Is it possible to move to the Middle East with a degree and CELTA

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  • S_2
    26 November, 2019 at 12:30
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    Hi all,

    I’ve been wanting to move abroad to teach for a very very long time. But my life has changed a lot since then.

    Whilst doing my research I was told I need a degree. So, since then I returned to education. I am in my second year doing English Literature. I want to be able to move as soon as I finish, I am in the UK. I am not a native speaker but I have been in England since before I could walk and have citizenship.

    I am looking to hopefully go to the Middle East. I don’t mind where. I am also hoping to complete a CELTA. Currently, I don’t want to do a PGCE.

    I have been advised that the Middle East are not so much bothered about the teaching qualification but more so a degree. I hopefully graduate in 2021, my kids will be 6 and 5.

    I am wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation, or know someone who has. Or is able to advise me.

    Also, the agency I spoke to advised I should look for a job that can help with the education fees for children and can provide accommodation. I am not sure if this is a huge ask but I am assuming he wouldn’t have said so if there was no opportunities as such.

    Thank you :)

    10 June, 2020 at 6:03
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    Possibility of moving to the middle east with a degree and Celta

    Coming to the Middle East may be the best decision you ever made. The agent definitely advised you well. United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia particularly offer good salary and perks for qualified CELTA graduates.

    It’s not compulsory that you should be a native. As long as you carry the UK passport, it’s enough to get you the benefits a native speaker will get.

    Salary ranges from $2500 – $3500 depending on the organisation. This may grow with local experience. You get an accommodation ranging from a Studio apartment to a 2 or 3 bedroom Italian styled villa depending on employer as well. This is standard and free.

    Salary is tax free. But living is a bit expensive. With your 2 kids, expect to spend between $500 – $1000 monthly. Though fairly expensive but not as expensive as UK or the US. A lot of the spending traps that fritters money away can be avoided if you agree to work out of the main city like Abu Dhabi and Dubai which is mostly very quiet and not social but one of the safest in the world.

    Depending on the organisation, reasonable health insurance exists free. Housing is free as well as a return ticket for holiday yearly including your kids. If you work for a school, your kids get automatic free education.

    If your degree is Education related, you stand a better chance of getting a job in a government school with unimaginable perks and privileges. The only turn offs are the local kids with their funny behaviour. But I suppose it’s like that almost everywhere these days. So you learn to cope.

    All in all, it’s worth it and as you grow in experience locally, most of the international universities have campuses locally, you can add to your degree at a fraction of the cost you will do it in say UK or US and it will not indicate where you got the degree.

    With almost the same salary or say even more than what you earn in the US or UK, you get almost free what you use the bulk of your money to do back home. So your savings tend to appreciate rapidly. The only turn off being that you can’t walk into a pub or bar anyhow. As big as Abu Dhabi is. You can only take alcohol in the hotels in a secluded bar in select hotels and they are quite expensive.

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