Jordan isn’t the most popular TEFL destination in the Middle East, but as a country that has something for everyone, it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked, regardless of where you are on your English teaching journey. Inexperienced and newbie teachers can gain valuable experience as a volunteer working with refugees that have fled to Jordan from neighbouring countries. Not only will this rewarding role provide you with TEFL experience for your CV, but also give you the opportunity to explore this fascinating country in your time off and gain unrivalled life experiences. For TEFL teachers who have been teaching for years, lucrative positions at Jordan’s elite International Schools will be right up your street, with great benefits alongside a generous salary. Also, with attractions such as floating in the Salt Lake, visiting the ancient metropolis of Petra, seeing stunning mosques, spending time with the Bedouins for a taste of the traditional way of life, climbing Mount Nebo, and snorkelling in the Red Sea, you’ll never be short of amazing ways to spend your free time in Jordan.

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Key Facts

  • Popular locations for TEFL jobs: Amman, Irbid
  • Average salary for EFL teachers: The basic monthly salary for full-time positions is likely to be in the region of 425 – 2,130 Dinars yen (£430 – £2,160 /$600 – $3,000) per month.
  • TEFL qualification requirements: A 120-hour TEFL qualification will be required for most positions
  • Prerequisite university degree: Required for most positions, some will ask for a Masters degree
  • Term times: September until June
  • Currency: Dinar
  • Language: Arabic
  • Teaching programmes: International Schools, State Schools, Private Language Schools, Business English, Freelance Tutoring, Volunteering
  • Age restrictions: None
  • Previous teaching experience: It’s not uncommon for schools to ask for two years of previous teaching experience, though voluntary positions will likely accept inexperienced teachers

As well as teaching English, experienced teachers can also become subject teachers at the international schools of Jordan, where all classes are conducted in English. You can find schools that follow a British, American, and Canadian curriculum. Students in Jordan are typically respectful and well-behaved. You might find their personalities a little standoffish, but this is just because they are brought up to respect the formality of the classroom, and so it can be harder to build a friendly rapport, even with your younger students. However, on the plus side you are less likely to encounter troublemakers.

While there is demand for highly-paid roles in international schools and private lessons, there is also great scope for teaching English as a volunteer in Jordan. The humanitarian crisis, which has seen Jordan give refuge to over 1.5 million refugees from neighbouring countries, means that there are countless opportunities to teach English to those who are trying to find their feet again and create a better future for themselves and their families. You can also find positions for substantial lengths of time, which is a great asset when many volunteering positions are limited to just a few weeks or months.

Country Avg. monthly salary Degree required Start of term Teaching experience Housing & flights included Suitable for non-native English speakers Age restrictions
Algeria £550 - £900
($700 - $1,100)
Yes March No No No None
Bahrain £1,200 - £2,500
($1,500 - $3,000)
Yes January Yes Yes No Under 60
Egypt £400 - £700
($500 - $900)
Yes September Preferred No No None
Jordan £500 - £950
($600 - $1,100)
Preferred August No No Yes None
Kuwait £1,200 - £2,000
($1,500 - $2,500)
Yes September Yes Yes Yes Under 60
Lebanon £650 - £1,200
($800 - $1,500)
Preferred August No No Yes None
Morocco £400 - £800
($500 - $1,000)
Yes September No No Yes None
Qatar £1,200 - £2,800
($1,500 - $3,500)
Yes September Yes Yes No None
Saudi Arabia £1,600 - £3,200
($2,000 - $4,000)
Yes August Yes Yes No Under 60
UAE £1,600 - £4,000
($2,000 - $5,000)
Yes August Yes Yes No Under 65

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Living Costs

The cost of living in Jordan is fairly low compared to other destinations in the Middle East, but how you live will mostly come down to what you earn. As well as the lack of income for those working in voluntary positions, the wages you can earn in paid jobs will vary wildly depending on the institution you’re in, so keep your salary in mind when comparing to the cost of living. When it comes to spending your free time in Jordan, there’s something for everyone. Epic landscapes will satisfy those with outdoor wanderlust, and the lively cities provide all that you need to have a great time out on the town. On the whole, Jordan is a safe and welcoming place for foreigners, but remember to be respectful of their culture. Both men and women should dress conservatively, and make sure they’re always professionally attired in the classroom.

  • Accommodation: £317 – £496 / $438 – $686
  • Utilities: £73 / $101
  • Health insurance: Cost of typical visit to a GP: £20 / $28
  • Monthly transport pass: £38 / $52
  • Basic dinner out for two: £19 / $26
  • Cappuccino in expat area: £2.75 / $3.80
  • A beer in a pub: £5.40 / $7
  • 1 litre of milk: £1.05 / $1.45
  • 2 litres of Coca-Cola: £1.07 / $1.48

(living costs sourced from Expatistan)


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