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Finding a Teaching Job in LibyaFinding a Teaching Job in Libya

Erin Erin  Date 29 July, 2014 11:53

While these tips pertain to an expat's experience finding work teaching abroad in Libya, you can take some of her base tips to teach anywhere.

Job search - Fotolia Like in many other countries in the world, it is possible to get an ESL teaching job in Libya. Here are a few tips to secure a job in a Libyan University.

Finding a job in Libyan Universities

The requirements to be hired as an ESL teacher in Libya are quite easy to meet, including for non native speakers and newly qualified teachers who may not have a lot of experience, that plus the fact that there are more job offers than candidates makes Libya an option worth considering. On top of that the salary package is really interesting for expats and will allow you to live comfortably and even save some money.

To apply for a job in Libya, you will need:

  • To apply in person or through a person that can follow things up for you (no emails)
  • A postgraduate degree from a university recognised in Libya
  • A valid passport and the possibility of applying for a work visa (any stamp from Israel in your passport means you won’t get into the country)
  • A few years of experience are preferable but not always necessary

Application Pack:

  • A complete CV with picture
  • Photocopies of all your qualifications since you left secondary education (bring the originals with you)
  • A cover letter (in English and Arabic)
  • Letters of recommendation from past employers (in English and Arabic)
  • A photocopy of your passport (always have the original with you for any meeting)
  • 2 passport size photographs

You can apply even if:

  • You’re not a native speaker of English, as long as your English is very good
  • You don’t have a CELTA or TEFL
  • You have never taught in universities
  • You don’t speak Arabic

Finding a job is actually fairly easy as the demand for ESL teachers in Libya is very high. If someone likes your CV you may not even have to go through an interview. However getting appointed for the job can be a long and sinuous road through the chaotic Libyan administration.

Paperwork and Administrative Matters

Once you have found the position that interests you and you have been accepted by the Head of Department a long process to appoint you for the job starts.

You must realise that in Libya the administration is in total chaos: there is no logical structure in place yet many people in many different offices will need to look through your application and clear it before it is completely approved. In the meantime you wait and you follow things up regularly otherwise your file gets forgotten.

Once you have been approved for the position, the university will refer you to the Ministry of Labour where your application will once more be looked into. If you are cleared to work in Libya, the university will start the process of getting you visas. At first you will get work visas which will later be exchanged for Residence Permit (Iqama) after the probation period is over (usually 3 months).

During those 3 months, you will work as usual but it will take about 4 months to sign your contract. Without a contract you cannot get your Iqama, you cannot get your salaries either. Every month until then the university issue you an advance, which amounts to about half your salary. Same for all the benefits such as accommodation allowance and settling in bonus, you will only receive those after the contract is signed.

Salaries in Libya

As an expat your salary starts from about 4000 Libyan Dinars (LYD) for a basic 1 year contract (renewable easily on consent). On top of that you receive:

  • 500 LD of accommodation allowance (600 LD for families),
  • return tickets from your country of origin (paid back afterwards),
  • a one off payment of 1000 LD (settling down bonus)
  • end of contract gratuity (1 month salary per 1 year contract)

Life is Libya is pretty cheap with many life essential heavily subsidised and therefore almost completely free (water, bread, gas, petrol) so your salary will stretch quite far. Once you have paid your rent, there are no bills here so really what you get is what you keep.

In Libya there are many opportunities to get a high paying job which doesn’t require too much work and that you can apply for even with a weak CV. Since the end of the revolution of 2011, the country is changing and slowly beginning to organise itself and when everything is in place it will be harder to get a job here. People with a sense of adventure should make a move now that possibilities are almost endless.

By Jameela, a French expat in Libya after having spent 10 years in England and Wales. Read more about her life and travels abroad in her expat interview and at

 Find more information on Libya and working abroad in our series of expat interviews in the Middle East, Finding a job after earning your TEFL Certificate abroad and Guide to Finding a Job Abroad.

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How Much is the Visa Process for The Move to AmericaHow Much is the Visa Process for The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 09 July, 2014 09:54

At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in expat news, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

Visa cost move to america I have been asked many times by future expats, or those in long distance relationships who are contemplating a move to America, about how much the visa process costs.

I am always happy to share my experiences, especially if what I write helps to give a realistic idea of what to expect. The visa process is an expensive one, whichever visa you go for, but for a bit of extra information, here is what I encountered when applying for my spousal visa (prices reflect what was applicable at the time my visa was issued in 2013).


Five Tips For Learning FrenchFive Tips For Learning French

Erin Erin  Date 24 June, 2014 10:19

While these tips pretain to an expat's experience learning French, you can take some of her base tips to learn any language. If you're looking for an exchange partner - post in our expat forums! For language schools, look under "Language Courses" in our expat guides.

Learn French Like most travelers, I love delving into the local culture and opening my eyes to new ideas. In my opinion, you can be completely immersed in a new country, but until you know the local language, you won’t REALLY know the ins and outs of the culture.

I can only speak from my personal experience, but I have a feeling that most other Americans left high school and even college language classes lacking the basics for communication in a foreign country. Maybe you felt like, “Yeah! I’ve got this! I can ask a few questions; I can express likes and dislikes. No problem!” But when the first local opens their mouth to speak, your eyes widen and before you know it, you realize that the past few year of studying have failed you.



Renting a Home after The Move to AmericaRenting a Home after The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 04 June, 2014 08:04

At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in expat news, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

finding rental move to americaLuckily, at the time of my emigration to the U.S. in October 2013, my husband had been flat-sharing with a friend for a while, so we did not have to worry about organising a place to live whilst still apart or going through the visa process. It made my move much easier as I had a place to settle upon my arrival.  (More)


Finding a job after earning your TEFL Certificate abroadFinding a job after earning your TEFL Certificate abroad

Erin Erin  Date 27 May, 2014 10:26

jobs So you’ve decided to venture abroad to earn your TEFL certificate and begin your adventure teaching and traveling abroad. That’s great! You’re in for a culturally eye opening experience. My goal is to help students have employment options upon receiving their certificates.

Take a look, let it sink in, and get to work. If you follow these steps below, be persistent, positive, and proactive, you should have no problem finding a job in the country of your choice. Having the entire world at your fingertips is quite an exciting feeling and during this journey, you’ll learn so much about not only other cultures and lifestyles, but also about yourself.



The Ultimate Family Moving GuideThe Ultimate Family Moving Guide

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 14 May, 2014 08:12

Moving - Boxes

Anyone who’s ever been through a move knows it can be a stressful experience - and even more so when relocating abroad. The stresses of moving affect not only you but your family too, especially when young children or elderly family members are involved.

Removal Services Scotland has put together ‘The Ultimate Family Moving Guide’ in partnership with - so whether you're a moving pro or a first timer, our handy guide can take the stress out of your next move.  (More)


Staying in Contact with Family Back Home after The Move to AmericaStaying in Contact with Family Back Home after The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 07 May, 2014 08:00

At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in expat news, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

contact home move to americaWhen you are living abroad, staying in contact with family and friends back home becomes a really important part of life. It is a great source of comfort, and can help you feel more settled if you know you have some kind of access to loved ones.

I have found that using a variety of ways to contact people has kept things fun, and made communicating something to look forward to. There are a number of ways to stay a part of life back home. Here is what I have used:



Five Reasons to Go ExpatFive Reasons to Go Expat

EasyExpat EasyExpat  Date 24 April, 2014 17:01

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People from all walks of life become expats for many different reasons. So maybe you should consider expatriating if you...

1. ...were destined for a different climate: Maybe you’re the one member of your family who doesn’t crisp in the sun, perhaps you’ve always been at home on ski slopes but were born nearer the desert, or, more likely, you’re just tired of the rain. Seeking sunnier, cooler, wetter or more temperate climes is perfectly reasonable and could even bring health benefits.



Job Search in The Move to AmericaJob Search in The Move to America

Erin Erin  Date 09 April, 2014 10:36

Molly joined her American husband in Ohio and is continuing to share tips on life abroad. At EasyExpat we provide the latest and greatest in expat news and resources, but sometimes a personal journey can best explain the unique challenges and triumphs involved in moving abroad. Meet Molly and follow along on her adventure in the Move to America.

job search after move to america Within this post, I aim to share a little bit about how job hunting has gone for me since I arrived in Ohio in October 2013. My experiences will be different from those who are arriving in America on a work visa, as your employment may well have been organised before you moved, but I hope to give an idea of what it involves if you are looking once you have settled.



Expat Driving: Life in the Fast LaneExpat Driving: Life in the Fast Lane

Erin Erin  Date 25 March, 2014 08:11

Expat Driving There’s something few consider before moving to another country: driving or, more specifically, how important one’s mortality is versus one’s desire to (literally) hit the road. I speak from personal experience, having lived in the Greek capital of Athens for 5 years, although my observations could equally apply to many Eastern European countries, South America, Asia and Africa where, for the unsuspecting expat, driving can seem bonkers!


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