Teach English in Jordan

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Kirsten Colquhoun
March 29, 2024

Contents

Introduction
Teaching Opportunities
Teaching Requirements
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Introduction

When first hearing the word Jordan, two words might come to mind: Petra and Queen Rania. Many tourists flock each year to see the ruins of the splendid lost city of Petra, as well as other ancient Greek, Roman, and biblical sites. They also come to swim in the Dead Sea and experience the Bedouin way of life.

Jordan has a hot desert climate during the day while being bitterly cold at night. This country has some scenic green valleys to contrast the dryness of the red desert. There are also many colourful outdoor markets throughout the country. The blue waters of the Gulf of Aqaba also delight.

The capital city Amman seems to symbolize the contrasting nature of this culture. In western Amman, the visitor finds luxurious shopping malls and restaurants. This has a more Western feel. Visitors can sit and sip their cardamom coffee and try the calming nargileh (water pipe).

However, east Amman is more religiously conservative than its western half. It also houses many refugees from Palestine. This divide is also a reminder that although Jordan has liberal elements, people are expected to behave in line with these more conservative traditions.

For women, this means dressing modestly. Although foreign women are not expected to cover their heads, they are expected to cover their shoulders, knees, and cleavage. Women who do wear regular Western dress in public are often harassed and receive unwanted sexual advances. However, in private, among expats, women seem to have more freedom.

Jordanians love a good celebration and regularly have parties to celebrate small or large events. They are friendly to those who respect their modest customs and traditions. They also have some of the best musicians in this part of the world, who often perform in more liberal countries such as Qatar or the UAE.

An interesting fact about the famous Dead Sea in Jordan is the surrounding dry land on the shore is the lowest point of land around the world at 420 meters below sea level. The Dead Sea is famous for the fact that you float in the water; this happens because it’s almost 10 times as salty as the ocean!

The official name of Jordan is the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” and their currency is the Jordanian Dinar. It’s also worth noting that it’s considered rude in Jordanian culture to eat and drink with your left hand.

One of the must-do things to do when discovering Jordan is heading to their only National Park, Wadi Rum. Also known as the Valley of the Moon, you have the option of spending the night under the stars during your time there. It’s been home to some of the most loved films over the decades including, Transformers, Star Wars, the Martian, and Lawrence of Arabia.

Teaching Opportunities In Jordan

Although many people speak English, there are still opportunities for those who want to teach English. Jordanians generally want teachers who have a Level 5 TEFL certificate and experience. The majority of positions are in the capital Amman, either in universities or private language schools.

Although the salaries are low, some employers offer benefits such as flight reimbursement, accommodation, and health insurance. Fortunately, the cost of living is low, which will mean that you will be able to live comfortably even if you cannot save. Contracts are generally for 20-25 hours of teaching a week, and work permits can be obtained after you have arrived in Jordan.

Teaching Requirements In Jordan

When it comes to teaching English in Jordan, a degree is not required, making it an accessible opportunity for aspiring educators.

The typical contract length for English teaching positions in Jordan ranges from six to twelve months, offering a substantial commitment to both teachers and students.

While peak hiring seasons occur in July and August, teaching positions are available throughout the year, providing ample opportunities to find employment.

In terms of visa requirements, teachers usually enter the country on a tourist visa, which can later be converted to a work visa with the support of their employer.

As an English teacher in Jordan, you can expect to work with a diverse range of students, including business professionals and children, creating an engaging and varied teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in Jordan ranges from 695 – 930 JOD, ensuring a reasonable and affordable lifestyle for educators.

Additionally, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary within the same range of 695 – 930 JOD, depending on their qualifications and experience.

Teaching English in Jordan offers an inclusive teaching environment, a moderate cost of living, and a salary that can provide financial stability while exploring the rich cultural heritage of the country.

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Contents

Introduction

When first hearing the word Jordan, two words might come to mind: Petra and Queen Rania. Many tourists flock each year to see the ruins of the splendid lost city of Petra, as well as other ancient Greek, Roman, and biblical sites. They also come to swim in the Dead Sea and experience the Bedouin way of life.

Jordan has a hot desert climate during the day while being bitterly cold at night. This country has some scenic green valleys to contrast the dryness of the red desert. There are also many colourful outdoor markets throughout the country. The blue waters of the Gulf of Aqaba also delight.

The capital city Amman seems to symbolize the contrasting nature of this culture. In western Amman, the visitor finds luxurious shopping malls and restaurants. This has a more Western feel. Visitors can sit and sip their cardamom coffee and try the calming nargileh (water pipe).

However, east Amman is more religiously conservative than its western half. It also houses many refugees from Palestine. This divide is also a reminder that although Jordan has liberal elements, people are expected to behave in line with these more conservative traditions.

For women, this means dressing modestly. Although foreign women are not expected to cover their heads, they are expected to cover their shoulders, knees, and cleavage. Women who do wear regular Western dress in public are often harassed and receive unwanted sexual advances. However, in private, among expats, women seem to have more freedom.

Jordanians love a good celebration and regularly have parties to celebrate small or large events. They are friendly to those who respect their modest customs and traditions. They also have some of the best musicians in this part of the world, who often perform in more liberal countries such as Qatar or the UAE.

An interesting fact about the famous Dead Sea in Jordan is the surrounding dry land on the shore is the lowest point of land around the world at 420 meters below sea level. The Dead Sea is famous for the fact that you float in the water; this happens because it’s almost 10 times as salty as the ocean!

The official name of Jordan is the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” and their currency is the Jordanian Dinar. It’s also worth noting that it’s considered rude in Jordanian culture to eat and drink with your left hand.

One of the must-do things to do when discovering Jordan is heading to their only National Park, Wadi Rum. Also known as the Valley of the Moon, you have the option of spending the night under the stars during your time there. It’s been home to some of the most loved films over the decades including, Transformers, Star Wars, the Martian, and Lawrence of Arabia.

Teaching Opportunities In Jordan

Although many people speak English, there are still opportunities for those who want to teach English. Jordanians generally want teachers who have a Level 5 TEFL certificate and experience. The majority of positions are in the capital Amman, either in universities or private language schools.

Although the salaries are low, some employers offer benefits such as flight reimbursement, accommodation, and health insurance. Fortunately, the cost of living is low, which will mean that you will be able to live comfortably even if you cannot save. Contracts are generally for 20-25 hours of teaching a week, and work permits can be obtained after you have arrived in Jordan.

Teaching Requirements In Jordan

When it comes to teaching English in Jordan, a degree is not required, making it an accessible opportunity for aspiring educators.

The typical contract length for English teaching positions in Jordan ranges from six to twelve months, offering a substantial commitment to both teachers and students.

While peak hiring seasons occur in July and August, teaching positions are available throughout the year, providing ample opportunities to find employment.

In terms of visa requirements, teachers usually enter the country on a tourist visa, which can later be converted to a work visa with the support of their employer.

As an English teacher in Jordan, you can expect to work with a diverse range of students, including business professionals and children, creating an engaging and varied teaching experience.

The average monthly cost of living in Jordan ranges from 695 – 930 JOD, ensuring a reasonable and affordable lifestyle for educators.

Additionally, English teachers can anticipate an average monthly salary within the same range of 695 – 930 JOD, depending on their qualifications and experience.

Teaching English in Jordan offers an inclusive teaching environment, a moderate cost of living, and a salary that can provide financial stability while exploring the rich cultural heritage of the country.

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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