Teach in Yemen
Yemen is alive with ancient mythology and mystery. Known in biblical times as the land of milk and honey and also the place where Gilgamesh came in search of the secret of eternal life, it has linked some of the oldest civilizations and offers an utterly distinct teach abroad experience.
Teaching in Yemen
Teaching jobs in Yemen
Obtaining a non-tourist visa for Yemen can be difficult, though not impossible. Teachers who wish to travel to Yemen to teach English may be able to do so without qualifications, although a TEFL certificate is always an asset.
English teachers are in demand in the larger cities - from universities to governmental organizations and private language schools. There are international schools operating in the capital city of Sanaa, many of which use a combination of an American curriculum and local Yemeni textbooks and materials.
Teaching in Yemen — Hiring
The school year for private or non-profit schools starts in late August or early September and finishes in June. Schools will usually start recruitment for the coming school year in early spring. For English teaching openings, start dates may take place throughout the year.
Living in Yemen
Yemen’s cities contain an enormous amount of historical significance. Sanaa, the capital, is the world’s oldest city and a UNESCO world heritage site. The city of Zabid is the birthplace of algebra, as well as the hottest town on Earth. Shibam - or “the Manhattan of the Desert” - in Wadi Hadhramaut features the first “skyscrapers” in history. Yemen is also known as a fantastic place to learn and practice Arabic, as the Yemeni Arabic dialect is closest to Classical Arabic, and spoken by the majority of locals.
Teachers wishing to teach in Yemen should exercise caution and follow the travel recommendations of their government, as the country is experiencing political and civil unrest.
TEFL Certification for Private School Teachers
Many private schools in Yemen 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 Yemeni private school positions.
Yemen at a Glance
Capital - Sanaa
Language - Arabic
Population - 18.7 million
Currency - Yemeni Rial
Government - Constitutional Republic
- Yemen was once divided into North and South Yemen. South Yemen was a communist state, while its neighbor, North Yemen was a republic. The country was unified in 1990.
- Yemen is the only republic in the Middle East - the others are either classified as kingdoms or emirates.
- Yemen shares borders with Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the west, the Arabian Sea to the south and Oman to the northeast.
- As Yemen is an Islamic country, alcohol is banned throughout the entire country.
- In Yemen, it is not customary to tip your taxi driver or wait staff.
- Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of Yemen.
- Yemenis are very proud of their wedding traditions - an average wedding feast lasts a whopping 21 days!