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thinking of making the move to Morocco

 
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basbas



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: thinking of making the move to Morocco Reply with quote

I am currently living in Shanghai China and I am getting a little sick of Asia in general. It's not that I haven't enjoyed myself, I have it's just that economic conditions are working against me I feel, rents are sky high and salaries are pretty stagnant...plus my girlfriend is kind of hating China these days and wants to leave...

I am wondering If I can maybe do better in Morocco?

A little bit about me:

I have a masters in philosophy and two tesl certifications (one is kinda junk from oxford seminars 60 hours and the other is a tefl-c online course that a company I worked for had me do which was through colombia university) I have about 5 years experience with both kids and adults...

I speak very good french (my mom is from quebec)

What are peoples opinions of Morocco? Do you like it, what are my prospects? Where is the best place to look for positions because I don't see many postings...What are salaries like and what about cost of living?

thanks

the basman...
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Barbaros



Joined: 18 Aug 2012
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Location: North of France

PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try Casablanca, I think there are some English schools like the American Language Centre, BPEC and American Academy. Also Rabat has some opportunities as well. A Google search will help you find more information about English teaching in Morocco.
Since you speak good French, I think it will be an added bonus for you.

Je pense que les Marocains sont genereux et hospitables.

Bonne Chance.
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is interesting. I knew a man from England who worked in both Morocco and China.
He tried China but left after a year.

I think you would prefer Morocco. The downside is the pay.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's also AMIDEAST in Morocco, but as mentioned, the salaries are lukewarm. But if N. Africa interests you, why not look at other countries in the region instead of limiting yourself to Morocco? Wherever you go, you'd need to check if the laws and culture are liberal enough in order to have your girlfriend stay with you. Also, would you be supporting her or is she TEFL qualified as well?
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I knew a man from England. He lived with a Canadian woman, but they were engaged, so there was no hassle for them to live together in Casablanca.

They got married in Canada after their contracts ended.

But just living with a girlfriend might be frowned on.

Morocco can be conservative. For example when I went to my girlfriend`s house in Rabat, I was only able to meet her brother, but not her mother or sister.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out how restrictive life is there for females ! And..........I suspect that if you are not married to your partner you may have hassle - or worse.
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bythesea



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Morocco would be a beautiful place to work but how will you survive in terms of money?
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mitsui



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that is why I left.
I used to know teachers who had no debts and were teaching in Rabat.
For them, it was fine.

Yes, the pay wasn't good, and I had to work six days a week.
On the plus side, I walked a lot, and ate healthy food and was in good shape.
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Hod



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

scot47 wrote:
Check out how restrictive life is there for females !


I'm not being flippant here, but all my female colleagues in Morocco couldn't have been happier.

This won't sound very PC, but there's no other way to say this. These colleagues weren't unattractive by any means, but then again they wouldn't turn heads walking down a high street in Europe. But every one of them soon had a Moroccan boyfriend. Iíll admit these Moroccan guys were quite good looking and seemed decent enough educated respectable types. In that respect, the females I knew in Morocco had a great time.
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revilo



Joined: 05 Oct 2013
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Location: land of panda gang-bangers

PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 10:12 am    Post subject: Al Akhawayn University Reply with quote

I sent an informal inquiry to AU. Last time I checked, they were looking for someone to teach English Composition/Rhetoric. I guess they have all the ESL instructors they need, but you never know.

From what I've gathered, it's a nice, quiet, temperate area with none of the "attitude" one gets in the Gulf. The downside is pay, but I'm willing to make the adustment if I can stay there a good 5 or 6 years.

In terms of salary, what are we talking here? 1500 to 1800 Euros per month? I taught 6 months in Kuwait and it almost killed me. Peoople jumped ship in spite of fantastic pay. Confused
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1000 Euros would be a high salary in this area. And you cannot just go with your partner. If you are married, maybe.
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revilo



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:55 am    Post subject: China beats Morocco Reply with quote

1000 Euros?!?!? I'm making more than that in China and it's secondary school. That explains why this elderly gent I met in Qassim was clinging onto his job. Poor guy looked like he was at death's door. He spent some time in Casablanca and said it's nothing like the movies.

Life never is...... Neutral
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