Best Places to Work Abroad in Africa

In recent years, Africa has seen a bit of a shift in its worldwide perception from continent of poor government and economic standing to one that is in fact thriving. According to Time Magazine, Africa has had many positive headlines in the news highlighting things like promising demographics, growing middle class, financial inclusion, strengthening civil society and fewer civil wars. All of these factors contribute to a positive outlook for many, including those looking to work abroad.

If you’re considering working abroad in Africa, here are some of the best places to do that.

1. Kenya

Kenya has often been associated with fast marathon runners. And while this is most definitely the case, this country has so much more to offer. In fact, Kenya is the most developed of the original three countries of the East African Community that includes Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania.

It is through the country’s forward thinking individuals that has made Kenya one of the eastern region’s major movers and shakers creating plenty of jobs for residents and those looking to work abroad. In fact, according to recent reports, Kenya’s unemployment rate has stayed steady at 11.5 for the past few years, and has been at a steady decline since 2012.

What’s better? M-Shwari—a collaboration between the Commercial Bank of Africa and mobile network Safaricom—originated in Kenya. This is allowing Kenyans to open mobile money accounts easily so they can save money, as well as offer loans to budding entrepreneurs — something that hasn’t been available in Kenya until recently.

2. Côte d’Ivoire

The Ivory Coast. Known for its  beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy, and Côte d’Ivoire is the Ivory Coast. Located between Liberia and Ghana, this African country has much to offer and not just a tropical coastline.

Currently, the economy is not only stable, but growing, even following decades political instability. While the economy is largely dependent on agricultural production, particularly,  coffee, cocoa beans, and palm oil, it also has a rising of jobs outside the agricultural realm.

According to CNN, the energy sector of the Ivory Coast is growing rapidly due to its natural resources to produce hydropower and gas to produce thermo-power. It has been noted in several reports that Côte d’Ivoire is one of the most rapidly growing economies in Africa.

3. Sengal

Sengal is located in West Africa on the westernmost point of the continent. Known as

“The Gateway to Africa”, Sengal has several travel routes both by air and sea, making it prime for trade and travel.

The country has several booming industries including international development, healthcare, medicine, and education. In fact, there are often openings for teachers to work abroad teaching English.

4. Somalia

Now let’s swing over to the easternmost country in Africa: Somalia. Traditionally known for its frankincense and myrrh, Somalia has a very rich history both literally and figuratively. These fine perfumes have been ripe for trade for quite some time, bringing merchants working in these parts for centuries.

And while the gum trees that produce these fine essences are still in production, Somalia has several more occupational industries including livestock, agricultural and meat processing, airline, constriction, media and finance.

 5. Egypt

Known mostly for its ancient monuments, such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt is also a country worth looking in to working abroad in.

Located in northeast Africa, Egypt is both an ancient country with proud, historical heritage as well as a one that is embracing growth and change with open arms. In fact, it was recently named as one of the countries with the highest projected growth rate next to Uganda and Kenya.

So, pull up a piece of your very own magic carpet, and call Egypt your working home away from home.