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danmbob



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:16 am    Post subject: Intl unit Grand Bassam Côte Ivoire Reply with quote

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Dedicated



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any job in the Cote d'Ivoire is not for the faint-hearted. I have a close friend currently working in the US Embassy in Abidjan and was invited for a holiday there last year.

The US embassy personnel are prohibited from travelling at night outside Abidjan because Cote d'Ivoire is classed as ' Critical for Crime' and all types of crime including violent gun crime are prevalent. Half the population lives on less than $2 a day and all foreigners stick out like a sore thumb. It is still very unstable following the 2010/2011 post electoral crisis which caused over 3,000 deaths.

In March 2016, there was an Al-Qaeda attack on beach hotels in Grand Bassam and 16 were killed, including 4 Europeans. Thy are expecting further attacks. The current atmosphere is very tense and threatening.

Grand Bassam is actually the home to a UNESCO World Heritage site with its former French colonial capital buildings.

As for the university, I only passed in front of the campus, but in June 2015 it had only 400 students. It is a non-profit American university, opened in 2007, and therefore a possible terrorist target.

It is often used by scammers offering jobs, so do tread carefully, and don't send any money.
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phonologist



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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 5:59 am    Post subject: Ivory COast Reply with quote

The job posting I saw--on Profs Abroad--required a PhD.
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sirius black



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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is the pay?
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ISSAKAB



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PostPosted: Wed May 11, 2016 12:27 pm    Post subject: University Grand Bassam Reply with quote

I was in Cote d'Ivoire in 2014 and last year. Last year was noticeable for more night time activity - people on the streets, traders selling things. So life is returning to normal after the civil war.
Anywhere is a potential terrorist target.
Grand Bassam is a holiday resort and day trip destination from Abidjan, at week ends, public holidays the beaches are busy, there's a few hotels from budget to swanky.
Cote d'Ivoire is a West African country now attracting a lot of investment. A major producer of cocoa, coffee and so on Abidjan is a huge port of strategic importance for the region. It's one of the more prosperous places in the region.
There is work teaching English, I was offered a job on the spot by another private university until I said that I didn't live in Abidjan and was only visiting.
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eng4elephants



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2016 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The position does not require a PhD. Perhaps the job Phonologist saw posted was for a position in another department.

The university's enrollment was up to 550 in spring.

As far as danger, I can understand why embassy staff aren't supposed to be out driving around the country at night; however, that does not mean that areas outside Abidjan are necessarily dangerous.

"They" can expect more attacks in the region, but that does not mean that Bassam will necessarily be hit again. So far, that has not been the pattern.

I can testify that as a foreigner I have been treated with much more respect in Cote d'Ivoire than in some neighboring countries. In eight years, the most criminal thing that has happened to me was someone trying to steal my bag, which was on the chair next to me. It's true that many people live on not much money, but that doesn't mean they are out stalking foreigners.
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