TEFL jobs in Bahrain
Bahrain is a small, island country in the Persian Gulf with a rich culture. It is known for its oil wealth, making its capital Manama one of the richest cities in the world. The climate of Bahrain is extremely hot, with temperatures breaking 40 degrees Celsius often in the summer.
To teach in the Middle East is many people’s dream. It is tough to get TEFL jobs in the Middle East though, with employers looking for highly qualified teachers, making a degree essential.
Where to find work in Bahrain
The peak hiring season in Bahrain is in August, when schools will be filling last minute positions before the new term starts. If you want a more specialist role such as at an international school, you’ll have to apply much further in advance. Many TEFL teachers find that it’s easier to get a job once you’re actually in Bahrain, but there will be exceptions to this rule. Many expats arrive on a tourist visa to find a job, then switch once they’ve found employment. You need a work visa to work legally in Bahrain, and this will be applied for on your behalf by your employer, who will need to justify why your skills make you appropriate for the role.
Employers in Bahrain
To teach with the British Council in Bahrain you will need a master’s degree and several years of teaching experience. Competition will be tough, but it’s held as one of the best positions to get as a TEFL teacher in Bahrain, so if you fit the bill then it’s worth pursuing. Experience teaching IELTS is a benefit.
The British School of Bahrain hires teachers for both primary and secondary level positions. You’ll need a BA, PGCE or equivalent, and relevant experience. For secondary school positions, experience in supporting Oxbridge/Ivy League applications is essential so that you may support the school’s high flying students. Successful candidates can look forward to a attractive expatriate remuneration package, which includes a competitive salary, housing allowance, health insurance, annual flight and relocation assistance. There is also ample opportunity at BSB for career development and managerial roles. Most positions are not appropriate for newly qualified teachers. Applications are through TES online.
Giggles Nursery and Day Care follows the British EYFS framework. To inquire about current positions, contact them through their website.
Naukri Gulf is a great place to look for current teaching jobs in Bahrain (and the whole Gulf region). Most positions require a couple of years of experience in the field, and there are plenty of positions available for experienced subject teachers, too.
New Generation Private School is recently under new management and on the lookout for passionate and highly motivated teaching staff. To apply as an English teacher you need a BA and PGCE, as well as relevant teaching experience – in an international school is preferred, and you must have a good knowledge of the British curriculum. You also need to provide a DBS and two references when you apply. Teaching staff are offered either free accommodation or housing allowance, receive free medical insurance and an annual return airfare. Positions start in August. New Generation also hires teaching assistants which will be more suitable roles for less experienced teachers, though you still need a BA and PGCE.
St Christopher’s is a British International School with an excellent reputation. Applications are via their hiring portal, not email. As well as full-time teaching staff they also hire supply teachers and learning support assistants.
Check out The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Bahrain.