Friday 28 November 2014

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Thursday 27 November 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Saudi Arabia

Updated 15 September 2015

Here's the information for Saudi Arabia for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at

Being a Direct Hire is the Way to Go!
Try to get a direct hire position rather than one with a recruiter. Some benefits that you can expect to get are:
  • Free airfare (at least once a year, sometimes more)
  • Decent accommodation
  • Health insurance
  • Transport allowance
  • End of contract gratuity (1 month salary for each year worked)
  • Paid overtime
  • Potential to teach evening contract work
  • Own private / semi private university office with computer and internet
  • Decent university facilities: gym, swimming pool, cafeteria, etc.
  • Decent working hours (average is 22 contact hours) 
  • Decent classrooms with good technology (computers, overhead projector, internet, smart boards, etc.)
Salaries are Deceiving
Remember, that often the stated salary doesn't include allowances. Paul in Saudi states that you'll get about an addition two thirds (65%) in allowances, such as housing and transport. If the job only advertises a salary of $4,000 a month, you'll probably earn about $7,000 total per month. Salaries are dependent upon education and legitimate (meaning that you can prove it) work experience. There are no taxes in Saudi, but you will be living in the Magic Kingdom. Here's a sample contract from Vinnell Arabia.

Finding a Good Employer
Do your research to make sure you find a reliable, reasonable, responsible employer that will pay on time, give you an igama (work visa), allow you to bring your spouse and kids, and pay for their education, as well as get you the proper exit and re-entry visas. Check out employers with the best reputations and positions that pay $100K and up.

Where to Find Jobs
Spring is the higher season, so plan accordingly. Go directly to university websites to find their job offers and application. Applications can be a pain to fill out and it's not uncommon for employers to take a long, long time to get back to you. I had a friend get a job offer a year after she applied.

TESOL Arabia is one of the best conferences to attend. TESOL in the US and IATEFL in the UK are also good. There's also, the Chronicle, HigherEd Jobs,, and IATEFL.

Advice for Women
Check out Comparing uni job offers - advice for the ladies! If you want to bring your family, be aware that it's not common for women to sponsor their husbands. You can bring your children, however, you will need permission from their father. Usually you need to have a document that is less than 3 months old that gives you permission to travel with your children. Remember that unmarried girls are their father's property.

The Best Jobs in Saudi Arabia
  1. Al Hoty Co. Ltd: $6,000-$9,000 a month with 3 vacations per year. You'll need to be a male with at least a BA. Here's an example of their adverts.
  2. Advanced Learning Schools (ALS)
  3. Al-Faisal University
  4. Aramco: Ah, the famous Aramco. It's hard to get a direct hire position with them, but they seem to be one of the best employers to work for. However, they usually hire males with bachelor status, meaning that you can't bring your family with you. Here's info about teaching at their schools.
  5. B3H (men only):  Expect a salary package around $90,000, which would include base pay, bonus, 401K matching contributions, airfare, cell phone allowance, insurance, paid vacation, training and certification by the US Department of Defense, Defense Language Institute. This is a US government contract teaching Royal Saudi Air Force personnel. You must be an American and have a US bank account. Part of Booz Allen.
  6. Boeing
  7. Booz Allen Hamilton: Pay with benefits is $6,000-$7,000 per month. 
  8. British Aerospace / BAe Systems
  9. Contracts Consultancy Limited (CCL)
  10. Dallah 
  11. Dar Al Uloom University: The University Preparatory Program (UPP) needs teachers to teach up to 20 hours per week (18 is the norm). You'll get $2,600 - $5,300 inclusive of housing and transport allowance. 45 paid vacation with airfare. Masters or PhD required. TEFL cert or diploma preferred. 8am-4pm, with 2 office hours per day. May have to work 6 days per week.
  12. General Dynamics: Pay with benefits is $6,000-$7,000 per month.
  13. Institute of Public Administration (IPA): (Men and Women) Here's a past advert. You'll get about $3,000-$4,000 a month, free housing, paid summer vacation (60 days) with flights, holidays, subsidy for children's education at international schools, private office with computer and internet. You'll teach 22 hours and need at least an MA.
  14. Institute of Banking and Finance
  15. Jubail Industrial College
  16. HAK group: You can find their adverts at Saudi Jobs.
  17. King Faisal University
  18. King Abdulaziz University (KAU): Has a rep for the least work for the most pay. 
  19. King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology: (KACST)
  20. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST): Fantastic, but extremely difficult to get a job at. 
  21. King Saud University (KSU)
  22. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM): (Men only) Decent pay with great overtime opportunities. On-campus housing is provided and all utilities are covered. Students are good and there's a sane work schedule. Great vacations 917-18 weeks per year). No visa issues and most of the time you get what you're promised, which is rare is Saudi.
  23. Lockheed Martin
  24. Northrop Grumman (Men only): Must be an American. Follows Vinnell ELTB admin regulations. Expect a salary package around $90,000, which would include base pay, bonus, 401K matching contributions, airfare, cell phone allowance, insurance, paid vacation, training and certification.
  25. Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University (PNU): (for women)
  26. Prince Sultan University (PSU): Women only.
  27. Saudi companies which are subcontractors to Aramco 
  28. Raytheon: Pay very well, around $80,000, but the students are difficult.  
  29. Saudi British Centre (SBC): MA preferred but BA and experience also accepted. Minimum of 2 years teaching experience. $2,300-$4,800 plus furnished accommodations or allowance, transport or allowance, igama, visa expenses reimbursed, exit and re-entry visas, scheduled trips, cash advance upon arrival, year-end bonus, 30 days paid vacation and airfare. 
  30. Saudi Electric Company
  31. Teach Away: They sometimes have good jobs. They were recently advertising for an academic director for a women's uni in Riyadh. Salary was $10,000 plus airfare, and 30 days vacation. You needed at least an MA, plus a TEFL cert or diploma, and at least 5 years teaching experience. You also needed experience in strategic planning, development, evaluation, and delivery of programs. Management experience, data analysis skills, and project management abilities. 


Monday 24 November 2014

How to Get a Bachelor Degree Online

Updated 23 September 2016

This information was originally posted at the end of the article is a degree necessary to teach English abroad? I decided to copy and paste it here in order to make it easier to find.

More and more places are requiring a college degree. Gone are the days of the backpacker teacher where you could waltz into a language school and get a job. Places are requiring degrees, transcripts, criminal background checks, and more paperwork than before.

Having a degree will open up more doors for you as well. In addition, you're more likely to get a good paying job with great benefits. However, time and money are an issue, especially if you're older and / or have a family. The information below will help you finish your degree as quickly and cheaply as possible. The universities below are accredited and cater to mature students. Most of them are U.S. universities, but there are also ones from the U.K., Canada, and for people living in Asia and Europe.

Free courses are available online at Academic Earth, Class-Central, Coursera, EdX, Lynda, Skill Crush, U of People, Udemy, and Udacity.

How to Get a College Degree
If you plan to make teaching English your career and would like to be able to save for retirement you will probably need a degree. Distance study and courses for mature students are making it easier for everyone to get a college education. The US Department of Education has recently released a study that shows that students who study online perform better. If money's an issues, check out the Art of Manliness, which has some good info about Testing Out: How to "Moneyball" Your Way to a Debt-Free College Degree.
  • Outside credit by examination. You can take tests such as ACE, ECE, and CLEP.
  • The college's credit by examination. Each college might have exams that you can take.
  • AP. Theses courses are studied during high school but you don't have to be in high school to take the exams.
  • DANTES (DSST). These are usually for people in the military.
  • Subject specific exams. Criminal Justice/Police Proficiency Examinations, and Medical Terminology Examination are some examples. Wilbur Wright College is one college that accepts these.
  • Applicable certifications. Military credits, Foreign credentials, Certified Child Development Credentials, Emergency Medical Services (paramedic certification), and Licensed/Practical Nursing certifications are just a few that may be accepted.
  • Life experience. Some schools will give you college credit if you have documented work or volunteer. You may have to create a portfolio to document your experience.
If money's an issue you could go through a community college for two years, then transfer. Try Clovis Community College, New Mexico. In the USA, regional accrediation usually is better than national, though not always.  Here are some that you might want to look at.
On-campus Programs Aimed Towards Mature Students
In addition to the colleges and universities above, try these.
Other Useful Sites Mainly for the USA

Famous People Without a Degree
There are plenty of people who have been able to become successful despite the fact that they don't have a degree. Keep in mind that there are also plenty of underemployed, jobless, unsuccessful people who don't have a degree as well.
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Barbra Streisand
  • Ben Franklin
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bill Gates
  • Dave Thomas
  • David Ben Gurion 
  • David Sarnoff (NBC mogul)
  • Debbie Fields
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Frank Lloyd Wright 
  • Helena Rubenstein
  • Henry Ford
  • Jane Fonda
  • Jesse Ventura 
  • John D. Rockefeller
  • Larry Ellison (Oracle's founder)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Madonna
  • Malcolm X
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Michael Dell
  • Peter Jennings
  • Ray Kroc (McDonald's founder)
  • Richard Leakey
  • Robert Redford
  • Rosie O'Donnell
  • Rush Limbaugh 
  • Steve Jobs
  • Thomas Edison
  • Thomas Watson (IMB founder)
  • Tom Hanks 
  • Walt Disney
  • Walter Cronkite
  • Warren Beatty
  • Woody Allen
  • Wright Brothers
Writing a Cover Letter for a Job that Requires a BA
I found this in Cool Careers For Dummies. While in some cases you won't get hired without a degree, for example, it's an immigration requirement, in other cases your experience might outweight the fact that you don't have a degree. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Dear Ms. Hirer,

When you’re inundated with applications, it’s tempting to weed out those without a degree, but I believe I’m worth a look precisely because I don’t have a degree.

I considered getting a BA, but after talking with a number of BA holders and examining the courses I would have to take and their relevance to becoming a good software marketing manager, I concluded that four years could be more profitably spent.

I contacted directors of marketing at leading Silicon Valley software companies and offered to work for them for free in exchange for their mentoring. I figured that was cheap tuition for the on-target learning I would receive. A marketing manager at HP took me on. After three months, I felt I had learned about as much from him as I could, whereupon I made a similar arrangement with a director of marketing at Cisco Systems.

In these apprenticeships, I was deeply involved in a number of projects similar to those mentioned in your ad, specifically internet marketing and managing a national consumer branding campaign. In addition, I attend American Marketing Association conferences, read the best articles and books recommended by the AMA, and spend much of my commute time listening to relevant books on DC. To get the bigger picture, I even read a couple of books by leading academics.

But now comes the moment of truth. In choosing a self-directed education over a traditional one, I believe I prioritized substance over form. Now the question is: Will you interview me?

I hope that you’ll appreciate my having developed an outside-the-box learning plan, that I was assertive enough to make it happen, and persistent enough to see it through to completeion without a professor and deadlines forcing me to do so. Perhaps more important, in working at the right handof top software marketing executive, I learned a tremendous amount about how to do the job well.

I recently discussed my self-education with a BA holder from Stanford and he said that I probably learned more of real-value than he did.

I’m hoping you will call me for an interview, but as with any good employee, I won’t just wait passively. If I haven’t heard from you in a week, I will take the liberty of phoning to follow up. I’m enclosing samples of the deliverables I produced during my work at HP and cisco. Thankyou for your consideration.

Christopher Wah

Also published in the Turkish University Press.


Thursday 20 November 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Qatar

Here's the information for Qatar for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

Check out Ivy League and top universities as many of them are opening campuses in Qatar. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at
  1. Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar
  2. College of the North Atlantic (CNAQ): They only hire Canadians as EFL instructors, but they will hire people from other countries to teach technical subjects. In addition to advertising on their website, they also advertise on career beacon. Used to be good, but budget cuts have changed a lot of things. Hopefully they'll get back on track. Check Dave's for more info.
  3. Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
  4. Houston Community College in Qatar
  5. Northwestern University in Qatar 
  6. Qatar Aeronautical College
  7. Qatar Petroleum 
  8. Qatar University
  9. Texas A and M at Qatar
  10. Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar


Monday 17 November 2014

Alternative Licensure and Getting a Teaching License Online

Updated 20 August 2018

Here are some ways to get your teaching license online or through an alternative programme. Find out more by reading teaching at an international school. There are also a number of good books that will tell you how to get an international school job.

Teaching Licenses and Awards Via Distance Education
All the places are in the U.S. unless otherwise noted. Some of them require you to complete student teaching on their campus while others let you do it at an international school overseas.
Licensure for American Citizens and Residents
This section is for Americans and those living in the US. Alternative Certification Programmes are becoming popular as are teaching fellowship programmes.  Be aware that often these positions are in high-needs schools, where up to half of the students dropout or in special needs schools.You can check salaries at Teacher Portal.
 Renewing Your License
Some states are easier than others 


Wednesday 12 November 2014

Poll Results October 2014: Have you ever quit a teaching job?

October's poll was "Have you ever quit a teaching job?" Here are the results.
  • Yes: 100% with 7 votes
  • No: 0% with 0 votes
It's a shame that so many people have had to quit teaching jobs. Schools should really look into investing in their teachers and making their jobs good jobs.

Be sure to vote in this month's poll: Have you ever been fired from a teaching job?


Monday 10 November 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Kuwait

Here's the information for Kuwait for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at

  1. GUST (Gulf University for Science and Technology)
  2. UAC (United Arab Institute for Private Training)
  3. TQLS (TQ Logistic Services): They advertise on


Friday 7 November 2014

Are You Teaching English Illegally?

Most people assume that just because they've got a visa they're teaching illegally. Actually, that's not true. There are many ways that people could be teaching illegally and not know it. Here are just a few of them.
  • Spousal / partner visa. If you're married to / in a relationship with a national, you'll probably get granted a visa. Some countries allow you to work on this visa, others require you to get permission to do so. Check beforehand.
  • Dependent visa. If you're married to / in a relationship with someone with a visa, you may be able to work. Such is the case with Japan. Its neighbour, Korea, has different rules though. It's illegal to work or even study on a dependent visa.
  • Working for someone else. If you have a visa with ABC school and decide to do part-time work at XYZ school, you're probably breaking visa rules.
  • Working on a business visa. Business visas are usually for those who do short-term (i.e., less than 6 months business in that country). If you're there longer, you're working illegally.
  • Teaching private lessons. Korea's famous for this. Teaching private lessons is a big no-no. That's not to say that it's not common for teachers to do this. Don't get caught though or you'll get slapped with a heavy fine or even deported.
  • Teaching on a tourist visa. In many countries in Latin America or Southeast Asia, teachers may teach on a tourist visa. Be aware that in any country earning money on a tourist visa is illegal, even if you do it for a short time. Often these teachers only stay for a short time, or the visa laws are lax so they can border hop and just come back in a day or two later. Nonetheless, it's still illegal.
  • Getting a work visa illegally. Some countries have requirements for teaching experience, such as China. In some provinces you're required to have two years teaching experience in order to get a visa. China being China, it seems to be who you know and who owes who what favour that can get you out of this requirement. It's not unheard of for bosses to fudge teachers' CVs or for the immigration officers to grant your boss a favour if you don't have the required experience.


Monday 3 November 2014

The Best TEFL Jobs in Oman

Updated 11 November 2014

Here's the information for Oman for The Best TEFL Jobs in the World. You might also want to look at The Best TEFL Jobs With Worldwide Employers.  

If you know of any other good ones, please let me know by emailing me at

Recruiters are commonly used in Oman, but it's best to be a direct hire. Many employers in the gulf will provide furnished housing, flights, gratuity, medical care (major teaching hospital on campus), and various allowances.  
  1. Mazoon University College
  2. Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS)
  3. Royal Navy of Oman
  4. Sultan Qaboos University (SQU): Supposed to be one of the best jobs in Oman and very competitive. Pay is about 1400 rials ($3,636) a month. Try doing a search for the "Guide for New Teachers Sultan Qaboos University"  
  5. University of Nizwa


Saturday 1 November 2014

What Does Guaranteed Job Placement Mean?

If you've seen it once you've seen in a million times: TEFL certification courses that "guarantee" you a job upon successful completion of the course. If you stop and think about it it's just absurd.

How can they guarantee you a job unless it's with their company? Or if they pull strings to get you a job somewhere else? What happens if you do your TEFL cert in Europe, but want to work in Asia, can they guarantee that you'll get a job there? Probably not.

You've got to read between the lines. Most often than not, guaranteed job placement doesn't mean what you think. It usually means the following:
That's usually the extent of guaranteed job placement unless they place you at their own school or at another school they have an agreement with. To be honest, it's really only fair that they do this. After all, they can't guarantee that you'll do well at the interview or have a great demo lesson. Nor can they guarantee that the person interviewing you will like you and want to hire you.

So the next time you see a TEFL course announcing that they have guaranteed job placement, take it with a grain of salt. No one can guarantee that you'll get the job: it's up to you to wow the interviewer with your personality, skills, qualifications, and experience.


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