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Teaching Jobs in Kuwait

Teaching in Kuwait offers teachers the chance to work in a small Middle Eastern country with big incentives. Teachers can experience life in this picturesque shore of the Arabian Gulf.

Kuwait is a city surrounded by archaeological sites and vast stretches of desert. Teachers interested in jobs in Kuwait should be flexible, open-minded, and have a good understanding of Arabic culture and customs.

Elementary, middle, and secondary school job opportunities in Kuwait are open to licensed teachers with at least 1-2 years of experience at the appropriate level. Teachers with experience as a faculty head or department head may be considered for leadership roles.

Teaching Jobs in Kuwait

Salary & benefits when teaching in Kuwait

Teaching Benefit Type Teaching Benefit Details
Monthly Salary $2,600 – 4,000 USD tax free. Leadership roles may offer a higher salary depending on credentials and experience.
Airfare Provided for teacher and dependents
Working Hours 40 hours/week/week
Accommodation Accommodation/housing allowance provided
Vacation Eight weeks of vacation (July/August)
Health Insurance Provided for teacher and dependents
Contract Duration One year

Living and Working in Kuwait

Living and working in Kuwait is substantially different than living in many Western countries. One of the primary differences is the fact that liquor is completely prohibited. Another difference felt immediately is the fact that men outnumber woman substantially (approximately 2-1).

The summertime is a notably warm experience. Since Kuwait is one of the smallest countries in the world, there is no real difference in temperature by region. The average highs in August push 44 degrees Celsius (112.1 Fahrenheit) with highs in December hovering around 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit). Dress code restrictions apply to women—shoulders and knees must be covered, so teachers will want to pack accordingly. Options for acquiring clothing are readily available.

Living and Working in Kuwait

Cuisine and Leisure

The culture in Kuwait is very friend and family-orientated. There is less of an emphasis on activities typically associated with drinking, with more of an emphasis on sharing of stories, and eating a good meal with friends and acquaintances.

This is not to say, however, that there are no Western amenities. Educators teaching in Kuwait can expect to find a lively fashion and shopping district, as well as ‘club-like’ establishments, mostly in the form of private parties.

Cuisine and Leisure

Travel and Tourism in Kuwait

With no travel restrictions, educators are free to explore the entire geography of this tiny nation. For instance, the Grand Mosque is religious attraction that showcases world famous architecture. Or the Scientific Center in Kuwait city, which is a mixture of science-orientated museum and outdoors entertainment center. A gift to the people from the late Amir Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, it can also be a gift to any teachers looking to pick up an exciting new lesson plan. A nice mixture of nature and landscaping nurture, in the middle of Kuwait there is a large zoological garden that is a must-see for the outdoorsy and animal loving teachers.

After exploring some of these urban sites, venture out to the edge of the city to visit Kuwait bay. Accounting for 40% of the state’s shoreline, it is home to many inviting beaches with diving and water sports. In addition, ‘sea clubs’ provide sporting facilities and swimming pools for those instances where the beach is not an option.

Travel and Tourism in Kuwait

Criteria for Teaching Jobs in Kuwait

Candidates for teaching jobs in Kuwait must meet the following criteria:

  • 1-2 years of experience at the appropriate level
  • Regional teaching license or certificate
Criteria for Teaching Jobs in Kuwait

TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers

Many private schools in Kuwait require applicants to possess a TEFL certificate. The University of Toronto’s TEFL Online Certificate can help you become a leading candidate for some of the top Kuwaiti private school positions.

TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers

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Kuwait at a glance

Country information

Capital: Kuwait City

Language: Arabic, English

Population: 4.35 million (140th)

Government: Unitary hereditary constitutional monarchy

Major religion: Islam, Christianity

Climate: Hot/Humid

Quick facts

The country is also known as the “State of Kuwait”

The island of Failaka in Kuwait was an ancient trading post

Kuwait was the first Arab country in the Gulf to have an elected parliament

The national bird of Kuwait, the falcon can be found everywhere