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Susie



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:23 pm    Post subject: Teach Mauritania Reply with quote

I hear that the country is a great place in which to work, that the cost of living is low, that the salaries are high for qualified and experienced western teachers, that the food is nurishing, the people friendly and the weather great.

I just can't find any jobs offered there on this forum. Does anyone have a lead?
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Mr. English



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2012 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never heard anything about teaching in Mauritania, and I guess there are few or zero jobs. It is one of the poorest countries on the planet, and one of the few countries where slavery, actual ownership of humans, not just the usual employment-style slavery, still exists. Where did you hear it's a good place to work?
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Susie



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Mauritanin friend told me that it is a good place to work. Where did you hear that it is not?
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've heard the same things as Mr. English; mostly from reading newspapers and whatnot when I lived in the States. It's an impoverished, socially repressed autocracy where chattel slavery is still common. It has the highest rate of people still in bonded servitude of any country in the world, with 20% of its population being hereditary slaves. It's one of only eight countries in the world that impose the death penalty for homosexuality (and the only former French colony to do so), which should give you some idea of the social attitudes even outside the whole slavery thing.

I really wouldn't trust your friend on this matter, there may be a bit of selective blindness.

Regards,
~Q
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posh



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2012 8:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is also a Christian v moslem war going on.
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Mr. English



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the same for me, with respect to Qaaolchoura, as to my source of information reading newspapers and such. Here are some brief quotes from the CIA's World Factbook:

School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total: 8 years
male: 8 years
female: 8 years (2007)

Unemployment rate:
30% (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 179
20% (2004 est.)

Population below poverty line:
40% (2004 est.)

tier rating: Tier 3 - the Government of Mauritania does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so; the government acknowledges that some forms of trafficking are a problem in the country, and during the year, it created a multi-stakeholder body to lead its efforts related to child trafficking, child smuggling, and child labor; hereditary slavery was officially outlawed in 2007, but many officials do not recognize that the practice continues despite its prohibition; the government did not take proactive measures to identify trafficking victims or provide them with protective services, and it continued to jail individuals in prostitution and detain illegal migrants without screening either population for trafficking victims (2009)
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TT-Kira



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having been to Mauritania I would be very surprised if there was a large enough market to warrant any type of EFL operation.

Mauri has two main towns, Nouabidhou on the W.Saharan border which is a dusty trading town & at Kosando there's the port operations for the iron ore mine. Then further south on the coast is the capital Nouakchott which isn't that big either.

The 'real' Mauritanian population is small, however the country has a lot of sub-Saharan Africans working there - usually to make money so they can pay for a treacherous clandestine trip towards the Canary Islands which often leads to fatalities.

It's a big country of sand, some stunning scenery but no real 'need' for EFL, most tourists in the past have been French. Many large businesses are French owned with the exception of some mining operations.

So, sorry - I very much doubt you'll find much of consequence on a long-term basis!
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Susie



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PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

according to you, what are mauritanians like as people?

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voltaire



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PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How are the slaves treated? Don't you think that question answers itself, Susie? They're treated like slaves! Who gets to own them? Why people who think it is not wrong to own slaves, of course. Who else would own slaves? Maybe some people enjoy being slaves... would you?
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Eagle Eyes



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are some French run international schools that hire ESL teachers in Mauritania..the pay is around $2,000/Month plus some benefits. Good luck in your search! Smile
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scot47



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Many newbies think that you can take a map of the world. stick a pin in it and then head to that country for a job. The international labour market - in EFL or anything else - does not work that way.

TEFL Certificate mills cash in on this naivete by implying that the "World is Your Oyster." It ain't. Especially not Mauretania. Or Scandinavia !
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scot47



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 11:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peace Corps might be an option. I do not know if theysend people there. If there is a shooting war going obn - probably not.
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Qaaolchoura



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't know if Britain, Canada, or Oz has the equivalent (I assume that Erin, NZ and SA don't), but the United States has a lot of opportunities in the foreign service. Americans theoretically have something like a one-in-fifty shot of getting a job as a generalist, but that depends considerably on your knowledge, experience, and people skills. And if you apply as a specialist (if you have an MA they have ESL positions), I hear it's considerably less competitive, particularly for the "hardship postings" that seem to fascinate an odd number of TEFLers.

I'm planning on attempting to make the transition (soon as my Turkish is good enough to get the language bonus) and know other Americans who are thinking the same. I expect EFL time in foreign countries, particularly in "hardship postings" (which includes places like Turkey, Greece, and Mexico) is a plus in the experience column.

Of course even if I got a job with the State Dept I personally wouldn't want to work in Mauritania. I dislike hot climates and have this weird bias against socially regressive, fanatically religious dictatorships.

~Q
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cartago



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do recall a place that was advertising for EFL teachers in Mauritania some years ago but I don't remember the name, just do a google search. Some posters think they know everything and will immediately shoot someone down for even daring to ask a question. I doubt there's much of an EFL market in Mauritania at all but sometimes jobs do pop up in very unexpected places.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Telling people that it is cold outside is not "shooting them down". It is telling them to face reality.

The Peace Corps suspended operations there in 2009

http://www.peacecorps.gov/resources/media/press/1472/
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