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When first hearing the word Jordan, two words might come to mind, Petra and Queen Rania.

When first hearing the word Jordan, two words might come to mind, Petra and Queen Reiner. 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 to experience the Bedouin way of life. Jordan has a hot desert climate in the day, while being cold at night. This country also has some scenic green valleys to contrast the dryness of the red desert called Wadi Rum. 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 symbolise the contrasting nature of this culture. In Western Amman the visitor finds luxurious shopping malls and restaurants. This has a more west 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 of the 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 conservatively. 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 also love a good celebration, and the people regularly have parties to celebrate small or large events. They are also 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.

A interesting fact about the famous Dead Sea in Jordan is the sounding dry land on the shore is the lowest point of land around the world. At 420 meters beneath sea level. The Dead Sea is famous for it’s ability to float you in the water this happens because it’s almost 10 times as salty as the ocean!

If traveling to Jordan is worth nothing the official name of Jordan is the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan” and their currency is the Jordanian Dinar. It’s also worth nothing that it’s considered rude in Jordanian culture to drink and eat 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 to option to spend the night under the stars during your time there. It’s so stunning it’s been home to some of the most loved films over the decades; including, Transformers, Star Wars, the Martian and of course Lawrence of Arabia.

Did you know? Known as Lawrence of Arabia, the author, archaeologist and British military officer Thomas Edward Lawrence received his famous title by advising the leaders of the Arab Revolt during World War 1.

 

Teaching Opportunities

Although many people speak English, there are still opportunities for those who want to teach English. Jordanians generally want teachers who have a 120-hour 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 a reimbursed flight, accommodation and health insurance. Fortunately, the cost of living is also 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

  • 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 and children
  • Average Monthly Cost of Living in Local Currency
    695-930 JOD
  • Average Monthly Salary in Local Currency
    695-930 JOD

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