TESOL Saudi Arabia: Job Conditions and Requirements

TESOL Saudi Arabia Job ConditionsAll schools in Saudi Arabia are limited to one gender or the other and students are taught by their respective gender. This reflects Saudi society at large: there is little or no social interaction between unrelated men and women here.

As most people are aware, Saudi women always wear “abayas” when outside their home. This form of clothing covers the complete body form in black cloth, except for a rectangular slit over the eyes. Women in the Kingdom who are not Saudi nationals–including teachers–cover the top of their heads when in public (for example, with a scarf), but they are not expected to dress fully in black.

Pay Scale – TESOL Saudi Arabia

The pay scale for ESL teachers in Saudi Arabia is generally higher than in most other countries and, as a result, there are somewhat higher hiring standards. In many ,if not most cases, you are expected to have more than a year of classroom teaching experience, as well as an advanced TESOL certificate such as TESL Canada, CELTA, or Trinity CertTESOL.

Finding Jobs- TESOL Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has a rather unusual, but most often effective, system of labor, which requires a foreign worker to be employed by a Saudi-owned host company. A host company typically has a contract with the actual school where an instructor teaches. For example, if you are hired to work in the Kingdom by a North American company, a different Saudi host company may actually be disbursing your salary payment.

A teacher employed by a well-run host company is most likely to enjoy a positive work experience here, as this company will often serve as a go-between for any matters involving the government. For example, if a visa issue should ever develop, the host company, rather than the teacher himself, would likely be dealing with the Saudi government, representing the teacher’s interests.

Housing is often provided to the ESL teacher in Saudi Arabia, as part of the contract package. A common place to house teachers is in one of the secure compounds built especially for foreign workers. A few such compounds even have miniature cinemas, which are otherwise outlawed in the Kingdom (Watching films on television is permitted; many are available to Saudi citizens and others via satellite television). Many teachers and other foreigners, however, live right in the city, alongside the general population (in a residential hotel, for example).

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