TEFL jobs in Qatar
Wherever you end up teaching English in Qatar, be prepared to work hard. Teachers often report long working hours, and you can expect to be in close contact with the parents of your young students to update them on progress. However, on the plus side, schools are typically full of top of the range resources and facilities, and if your school is following its own curriculum, it will give you the opportunity to have some creative freedom and plan lessons yourself. Also, bear in mind that the working day starts early (around 6 or 7am) but finishes by 1 or 2:30, in order to miss the hottest part of the day. Expect to have a classroom assistant with you at all times if you don’t speak Arabic – these TA’s are sometimes called the Class Mother.
Where to find work in Qatar
Applying for TEFL jobs in Qatar is a slow and lengthy process, usually taking 6 months for all paperwork to be completed, so make sure you leave ample time to apply before your planned departure date. Taking the time to find a good employer is worthwhile, because they will sponsor your visa and enable you to come into the country. While in Qatar, your visa is tied to your employer, and so you may need to get permission from your employer if you want to change jobs. Trying to work off the radar in Qatar isn’t recommended as they can (and will) deport expats working illegally, or sent them to prison.
Employers in Qatar
ACS International School Doha caters for students aged 3 to 18. The best way to find out about current positions is at one of their recruitment fairs in Doha or the UK. Aside from a competitive salary, staff receive annual return flights to visit home, medical and life insurance, CPD opportunities, relocation benefits, technology such as Mac laptops and more.
Blyth Academy is part of the Qatar Canadian School. Located in Doha, in there renumeration package teachers will receive a housing allowance, competitive tax-free salary, annual flights, medical insurance, tuition for up to 2 children and transportation to and from work. Students are mainly expats from a variety of countries and so your classrooms will be a real mix of cultures.
The Educate Learning Center looks for native English speakers with post-secondary education as well as teaching experience. Having some knowledge of Arabic is preferred. They like candidates who are extroverts, highly organised and with a professional attitude. You must be comfortable teaching upper management in a corporate setting. Contracts are for a minimum of 1 year, 40 hours a week (20-24 hours of teaching). The pay is from 6,000 – 10,000 riyals per month, and accommodation or housing allowance is provided.
Inlingua offers one to one and group classes, specialising in IELTS and TOFEL. You must be a native speaker of English.
Newton Group comprises of a number of International Schools in Doha, each with an excellent reputation. They follow the British National Curriculum and hire EYFS, Primary and Secondary teachers. Contracts are for 2 years, and you receive a furnished apartment, transport to and from work, annual return flights and other benefits. Applications are welcome from teaching couples.
Oxford Learning looks for native speakers with TEFL qualifications to teach from preschool aged students right up to college preparation classes.
Park House in Qatar was founded in 1994 and is part of the International Schools Partnership. Teachers primarily come from the UK and should have a passion for lifelong learning. The school is highly respected with GCSE and A-Level results that are well above UK averages and also amongst the highest in Qatar. They follow the National Curriculum for England. Park House recruits teachers who have at least two years of teaching experience, a Bachelors degree and a PGCE. Accommodation is provided for teachers, with access to a swimming pool, gym, tennis court and many other excellent facilities.
The Qatar Aeronautical Academy looks for native speakers with a TEFL/CELTA plus at least 3 years of teaching experience. Contracts are for 6 to 12 months, working 7am – 2pm. The salary is from $3,600 – $4,000 per month and teachers receive furnished accommodation and assistance with work permits. Interviews are often carried out in person in the UK.
The Jobs page on Qatar Living has an education with typically a few dozen of posts each month. Positions are both part-time and full-time but employers prefer candidates who are already in country.
Smart Kids Kindergarten is located in Doha.