Teach English in Bahrain

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Kirsten Colquhoun
July 18, 2023

Contents

Introduction
Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Requirements
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Introduction

Bahrain is a small country in the Middle East, situated between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain is a multicultural country with quite a liberal culture, compared to its neighbour Saudi Arabia. Alcohol is prohibited for Muslims, and women, even foreign women, need to dress modestly. This means no shoulders, knees or cleavage on display in public. Homosexuality is also illegal and carries severe punishments. Those expats who respect the local customs are welcomed by Bahrainis.

Although small in size, Bahrain’s fortune has been linked to its relationship with water. The pearls along its coast helped to make the country’s original fortunes. The name Bahrain means ‘two seas’ and the sea on its shores makes this country an attractive oasis in a dry and hot region.

Teaching Opportunities In Bahrain

There is a demand for native speakers. The learners are open, welcoming and eager to learn. The main areas in which to find TEFL opportunities are in Manama, the capital city, and Riffa, the tourist area of the country. There are good opportunities for those who have a Level 5 TEFL certificate and a degree. Most jobs can be found in private language schools and there are also good opportunities for those who wish to give private tuition.

It is important that you apply for a job beforehand due to the strict immigration laws. You will need a work visa to pass through immigration. Contracts are usually for 20-25 hours of teaching per week. Jobs can be found online or are sometimes advertised in the Guardian in the UK. The advantage of working in Bahrain is the high tax-free salary and the benefits package that comes with the job. This includes reimbursed airfares, furnished accommodation and health insurance.

Teaching Requirements In Bahrain

Teaching English in Bahrain presents an exceptional opportunity for educators seeking a culturally diverse and financially rewarding experience.

A BA/BS degree is required as a standard qualification, ensuring a strong academic foundation for English teaching positions.

The typical contract length ranges from 12 to 24 months, providing a substantial commitment to both teachers and students, allowing for deep engagement and impactful learning experiences. Peak hiring seasons occur from May to August, although teaching positions are available year-round, making it convenient for teachers to find opportunities at various times.

To work legally in Bahrain, teachers typically need to secure a work visa in advance, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. As an English teacher, you can expect to work with a diverse student population, including business professionals and children, providing a rewarding and varied teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in Bahrain ranges from 500 to 800 BHD, offering a comfortable lifestyle with affordable expenses. Moreover, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary between 902 and 1,800 BHD, reflecting the value placed on language education and providing financial stability.

Teaching English in Bahrain not only offers the chance to contribute to the language development of students from different backgrounds but also provides an attractive salary package and the opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich culture and heritage of this vibrant Gulf nation.

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Contents

Introduction

Bahrain is a small country in the Middle East, situated between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Bahrain is a multicultural country with quite a liberal culture, compared to its neighbour Saudi Arabia. Alcohol is prohibited for Muslims, and women, even foreign women, need to dress modestly. This means no shoulders, knees or cleavage on display in public. Homosexuality is also illegal and carries severe punishments. Those expats who respect the local customs are welcomed by Bahrainis.

Although small in size, Bahrain’s fortune has been linked to its relationship with water. The pearls along its coast helped to make the country’s original fortunes. The name Bahrain means ‘two seas’ and the sea on its shores makes this country an attractive oasis in a dry and hot region.

Teaching Opportunities In Bahrain

There is a demand for native speakers. The learners are open, welcoming and eager to learn. The main areas in which to find TEFL opportunities are in Manama, the capital city, and Riffa, the tourist area of the country. There are good opportunities for those who have a Level 5 TEFL certificate and a degree. Most jobs can be found in private language schools and there are also good opportunities for those who wish to give private tuition.

It is important that you apply for a job beforehand due to the strict immigration laws. You will need a work visa to pass through immigration. Contracts are usually for 20-25 hours of teaching per week. Jobs can be found online or are sometimes advertised in the Guardian in the UK. The advantage of working in Bahrain is the high tax-free salary and the benefits package that comes with the job. This includes reimbursed airfares, furnished accommodation and health insurance.

Teaching Requirements In Bahrain

Teaching English in Bahrain presents an exceptional opportunity for educators seeking a culturally diverse and financially rewarding experience.

A BA/BS degree is required as a standard qualification, ensuring a strong academic foundation for English teaching positions.

The typical contract length ranges from 12 to 24 months, providing a substantial commitment to both teachers and students, allowing for deep engagement and impactful learning experiences. Peak hiring seasons occur from May to August, although teaching positions are available year-round, making it convenient for teachers to find opportunities at various times.

To work legally in Bahrain, teachers typically need to secure a work visa in advance, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations. As an English teacher, you can expect to work with a diverse student population, including business professionals and children, providing a rewarding and varied teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in Bahrain ranges from 500 to 800 BHD, offering a comfortable lifestyle with affordable expenses. Moreover, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary between 902 and 1,800 BHD, reflecting the value placed on language education and providing financial stability.

Teaching English in Bahrain not only offers the chance to contribute to the language development of students from different backgrounds but also provides an attractive salary package and the opportunity to immerse oneself in the rich culture and heritage of this vibrant Gulf nation.

Start Your TEFL Journey With The TEFL Academy

Great! You’re in the right place. The TEFL Academy provides the very best in accredited TEFL courses, meaning your qualification is recognised throughout the world. The TEFL Academy is the world’s leading TEFL course provider. We can help you acquire the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language. Check out our TEFL internships, volunteer placements and the thousands of jobs on our exclusive TEFL jobs board.

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