TEFL jobs in Saudi Arabia
If you’re interested in experiencing the fascinating Middle East, the jobs on offer in Saudi Arabia provide an amazing opportunity to live and work in the Arabic world. Teachers are usually treated exceptionally well and the benefit packages offered by many schools are enviable to say the least, including free furnished accommodation and round-trip airfare. High salaries give you an excellent chance to save money while you teach, making it a great stopgap for teachers who want a one-year contract to let their funds grow, though bear in mind that it’s not uncommon to see 2-year minimum contracts.
Where to find work in Saudi Arabia
Many teachers seeking employment in Saudi Arabia apply through a well-known recruitment agency rather than going directly to a school. Agencies are often looking for TEFL qualified teachers with pervious experience. Stay away from recruiters that charge a fee – recruitment agencies take a commission from the clients, not the candidates, and while there are many reputable companies there are sure to be a few sharks out there too.
On the right, we list some of the best-known recruitment agencies operating for the Saudi market. Also, be prepared to plan your trip in advance – it’s not uncommon for it to take three or four months from the time of your agency interview to actually find a job and get your feet on the ground. The benefits of going with a recruitment agency, particularly for early-career teachers, is that you’ll usually get assistance with the visa process and booking your flights, and there should also be some degree of screening which means that the agency has checked you’ll be going to a decent school. Bear in mind that you won’t be able to get a visa if you’re aged over 60. It’s also worth bearing in mind the advice that you should have any documents translated into English before signing – if you can’t read it, don’t sign it!
Employers in Saudi Arabia
Desert Recruiting Services specialises in hiring TEFL teachers for positions in the Middle East. They’re based in Canada and will interview you via Skype before submitting your profile to potential clients, and helping you to prepare for your next steps.
Global Recruitment Solutions is based in Wales and finds candidates for teaching positions (as well as covering the IT, Oil & Gas, and Hospitality sectors). ESL teachers are welcome to apply.
Gold Star TEFL Recruitment is a well-known recruitment agency that can find TEFL jobs in multiple locations. While they predominantly hire for the Chinese market, Gold Star agents can also source jobs in Saudi Arabia.
Interlink Language Centers hire predominantly native speakers of English with a passport from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, US, UK, Ireland, or South Africa. You need a CELTA/DELTA and an MA in a related field, or an MA in TESL. You must also have at least 2 years of experience (with adult students) and 1 year of living abroad. Contracts are for 2 years but longer stints are preferred. You’ll be teaching 20-25 hours per week. The salary is $38,000 – $40,000, tax free, with a free furnished accommodation and round-trip transport.
Jubail University College hires native English speakers with a BA/MA/PhD in English, Linguistics or TESOL. You also preferably need a CELTA or equivalent and 2 years of EFL experience at university level. Applicants must be under 50 years old. Work is 40 hours per week (20 hours of teaching) on a 2-year contract. Accommodation is provided.
Skyline Global Solutions sources teachers for universities in Riyadh and Dammam. You need a BA and a TEFL, and some positions are open only to female teachers. 1-year contracts, 20 to 25 teaching hours per week in a total of 40 working hours. Salary is $2,600 – $4,200 per month and you will live in a shared furnished apartment or receive a stipend.
Tamaki TEFL Recruitment is a Japanese founded company that hires for Japan, China, and Taiwan as well as Saudi Arabia. Apply with a CV and photograph and you can expect a detailed interview with them before your candidacy is submitted to clients.
Check out The TEFL Org Jobs Centre for listings of current teaching positions in Saudi Arabia.