So, you’re looking to relocate to the Middle East to teach English? The first step you can take is by searching Eteach for a role that suits you, in a location that suits you just as well. Below are the basic requirements needed for the most popular Middle Eastern countries to teach English.
But first, a bit about the Middle East
The Middle East is made up of 18 countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and many more. A cultural delight, with beautiful landscapes, lush oases, glorious architecture, traditional souks and endless beaches. The continent's history dates back to ancient times and is home to some of the oldest cities and civilizations.
The Middle East has a hot arid climate with year-round sunshine, making it an increasingly popular tourist destination. Although the summer months are sometimes unbearable, with expats taking 'winter' breaks to cooler climates!
The most popular languages are Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Berber and Kurdish; with a focus on teaching English in schools as it is widely understood throughout the region. The Middle East is a land of unexpected contrasts with mighty rivers (Euphrates), huge deserts (Sahara) and snow-capped mountains (Turkey and Iran). From exquisite diving in the Red Sea, world class shopping opportunities in larger-than-life Dubai to the somewhat exhilarating experience of waddi-bashing over the sand dunes of Qatar.
There really is something for everyone across this exotic continent.
The Arabian Peninsula seamlessly infuses contemporary western culture with a traditional Arabic history and is a vibrant place that is capturing hearts and minds of people around the world. Where else can you ski in the morning, experience a desert safari in the afternoon, take a mid-afternoon swim in the sea and shop until you drop in the evening? From man-made islands to an indoor ski resort, the Middle East has fairy tale delights in abundance.
How do I teach English in Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia is the most influential country in the Middle East. By becoming an ESL instructor, you’ll have no problem finding an English teaching job in Saudi Arabia as there are over 25 international schools to choose from and many more private schools. You will need a Bachelor’s degree, a TEFL certification and to be a proficient native English language speaker.
How do I teach English in the UAE?
Teaching English in the United Arab Emirates is one of the highest-earning ESL jobs in the Middle East with salaries reaching $5500 a month in some language schools. With this high salary, higher requirements are needed because the job market is competitive, therefore having a Bachelor’s degree, TEFL certification and native English speaking are crucial, but having a Master’s degree can set you apart from the competition.
How can I teach English in Qatar?
As with Saudi Arabia and the UAE, having a Bachelor’s degree and TEFL certification is required to teach English in this Middle Eastern country. However, it is not necessary to be an English native speaker, therefore, offering a wider range of opportunities to foreign teachers wanting to teach English in the Middle East.
Can I teach English in Lebanon?
Most English teaching jobs in Lebanon are found in its capital city, Beirut, and require you to have a Bachelor’s degree and a TEFL certification to match. Experience teaching in your native country is desired but not necessary.
How can I teach English in Kuwait?
Teaching English in Kuwait can come with some huge incentives; therefore, it is one of the most popular places to get a teaching job in the Middle East - but also requires you to have a Bachelor’s degree, a TEFL certification, and at least 2 years’ experience as a minimum. It is also largely recommended to have a Master’s degree to put you in that upper pool of talent.
What is needed to teach English in Bahrain?
A country not too dissimilar to Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Bahrain has a large concentration of English teaching jobs in the Middle East. This is due to the majority of schools containing expatriates, requiring teachers to be qualified in an English-speaking country, as well as having a TEFL qualification and a Bachelor’s degree in any field.
Can I teach English in the Middle East with no experience?
As long as you have the basic requirements and qualifications needed for the respective countries, you do not need teaching experience to teach English in most Middle Eastern countries. However, it is highly recommended to have experience because it proves that you know how to handle yourself and your students in a classroom situation - something that will set you apart from your competition… the more experience, the better.