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  • nugi
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    7 July, 2013 at 22:49
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    Hi,
    I was wondering if anyone can help me out-
    I hold a biology related degree. my husband does not have a degree qualification. we have social work experience but not any formal teaching experience.
    it all looks a little bleak…. :( :( :(
    we both want to teach in Saudi Arabia- what are the chances of us getting a job there teaching english?
    We want to do the TEFL/TESOL/CELTA but not sure which is best to do?
    what is the best route to take?
    any websites or advice anyone can offer – i would love to be able to get some sort of helpful guidance please

    dan
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    26 July, 2013 at 7:57
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    Reply To: Teaching English In Saudi Arabia without a degree

    Hi Nugi

    Officially, you need a degree to get a work visa to teach in Saudi Arabia. I have heard that it is possible without one, if you make the right contacts, etc, but it will be a lot more difficult, especially as you have no teaching experience.

    The absolute minimum that you’ll need to do is have a TEFL qualification. Most employers require a CELTA or equivalent – that is to say a 120 hour classroom-based course which includes some assessed teaching practice.

    On top of this, most employers require 2 or more years of teaching experience. Competition for jobs can be quite high and so employers can usually afford to be quite strict with their requirements.

    Have a look at the two Saudi jobs currently on this site for an idea of what’s required:

    http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/saudi-arabia/14485
    http://www.eslbase.com/jobs/saudi-arabia/14513

    So, if you have your hearts set on Saudi, my advice would be to take a CELTA or equivalent qualification and get some experience under your belts in another country. At the same time as you’re getting that experience, keep an eye out for Saudi job adverts – you might see one where experience is not required (or only one year, for example) that you can then apply for.

    Of course, you’ll still have the degree issue – one way you could do it would be for you to get a job with your degree, and then once you’re in the country, to try and find a job for your husband through local contacts. I don’t know how easy/feasible this would be – as I said I’ve just heard that "knowing the right people" in the country can help if you don’t have a degree.

    Hope that helps and good luck.

    Dan

    nugi
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    26 July, 2013 at 11:31
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    Reply To: Teaching English In Saudi Arabia without a degree

    Thank you Dan that was very helpful
    My husband has completed some study in USA and we have decided to top it up so it can be converted to degree level.
    we have both decided to do the CELTA.
    The next thing is the experience…
    We also have 3 beautiful boisterous girls
    (6,4,1) and I’m a little apprehensive about moving country to country in terms of their eduction? ideally would have liked to be in one country for a few years so they are not constantly moving schools.
    I’m not sure how it works in terms of their schooling.

    ICAL TEFL
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    26 July, 2013 at 11:56
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    Reply To: Teaching English In Saudi Arabia without a degree

    Personally I’d say it is very unlikely you’ll find work in Saudi with the qualifications and experience you currently have. They pay well there because they can afford the best so well qualified teachers with good experience often end up there.

    I think a few years in another country would be the way to go and while you’re there you can increase your qualifications.


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    dan
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    26 July, 2013 at 12:49
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    Reply To: Teaching English In Saudi Arabia without a degree

    I’m a little apprehensive about moving country to country in terms of their eduction? ideally would have liked to be in one country for a few years so they are not constantly moving schools.
    I’m not sure how it works in terms of their schooling.

    In terms of schooling, obviously that’s going to vary from country to country, so you’d need to research online a little the availability, quality and cost of schooling in Saudi or any other country. In terms of constantly moving schools, that’s a decision only you can make I think!

    Good luck…

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