Middle East and North Africa TEFL Job Markets


Oil rich nations of the Persian Gulf offer some of the most lucrative English teaching jobs in the world, however, these positions are competitive and many require previous experience and advanced credentials. First-time teachers will find more opportunities in countries like Egypt, Morocco and Turkey, where salaries and benefits are more modest, but the cost of living is low and the experience of living in one of the world’s most historic and culturally rich societies is second to none.

The majority of jobs are in private language institutes teaching both adults and children.

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required, MA preferred
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round, May-August preferred
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (380 - 565 BHD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,000 (265 - 377 BHD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - $3,000 (565 - 1,130 BHD)

Can save $800 - 2,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round, May-August preferred
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Egypt, some phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Rarely
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (8,900 - 13,000 EGP)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $400 - 800 (3,580 - 7,150 EGP)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $475 - 970 (4,290 - 8,580 EGP)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Israel
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (3,800 – 5,700 ILS)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $900 - 1,300 (3,470 - 5,150 ILS)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $530 - 1,000 (2,060 - 4,100 ILS)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round, May-August preferred
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Jordan, some phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Rarely
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (700 – 1,000 JOD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $500 - 1,000 (350 - 700 JOD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $600 - 1,200 (425 - 850 JOD)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required, MA preferred
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round, May-August preferred
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free housing or subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (300 - 450 KWD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $660 - 930 (200 - 280 KWD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,400 - 2,800 (425 - 850 KWD)

Can save $800 - 2,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS preferred, not required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Lebanon
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (1,510,000 – 2,260,000 LBP)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $500 - 1,000 (756,000 - 1,510,000 LBP)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $500 - 1,000 (756,000 - 1,510,000 LBP)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Morocco
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (9,700 – 15,000 MAD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $430 - 865 (4,200 - 8,370 MAD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $430 - 865 (4,200 - 8,370 MAD)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required, MA preferred
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months, May-August preferred
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or subsidy provided
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (385 - 580 OMR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (385 - 580 OMR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - 3,000 (580 – 1,100 OMR)

Can save $800 - 2,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required, MA preferred
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or housing subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (3,640 – 5460 QAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 2,000 (3,640 – 7283 QAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $2,300 – 4,000 (8375 – 14,564 QAR)

Can save $800 - 2,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required, MA preferred
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round, May-August preferred
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or housing subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (3,750 – 5,630 SAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,000 (2,630 - 3,750 SAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - 3,000 (5,630- 11,250 SAR)

Can save $800 - 2,000 per month

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance or face-to-face in Turkey
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals
  • Housing: Some free housing or subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: No
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (2,865 - 4,300 TRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $600 - 1,200 (1,700 - 3,500 TRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $600 - 1,200 (1,700 - 3,500 TRY)
  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required, MA preferred
  • Typical Contract Length: 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Work visa
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Free or housing subsidy
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Yes
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 – 1,500 (3,700- 5,500 AED)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,000 (2,570 - 3,670 AED)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - 3,800 (5,500 - 14,000 AED)

Can save $800 - 2,000 per month

NOTE:

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Start-up costs are estimates in a country for housing, food and expenses until receiving your first paycheck, which is typically 30 days after start of contract.

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