Teaching in The Middle East

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Teaching in The Middle East

The Middle East provides some of the best salaries and living conditions for English teachers in the world. Schools and colleges in the Middle East often look for experience and competition is high.

Wages in the Middle East represent some of the most lucrative opportunities for TEFL teachers.

Wages in the Middle East represent some of the most lucrative opportunities for TEFL teachers. Living standards in the Middle East for TEFL teachers are very high, as a result there is fierce competition for most positions.

Many schools in the Middle East will require experience from their TEFL teachers. For these positions, teachers will typically interview in advance from their home country. First-time teachers will find more opportunities in countries like Turkey, Egypt and Morocco, where salaries and benefits are more modest, but the cost of living is low and the experience of living in one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich societies is second to none.

The months leading to the beginning of the school year in late August and September offer the most opportunities for hiring in the Middle East.

Teaching requirements by country

Country Degree Requirement Typical Contract Length Peak Hiring Seasons Visa Info Typical Students Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency
Bahrain
BA/BS required 12 - 24 Months May - August, all year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 245 - 613 BHD (400 – 1,000 GBP) 570 - 1,145 BHD (935 - 1,870 GBP)
Egypt
Not required 3 - 24 Months May -August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa or work visa in advance. Business professionals, children 3,370 – 7,860 EGP (300 – 700 GBP) 5,500 – 12,350 EGP (490 – 1,100 GBP)
Israel
BA/BS required 6 - 12 months September, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa, or work visa in advance Business professionals, children 1,900 – 6,300 ILS (330 – 1,100 GBP) 1,900 – 6,300 ILS (330 – 1,100 GBP)
Jordan
Not required 6 - 12 Months July - August, all year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 695 – 930 JOD (600 – 800 GBP) 695 – 930 JOD (600 – 800 GBP)
Kuwait
BA/BS required 12 – 24 months July - August Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 200 – 350 KWD (435 – 760 GBP) 400 – 1,000 KWD (865 – 2,160 GBP).
Lebanon
Not required 6- 12 Months All year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP) 775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP)
Morocco
Not required 6- 12 Months All year round Tourist visa convert to work visa Business professionals, children 4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP) 4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP)
Oman
BA/BS required 12 – 24 months May – August, all year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 250 – 400 OMR (400 – 635 GBP) 765 – 1,575 OMR (1,222 – 2,500 GBP)
Saudi Arabia
BA/BS required 12 - 24 months All year round Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 2,600 – 5,300 SAR (423 – 910 GBP) 8,000 - 15,400 SAR (1,500 – 2,500 GBP)
United Arab Emirates
BA/BS required 12 – 24 months September and January Work visa in advance Business professionals, children 4,820 – 12,050 (800 – 2000 GBP) 8,680 - 18,077 (1,440 – 3000 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
January - September
Visa Info:
Tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
3,600 - 6,100 ARS (370 GBP - 630 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
3,600 - 6,100 ARS (370 GBP - 630 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
1 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
January - February and June - July
Visa Info:
Tourist visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
2,780 - 4,174 BOB (250 - 375 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
2,780 - 4,174 BOB (250 - 375 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
1 - 6 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
March - August
Visa Info:
Tourist visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,850 - 3,555 BRL (250 - 375 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,850 - 3,555 BRL (250 - 375 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6-12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
All year round
Visa Info:
Tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,973,453 - 4,473,160 KHR (300 - 680 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
2,861,507 - 4,473,160 KHR (435 - 680 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
All year round (although March and September are peak times to find job opportunities)
Visa Info:
Z visa in advance (see the Chinese Embassy site at http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
3,000 – 4,500 RMB (300 - 500 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
8,990 - 15,000 RMB (900 - 1,500 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
March - August
Visa Info:
Work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
958,962 - 1,342,550 COP (310 - 435 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,342,550 - 1,917,000 COP (435 - 620 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
October - December
Visa Info:
Tourist visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
240,000 - 400,000 CRC (300 - 500 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
252,000 - 544,400 CRC (315 - 680 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
February - March and July - August
Visa Info:
Tourist visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
400 - 700 USD (250 - 435 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
400 - 800 USD (250 - 496 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
3 - 24 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
May -August, all year round
Visa Info:
Tourist visa convert to work visa or work visa in advance.
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
3,370 – 7,860 EGP (300 – 700 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
5,500 – 12,350 EGP (490 – 1,100 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6- 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
September & January
Visa Info:
EU citizenship or work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 – 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
Year-round
Visa Info:
Work permit
Typical Students:
Students, professionals
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
36 000 INR 10 000 – 55 000 INR (£100 – £ 600)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
32 000 INR – 59 000 INR (£ 350 – £680)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
All year round
Visa Info:
Work visa in advance
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
6,000,000 - 9,000,000 IDR (350 - 500 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
10,000,000 - 13,500,000 IDR (550 - 750 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
July - August, all year round
Visa Info:
Tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
695 – 930 JOD (600 – 800 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
695 – 930 JOD (600 – 800 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6- 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
All year round
Visa Info:
Tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
9 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
Year-round
Visa Info:
Work visa
Typical Students:
Children,adults
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
MGA 1 800 000 – MGA 2 500 000 (£400 – £ 550)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
MGA 2 500 000 – MGA 3 700 000 (£ 550 – £ 814)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 – 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
May - August
Visa Info:
May - August
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
3,870 - 9,100 MXP (185 - 435 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
5,230 - 19,460 MXP (250 - 930 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6- 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
All year round
Visa Info:
Tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
4,000 - 10,000 MAD (295 – 740 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
Monthly
Peak Hiring Seasons:
January, June, November
Visa Info:
Working Holiday visa
Typical Students:
Students, professionals
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
NZD 1300 – NZD 1550 (£650 – £ 800)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
NZD 3350 – NZD 5000 (£1665 – £2500)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
March - August
Visa Info:
Tourist visa or work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
700 - 1,000 PAB (185 - 620 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
800 - 2,500 PAB (250 - 1,460 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 – 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
March
Visa Info:
Work permit
Typical Students:
Students
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
PYG 7 500 000 – PYG 10 000 000 (£1 100 – £ 1 400)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
PYG 5 000 000 – PYG 10 000 000 (£ 670 – £ 1 340)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
All year round
Visa Info:
Tourist visa or work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
800-1,500 PEN (175 - 330GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,120-2,240 PEN (250 - 495 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
9 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
October and January
Visa Info:
EU citizenship or working visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
700 – 1,400 EUR (586 - 1,170 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
700 – 1,400 EUR (586 - 1,170 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
9 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
September - June
Visa Info:
EU citizenship or tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,100 – 2,200 RON (205 - 410 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,100 – 2,200 RON (205 - 410 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
9 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
September - June
Visa Info:
Work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
20,000 – 33,000 RUB (370 - 612 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
20,000 – 33,000 RUB (370 - 612 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
June and September
Visa Info:
EU citizenship or tourist visa convert to work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
12,000 – 25,000 SK (400 - 795 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
12,000 – 25,000 SK (400 - 795 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
Monthly
Peak Hiring Seasons:
Year-round, especially October
Visa Info:
Work permit
Typical Students:
University students, professionals
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
approx. R7 500 – R8 500 (£415 – £480)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
approx. R10 000 – R12 000 (£550 – £680)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
September - October
Visa Info:
EU Citizenship or work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,000 – 1,500 EUR (833 - 1,250 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
Year-round
Visa Info:
Work permit
Typical Students:
Children,adults
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
50 000 LKR – 80 000 LKR (£250 – £400)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
25 000LKR – 50 000LKR (£130 – £260)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
6 - 12 Months
Visa Info:
Work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,500 – 2,500 TRY (500 - 750 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
2,500 – 6,000 TRY (750 - 1,800 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
Not required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
March - August
Visa Info:
Work visa
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
6,230 - 10,435 UYU (185 - 310 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
6,230 - 10,435 UYU (185 - 310 GBP)

Please note the information provided above is given as a general guide only. Information and currency conversions were correct at the time of publication, but they may change at any time.

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