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Lebanon Combines both the Modern and the Historic

Lebanon in the past was often referred to as ‘The Paris of the Orient’.

Lebanon in the past was often referred to as ‘the Paris of the Orient’, and it is trying to regain this crown. With Israel on one border, and Syria on the other, Lebanon combines both the modern and the historic. The country has some important archaeological sites from Roman times, namely Baalbek. In Tripoli, it is possible to see ancient Mumluk architecture. On the other hand, the country is also full of modern pastimes. In summer, people flock to the coast to enjoy the beaches. The mountains in Lebanon cover most of the country. Therefore, in winter they drive out to Mount Lebanon to ski. 

Unlike some of its neighbours, it is also far more liberal. The Lebanese enjoy partying, which is evident from the nightlife in Jounieh and Beirut. Many visitors also flock to Beirut to enjoy its laid-back cafe lifestyle and superb cuisine. Some dishes to explore are the lobster, baba ghanouj (roasted eggplants, tahini and garlic), hummus and Lebanese Ashta. Souqs are also another great way to pass the time. Tripoli has one of best Souqs in the country.

Despite some of the turmoil that the Lebanese have faced in their recent history, the people still remain easy-going, open and friendly. The main languages used in Lebanon are Arabic and French. Learning some basic phrases in both of these languages can help you to navigate the culture, particularly when you are first starting out. It is also important to keep up to date with the Foreign Office’s advice for the region based on the changing situation in the country, and internationally with its volatile neighbours.

Interestingly Beirut in Lebanon is extremely popular for shopping. The city is the 10th most popular in the world for shopping. The city in 2009 won the World Book Capital award. Launched in 1996 UNESCO welcomes programs to nominate their city to win the title which hosts an annual event. The winner is selected by the programs and initiatives used to encourage people to read, write and publish books.

With so much history there is many incredible sites to see in Lebanon. Including the best preserved temple in the world, the Temple of Bacchus. Located in the Bekaa Valley it became a member of the UNESCO world heritage sites in 1984. It's a Roman template likely to be completed in the early 3rd Century. Standing at 102 foot in height it's a must visit location if travelling Lebanon. Another marvelled Temple is in Baalbeck called the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus. It's a historical site with 6 remaining Roman columns. Completed by the last King of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. Historians consider the location the most important religious temple in the whole of the Rome empire. This is because there's a homage to so many Roman gods and warriors in the area. 

Teaching Opportunities

After the long civil war that engulfed the country from the 1970s until 1990 and then the Lebanon and Israeli conflict in 2006, Lebanon’s international status is slowly rising again. This means that there is more stability in the EFL market, and there are now more opportunities for work. Places where there are job openings are Beirut, Jounieh, Byblos, Sidon and Tripoli. There is a current demand in the science and business English sector. The job opportunities are few and are not advertised on EFL forums. This means that you will need to locate possible schools online, and then approach them from within the country. You will need to have money to pay for your own airfare and have 4-6 weeks of savings. Most jobs will expect you to teach 20-25 hours a week. The salaries, however, are not the same as in other countries in the region. There are no real benefit packages as part of a contract here. Accommodation is also a major expense. This can be reduced by sharing with other teachers. 

Teaching Requirements

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
Not required6- 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)
All year round
Tourist visa convert to work visa
Business professionals, children
775 – 1,550 LBP (315 – 630 GBP)

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