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SCHOOL NAME REMOVED, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:17 pm    Post subject: SCHOOL NAME REMOVED, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Reply with quote


You might want to pass on this one
If you are looking for a teaching job in Ethiopia, you will come across an ad for (SCHOOL NAME REMOVED) in Addis Ababa. Here is what you can expect from this school.
Expect that, a few days after arrival, you will be taken to the Immigration Ministry to be issued your Temporary Residence ID Card. Your visa will, at that time, be canceled.
Do not expect to ever see this card, which is your only means of proof of legal residence in the country. The school will keep this card in their possession to prevent you from leaving Ethiopia unless they decide you may. In the case of one teacher I know, the school also has his passport under lock and key, denying him not only any means of exit from the country, but any form of identification.
Expect the school Administration to lie to you about having this card.
Expect to place your right hand over your heart and sing the Ethiopian National Anthem, in Amharic (the official language of Ethiopia), or face “Consequences” in the form of warnings, salary deduction, and possible termination. If you are Ethiopian this is fine, however I sing only ONE National Anthem and that is my own.
Expect to sign a simple two page contract, plus a seven page document titled, misleadingly, Teacher and Assistant Teacher’s Job Description. Make no mistake, this document is part of the contract and must be signed on each and every page. As of this school year this "job description" contains one hundred seventy-five Rules and Regulations, mostly covering things you may not, must not, will not, and are forbidden to do, both on and off duty as a teacher for this school. No signed copy of this contract will ever be provided to you for your records.
Expect to live in “Provided Housing”, with House Rules designed more for children than adults. One example is having little signs posted all over the walls in every room. These signs say things like, “Wash your dishes after use”, and, “No guests allowed after 8PM”, and my personal favorite, “Respect your housemates”. The additional stipend of 1000 Birr is insufficient by several times the cost of rent in Ethiopia. Most apartments rent for more than your monthly salary.
Expect to have “limited internet access” in the form of a very old PC, a dial up connection so slow it takes half an hour to open your email inbox, and one entire hour per week of this internet use in the Provided Housing.
Expect to have your email, internet use, and all phone calls from the Provided Housing monitored by the school.
Do not expect to live in the Provided Housing if you are married, unless your spouse is also employed by (NAME REMOVED). The contract lies about this point. Children are also forbidden to live in Provided Housing. Line 2 of the contract states: This housing is not available for unmarried couples or those with children. Married couples without children can use this option. Notice no mention is made of a couple both having to be employees of the school.

Expect to “donate” your free time to school functions such as the Science Fair, held on a Saturday, Spelling Bee, also on a Saturday, two twelve hour days of teacher’s meetings at the end of each quarter, and Open House twice each year, also twelve hour days.
Expect to pay for your own transportation to and from these events.
Expect to be threatened and receive harassing text messages from (NAME REMOVED) if you are like 80% of the teachers hired at the beginning of the 2009/2010 school year and break your contract and leave her employ.
Do not expect to be treated like a professional.
Do not expect to be treated like an adult.
Do not expect to be treated as though you have the slightest intelligence.

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