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:
BA/BS required
Typical Contract Length:
12 - 24 Months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
May - August, all year round
Visa Info:
Work visa in advance
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
245 - 613 BHD (400 – 1,000 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
570 - 1,145 BHD (935 - 1,870 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:
BA/BS required
Typical Contract Length:
6 - 12 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
September, 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:
1,900 – 6,300 ILS (330 – 1,100 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
1,900 – 6,300 ILS (330 – 1,100 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:
BA/BS required
Typical Contract Length:
12 – 24 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
July - August
Visa Info:
Work visa in advance
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
200 – 350 KWD (435 – 760 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
400 – 1,000 KWD (865 – 2,160 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:
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:
BA/BS required
Typical Contract Length:
12 – 24 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
May – August, all year round
Visa Info:
Work visa in advance
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
250 – 400 OMR (400 – 635 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
765 – 1,575 OMR (1,222 – 2,500 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
BA/BS required
Typical Contract Length:
12 - 24 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:
2,600 – 5,300 SAR (423 – 910 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
8,000 - 15,400 SAR (1,500 – 2,500 GBP)
Degree Requirement:
BA/BS required
Typical Contract Length:
12 – 24 months
Peak Hiring Seasons:
September and January
Visa Info:
Work visa in advance
Typical Students:
Business professionals, children
Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency:
4,820 – 12,050 (800 – 2000 GBP)
Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency:
8,680 - 18,077 (1,440 – 3000 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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