We are an American International School, and our parents expect predominantly North American certified teachers. This is especially relevant in the Early Years and the Elementary School. Because of local ministry regulations, a minimum of three years of teaching experience is required.
We use recruiting agents to help us identify quality candidates, and we do a lot of direct hiring through extensive use of Skype and/or telephone interviews. We also are attend many of the North American recruitment fairs.
We encourage candidates to find out more by talking to present teachers here. The school is located in a quiet suburb; Cairo is not just what one sees on Al Jazeera TV. Many teachers feel privileged to be in Egypt; it is a wonderful country full of very warm and welcoming people. However, it is also a third world country, with widespread poverty and environmental challenges, but it can also be inspiring and adventurous.
The majority of teachers live in Sheikh Zayed City, close to the school. This is in the Western Desert, the air is cleaner, the neighborhood is rapidly filling with new malls and restaurants. Other teachers live in town, in Mohandeseen and Zamalek. This obviously gives more of the feeling of being in Egypt, with greater access to entertainment and culture. The downside is the daily commute. The school provides bus transportation.
The school also provides a monthly housing allowance. Many of our single teachers share a two bedroom apartment; pooling the allowance makes it easy to find very good accommodations. The school uses real estate agents to help teachers find goo accommodations.