Teach English in Oman
Get ready for an amazing experience while teaching abroad in Oman. If you're interested in living near 2,700 km of sandy beaches on the Gulf, Oman is the perfect teaching destination for you.
What's Oman like?
Oman is a very beautiful country, and the great city of Muscat lies in a valley surrounded by mountains and the sea. Oman has some of the region’s finest beaches out of the nearby coastal countries, and Muscat itself has many points of interest for foreigners to visit and explore. The beaches are kept very clean, and the surrounding mountains make for a magnificent view.
Teaching in Oman
There are a few different teaching options in Oman for foreigners. Some examples include local schools or international schools that cater to a completely international student base.
English is taught as a second language beginning from the fourth grade in public schools, and students sometimes start learning English earlier in private schools. Therefore, opportunities to teach English in Oman are quite prevalent. Older students in Oman are also interested in learning English in order to better understand other cultures, to travel abroad, and to pursue higher education and secure their desired jobs. English is also used throughout Oman's service industry, and it plays a major role in Oman’s national development and modernization.
Something that also tends to cross the mind of a teacher looking to teach abroad is - how are the students? Are they friendly? Respectful? Open to foreign teachers?
The answer is yes to all of those questions - Omani students are known for being well-behaved, hard-working students that are eager to learn. Respect is a quality that most Omani parents really want their children to have, and Omani children (and adults for that matter) are known for being very friendly and polite.
Teaching IB in Oman
As of 2020, there are 6 schools in Oman that use the IB curriculum. This equates to a healthy number of IB teaching positions, many of which are available to foreign teachers. Learn more about teaching IB in Oman, and check out the history and an overview of teaching IB abroad in our blog.
Teaching in Muscat
If you enjoy outdoor activities, you’ll love Muscat! The beautiful beaches, valleys, and mountains that allow for swimming, hiking, camping, etc.
If you’re concerned about clothing restrictions, especially if you’re woman, then not to worry! You don’t need to wear an abaya or cover your hair in Oman. Just remember to still dress respectfully (cover shoulders and knees). You can pretty much dress however you want if you’re going out clubbing or to bars (dresses, skirts, etc.).
Compared to what you’re likely used to, teaching in Muscat will be quite different. You’ll create many things from scratch, which is difficult sometimes, but it leads to a lot of learning and growth for you as a teacher. There can be a lack of structure that is hard to deal with in some schools, but other schools have excellent resources and processes in place already.
Muscat is a great place to teach abroad, and teachers cherish the time that they spend there!
Tourism in Oman
Between the spectacular mountain ranges and the enchanting deserts, wanderlust filled travelers and tourists can always find something new to see in Oman. While in Oman, you can go on a desert safari, visit the sea turtle nesting site, or take time to visit the mosques and forts around you. The combination of rich culture, natural beauty, and the maritime tradition makes Oman an appealing teaching destination.
Some interesting facts about life in Oman
- Oman was one of the richest countries in the world during biblical times; the wealth came from trading incense, especially Frankincense.
- Omani men are always found wearing a traditional curved dagger which is known as Khanja.
- During the 18th century, the Omani capital of Muscat became a wealthy trading post between India and East Africa and even gained political control of several East Africa territories, which includes the legendary island of Zanzibar.
- Oman is also traditionally known for breeding Arab horses.
Language in Oman
The official language of Oman is Arabic, and Arabic in Oman is spoken in many different dialects, thereby reflecting the country’s diversity. There are about 7 or 8 different dialects of Arabic spoken in Oman, but the most common ones are Omani Arabic and Gulf Arabic. Shehri and Mehri are two south Arabian languages, which are native to southern Oman and spoken by a lot of people.
Without going into too much overwhelming detail, there are approximately 7 other languages spoken in Oman besides Arabic. Luckily for foreign teachers, English is understood by most people in Oman, especially those in tourist areas. Plus, there's a large expat population there due to the teaching opportunities and because Oman is a popular travel destination. English is also the universal language of business, so you should be able to navigate the language barrier just fine.
Healthcare for teachers in Oman
Oman has modern public hospitals and top of the line private hospitals. You’ll have 24-hour access to many local pharmacies, and all hospitals will have English speaking staff. Don’t worry about the language barrier or your health, because they will make sure to take good care of you.
The official religion is Oman is Islam, which accounts for 86% of the entire population of the country. The majority of the population is Ibadhi, Shiite, or Sunni Muslims. The largest religious minority is Hindu which accounts for just 13% of the entire population.
Cost of living in Oman
If you choose to live like an average western expatriate, the overall cost of living in Oman is quite similar to that of most European countries. The lack of taxation generally has a major impact on the cost of certain big-ticket items like cars. Accommodation can be expensive, but your school will provide that for free along with a stipend to cover your utilities. Your main expenses will be food and travel which can vary substantially from person to person. If you prefer international food and clothing, then you will have to pay more, otherwise, you can always go for local stuff.
There are many international banks that accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and Union Pay. Online banking systems including PayPal are also great resources to help with your online banking and back home expenses.
Life in Oman will be very different from what you're used to, but it's definitely worth it for the experiences you'll have and the impact that you'll get to make on students' lives. If you’re looking for a new culture to immerse yourself in, Oman is a great option to consider. Teaching at an International school in Oman will allow you to travel and have a salary high enough to pay your student loans, increase your savings, or add to a travel budget.
Register today to speak with a placement consultant and be considered for one of these exciting roles. Teaching Nomad will work side-by-side with you, making sure that you are informed on the process and what you're getting yourself into. We take pride in making sure all our teachers are placed in the best schools and positions, and we only want the best possible experience for you.