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Teaching in Cairo - Help please!

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mitzka
5/13/2014 01:08 EST

Hi!
I'm looking to move to Cairo later in the year and am trying to find information about teaching there but am finding this very difficult. There is so much conflicting information on the internet and I really just don't know where to start, i.e. who to contact, what I need to do, etc...
Has anyone had experience with this?
I am a fully registered teacher in New Zealand and have been doing supply the last 2yrs in London.

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biscaynebay
5/13/2014 11:39 EST

Presently am teaching in a large international school in New Cairo. Pay is decent, housing allowance adequate and my students are good. There are many international schools, a large Briitsh school in Al Rehab, CAC in Maadi and surrounding area; most require a teacihing certificate , and experience.
hope this helps.

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mitzka
5/14/2014 01:02 EST

Thanks Biscaynebay, that's good to know. I have my NZ teaching degree and taught here fulltime for 4yrs before doing 2yrs of supply in London. Am also just wondering how to go about even applying for jobs, ie. directly through schools or through some type of agency, etc... Was hoping to find some sort of organisation that could help me through this process as well as anything else I may need to do as I have read about a variety of different certificates that might be required...

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pixiecat
5/17/2014 02:25 EST

I teach in an international school. You would have been better to have applied for a job whilst you were in the UK. The best I can suggest is that you contact schools once you get here.
It is hard now for schools to get work permits and I know that with our school the ministry won't give a work permit unless you have been teaching for 3 years. There are other schools where they can possibly get around that. It depends who those on charge know. There are many language schools that would employ a notive English speaker but I would advise that you don't go near them. Have you checked through the TES jobs section. There may still be schools that need teachers for the next academic year. You are better to be employed by a school before you come out here as they will look after you, find you flats and sort out all the paper work.

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mitzka
5/17/2014 06:14 EST

Thanks for your reply pixiecat.
I hadn't thought about teaching in Egypt while I was in the UK as I only visited while on the way home to NZ.
I was hoping to find agencies/organisations, much like in the UK, who helped you through the process but am finding there is not much out there for Egypt so I think you're right I may just have to apply once there...not the most ideal... :S
I haven't looked on TES but thank you for the advice, I'll look into it :)

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janetmomo
5/17/2014 10:55 EST

Hi there are quite a few expat sites on Facebook for teachers in Cairo. Do you have any particular area of Cairo you want to live? Janet

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mitzka
5/18/2014 01:11 EST

Hi Janet, just got your pm thanks, will have a look on FB in a moment :)
No particular area in mind although an Egyptian friend had recommended a couple areas which I haven't got on me right at this moment..

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pixiecat
5/20/2014 12:50 EST

Most schools will have got their staffing by now. You may be lucky in that someone doesn't turn up at the end of August but do check out the TES. Just take care which school you apply to!

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pixiecat
5/20/2014 12:50 EST

Most schools will have got their staffing by now. You may be lucky in that someone doesn't turn up at the end of August but do check out the TES. Just take care which school you apply to!

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applecrumble
5/24/2014 13:12 EST

Hi
Why don't you try the British Council? Are you qualified to teach TEFL?

Or you can try the international schools. I imagine with the social unrest, teachers have left.

You can try the large language school chains like INternational House, AMIDeast, Saxon, Nordanglia if they are there. Or look on TEfl.com and Daveseslcafe.com

Google international schools.

Steer clear of language school which are not certified.

I spent two years teaching in Alexandria through a British agent who contracted me out to a government school.

Good luck

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ashton
5/25/2014 00:38 EST

I can only help with Cairo school .
Maadi British international school ,you have a non Egyptian passport to go to this school ,it's a primary and middle school .mainly oil ,banking ,gas,and embassy kids .i think it pays the most .
New Cairo international school , mostly expat kids ,also good pay this primary to 18 years .
Modern English school ( lots of other similar names so make sure you get the right one )also in new Cairo ,this is mainly Egyptian ,
British school of rehab city , mainly Egyptian less pay than the others .
British international school of Cairo ,in 6th October . Don't know anyone at this one .
These are the most popular schools with good reputations they all have web sites .the teacher are all foreign mainly Brits ,new Zealand ,south African .mainly with uk schooling experience or teaching in uk system in other international schools .good luck

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ashton
5/25/2014 00:38 EST

I can only help with Cairo school .
Maadi British international school ,you have a non Egyptian passport to go to this school ,it's a primary and middle school .mainly oil ,banking ,gas,and embassy kids .i think it pays the most .
New Cairo international school , mostly expat kids ,also good pay this primary to 18 years .
Modern English school ( lots of other similar names so make sure you get the right one )also in new Cairo ,this is mainly Egyptian ,
British school of rehab city , mainly Egyptian less pay than the others .
British international school of Cairo ,in 6th October . Don't know anyone at this one .
These are the most popular schools with good reputations they all have web sites .the teacher are all foreign mainly Brits ,new Zealand ,south African .mainly with uk schooling experience or teaching in uk system in other international schools .good luck

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CasualCairo
5/25/2014 04:00 EST

Regarding the British Council - I recently met a couple of foreign teachers from the BC Heliopolis (can't speak about the Agouza location) that are pretty unhappy with their working conditions. They have to work in the evenings and their days off are Sunday and Monday, leaving them zero time to socialize with people outside the BC. If that is OK with you, then it is probably an OK place to work, but if you are single and hoping to have a "life" outside of work, it's crappy conditions. ;(

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CasualCairo
5/25/2014 04:13 EST

Was just looking at Face Book and one of my friends posted a link to a new service in Cairo to hook teachers up with appropriate schools. I think this may be just what you are looking for. Check it out - http://sympo.co/recruiting/

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zahra24980
7/17/2014 05:28 EST

Internationa Birtish School in Maadi are looking for a teacher to teach year 5 and one for year 6. Native speaker desirable however opportunity for all. must have a degree and experience.

Email and contact details: amr@albashaerschools.net
Mr. Amr Said

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Cairokey
4/29/2018 12:13 EST

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