Teach in Nigeria
Teach in Nigeria and get to know life in one of the most powerful and populated nations on the African continent. Whether living in the coastal city of Lagos or the country’s central rural villages, teachers can expect to earn excellent benefits while teaching in vibrant and lively Nigeria.
Teaching in Nigeria
Options for teaching in Nigeria
Nigeria’s private international schools hire educators of all levels, from classroom teachers to administrators. Private international schools may teach local or foreign curriculum, or a mix of both. Involvement with extra-curricular activities is often encouraged for teachers.
Salary and benefits when teaching in Nigeria
Salary packages in Nigeria often include provided accommodation, health insurance, bonus, airfare reimbursement, and even private vehicles. The cost of living in Nigeria varies greatly from urban centers to more remote areas, so salaries will differ accordingly.
Teach in Nigeria – Hiring
Hiring for teaching jobs in Nigeria occurs year-round. Teachers are welcome to apply through Teach Away at any time.
What's Needed to Teach in Nigeria
Qualifications needed to teach in Nigeria
Candidates applying to teach in Nigeria should hold at least a Bachelor’s degree and generally a teaching license. Many international school positions prefer or require at least one year of experience, and experience teaching the relevant curriculum is preferred. A British international school, for example, will prefer teacher who have experience with British curriculum.
Visas for teachers in Nigeria
Teach Away placement coordinators provide assistance through the visa application process, although teachers are ultimately responsible for their own visa application. Visas must be obtained from a Nigerian embassy or consulate in the applicant’s home country.
Living in Nigeria
Cost of living in Nigeria
The cost of living in Nigeria varies widely from major cities to more remote areas. Many schools will provide accommodation for teachers, assisting with living costs, and some teachers also receive vehicles upon beginning their employment teaching in Nigeria.
Housing for teachers in Nigeria
Many international schools in Nigeria will provide furnished accommodation and utilities for teachers.
Things for Teachers to do in Nigeria
Expats in Nigeria will not want to miss out on the country’s flavorful, often spicy cuisine, served in local restaurants or markets. However, teachers living in Nigeria’s larger cities will also enjoy diverse restaurants with many types of international food. Educators who live on the country’s Atlantic coast can spend plenty of time on the beach and in the water.
Nigeria’s urban areas, in particular, have large populations of expats, so teachers can develop a support network while living in the country. However, teachers are encouraged to get to know local Nigerians, who are generally warm and open. For those interested in music, Nigeria’s music scene is exciting and innovative, mixing Western and African styles. The country also boasts lush natural beauty, with mountainous regions and wildlife conservation centers in a number of locations.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Nigeria require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Nigerian private school positions.
Nigeria at a Glance
Capital - Abuja
Language - English (Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba are also major languages)
Population - 170 million
Currency - Naira
Government - Federal presidential republic
- Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa, composed of more than 250 ethnic groups.
- The currency of Nigeria is called the Naira.
- The capital city of Abuja, replaced the previous capital city of Lagos in 1991.
- Nigeria is named after the river Niger, which is the longest river in West Africa.
- According to archaeological evidence, Nigeria has a history of human existence that dates back as far as 9000 BC.
- The Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State is the longest bridge in Africa - measuring 11.8km.
- Music and art are an important part of the Nigerian culture, stemming from strong tribal roots.