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Teaching in East Africa advice needed

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by aber_grad, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. aber_grad

    aber_grad New commenter

    Hi all,

    This is my first post, please be kind.

    My wife and I are looking at a big change and are very seriously looking at moving to Kenya or Tanzania.

    I am currently teaching as a subject specialist teacher and head of department at a high profile (private) prep school in London. My wife works in the NHS.

    I would love to know more about the teaching lifestyle in places like Nairobi. A friend taught there a while back and has nothing but positive things to say about the lack of pressures in comparison. Also, and this is not a motivating factor for the move, is the pay comparable (once local costs and accommodation are taken into consideration)?

    Thank you for ANY help, information or advice.
  2. migratingbird

    migratingbird Occasional commenter

    Kenya is lovely. Nairobi, not so much, but the best paying international schools are not in the city centre anyway. Karen is a nice area, where you will find several international schools and a reasonably sized expat community (which can help with a big transition). I would agree that pressure is much lower, but so is the pay. Depending on where you want to live, accommodation can be surprisingly expensive for something very small. There are a small number of schools that pay reasonably well. Perhaps only one that pays very well. Am happy to give more specific advice through conversation if you like? I left Kenya 4 years ago, but still have contacts in schools there, and family we visit every year.
  3. tb9605

    tb9605 Established commenter

    I grew up in both Kenya (Nairobi, Eldoret) and Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) and still stay in touch with friends in both areas. While I can't help with the teachers' perspective, I may be able to answer questions about certain residential areas and certain Kenyan Prep schools (the K, B, T and both P prep schools specifically). Send me a message if you have any specific queries.

    Be aware that Kenya has been prone to serious political instability over the past two decades - often with fatal consequences. Tanzania has been far more stable over the same period. I would also say that Tanzania is cheaper.

    Good luck.
  4. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    You're a success.

    Don't do it.
  5. aber_grad

    aber_grad New commenter

    Any particular reason?
  6. 576

    576 Established commenter

    Don't forget there is more to Kenya than Nairobi (several good schools up-country).
    Relatively speaking the money is ok.
    My school had a pension scheme (not that common overseas) and I saved more than £500 in an average month in addition to having awesome holidays twice a year and another couple of holidays in Kenya.
  7. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Some years ago, an old duffer had an article published in the TES about teaching in Kenya. You might find it, if you have a good old rummage around in the TES archives. You could also send one of those TES Conversation things to a wise and ancient pachyderm.
    richardwillis998 likes this.

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