Most people get a surprised look on their faces when Saudi Arabia is mentioned as an EFL destination. While it has some rules that are difficult for some people to accept (no alcohol), it is just another country which has been poorly represented in the media and Hollywood. This country has experienced rapid economic growth, lifting the majority of its population out of poverty. With the growth and push towards international integration, Saudis of all ages are learning English.
Salaries are very good for EFL teachers and costs are minimal as most contracts offer plush furnished accommodations, roundtrip airfare, international medical insurance, high bonuses and zero taxes on salaries. So savings are very easy to accumulate. If you are looking for a real adventure off the beaten path, where many do not venture, Saudi Arabia just might appeal to you! The average salary in Saudi Arabia is $2200 – $4000 USD per month.
Most positions are with Colleges and Universities who tend to hire for a late August start. It is best to start searching and applying for positions in early spring. There are also private language school positions in which students are seeking IELTS and TOEFL instruction which hire year round.
To teach in Saudi Arabia, you will generally require a bachelor’s degree and either some teaching experience or a TEFL certificate. Sometimes private schools may hire you with just a TEFL, but it may be difficult to secure a work visa without a bachelor degree. Most jobs will be found in major urban areas. It is best to apply for positions online or through a recruiter and have everything in place (contract, work visa) before going to Saudi Arabia. There will be little or no benefit in trying to reach the country first and then find a position.
If you want to start a life of teaching English in Saudi Arabia, you’ll need to take the first step and get TEFL certified. This online qualification can be completed in 120 hours and gives you the training and know-how required by top schools in Saudi Arabia, and around the world.