How are black americans treated in Cairo Egypt?

can u  contact me at *** my name is shirley an i got to ask you a few questions thanks

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Hi there!

I've been here a year now, and never had a single problem. The only thing I've had to be careful of was people trying to take advantage of you because to many of them, we seem rich. No racial issues, no real prejudice. I've worked in many places, and I'm finding Egypt to be quite good. Still negotiating a few things, but overall, I really like Cairo.

i would like to get work as a assistant teacher teaching english i dont have a degree an i thought of paying for the tefl course in alexandria so i can do that i am black american 53 female n i like egypt but u need a job and not just your savings. i just wonder being black speaking english will get me hired. thanks

Being black won't be a problem here in Egypt. Not having a degree may make finding a job harder, though.  Still, if you like it in Egypt, Cairo is very good. The TEFL course will open some doors for you.


The young lady was on staff at  the hotel.

I have spent 3 years schooling here in Egypt, though my school not based in Cairo but I must confess to you that Egypt is a home away from home. I am a Nigerian schooling here. you can mail me on osasticatedosas[at] incase there's anything you wish to know about this country

I'm black American and have never felt out of place here. People everywhere can have some element of racism to them but I think most people here couldn't care less what your color is. Honestly you can't tell I'm not an Arab of some kind until I speak, but even when I do people are just curious if anything. I wear hijab and I won't lie -- that makes a difference on the treatment you get. Maybe without it, I would have more stories to tell :)

I advice you not to come at all if you are single.  But if you are married you will be ok! As for Afro hairdressers, there are non and the few that are there will be a Male hair stylist.  I suggest you would be better off going to Dubai instead!

Egypt is a good place to live and people need to stop being victims.  Be positive and you'll  attract positivity.


Racism is alive and well here .Not on the level as America but it exist .There are private beauticians that cater to our hair .But please stock on your own products because the products here are not as versatile as they are .If you want to know my experience inbox please .I have no time for those in denial.

Black American are different than Pure Africans because after all they are AMERICANS so they are respected everywhere and followed even imitated copied everywhere .

If you are looking for African female Hairdressers I can help you so feel free to contact me anytime you like & willing to help

Generally speaking, American and western culture is really respected in  Egypt. And generally speaking, Egyptians know that both white Americans and African Americans are from the same country.  I could really go into detail on this topic, being a westerner myself and being able to communicate fluently with the locals, but if I were to do this it would make a simple matter seem complicated. Instead a simple solution for many is to take a look at Egypt and its neighbours and say Alhamdulillah it's not me who is suffering today.  And if you can't do this then I would say that you lack the fundemental traits of what makes us humane - apathy and empathy.

Hi Shirley.  In response to your post about work as a teaching assistant; if you get the Tesol then this would be a bonus.  I have been teaching English in Egypt for the last 3 and half years and for sure I know your passport opens many doors in the education sector.  Many schools are more concerned about their image than the experience of the individual teacher.  So I think you'll be fine as long as you are prepared to learn the ropes fast enough at your new job.  The hardest part in most schools is discipline, but if you closely watch how the Egyptians handle discipline, then after a year or so you might find yourself becoming much more relaxed.

All the best.

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