Prospects Country by Country Guide - Middle East
Oil wealth has meant that many of the countries of the Middle East have been able to pay high salaries to attract the 'best' and most qualified teachers. As a result there are not many opportunities for the recently qualified teacher. Turkey is the exception where thousands of newly qualified teachers find employment. The lifestyle and strict conditions found in some of the oil rich nations may not appeal to all. Recent political events in the region may ultimately create more demand or reduce it. Time will tell.
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$1,500 tax free per month|
|major TEFL location||Nationwide|
Bahrain TEFL job prospects
Bahrain is among the more liberal of the oil states, and one which attracts foreigners, including women, because of its tolerance to women in the workplace. Opportunities mainly exist in companies, colleges or private language schools.
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Israel TEFL job prospects
Due to the large number of native speaking Jews who have settled in Israel, almost all positions are filled from the local population and there is no active recruitment of foreign teachers.
|Capital City||Kuwait City|
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$30,000 per year|
|major TEFL location||Nationwide|
Kuwait job prospects
The general consensus seems to be that the glory years of extremely high, tax-free salaries are over in Kuwait.
While that may be true the salaries offered are still higher than most other countries. Opportunities usually only exist for the highly qualified and experienced.
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$30,000 per annum tax free|
|major TEFL location||Muscat|
Lebanon TEFL job prospects
Lebanon is only just emerging from its turbulent past, and job opportunities are presently limited to placements through voluntary agencies. A teacher 'on the spot' may well be able to arrange work for a local salary. Hopefully the future will bring with it a greater variety of possibilities in this tiny but fascinating country.
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$3,000 per month tax-free + other perks|
|major TEFL location||Various|
Saudi Arabia job prospects
Like Kuwait the days of wonderfully high salaries are probably over. However, the salary package usually compares favorably with almost every other country. Teachers are usually required to have the highest qualifications and substantial experience. Not many women are employed and some teachers find the rules and regulations of life in Saudi Arabia rather too restrictive.
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$400 per month|
|major TEFL location||Damascus|
Syria TEFL job prospects
Syria is not a wealthy country and salaries are considerably lower than those offered in oil rich countries. There are a limited number of opportunities in the private language schools in Damascus. Teachers should arrange teaching positions and contracts before arrival.
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$1,500 per month|
|major TEFL location||Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir +++|
Turkey TEFL job prospects
There is an enormous demand for English teachers in Turkey, particularly in the larger cities. Salaries are reasonable and most teachers are able to enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Opportunities primarily exist within the private educational sector. Most teachers seem to find teaching and living in Turkey an enjoyable experience. A university degree is essential for working in Turkey.
|United Arab Emirates|
|Capital City||Abu Dhabi|
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$3,500 per month plus benefits|
|major TEFL location||Dubai, Abu Dhabi|
United Arab Emirates job prospects
As in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, reasonably well-paid jobs exist for those with prior teaching experience. Salaries are a bit lower but so are the educational requirements. Many teachers find the UAE less restrictive than some of the other gulf states.
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||$3,500 per month|
|major TEFL location||Doha, Al Wakrah and elsewhere|
Qatar TEFL job prospects
In 2010, Qatar had the world's highest GDP per capita, and their recent strives forward financially show no signs of slowing down. There's a huge need for qualified TEFL teachers in Qatar, from language academies to call center training and teaching English in banks.
|Countries||Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Jordan etc|
|Typical TEFL teacher salary||Various|
|Major TEFL locations||Capital cities|
Others TEFL job prospects
At present there are no real teaching opportunities in other Middle Eastern nations. However, in the light of recent events it is possible that some voluntary positions may arise in the future.