Note to teachers considering Guinea
Political and social tensions, as well as crime, are an ongoing concern in Guinea. The security situation can change at any time, so please check government travel advisories for the most up-to-date information:
Options for teaching in Guinea
International schools in Guinea
International schools in Conakry, Guinea’s capital, hire experienced educators to teach students from preschool to high school. While the language of instruction in Guinean public schools is French, international schools generally follow an English-language curriculum and mainly cater to the children of foreign nationals. However, in recent years, many of these schools have built a diverse community that includes local children and those from other African countries.
Visas for foreign teachers in Guinea
International schools in Guinea will usually take care of work visas for teachers they hire. If you’d like to find out about visa requirements in advance, feel free to contact your closest Guinean embassy.
Living in Guinea
The bustling port city of Conakry, the capital of Guinea, is undoubtedly the country’s economic and cultural centre. There are many busy markets and live-music venues to explore in this vibrant metropolis.
When you feel like taking a break from the chaos of city life, a popular weekend getaway is heading to the Îles de Los, just off the coast, to relax on the islands’ tranquil beaches.
Hiking enthusiasts will also enjoy visiting the highland region of Fouta Djallon in the country’s interior. Local guides take groups on multi-day treks through this picturesque landscape, where you can see waterfalls, sweeping vistas and small rural villages.
The weather is hot and humid in Guinea all year round, with a monsoon season from June to November and a dry season from December to May.
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Guinea at a glance
Population: 12.4 million
Currency: Guinean franc (GNF)
Government: Presidential republic
Major religion: Islam
Guinea has one of the lowest literacy rates in the world, hovering around 30% for adults.
Guinea was part of the colony of French West Africa, gaining its independence from France in 1958.
In Guinea, it’s customary to only eat food, greet others and exchange money with your right hand because the left hand is considered unclean.