In recent years Kuwait has become a very wealthy nation and a very popular place for teaching English abroad. A wide variety of jobs are on offer, from kindergarten right through to university level and beyond. The center of the job market is Kuwait City which has a booming demand and all the comforts you could want while living and working overseas. As well as modern Kuwait, you will also be able to explore the rich Arab culture, ancient archaeological sites, and white sandy beaches that make up this fascinating country.
What are TESOL salaries in Kuwait?
As a wealthy, oil rich country, Kuwait has no shortage of employers who are able to offer teachers a very healthy salary. On average, you can earn in the region of $2,500 to $4,000 per month and most jobs also include extra benefits. A typical contract should provide flights in and out of the country, free housing and good quality health insurance. On top of all that, your salary will be tax free!
To be in with a chance of landing a job in Kuwait you will need to have a degree and TESOL certification, as well as some classroom experience for most jobs. A minimum of two years is generally required as standard, with any additional years likely to increase your earning potential. Kuwait City is by far the most populated area and home to the largest number of jobs, although Al Ahmadi and Al Jahra are also worth exploring.
Who are the main employers of English language teachers in Kuwait?
International schools that follow either the UK or US curriculum are usually the best paying employers in Middle Eastern countries. There are several of these in Kuwait that are aimed at international students of all nationalities. As the rewards are high, the competition for these jobs is typically very strong. In order to have a chance in this type of environment you will require a teaching licence from your home country, a university degree and a few years of classroom experience. Bilingual preschools and universities are two other popular areas for foreign teachers in Kuwait. Preschools are a great option if you prefer to focus on young learners, while university jobs are ideal for anyone with experience in teaching older age groups.
What is the recruitment process for English teachers in Kuwait?
As most vacant positions in Kuwait are advertised online, it is normal for jobs to be arranged before you leave home. The best time of year to conduct your job search is in the months running up to the new school year in August. Individual schools often advertise solely on their own websites, although many also use recruitment agencies. Successful applicants will be interviewed via phone or webcam way in advance of the start date. Work visas will be organised by the employer so everything is in place in time for your arrival in the country.
What is the cost of living for English teachers in Kuwait?
The cost of living in Kuwait is generally less than the UAE and Qatar, and slightly more than Saudi Arabia and Oman, making it about average for the region. The majority of jobs include free housing or a housing supplement which allows you to save a good slice of your monthly salary. Other expenses can also be kept down by shopping and socializing away from areas that are aimed at the tourist market. Thanks to high salaries and extra perks, teachers in Kuwait should have no problem affording a good quality of life without spending a high percentage of their income.