There you go again Dumbells suggesting that 35 000 EUros isn't quite a lot of money or at least enough to pay one's way in Spain and pay your mortgage back home (why doesn't he rent his house in the UK out like most teachers with properties in the UK brag that they do too?) now let's get this straight once and for all. You are in Angola which is a risky country to work in. See here what the FCO say about Angola: Safety and security Crime Most international companies and organisations operating in Angola have strict security rules and regulations for their staff. If your company has such instructions you should read them in conjunction with the FCO Travel Advice. You should avoid political gatherings and demonstrations, and respect any advice or instruction from local security authorities. There is a high level of crime in Luanda. Muggings, particularly to steal mobile phones and other valuables, and armed robberies can occur in any area at any time of the day or night. Areas popular with foreigners are particular targets. Incidents of rape have been reported in popular nightlife areas, as well as in private homes. Don’t travel alone at night. Avoid walking around Luanda, especially after dark. Avoid wearing jewellery or watches in public places. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas. Avoid walking between bars and restaurants on the Ilha do Cabo, and avoid crowded places like markets. Take extra care on the Serpentine road (Nehru) between the Marginal and Miramar, and the adjacent wooded area, due to the recent increase in crimes occurring there. Theft from stationary or slow-moving cars is common in downtown Luanda. Keep valuables out of sight and don’t use mobiles or laptops while in traffic. A high proportion of the civilian population is armed. When driving, be very wary if another car signals you to pull over. Thieves use the pretext of a minor traffic incident to get you out of your car either to steal it or to rob you. There have been a number of recent kidnapping incidents involving foreign nationals (including western nationals) taken from their vehicles in Luanda by armed gangs. The long-standing policy of the British government is not to make substantive concessions to hostage takers. The British government considers that paying ransoms and releasing prisoners increases the risk of further hostage taking. Deposit valuables and cash in a hotel safe where practical. Keep copies of important documents, including your passport, in a separate place from the documents themselves. Local travel The FCO advise against all but essential travel to Cabinda province (but not including Cabinda city). There are regular violent incidents including rape, murder and kidnappings involving foreigners and Angolans in the province of Cabinda. Groups claiming responsibility for these attacks have declared their intention to continue attacks against foreigners. The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the province of Lunda Norte. The Angolan authorities are sensitive to the presence of foreigners in diamond producing areas and you may be subject to movement restrictions or detention by the security forces. The presence of diamonds also increases the threat of crime and banditry, particularly on roads leading to and from these areas. Armed hold-ups occur from time to time. If you travel outside Luanda and the provincial capitals, do so in the company of persons or organisations experienced in local conditions, as conditions can be difficult. There is widespread poverty, social exclusion and disease, a shattered infrastructure and mines and items of unexploded ordnance throughout many parts of the country. Transport and accommodation are extremely limited outside Luanda, so make arrangements in advance. So IMO, although I may be wrong, your school HAS to pay you $97000 a year for standard classroom teaching otherwise if they only paid $50k they would find it a lot more difficult to recruit and retain teachers. This is just my idea of why your salary is so high. Now why is 35 000 such a terrible salary? He can work another job in Spain or teach online and make up what he pays in tax every month thereby making his 35k NET rather than gross. This is what I do presently anyway I saved $1500 this month (MAY) for example. There are some very good salaries though I have to admit that Dumbells. I am supposed to be having an interview for a head of ESL at an intl school and it is 50k GBP before tax I think with free accommodation. It's very good but it is not $97000 cos Angola is risky.