there. Add me, please, to your mailing list.

    Best regards,
    Ahmed
    My email is: sissou.ahmed@gmail.com

    Reply
  16. Jane Lee

    Hi Thomas! I have a Bachelor or arts (environment) and also a TEFL and I can speak conversational French. I am looking at trying out a stint in Morocco and really appreciate this page that you have created! I will try to follow up with some of the email addresses that you have provided, thank you, and would also love to be added to the mailing list if possible.

    Reply
  17. Alain

    Subject: Advertising

    Good Afternoon, We are structuring a new school in Morocco and we are looking for teachers to come and work abroad. How should we proceed in order to advertise on your site, to find what we are looking for and proceed to with our recruitment. Many Thanks A.C

    Reply
    1. Cynthia Sims

      Hi Alain, my name is Cynthia Nicolle and I am moving to Morocco later this week in hopes of teaching English. I hope you are still looking for teachers because I am very interested. My email is simscn1@gmail.com and I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for your time!

      Reply
      1. Jocelyn

        Hi Alain, I am a native English speaker with a CELTA qualification in teaching ESL, and I am hoping to move to Morocco to teach. Please let me know if you are still looking for qualified teachers. My email address is jocelyn.t.edwards@gmail.com. Best, Jocelyn

        Reply
    2. Eric Leonard

      Alain, I will be moving to Morocco in July and looking to teach English. I am a native English speaker with a university degree and TESOL certification, my email is eric3len@isp.ca. If you are still looking for teachers please get in touch and perhaps we can chat. Thank you

      Reply
    3. Maher

      Hi Alain, I am a CELTA qualified native English speaker currently teaching ESL in London, and I am hoping to move to Morocco to teach.I also speak and write Arabic. Please let me know if you are still looking for qualified teachers. My email address is mazm222@yahoo.com

      Many thanks
      Maher

      Reply
    4. Israel Morales

      Hello Alain,

      My name is Israel Morales. I’m a twenty-four year old American male with a passion for learning, discovering, and teaching. I was born and raised in a rich, vibrant, and multi-cultural south Floridian community where I received most of my education. I realized that I enjoyed learning and studying too much too devote myself to a career that would have likely involved otherwise. With these interests in mind, I know that my passion for learning could easily be turned into enthusiasm and energy for teaching at an institution like yours–this is what I am currently focusing on. I earned a Bachelor’s in English and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign language, to meet these goals. Now that a major part of my formal education is behind me, I would really like to start teaching what I currently know and what I hope to continue learning. I am bilingual speaker of English and Spanish, and I am currently a beginner level French speaker.

      Best,
      Israel
      CV and cover letter provided upon request.

      Reply
  18. Geri

    Hi Jon,

    Thank you so much for this great information on Morocco. Please add me to your list for information on teaching opportunities there.

    I am a native English speaker with a degree in teaching and a Canadian TESL cerificate. I have taught EFL in the US and abroad. Could you please tell me what people with similar qualifications charge for private tutoring in Morocco?

    I have tutored people in general and business English for large companies at their offices. Could you please tell me what large companies in Morocco would be good to contact to offer this service?

    Thank you very much,

    Geri

    Reply
    1. TEFL Jobs World

      Hi Geri,

      Thanks for your comments! I’ve added you to our TEFL jobs mailing list.

      For answers to your questions you need to contact Thomas Hollowell (the author of this article), who’s details can be found at the bottom of the article.

      Best wishes,

      Jon.

      Reply
  19. Oussama Elkadiri

    Hi,

    Thank you for the insightful article. I found it to be very informative. My name is Oussama and I have a diploma in Accounting from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. I am planning on taking a TEFL English course pretty soon. I am originally from Morocco so I was wondering what are my chances of finding work in say Tangier for teaching English. Thanks for the help.

    Reply
  20. Zacharya F.

    Hi,

    Thank you very much for this informative and supportive page for the TESL program in Morocco particularly. It would much appreciated if you could add my email address to your mailing list for more details and updates. Thanks in advance.

    Regards.

    Reply
  21. Katie Andrew

    Hello! I would also like to be added to your mailing list for teaching opportunities.
    Also, is there a good forum, facebook page, something dedicated to English teachers (or young expats in general) teaching in Marrakech?
    Thanks for this article, it’s so helpful!

    Reply
    1. TEFL Jobs World

      Hi Katie,

      I’ve added you to our mailing list.

      I’m not sure about a forum for teachers in Marrakesh, but perhaps someone else can comment here and let you know.

      Best wishes,

      Jon.

      Reply
  22. Lindsay

    Hello

    My husband and I are thinking of moving to Morocco. He is a Moroccan national so moving there and getting started wouldn’t be difficult in that way for us. I have a diploma in Early Childhood Education from a Canadian College, do you think I would find it somewhat easy to find a job in Morocco with that?

    Reply
    1. TEFL Jobs World

      Hi Lindsay,

      I’d imagine being a native speaker and having a diploma in Early Childhood Education will stand you in good stead for finding English teaching work in Morocco.

      Reply
  23. Leah Painvin

    As Chaymmaa requested, could I also be added to you Mailing list for teaching positions in Morocco?

    Great article to read, planning on moving to Morocco in April 2014 so was very helpful.

    Is there many opportunities for private tutoring too? Thank you!

    Reply
    1. TEFL Jobs World

      Dear Leah, we’ve added you to our TEFL teacher mailing list.

      There are private tutoring opportunities, however you need to be safety conscious. Always conduct classes in public areas and let a friend know of your intentions. It’s best to be recommended private clients rather than advertise for them yourself.

      Reply
  24. Thank you, please update Marrakech

    Dear Jon,

    First, thank you for including us in this webpage. Although we are a small centre, we aim to become the benchmark for quality teaching.

    We would be grateful if you could update our details as follows: fulbridge: English for professionals: tourism, hospitality, spa & business

    Also, please be aware that the ALC Marrakech director you mention here has moved on to open the Moroccan Center for Language and Culture which you mention.

    Other centers include Al Alamia and Keep Smart Institute.

    There is also a Instituto Cervantes de Marrakech, teaching spanish of course http://marrakech.cervantes.es.

    Thank you again for linking to us, and

    Reply
      1. TEFL Jobs World

        Hi Michael, thanks for getting in touch.

        I’ve updated the information for you.

        Please get in touch when you’re recruiting for TEFL teachers as we’d be happy to offer you a free job ad.

        Best wishes,

        Jon

        Reply
  25. Sara AbouL

    Mr. Jon D thanks for showing the good image of my country Morocco.

    Mr. Richard M I wish you the best in Oujda where I’m living at the moment!

    Reply
  26. Richard Martin

    Bravo, great comprehensive list for schools in Morocco! I’m the director of the newly opened ALC in Oujda. We’ve been open only a year and already have nearly a 1000 students. Oujda is changing quickly. It is a good place for someone who is not interested in a touristic town, as Oujda is nearly 100 percent Moroccan. It is still charming to be a foreigner here and a teacher has a good chance of developing authentic friendships with Moroccans.

    You are certainly welcome to list my email and our address.

    Email: alcoujda@aca.org.ma

    45 Bd Mohammed VI
    Oujda, Morocco,
    0536503594

    Best regards,
    Richard Martin
    American Language Center, Oujda
    Director

    Reply
    1. Jon Duckett

      Thanks for the positive comments Richard, it’s certainly a very useful article.

      If you’re looking to recruit teachers, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we’ll put some ads out for you.

      Jon Duckett
      Director
      info@tefljobsworld.com

      Reply

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