TEFL jobs in Kuwait
Kuwait is a great destination if you want a high flying job (such as teaching at a university) but you don’t necessarily have all the usual credentials such an MA or PHD – if you have several years of experience and interview well, having these certificates isn’t always necessary. However, as a small country there are limited opportunities for TEFL teachers and so competition can be fierce for the best positions on the market.
Where to find work in Kuwait
Kuwait City, the capital, is the only real option when it comes to finding a good job, but you can also find a few international schools in the nearby cities of Al Ahmadi and Al Jahra, so if you’re looking for a location with a bit less of a buzz than the capital, certainly start your search in one of those locations. Many countries have an agreement where you can be granted a tourist visa upon arrival which is valid for one month, giving you time to search for a job on the ground if you don’t have the time to search in advance. With the academic year starting in August, the spring or early summer is a good time to look for jobs if you can do so ahead of travel. A work visa will be organised by your employer once you find a suitable position and sign the contract.
Employers in Kuwait
The American School of Kuwait seeks talented and vibrant teachers to join their team. Regarding employment of new teachers, ASK says that ‘The vast majority of teachers are hired through interviews held at recruitment centers in North America in February each year, although the school at times does attend recruitment fairs in Dubai and England.’
Amideast prefers a North American accent and you need a BA or MA in TEFL as well as 5 years of teaching experience. Despite the high requirements, contracts are usually part-time and short-term only – teaching around 2 hours a day (in the evening), 3 days a week, for a period of around 6 weeks, although contracts are said to be renewable depending on demand.
The British School of Kuwait is one of Kuwait’s leading schools. Newly qualified teachers are welcome to apply for mentoring here. Qualified teachers who speak fluent English are invited to apply for positions starting in the new academic year. A tax-free salary is offered alongside a free, furnished apartment, generous holidays, and an annual UK flight allowance. Teachers usually stay in their positions for around 5 years.
The English Academy is a private school in the Hawally district. They teach the UK National Curriculum and prepare students for IGCSE, As Levels and A Level exams.
The International School of Kuwait looks for talented educators to join their ‘diverse, progressive team’. You can browse current openings on their website or contact them by email.
Kuwait Bilingual School operates in English and Arabic. Their website has an ‘employment’ section but no hyperlink so it’s probably best to email them directly for information.
Kuwait International English School focusses on quality education and have great facilities on offer. They cater for both primary and secondary school aged children and they follow the UK National Curriculum. They are an approved examination centre for IGCSE, As Level and A Level, so if you have experience teaching for these exams then you’ll be an ideal candidate.
The New English School provides a British style curriculum to its students. Speculative applications are welcomed even when there are no current vacancies listed on their website. Teachers can expect a competitive tax-free salary, end of contract bonus, furnished accommodation, local medical insurance, and an annual return airline ticket.
Teaching Nomad often has some TEFL roles in Kuwait listed on their jobs board.
The Victoria Institute of English provides lessons in IELTS, General English, Business English and more.
For an extensive list of the best International and Bilingual Schools in Kuwait, check out this list.