Teaching English in Saudi Arabia

Teaching English in Saudi Arabia

Teach Away offers teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia at a number of institutions, including private international schools, ESL schools and language institutes, and at universities and colleges. Teaching in Saudi Arabia can be a very lucrative opportunity for licensed teachers and ESL instructors alike.

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Teaching Jobs in Saudi Arabia

Teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia offer teachers the chance to live in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, in the centre of the Middle East. Teaching in Saudi Arabia also gives teachers the opportunity to learn more about Middle Eastern and Islamic traditions. Whether you are teaching in a small desert town or teaching in a large city setting, teaching in Saudi Arabia is a cultural immersion experience like no other.

Kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia offer licensed teachers the chance to work within private international schools in subject-specific positions. College and university teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia focus on ESL and EFL instruction, and ESL teachers are eligible for ESL language school jobs in Saudi Arabia as well.

Private International School Teaching Jobs in Saudi Arabia

Teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia offer lucrative salary and benefits packages. Certified or licensed teachers in Saudi Arabia can earn between $3,000 and $4,000 tax-free each month, depending on qualifications and experience. Teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia often provide comprehensive benefits packages, including flight, accommodations or an accommodations allowance, health insurance, and contract completion bonuses. Due to the provision of excellent benefits and a tax-free salary, teachers can expect to save a large portion of their salary each month.

Teaching in Saudi Arabia typically entails working Saturday through Wednesday. Schools hours in Saudi Arabia are usually from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM, though hours may vary slightly depending on the school. The school year begins in late August and ends in late June.

ESL Teaching Jobs in Saudi Arabia

Experienced ESL instructors in Saudi Arabia can earn up to $4,500 USD per month, depending on qualifications and experience. With a tax-free salary and several costs covered by excellent benefits, teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia have the potential for huge savings. Teaching in private language schools and in colleges and universities in Saudi Arabia is often quite lucrative.

ESL teaching positions in Saudi Arabia offer excellent benefits. Teachers can expect to receive return airfare, as well as flights for a spouse and up to two dependants. Shared, furnished accommodations or a housing allowance are typically provided. Teachers may receive up to $500 USD in relocation allowances, and are also eligible for an end of service bonus upon contract completion.

ESL teachers in Saudi Arabia will typically work between the hours of 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM, from Saturday to Wednesday. Actual teaching time amounts to 20-25 teaching sessions per week. Teaching hours in Saudi Arabia may vary by school, and ESL teachers are expected to contribute to school resources and curriculum development.

Teaching Benefits in Saudi Arabia

Teaching Benefit Type Teaching Benefit Details
Monthly Salary $3,000-4,500 USD, tax free
Airfare Return air ticket provided for teacher, spouse and dependants
Working Hours 34 hours/week
Accommodation Housing and relocation allowances provided
Vacation Eight weeks of vacation (July/August)
Health Insurance Provided
Contract Duration One year

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Living and Working in Saudi Arabia

Expatriate life in Saudi Arabia can be comfortable and routine if teachers are aware of daily customs and adhere to all rules and laws. Whether teachers are within a compound for foreigners or elsewhere in the country, being respectful of customs and rules is expected at all times. Teachers will learn about life in a country primarily made up of desert plains, but can also soak up the experience of life on the coast. Much recreational activity takes place in small community settings. Although Saudi Arabia does have a hot desert climate, parts of the country (especially on either coast) can experience cooler weather at night.

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Universities and Colleges in Saudi Arabia

Experienced ESL instructors are eligible to work at esteemed universities and colleges in Saudi Arabia, teaching English to freshman students in order to prepare them for English proficiency examinations (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL). Universities and colleges in Saudi Arabia are outfitted with the latest in technology, allowing teachers to integrate technology into the classroom.

Teaching at universities and colleges in Saudi Arabia provides university professors and college instructors with the opportunity to gain solid work experience in a foreign country. Due to a rapidly expanding ESL teaching market in Saudi Arabia, more and more professional development opportunities are emerging. Teachers will have the chance to contribute to the creation of English language curriculum, stay abreast of new teaching methodologies, and collaborate with other instructors to ensure effective program delivery.

Saudi Arabia at a Glance

Country Information

Capital - Riyadh

Language - Arabic

Population - 29,994,272

Currency - Saudi riyal (SR) (SAR)

Government - Unitary Islamic Absolute Monarchy

Major Religion - Islam

Climate - Dry desert climate

Size - 2,149,690km²

Quick Facts
  • Saudi Arabia is the largest country in the world without a river.
  • The Arabian oryx is one of the few species in the world whose population has increased after being nearly extinct.
  • The Arabian Peninsula is the world’s largest peninsula.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Arabic name is Al-Mamlakah Al-ʾĀrabīyah As-Saʿūdīyah.
  • Saudi Arabia is the world's largest oil producer and exporter.
  • Mount Sawda 3,133 m (10,279 ft) is the highest point in the country.
  • Riyadh’s camel market is one of the largest in the world and sells over 100 camels per day.

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