Like in many other countries in the world, it is possible to get an ESL teaching job in Libya. Here are a few tips to secure a job in a Libyan University.
The requirements to be hired as an ESL teacher in Libya are quite easy to meet, including for non native speakers and newly qualified teachers who may not have a lot of experience, that plus the fact that there are more job offers than candidates makes Libya an option worth considering. On top of that the salary package is really interesting for expats and will allow you to live comfortably and even save some money.
To apply for a job in Libya, you will need:
You can apply even if:
Finding a job is actually fairly easy as the demand for ESL teachers in Libya is very high. If someone likes your CV you may not even have to go through an interview. However getting appointed for the job can be a long and sinuous road through the chaotic Libyan administration.
Once you have found the position that interests you and you have been accepted by the Head of Department a long process to appoint you for the job starts.
You must realise that in Libya the administration is in total chaos: there is no logical structure in place yet many people in many different offices will need to look through your application and clear it before it is completely approved. In the meantime you wait and you follow things up regularly otherwise your file gets forgotten.
Once you have been approved for the position, the university will refer you to the Ministry of Labour where your application will once more be looked into. If you are cleared to work in Libya, the university will start the process of getting you visas. At first you will get work visas which will later be exchanged for Residence Permit (Iqama) after the probation period is over (usually 3 months).
During those 3 months, you will work as usual but it will take about 4 months to sign your contract. Without a contract you cannot get your Iqama, you cannot get your salaries either. Every month until then the university issue you an advance, which amounts to about half your salary. Same for all the benefits such as accommodation allowance and settling in bonus, you will only receive those after the contract is signed.
As an expat your salary starts from about 4000 Libyan Dinars (LYD) for a basic 1 year contract (renewable easily on consent). On top of that you receive:
Life is Libya is pretty cheap with many life essential heavily subsidised and therefore almost completely free (water, bread, gas, petrol) so your salary will stretch quite far. Once you have paid your rent, there are no bills here so really what you get is what you keep.
In Libya there are many opportunities to get a high paying job which doesn’t require too much work and that you can apply for even with a weak CV. Since the end of the revolution of 2011, the country is changing and slowly beginning to organise itself and when everything is in place it will be harder to get a job here. People with a sense of adventure should make a move now that possibilities are almost endless.
Find more information on Libya and working abroad in our series of expat interviews in the Middle East, Finding a job after earning your TEFL Certificate abroad and Guide to Finding a Job Abroad.
By Jameela, a French expat in Libya after having spent 10 years in England and Wales. Read more about her life and travels abroad in her expat interview and at www.diaryofaserialexpat.com.
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