Hi Mauny, Yes there is a foreign community in Algeria. Mainly based in Algiers or working in the desert for oil companies. I would be moving, for professional reasons to Algiers with the family and I was looking for English speakers (mainly for the kids). Might be worthwhile we get in touch?
To Milanese. Thanks for the response. I was beginning to give up hope! Yes I'd really like to keep in touch...I have so many questions. Perhaps you would like to email me direct? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
My husband has the possibility of being relocated to Algeria for work in the fall, and we are trying to get a feel for Algiers (in terms of safety, life as an expat, things to do, etc.) before we make our final decision.
I was wondering if anyone would have the time to answer a few questions. Thanks in advance!
1. I've been reading a lot of street crime, etc. How safe is Algiers, in your opinion? (I'm a blonde, very "evident" foreigner. Also, we will have a three month old baby by then as well.).
2. Related to the above, how livable is Algiers for foreigners? Are there specific neighborhoods that you would recommend to live in? Do most expats live in houses or flats?
3. Are there restaurants and pubs that are nice and safe to go to in the evenings? What about other types of recreation? Are there sporting clubs, gyms, parks, and/or other types of recreation facilities in Algiers?
4. What about the expat social scene in Algiers? Are there many foreigners at the moment? Do you feel that there is a "community" of expats, or do people largely stick to themselves?
I just came across your message .... after spending months trying to find anyone in a similar position to myself. I am originally from Holland but have spend 12 years in England. I will probably be moving to Algiers in the near future ( september 2005) and would like to know that there are other foreigners outthere. My husband is Algerian which explains our move. I have visited Algeria over the last few years and we have family there. I would be happy to e mail you directly or anyone else out there. have you moved there since your last message ?
We just recently returned from Algeria after 7 months living in the Djujura mountains- a huge Berber region and about 14km from Tizi Ouzou. I loved it! Obviously there are some down sides like poor infrastructure, no cash points or credit card facilities, luxury items are at a premium, garbage collection ... 'what's a litter bin?'! Frustrations with general local government/banking admin matters...everything in triplicate, come back tomorrow attitude. Customer Services? Where?!
Also there are some areas that I didn't particularly like and didn't feel particularly comfortable, but I'd say this is true of most countries including my own...England. However, while we were there we saw evidence of great changes ahead. e.g. government just closed a deal to bring in French contractors to implement refuse/rubbish collection schemes! Plans for cash points in the future... how soon, er... who knows. At least the will is there!
On the whole I found Algeria a beautiful place; a land of contrasts from scorchingly hot, dry, arid desert to pleasant lush green olive groves to freezing cold snow covered mountains (2 metres of snow recently) great for skiing! It has breathtaking views, wonderful historical sites and great beaches. Juicy, mouthwatering, rich and colourful fruits and vegetables -plentiful and cheap and REAL! Most important of all, generally lovely friendly people who go out of their way to make you feel welcome.
Despite fairly recent legislation stating that Arabic would replace French as the spoken and administrative language of the country I found that French is still used widley in all circles including official departments. A little English is spoken (though it wouldn't get you very far) and of course the younger ones like to practise what they've learnt at school...
I was surprised by the amount of foreigners living and working there, both in Algiers and the more remote areas, Then there seems to be a steady all year round stream of expat Algerians returning with their 'foreign' wives/husbands and children for their annual holidays. So much so that during August and September, the area where we were living turned into a kind of mini tourist resort not unlike something I've found in the South of france! Spanish, Itallians, French, Swiss, Germans...it became a kind of mini Europe! After they leave things quickly return to normal. School, work, fields, olives...Aahhh heaven!
In terms of security (which seems to be foremost in everyone's mind -as it was for me). There were a few scary moments in remote areas when approaching checkpoints for example (always that niggle 'is this a genuine checkpoint?') It was also a little disconcerting constantly seeing security forces everywhere with their weapons. However, I guess it depends where you are coming from...if someone lives in a country where police are armed as a matter of course then it won't have the same effect, regardless of the reason I soon got used to it all. Once I had been there a couple of weeks most of my initial fears had gone and I quickly settled in. I was once invited with my husband to the local town's police chief's office. He wanted to ask how I had found things and I guess to give me some friendly advice. He agreed that the area was enjoying some relatively new found peace but warned against being too complacent. That because I was blonde and a foreigner I should take some precautions like not going out of my local area after dark always travel with someone when going into strange areas. Anyway, after espresso he and his staff bade us bon journey and waved us off!
There are still the occasional explosion and so on but nothing like on the scale of the past years. We just hope that things continue to improve in terms of infrastructure and safety so that we can make long term plans to settle there.
I hope this has been some help please email me at my personal address if there is anything specific that I might be able to help you with or if you would like to stay in touch. I would love to hear how it goes for you.
I moved to Algiers in July 2004 for a 3 years contract. Despite being originally from Algeria, as everyone, we had some fears on going back to the country and practical questions about the scolarship of the kids raised. I was suprised to find many french shools and an English school following the UK system. My kid go then to the English shool once week in order to to forget hi senglish and to the french school. Many foreign communities exist in Algiers and tend to leave in some area like Hydra, Golf, ElBiar...etc. I will be very happy to help anyone who wnat to have some information and I can be contacted via email: email@example.com
I was happy to find you replied to my message. I have sent a message to your e mail adress not sure if you've received it. I would like to keep in touch so we can exchange practical information and hot tips. Dutch
hi everybody im happy to find a page like this and hope to get some information :-) my husband is gonna work for a telecommunication company in algiers.so i visited with him last week algiers and was unfortunately very desperated. after 2 days of driving arround we finally find an international preschool for our son(he is gonna be 4 in august).
but im still not very happy with this preschool,is there any other possibility for englishspeaker kids?
so im not working and i was also very sad not to find any nice coffeeshops ,im addicted to coffee!
however my first impression of algiers was disappointing.we also didnt make it to look for some place to live.but we are gonna make it in the next few weeks. is there any real state agency that you would recommend us???
we are germans and i was expecting to get some informations from the german embassy which unfortunatelly was not possible because we didnt make an appointment in advance.:-(
i would be very happy about any information from you and hope to see you in algiers
p.s. is there any" international womens club" ? p.p.s. my direct email adress is " firstname.lastname@example.org"
i have to move to annaba in algeria for 2 years this september. i was mainly worried about what my partner would do over there ...does anyone know if there are atleast opportunities to teach english over there ?
Also, salary would be around 2.5 million dinars after tax per annum with furnished accomodation and all utilities paid for ... how good / bad is this?
I am South African, my Husband is Algerian and although I have visited Algeria for holidays before it has always been for very short visits. This year we are planning to visit for 3 months and I would love to get some more information on organisations or groups I can meet up with that are Expats or Speak English only because I hardly speak any French or Algerian just yet and I would like to make the most of my visit. Any information would be much appreciated.
this messdage for maunt Hi, i need you help, i am an algerian backgroud but left algeria 23 years agao.My question is any english school in algiers.I am trying to relocate to oran because i am from there but i gill go to algiers if only english school there. I live in sydney. Thanks and a lot and wait for you response please on email@example.com.
hi milanese I need to know if they have high school in algiers.please i trying to move in janabuary as you know the smmer finish in december here in australia. Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you can :)
We might move from Italy to Algeria next year, and my biggest concern is a school for my kid, she is 4, and I am looking for an english school or italian school, so please help me to get informations. thanks in advance
Dear Mauny, How lovely it was to see such a positive review of Algeria. You're right there are some bizarre things to get used to but it's a beautiful country with some lovely people and if you're still interested, it would be nice to keep in touch with a fellow blond, blue eyed, pale skinned English girl!!
There are plentyof English speakers in Algiers and plenty of native English speakers, both American and British. There are also many English schools, increasing the number of Algerians speaking English. For muslim ladies there is a very good network of British and American expats but no matter what your nationality, we all help each other and so it's not lonely atall and coffee with an English speaker is a real opportunity to get things off your chest!!! If you are female and want to keep in touch, drop me a line. If you are male with questions, I will do my best to help through this forum.
hello , how are you ? hope you are fine . I am Bill , I live in Algeria , it is my country , I speak arabic , english and french. So if you need any help in Algeria , I can help you . hope to hear from you . e-mail : email@example.com
hi there, are you looking for an English speaking from Algeria or just get in touch with expat..... anyway i am Algerian and i can help maybe. yes there are expats in Algeria mostly in the south oil and Gaz .. ..for the other question i need more details about your needs... good luck
When a woman from Malaysia married a man from Algeria, they needed to decide where to live. She considered living in Algeria, but ultimately convinced him to move to Malaysia. She shares her eye-opening experiences in the beautiful Berber Mountains and Algiers - where they continue to visit regularly!
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