Teach English in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is rich not only in culture and industry but also in teaching English opportunities.
Education has always been a focal point of the Saudi Arabian culture and with that, the teaching English in Saudi Arabia positions are top tier. Teaching positions in Saudi Arabia are notorious for having great compensation packages including high salary, visa assistance, free lodging, international insurance, and more.
Teaching English in Saudi Arabia
Teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia can be found at universities & international schools and teachers for all subjects, such as math, science & social studies are needed. Teaching Nomad will be there each step of the way, making sure you are presented with the best positions available aligning with your interests.
Job requirements include having a professional teaching license and a degree in education. However, only a couple of years of classroom teaching experience is required. Just make sure you’re a native English speaker, and be willing to commit to a 2 or 3-year contract.
Salaries range from $48k-$54K USD or more depending on your placement and experience. Teaching Nomad works with a range of primary, middle, and high schools.
Click the link below to start the process to teach English in Saudi Arabia. Teacher Nomad’s consultants will be there every step of the way. Let us know if you have any questions or ways that we can be more helpful in learning more about teaching English in Saudi Arabia.
Compensation & Benefits
Teaching salaries in Saudi Arabia are some of the best in the Middle East region. Salary is tax-free, often ranging from $40,000 - $55,000 USD annually, plus generous end of contract bonuses at 2 & 3 years. Housing is almost always including and can be either an apartment building or walled off expat compound. A single foreign teacher in Saudi Arabia can often save upwards of $20,000 USD per year while a teaching couple with kids could save even more.
Teaching IB in Saudi Arabia
As of 2020, there are 19 schools in Saudi Arabia that use the IB curriculum. This equates to hundreds of IB teaching positions, many of which are available to foreign teachers. Learn more about teaching IB in Saudi Arabia, and check out the history and an overview of teaching IB abroad in our blog.
Teaching in Riyadh
There are many great schools in Riyadh, and you’re able to save a good amount of money while teaching here. People that choose to teach in Riyadh are laid back and ready for big life changes. As a teacher in Saudi Arabia, you have to adhere to the strict laws and customs that are present every day. You have to be prepared to wear an abaya and headscarf, and prayer is very important in Saudi Arabian culture.
In Riyadh, you’ll likely live in a Western compound, which is great for teachers that aren’t quite ready to jump directly into the Saudi Arabian lifestyle immediately. In these compounds, you’ll find other expats to befriend, as well as restaurants, entertainment, and pools!
Teaching at an international school in Riyadh will give you a bit more freedom in the classroom, as the local schools’ curriculum is often based on the literal interpretation of the Quran.
If you’re interested in teaching in Riyadh, it’s important to learn about what life is like in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia has a total population of 28.7 million people with about 8 million foreigners. The cost of living is noticeably cheaper than its western counterparts. For example, a cappuccino will cost about $2.67 while a one-bedroom apartment can cost between $250 - $400 USD a month. However, all of the schools we work in Saudi provide housing for the teachers. Since Saudi Arabia is in the desert, most of the consumer goods are imported so it will be reflected in the day-to-day prices.
Prior to moving abroad, schools will conduct the interview, negotiations, and visa before you depart your home country. Just expect the interview and hiring process to take between 1-3 months. Most expats including teachers live in gated community compounds that include accommodations. The healthcare system has standards to US or European hospitals and healthcare facilities. Please plan accordingly but also is ready for changes.
It is recommended that if you bring about $1,000 USD in start-up funds, you’ll be able to make the transition a little bit easier without worrying about cash. Employers will usually reimburse you for your transportation costs. Most expat experience a better quality of life at a fraction of the price.
Here’s a little information about Saudi Arabia
- The land encompasses about 830,000 Sq. mi
- 5th largest state in Asia
- The world's largest oil producer and exporter
- 33% of the population is foreigners
- The official language is Arabic
- Salaries are tax-free
- Alcohol and movie theaters are banned
- Education is free at all levels
It is important to research the laws and customs of Saudi Arabia to understand how they can affect your daily life. Things like dating (publicly) and consumption of alcohol (except in an Embassy) are forbidden. There are additional restrictions for women, such as not being able to drive and being restricted to restaurants with a specific family section.
To compensate for some of these cultural challenges, the embassies are known to throw regular events/parties allowing you the freedoms you would have back home.
Saudi Arabia has a desert climate, so it gets extremely hot during the day and temperatures drop dramatically at night. The summer temperature averages 45C (113F) but can reach as high as (54C) 129 F. The fall and spring range between 84 °F (29 °C). Accommodations are built with these temperatures in mind and are typically properly air-conditioned.
There are plenty of things to do for fun in Saudi Arabia. Soccer (Futbol) is the national sport but they enjoy treasures such as camel racing. Many expats enjoy traveling to different cities and countries nearby including the UAE, Qatar, Egypt, and more.