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As the world’s largest oil exporter with abundant natural resources, this Muslim country can offer an opportunity for ESL/EFL teachers to earn a more lucrative salary, as well as to experience the Arabic culture at first hand. With everything from modern cities filled with huge shopping malls to arid deserts, amazing coastlines and bustling bazaars, the country offers a truly unique experience for those lucky enough to find a TEFL job in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia is a great place to taste a wide range of Arabic cuisine, much of which has been consumed for thousands of years. Dishes based on wheat, lamb, potatoes, yoghurt, rice and dates are common, with falafel also a popular choice. Meals are often accompanied by a yoghurt-based drink called laban or Arabic coffee, which usually contains ground cardamom to produce a unique spiced beverage. Traditional coffee houses are an important part of the Saudi Arabian culture, as serving coffee is seen as a sign of generosity and kindness.

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Whilst not the place to combine work with partying (alcohol is strictly prohibited, as is speaking to a member of the opposite sex in public), there are plenty of TEFL jobs in Saudi Arabia, in which serious teachers earn an excellent wage, along with often luxurious living conditions and perks such as health insurance and return airfares included. All ESL teachers are expected to abide by local customs, including dress, and women are expected to wear an abaya, covering their body completely whilst in public. There are also segregated areas for men and women in most public spaces and accommodation is separate for males and females if they are unmarried.

Whilst the culture may be challenging at times, those taking TEFL jobs in Saudi Arabia are often provided with accommodation within a compound, which is likely to provide a more relaxed environment with excellent facilities such as spas and gyms.

Universities and private schools offer the largest proportion of TEFL jobs in Saudi Arabia, with a strong focus on preparing students for the international job market or to continue their study abroad. ESL teachers working in these environments will often need a formal teaching qualification or certification from their home country in addition to a TEFL qualification, however there are also some opportunities available in independent language schools which may require less experience.

Teaching English in Saudi Arabia will see male teachers teaching only male students, whilst females will be in charge of all-female classes. As such there is a strong demand for both male and female teachers in the ESL sector. Hours will generally be from around 7am until 3.30pm, although some private academies may offer classes in the evenings and ESL teachers taking TEFL jobs in Saudi Arabia will generally be expected to teach around 30 hours per week.

Salaries are generous and usually tax free, around £2000 to £2800 per month, although very experienced or qualified teachers can earn more than this. In addition to supplied accommodation or an allowance to cover rent, health insurance and end-of-contract bonuses, teaching English in Saudi Arabia should allow teachers to easily cover living expenses and also save money.

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