Beautiful Beaches, Historical Forts and Traditional Markets
Oman is a country that has traditionally had and still has strong ties with the UK. It is also an oil-producing country. Situated on the coast of the Arabian Sea, Oman has a hot, dry desert climate. Oman is surrounded by the region of the world known as the Empty Quarter. This is a vast impenetrable desert that was made famous in the West by the British explorer Thesiger. He travelled across this wild place with the local nomadic tribes. Apart from desert excursions, expats can explore the rapidly growing capital, Muscat, which has the splendid Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman’s National Museum and the new opera house. There are also beautiful beaches, historical forts and traditional markets. For those looking for something more upmarket, Oman also has some impressive shopping complexes. The Grand Mall is the premier destination for shopping in Muscat.
Politically, Oman is a sultanate and has had the same leader, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, since the 1970s. He has tried to champion more equal rights for women in the country. This does not mean that Oman is liberal. People, especially women, are expected to dress conservatively. This means no cleavage, shoulders or knees on public display. If travelling alone, women should also avoid eye contact with drivers to avoid sexual harassment. However, in Oman’s capital, Muscat, foreign women have an easier time wandering near the Western hotel area. Those expats who respect and adopt a more modest approach to life will find that Omanis are extremely friendly and hospitable people.
There are few native English speakers living in Oman, which means that if you choose to teach in this country, you will be in high demand. Many young Omani students or young professionals are studying English because they wish to travel or move abroad to work and study. This means that there are job opportunities to be found in private language schools, state schools, universities and also corporate settings, due to the oil industry.
Expectations of teachers are high in Oman. Teachers are required to have a degree and a 120-hour TEFL certificate. Contracts are for 20-25 hours of teaching a week, and you need to find a job before coming to the country due to strict immigration controls. Employment opportunities can be found online or in newspapers, such as the Guardian and the Times Educational Supplement. The jobs offered have an excellent tax-free salary and benefits. These benefits include furnished accommodation, medical insurance, visa assistance, paid annual leave and reimbursed airfare.
|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|
|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)|