Saudi Arabia Riyals (SAR)
- The demand for teachers is high, but the equally high salaries attract very well-qualified English teachers, so the market is competitive. It should also be noted that, because of cultural differences, it’s almost impossible for women to get teaching work here.
- Main TEFL regions
- Riyadh, Jeddah, Damman
- Types of teaching
- Military and petrochemical Institutes: General English, English for Specific Purposes
Saudi secondary schools: General English, English for Younger Learners
Saudi universities: General English, English for Academic/Specific Purposes (EAP/ESP)
In-house company language programs: General English, Business English, ESP
- This is usually supplied by your employer
- Flight reimbursement
- This is common, along with other perks such as free healthcare and a bonus at the end of a long contract.
- SR8,000-SR10,000 per month for a teacher with a comprehensive TEFL qualifications and a couple of years’ experience. If you have an MA in TEFL, you will earn much more.
- No income tax whatsoever!
- Cost of living
- The cost of living is relatively expensive in Saudi Arabia, and probably close to most western countries. However, as the culture is so different from the west, people don’t socialize in the usual way (i.e. having a drink!), so you probably won’t spend much money on going out.
- Potential to save money
- With a well-paid job, you should be able to save a substantial amount of money.
- How much TEFL training is recommended?
- You should get as much TEFL training as possible. Realistically, Saudi Arabia is not the best place for novice teachers: if you have extensive qualifications and lots of experience you will be very well paid; but by coming here as a fresh-faced recruit you leave yourself open to exploitation from unscrupulous private language institutes.
- Common teaching conditions
- The low-paid positions in private language institutes involve long hours and lots of red tape. In better schools and universities, you’ll still have the bureaucracy, but the hours will be shorter and you’ll have lots of vacation.
- The students tend to be dedicated, but you’ll probably experience the odd bit of cultural conflict when teaching.