> Middle East / North Africa

Teach English Worldwide strives to provide clear, comprehensive, and objective advice to anyone interested in teaching English overseas.

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator

R.W. Emerson (American poet and essayist)

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Jordan are the countries with the greatest demand for English teachers in this region. Schools in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE offer the highest salaries, and will also often include in airfare, housing, and various other benefits in their standard compensation package. These three Persian Gulf States are some of the few in the world where overseas English teachers can save large amounts of money (sometimes more than $1,000/month). Jordan also has an established TEFL-TESOL industry, but pay and benefits there are less than in the Gulf States mentioned above.

Turkey’s efforts to establish more political and economic ties with the West have meant that English language instruction is in demand in this historic country. Jobs are available in most cities, but the popular destinations for TEFL-TESOL professionals are Istanbul, Izmir, and (to a lesser extent) the capital, Ankara. Because of the generally lower standards of living and recent economic woes in Turkey, pay and benefits are modest.

Finally, Egypt, Morocco, and possibly Tunisia are options in your Mid East job hunt. Like Turkey, you will not get rich in these countries, but you should be able to live comfortably.

Warning: Anti-Western, and particularly anti-American, attitudes are a serious problem in a number of Middle Eastern countries. You should carefully investigate the conditions in your specific area before planning a move to the Middle East. See the US Department of State’s Travel Warnings for up-to-date information on potential problems in the area (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel.html).