Teaching English In Saudi Arabia

by Roger on October 5, 2006

by Roger | October 5th, 2006  

saudi2.jpgBy TedKarma
(This is the second in a series of posts by experienced EFL teacher Tedkarma)

If you want to save some serious money – give it a shot.

Living in the Arab world is not for everyone, and Saudi Arabia is the home to some of the most conservative forms of Islam. But, if you are tough enough and have your mind set on a goal, you can succeed – and you can save some serious money.

Partyland? Hardly. Movie theaters are “forbidden” as are most forms of fun. There are a few “male-only” bowling alleys. Dating? A serious criminal offense. Night clubs? Forget about it!
But you can make friends, and in the quiet of some housing compounds you can find a drink or two and some peaceful socializing. Is it all bad? Not if you don’t mind a quiet life.

saudi1.jpg<The better jobs will require at least a master’s degree and a few years experience – and you’d better have some good skills in classroom control (discipline). Colleges and universities often treat their teachers well – you’ll get large very nice apartments, a tax free salary, round-trip air tickets to your home country, and lengthy paid vacations. The college I taught at paid well, on time, and to the penny. The management of the school was firmly behind the teachers – as long as you were carefully aware of the religious and cultural boundaries. This is not a place interested in learning about your “Western culture”. Men will teach only men’s classes, women will teach only women’s classes.

One of the better places for looking for jobs in the Middle-East is Bayt Recruiting. If the Middle East is not for you and you want to save money – a good alternative is Korea. Check out www.TEFLDaddy.com – a great place for newbies to start.

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M Y DEMIR August 19, 2007 at 4:17 am
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Dear Sir or Madam,I am a Turkish citizen , right now I am a student in Moldova , (The Humanities English -Russian teachering program),after the university I want to work as a teacher in Saudi Arabia,would you pleaase tell me whethet it is possible or not?,if it is possible,tell me how please…
Thanks a lot !
Demir M Y / Turkey

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Katie August 19, 2007 at 4:39 am
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Hi Demir – From what I know about work in Saudi Arabia, you often need a post-graduate / Master’s degree and often some experience. Check out the recruiting site linked to in this post, and also sites like Tefl.com, eslcafe.com, and esljobfeed.com to see what they look for. You can also visit Tedkarma’s site above and find contact information for him there to ask him directly.

I think in some cases it is harder for non-native English speakers to find EFL jobs abroad, but my impression is that this might be less of a factor in the Middle East than elsewhere – but the qualifications are important. This is all just my impression, though, so check the job sites and with Tedkarma to be sure.

Good luck.

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bilal October 31, 2007 at 12:09 am
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Hi katie!
I am an American and wanted to get exposed to living in Saudi for a year or two. I just recently graduated from college with a Bachelors in Chemistry. How would you suggest I begin my hunt for a job in Saudi? I was thinking about doing an online TEFL course to get certified. Do you know if the online courses are sufficient or if we need to do the classroom ones? Thanks for your help!

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Katie October 31, 2007 at 1:07 pm
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Hi there…
When a country requires a TEFL certificate, it usually has to be of the in-person variety, with 100+ hrs instruction and 6+ teaching practice. I don’t know a lot about Saudi, but it is my understanding that a lot of jobs want experience plus an MA. Have a look around the international job board at ESLcafe.com and tefl.com to check on this.

Stay tuned for an upcoming TEFL Logue page on working in the Middle East.

If your heart is really set on Saudi, you might be able to find an entry-level job, but may be hard. If any neighbors are an option, my sense is that the UAE and a little further away Egypt might be more new-teacher friendly.

Having the BA is good and, once you get a tefl certificate, the field shouldn’t matter much.
Good luck – if you remember come back and comment on how the job search goes…

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Josh January 19, 2008 at 2:23 am
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Hey Katie,
Does the fact of having hepatitis B will prevent someone from getting a work permit in Saudi Arabia?
Thanks in advance for your reply
Regards,
Josh

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tayer mohamad March 22, 2008 at 9:02 am
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dear
I am nepali. I have t recently graduated from college with a Bachelors in Chemistry. I How would you suggest I i want to work in Saudi? I was thinking about doing an online TEFL course to get certified. Do you know if the online courses are sufficient or if we need to do the classroom ones? Thanks for your help!

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bara March 28, 2008 at 12:16 am
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I need Native english teacher to work for my schools jn Saudi Arabia .if some one is welling to work for one to 5 years ,please e mail me your c.v to nabilyk@yahoo.com

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bara March 28, 2008 at 12:16 am
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I need Native english teacher to work for my schools in Saudi Arabia .if some one is welling to work for one to 5 years ,please e mail me your c.v to nabilyk@yahoo.com

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safiya April 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm
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hi..i am 18 yr old 12th science student.i study in the international Indian school Riyadh.i want to go and study further but i cannot because of the family problems.so i want to do online course here in Saudi Arabia.please tell me some of them and also the details…
thank you for your..help..
hoping for a prompt reply from your side..

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