TEFL jobs in Lebanon
Finding a TEFL job in Lebanon can be tricky for a number of reasons. For starters, work permits for foreigners are expensive and so schools are reluctant to bring in foreign teachers when there is already a good pool of local teachers who are trained in English. Even if there are jobs to be found, it is almost impossible to find out about them if you aren’t already in the country as companies don’t bother advertising abroad or online when there are already teachers in the local area. As such, expats who are already living in Lebanon will find it much easier to get work, particularly if they already have accommodation sorted out. There aren’t many jobs which come with on-site housing for teachers, but most will be happy to help you search for accommodation.
Where to find work in Lebanon
Searching in English newspapers and news websites is the best way to find current listings. If you want to secure a job before you travel, one way to do it is to find information on how to contact schools and email them your CV and covering letter. A number of schools seem to have defunct websites but are quite active on Facebook. Being able to speak French, as well as English, is a bonus as many schools operate in both English and French, and of course any knowledge of Arabic would be beneficial. Because many lessons are taught in English or French, having experience that could get you hired as a subject teacher is worth considering – for example, if your BA degree was in maths, you could potentially become a subject teacher for maths in English. Nearly all of the jobs you’ll find in Lebanon are in Beirut, but occasionally you’ll see opportunities in other places such as Tripoli, Sidon, Byblos, and Tyre.
Employers in Lebanon
The American Language Center is located in Beirut. They teach classes in TOEFL, IELTS and other exam preparation classes.
Basmeh & Zeitooneh runs a ‘Learn Arabic and Teach English program’ in Lebanon. Based at the Shatila camp in Beirut, volunteers should be 18+ and fluent in English. Trips are for 1-3 months or 3-6 months, with the cost depending on whether you want to learn Arabic casually (8 hours per week) or intensively (20 hours per week), with costs ranging from $2,950 per month up to $4,875 per month. Fees include accommodation in proximity to the office and the community center, transportation to Shatila camp, training, and supervision. Your visa, flight ticket and health insurance expenses are paid for by yourself.
Berlitz is a major global hirer for TEFL teachers and they have a branch in Lebanon.
The classified section of the Daily Star sometimes has teaching vacancies in Lebanon.
GeoVisions has previously arranged live-in volunteer teaching experiences in Lebanon (15 hours per week of tutoring in exchange for room and board) but Lebanon isn’t currently listed on their website.
International House has branches all over the world, and in Lebanon they have a school in Beirut. They offer Young Learner courses, IELTS preparation, Business English and more. IH also offer CELTA training for teachers working for them in Lebanon. For applying teachers, British or American accents are preferred, and you should have a CELTA or equivalent as well as at least two years of experience since your CELTA. Having experience teaching Business English is also desirable. Contracts are for 12 months, with 26 contact hours per week. Pay is from $1,000 – $1,500 per month depending on experience and qualifications. They will help you find suitable accommodation and deal with your work permits.
International School of Akkar is a school in North Lebanon that provides K-12 education.
The Lebanese American University sometimes has positions – it would be beneficial if you are a specialist in one of the following areas to fit in with what courses the university offers: medicine, nursing, engineering, pharmaceutical, business, arts and science.
SB OverSeas has an internship program in Lebanon, and they also have a jobs page for more senior roles.
Students’ Paradise Secondary School is a private school.