No experience in the Middle East

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  • sol_net
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    11 April, 2006 at 14:29
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    Hi guys

    I’ve just qualified with a CELTA and really want to teach somewhere in the Middle East, preferably Saudi, Kuwait or the UAE. Do I have any chance at all without any experience? Most of the job ads I look at seem to require 2 or more years experience.

    Has anyone managed to find work in these countries as a newly qualified teacher? If not, where would you recommend to start to get that experience?

    Thanks.

    cafta
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    23 April, 2006 at 16:19
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    Reply To: No experience in the Middle East

    Well, yes, it’s certainly dificult to work as a newly qualified teacher in the Gulf. I’ve occasionally seen job adverts which don’t require any experience, but they are few and far between. You could be lucky, but my advice would be to work for a year or two at least elsewhere, and then look again. Some countries in Asia, like Indonesia, Korea, China… are good places to start as a teacher and get that experience.

    robintc3
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    17 December, 2006 at 4:12
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    Reply To: No experience in the Middle East

    I was in Kuwait for 15 months and if anything it’s becoming more difficult to get in without experience or a degree. The money is great but unless you are t total life can be a bit tedious. You also really need to hire or buy a car in order to get around taxis are expensive though busses are dirt cheap.

    Saudi is still dangerous relatively speaking, Kuwait is pretty safe but I would look to the Emirates or even Bahrain which are a bit more Western in outlook. Hope this helps.

    One interesting point, Kuwait is quite progressive re accelerated learning. I noticed a lot of the schools there were using the Edinburgh Techniques and lots of teachers were making good money using them with private students.

    ali
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    30 December, 2006 at 10:32
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    Reply To: No experience in the Middle East

    Hi newly-qualified!

    I worked for a language school in Morocco for three years and while I was there they recruited several newly-qualified teachers. So, it might be the same situation over in Saudi. I think it completely depends on the school and its director.

    Don’t give up on the idea – continue applying for jobs there but I would also try other countries as a back up plan!

    Good luck!

    Ali

    Acoreana83
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    23 January, 2007 at 1:28
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    Hey best of luck to you in the Gulf!! Maybe trying out as an intern or in some kind of summer program may be helpful. I taught privately in India for a total of 13 months. Was a tough life but at least I gained the experience.
    As to \"Ali\" how did you manage to find work in Morocco?! Any leads or advice for that country. I have been looking but have so far had no luck… Everything is either in French, never get a reply or they want me have a BA or MA for the issuing of a work permit. What the bottom line is: I wont need a work permit as I will be marrying a Moroccan soon before moving/living/teaching there…But they don’t seem to be interested in this notion either…

    Many thanks :D

    cewcathar
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    6 September, 2007 at 17:14
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    Most jobs I’ve seen in Kuwait require 2 years post B.A. experience; you can count part-time teaching you’ve done as a grad student as part of that experience; you have to document your experience.

    As far as education you generally need a Master’s (English or Education or TESL or linguistics or foreign languages are good majors; it can depend; for example if you are teaching ESP–English to nurses for example–then your nursing degree might be enough with some training in TESL maybe; indeed if you can teach English for the health sciences they might take you without so much experience; but you must then have some qualifications in the health sciences??).

    Optionally a bachelor’s plus the CELTA (which you have) will work in most schools.

    Some Arabic is a big plus–cannot hurt. You can volunteer a bit here, find part-time work, study Arabic.

    Another option is the Peace Corps–but you might not get your pick of country–that is you might not end up in the Mideast.

    Also think about Tunisia and Morocco–AMideast recruits for Tunisia; I’ve not worked for them but it seems they may take some teachers with certification but without experience.

    grant99
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    10 December, 2007 at 20:23
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    Reply To: No experience in the Middle East

    I am looking about in Dubai, Oman and saudi myself. Does anyone know anything of the SAbIS chain of schools? They seem to be all over the job boards, and my year’s experience hasn’t put them off. Is there something I don’t know??

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