Middle East

Kuwait city cityscape

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Typical working conditions

Kuwait is a Gulf Arab country at the western edge of the Persian Gulf. Known for the Persian Gulf War I of 1991, it is a member of OPEC and has one of the highest wealth per capita of any country. You might think that there is a great deal of money to be made in Kuwait, but this country is very selective about whom it permits to work and you must do some homework before you apply for your visa. This country is famous for its partnerships with American universities as they attempt to recreate higher education institutions similar to those in the U.S.

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Advice for Female Teachers in Saudi Arabia

Like a great many teachers, my application to teach in Saudi Arabia was made on a whim.  Facing another year of professional uncertainty, my credo was: ‘apply and see what happens’.  I was more than a little surprised when within a week, and without any ‘official’ interview I’d been offered a teaching post at the largest female only university in the world on the edge of Riyadh. A year on, after circumnavigating my way through the extensive highs and lows as life as a single woman in KSA I feel that it is time to pass on my experiences, especially as Saudi related advice can be thin on the ground, and rarely constructive; in this area of EFL horror stories abound.  Indeed, once I made my decision to go, I struggled to find a single constructive anecdote to guide me, which only added to my anxiety; the reality, however, was not exactly as I’d imagined.

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Teaching in Saudi Arabia

When I took the CELTA and dared to dream of the many foreign lands I would travel to with my qualification, Saudi Arabia was not on the top of that list. In fact, it wasn’t even in the top ten. That was over three years ago, and still I live in this hot, sandy and conservative country. I’m sure you know about the financial benefits, but what else is there? Why did I stay?

Well, for a start; Saudi is not for everyone. I have seen handfuls of young men and women who have come here and left soon after, or been miserable because they either had misinformed expectations of Saudi Arabia, or had read ‘tax-free’ rather than ‘conservative home of Islam’.

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by Mihaela Schwartz

How to Get an English Teaching Position as an Immigrant in Israel

A name often mentioned in newspapers’ headlines, Israel is also a country with a high immigration rate mostly because Jewish people from all over the world are encouraged to relocate to “their fathers’ land”. Once they commit to live here, at least for a medium term period, they are granted Israeli citizenship instantly and they acquire a special status of “new comers” (olim hadashim), which gives them access to different types of assistance aimed at ensuring a smooth integration in this rough country: Hebrew courses in special language schools called “ulpan”, financial incentives, logistical and administrative support, job seeking consulting services, etc.

However, as different religious groups co-exist in this country, the “olim” are not the only type of immigrants arriving to Israel. Moreover, mixed (interfaith, interracial and international) marriages are a common reality of the contemporary world.

Some of these immigrants choose the professional path of being an English teacher either because this is how they have earned their living in their country of origin, or because they find it an appealing opportunity for a career change. Little do they know when making this decision about the painstaking procedures they will have to go through before obtaining a stable English teaching position.

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By Tammy Reed
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Teaching in Israel: An Experience of ‘Biblical’ Proportions!

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Israel has a deep, and arguably complex culture, with strong values, politics and faith.

Despite its biblical fortitude it is also a business and commerce leader in the Middle East, and is therefore most certainly not just of archaeological importance.  There is an increasing need for businessmen and women to speak the ‘universal language’ and English teachers are in great demand.  This has been propounded by the popularity of American media.  As a result, finding a job to teach English has never been easier, and it is a great opportunity for foreigners wishing to experience the Middle East.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

Teaching English in Saudi Arabia

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If you want to earn lots of money as a TEFL teacher then you may want to consider teaching English in Saudi Arabia.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs World

TEFL jobs in Oman

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TEFL teachers looking for an interesting experience abroad should consider TEFL jobs in Oman. There is a huge demand for English teachers as all pupils start learning English in the Sultanate from the 4th grade onwards. Additionally the strict immigration requirements make it difficult for teachers to get into the country. English is seen as having an important place in the modernisation of the country, and there is a big drive for it to be used as much as possible in the service industries.

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