Middle East and North Africa TEFL Job Markets


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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.

The following information represents typical experiences for teachers but of course varies. Always carefully review contract details for any position and don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.

Bahrain

  • 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): $1,100 - 1,500 (400 - 550 BHD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $650 - 1,050 (250 - 400 BHD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - $3,000 (550 - 1,100 BHD)
  • Can save $800+ per month

Egypt

  • 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 (17,600 - 24,400 EGP)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $300 - 700 (5,200 - 12,300 EGP)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $$300 - 700 (5,200 - 12,300 EGP)

Israel

  • Degree Requirements: BA/BS required
  • Typical Contract Length: 6 & 12 months
  • Peak Hiring Season: Year-round
  • Interview Procedure: Face-to-face in Israel; some phone/Skype in advance
  • Visa: Tourist visa convert to work visa; right of return
  • Typical Students: Business professionals, children
  • Housing: Not included
  • Reimbursed Airfare: Rarely
  • Est. Start-Up Costs (USD and local currency): $1,500 – 2,000 (5,400 – 7,300 ILS)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (3,500 - 5,500 ILS)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,500 (2,500 - 5,500 ILS)

Jordan

  • 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 – 1,050 JOD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $650 - 1,000 (450 - 700 JOD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $650 - 1,200 (450 - 850 JOD)

Kuwait

  • 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): $650 - 1,000 (200 - 300 KWD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - 3,300 (450 - 1,000 KWD)
  • Can save $850+ per month

Lebanon

  • 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): $1,800 – 3,000 (2,700,000 – 4,500,000 LBP)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $900 - 1,500 (1,400,000 - 2,300,000 LBP)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $900 - 1,500 (1,400,000 - 2,300,000 LBP)

Morocco

  • 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 (9,500 – 14,300 MAD)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $500 - 1,000 (4,600 - 9,500 MAD)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $500 - 1,000 (4,600 - 9,500 MAD)

Oman

  • 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 (400 - 600 OMR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $800 - 1,550 (300 - 600 OMR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,600 - 3,100 (580 – 1,200 OMR)
  • Can save $800+ per month
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Qatar

  • 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): $1,500 - 2,500 (5,500 – 9,100 QAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $800 - 2,000 (2,900 – 7,300 QAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,600 – 4,000 (5,800 – 14,600 QAR)
  • Can save $800+ per month

Saudi Arabia

  • 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 – 5,600 SAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $700 - 1,000 (2,600 - 3,750 SAR)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,500 - 3,000 (5,600- 11,250 SAR)
  • Can save $800+ per month

Turkey

  • 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): $1,100 - 1,800 (5,850 - 9,600 TRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $550 - 900 (3,000 - 4,800 TRY)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $550 - 1,150 (3,000 - 6,200 TRY)

UAE (including Dubai & Abu Dhabi)

  • 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): $1,500 – 2,500 (5,500 - 9,200 AED)
  • Avg. Monthly Living Costs (USD and local currency): $1,000 - 1,500 (3,700 - 5,500 AED)
  • Avg. Monthly Salary (USD and local currency): $1,800 - 5,000 (6,700 - 18,500 AED)
  • Can save $800+ per month

NOTE:

For the most up-to-date exchange rates check out xe.com.

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.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation