If you are a foreigner is not
easy to find work in Egypt, outside Cairo, and this is
because the capital is the dominant of the Egypt` s economy.
Some jobs imply to travel all over the country, like
development work and journalism.
There are 2 categories of
jobs: those that are paid in guinay- the Egyptian pound and
the jobs paid in dollars or Euros. The expatriated persons
who receive guinay as salary don`t earn so much as the one
who earn hard currency.
For example, an Egyptian NGO
(a nongovernmental organization) may offer the equivalent of
$400-$800 monthly while a teacher from one of the elite high
schools in Cairo may be paid with to $25.000 to $45.000
yearly. Before going to work in Egypt you may search the
jobs paid in dollars. The costs in Egypt are not high so
even if you will be paid in guinay you can have a
comfortable life. The jobs market in Egypt only operates on
‘word of mouth’ system.
The want ads are rare as well as the
jobs lists in the English publications from Cairo. It is
indicated to print your business cards with Arab on one side
and English on the other side. The expatriates as well as
the Egyptians use to hand out their business cards with
every occasion and you can` t know when somebody may find a
job for you and wants to contact you. To have a cell phone
is also an indicated thing when you look for work.
It is not a necessary
thing to know Arabic if you want to work in Egypt
but to take Arabic classes is a perfect way to meet
foreign students and workers.
If you know Arab you
can socialize and have access to the circles of the
upper class. At the Arabic Language Institute you
can take Arabic classes offered by the Cairo`s
American University.The internet address is: www.aucegypt.edu/academic/ali/.Some cheaper and
various part time courses can be taken at Kalimat as
well as at the International Language Institute. The internet addresses are:
www.kalimategypt.com and www.arabicegypt.com.
know other expatriates and to take classes are offered by
the Community Services Association which is situated in a
Cairo` s suburb called Maadi where are many expatriates
The website is: www.livinginegypt.org. If you want
to meet some members of the business community or if you are
an entrepreneur you have to go the American Chamber of
Commerce` s luncheon meetings (details you find at
www.amcham.org.eg). To do some volunteer work is also a good
thing to find future work.
The Saint Andrew Church` s
refugee ministry is well known among the expatriates and is
always looking for volunteers to teach computer skills and
English to the Sudanese refugees. After you checked the
boards with jobs at the American University in Cairo and at
the American Chamber of Commerce you can visit some