Rich in history, culture and natural resources, Middle East provides various new and exciting opportunities for those looking to have a successful career and life. It is being considered a lucrative market for TEFL teachers and if you can get past the culture shock and the hot weather, then Middle East will certainly be beneficial for your professional teaching career.
Middle East countries that have good TEFL prospects include Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, and more. Since these are non-English speaking nations, hence the need to know English as a language for communication is quite high there; hence also the need for more trained ESL/EFL teachers. Therefore the teaching jobs in Middle East are aplenty. In their race to become global competitors, these countries have been investing hugely into their educational systems. And due to this a TEFL qualification will strengthen position in terms of job opportunities for all budding English teachers willing to teach in the institutes spread across the Middle East, more so if you are not a native speaker.
The pay package of Middle Eastern countries for TEFL teachers are exceptionally good, with benefits like free health insurance, furnished housing/housing stipend, and annual flights to and from your native country.
You can expect to find job opportunities at the primary, secondary or higher secondary schools, as well as in corporate organisations or private coaching centres. Also because some schools in here also collaborate with schools in the UK hence trained and expert teachers are always preferred over the non-trained teaching aspirants. The international schools cater to around more than 50 nationalities; hence without a proper training in teaching ESL/EFL or TEFL, the aspirants might lack the knowledge and the skills that are required out of an EFL teacher to teach and manage diverse classrooms.
To get opportunity in a good international school in a Middle Eastern country, a TEFL certificate and some amount of experience is needed. However, for a fresher, the local schools are good enough and also ensure that they get enough exposure with the local community, gathering priceless experience in the process. As an ESL teacher working in Middle East, you can either work in public schools as well as private schools, both having their own set of advantages. Public schools offer a higher salary range to their teachers as compared to private schools; however both may provide the other above discussed benefits.
Contracts usually range between 1 year and 3 years with the salaries provided being tax-free, one can expect to live comfortably and also save for their future endeavours. Since the climate in Middle Eastern countries is hot and dry, hence the work hours start pretty early, that is from 7.30 in the morning and continues till 2.30 p.m. Apart from the general teaching classes, the teachers may also take part in certain after - school activities and enhance/develop existing and new skills.
Become a TEFL certified teacher and teach in Middle East and embrace a flourishing career!