Teach in Sierra Leone
Providing every child with a quality education is a development priority in Sierra Leone. Passionate educators can make a real impact helping build a strong foundation for learning in this beautiful country.
Note to teachers considering Sierra Leone
Crime and civil unrest are ongoing concerns in Sierra Leone. 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 Sierra Leone
International schools in Sierra Leone
Experienced educators can find rewarding opportunities at international schools in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, teaching students from preschool to high school. These schools tend to foster a multicultural learning environment and serve a diverse community of students. To help teachers easily settle into life in Freetown, some schools offer compensation packages that include accommodation, return airfare and health benefits
Visas for foreign teachers in Sierra Leone
International schools in Sierra Leone will often take care of visas and work permits for teachers they hire. If you’d like to find out about visa requirements in advance, feel free to contact your closest Sierra Leonean embassy.
Living in Sierra Leone
You won’t have to travel far from the lively, urban centre of Freetown to spend your time off enjoying Sierra Leone’s tranquil beaches and lush rainforests.
The Freetown Peninsula is covered by breathtaking mountains and fringed with white-sand beaches. If you like surfing, you’ll love Bureh Beach – a little-known, but highly-rated, surf spot. If snorkelling, sport fishing and whale watching are more your thing, you’ll love the beautiful Banana Islands just off the southern tip of the Peninsula. And if you really want to go off the beaten path, a day trip to the idyllic – and even more secluded – Turtle Islands will give you a look into the life of one of the most remote island communities in the world.
Meanwhile, nature lovers can enjoy an overnight rainforest retreat at the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Or go on a longer journey to visit the Tiwai Island Wildlife Sanctuary on the Moa River, where you can see Chimpanzees and monkeys in their natural habitat. You may even be lucky enough to spot a rare pygmy hippopotamus.
The weather is hot and humid in Sierra Leone all year round, with a rainy season from May to November and a dry season from December to April.
Sierra Leone at a Glance
Capital - Freetown
Language - English
Population - 7.5 million
Currency - Sierra Leonean leone (SLL)
Government - Constitutional republic
Major Religion - Islam, Christinaity
Climate - Tropical
- There are 16 ethnic groups living in Sierra Leone, which each have their own distinct customs and language.
- Sierra Leone was a British colony for over 150 years, gaining its independence in 1961.
- Although English is the official language in Sierra Leone, the large majority of the population speaks Krio, an English creole.