TEFL jobs in Jordan
While Jordan isn’t one of the best known TEFL teaching destinations, it’s a country that has one of the most progressive school systems in the region, and is worth keeping an eye on if you want to teach in the Middle East. Schools in Jordan rank as some of the best in the Arab world, and if you manage to land a great job at one of their prestigious international schools, it will look excellent on your CV in years to come. Given that about a third of the population in Jordan are aged under 15, there is a huge demand for teachers who can help propel this country into the world of total bilingualism, which is more easily achieve with a young population.
Where to find work in Jordan
The visa process for applying to work in Jordan is tricky and expensive for the school. As such, while many schools would be keen to employ a native English teacher, they are put off by the associated fees, which include paying for a lawyer that is required to secure the work permit. As such, don’t waste your time applying for roles unless you think you stand a pretty good chance of getting them – the schools will be expecting qualified, experienced, professional applicants who are worthy of all this effort. Your work permit will be valid for one-year and can be renewed. It’s possible to arrive on the 30-day tourist visa, though it can be tricky to find a job and complete all paperwork in that time. The best time to find a job in Jordan is around August/September. Keep in mind that most jobs have a three-month probationary period, during which contracts can be cancelled without penalty.
Employers in China
The American Community School of Amman looks for teachers with a varied and diverse range of teaching experiences and background. You must be a certified teacher with at least two years of previous teaching experience. You need a BA degree in your field or in Education, and to be fluent in English. You can expect an annual pay increase as well as bonuses like dental and health insurance, paid tuition for up to two dependants, annual round trip airfares, a furnished apartment, and use of a school vehicle.
Amman Baccalaureate School (ABS) is an IB school that provides tuition in English and Arabic. They have traditional values and aim to shape students who are world changers and innovative creators. Staff turnover is only 3%, so positions don’t come up often and their employees clearly like staying at the school long-term. The school is co-ed for students aged 4 to 18.
The British Council in Jordan will expect candidates to be experienced and qualified – many will have worked for BC before.
ELIC have a number of programs, including the Equip program teaching English to refugees in Jordan. You need to have a degree and be a proficient English speaker to volunteer on this program. The cost of your trip includes international and domestic flights, housing, a monthly stipend for food etc, insurance, and extras such as a TESOL certificate, CPD and attendance to a midyear conference in Thailand. July and January orientations are available for you to start teaching in either the fall or spring semester and the cost of your trip depends on each candidate and the length of their trip.
The Modern American School (MAS) is an elite IB school in West Amman. Candidates should be experienced and well-qualified for the role.
With M+Power you can volunteer in the Eurasia Region of the Church of the Nazarene Global Missions. Positions are from 3 months to two years, although a stay of at least one year is preferred.
NCUK has a partnership with Divan International, providing an International Foundation Year in Jordan that helps students progress to university. Check out the careers page to see if they’re hiring in Jordan.
SABIS is a network of International Schools with opportunities in Jordan.
UniHouse is a British education and development consultancy company which operates worldwide. They have offices based in Amman, specializing in English Language Training and IELTS. They also run courses in General English, Business English, English for Specific Purposes and other topics. Applicants should be qualified and experienced, with experience in teaching IELTS being a big plus point. A recent DOS position asked for 5+ years of experience.