Saudi Arabia is a popular destination for qualified and experienced ESL teachers who are motivated by the high, tax-free salaries available here. ESL teachers are amongst a large population of expats working in the Kingdom. Both male and female teachers are in demand, as schools are segregated by gender.
Because of the high salaries and benefits, the ESL job market in Saudi Arabia is competitive. To be hired as an ESL teacher in Saudi Arabia, teachers must be citizens of recognized native English speaking countries, hold a university degree and a TEFL certification or CELTA. Schools also have a preference for ESL teachers who have at least two years of classroom experience. Candidates with degrees in English also will have an advantage with prospective employers.
Opportunities to teach English in Saudi Arabia include teaching in private language schools, international schools, and vocational colleges. Certified teachers can earn salaries as high as $4,000 per month, tax-free, working in international schools. University teaching positions are also available, and can be both academically and financially rewarding. Teachers will need at least a masters degree to teach at a university.
Schools in Saudi Arabia typically offer housing and flight reimbursement as additional benefits.