Education: Bachelors Degree preferred/ Masters gives you an edge
TEFL Certification: Minimum of 150 Hours TESOL Foundation or a 300 Hours Advance TESOL Online
Types of Jobs: Private Tutoring, Private Language Schools, Vocational colleges and International Schools
Average teaching hours per week: 20-30 hours of classroom & extra preparation time
Typical Hiring Process: Very good if you are residing in Bahrain. Otherwise Skype or telephonic interviews
Types of Students: School Children, Private Students, Business Professionals
Cost of Living per month: $650 - $1,000 USD plus housing
Visas: Schools generally sponsor the work visa
Average Monthly Pay: $1,500 - $3,500 USD
Start –up cost: $1,100 - $1,500 USD if employer is not providing accommodation
Potential to save or Break-even: You can save 1000 USD/month after expenses
Accommodation Benefits: In most of the cases
Fight Reimbursements: In most of the cases
Teaching English in Bahrain
It may be a small island state but there is no shortage of takers among foreign teachers looking to make a career in the Middle East. Lucrative contracts on offer in the country are undoubtedly the real reason behind this, making the nation’s job market an extremely competitive one. For those who are beginner TEFL teachers, finding a job here could prove difficult with most of the jobs typically going to the more experienced native English teachers who have advanced credentials to back them up.
Realistic salary expectations for qualified English teachers looking for a job in Bahrain can be in the range of $1,500-$3,000, all of it being tax-free income. Additional benefits typically include furnished housing, health insurance, and airfare to and from the place of their earmarked teaching assignment.
Advance hiring is the norm with prospective teachers being offered a job while in their own country and the visa procedures getting completed prior to them departing to join work. Passing an HIV test and a physical examination is required for obtaining a visa approval while in many cases a criminal background check and verification of academic transcripts may also be mandated. The whole process of interviewing and visa procurement should not take anywhere more than 1-3 months.
English teaching jobs in the country of Bahrain are usually concentrated around the capital city of Manama.
Typical requirements for teaching in Bahrain include a TEFL certification and a 4-year college degree such as a BA or BS. Prior teaching experience may also be asked for by some of the schools keeping in mind the highly competitive national job market.