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Working and volunteering


An online search will reveal many opportunities to volunteer both formally and informally in Egypt. In the current political climate, it is important to ensure that the organisation you volunteer for is licensed and that you have entered the country on the correct visa. If you enjoy animals, ACE is usually looking for help.


Many foreign firms operate in Egypt and hire foreigners, but you must typically be hired before arriving in the country, to have your work visa arranged properly. Consult Cairo: The Practical Guide (AUC Press), edited by Claire E Francy and Lesley Lababidi, for possible avenues.

Bars & Hotels

In Sharm El Sheikh and other Red Sea resorts, travellers can often find short-term work as bartenders or hotel workers. Masseurs and others with spa skills are also in demand. Most of this work is under the table and is often short-term, due to employers’ tax concerns.


If you are a dive master or diving instructor you can find work in Egypt’s resorts fairly easily. Owners also look for language and social skills.

Teaching English

The best-paying schools require at least a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), but there are other, more informal outlets as well. Cairo’s ILI is one of the better schools, and offers CELTA training as well.

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