Finding Work as an English Teacher in Qatar
One of the wealthy countries in the world, Qatar undeniably offers some of the most financially lucrative packages for foreign English Teachers. Nevertheless living costs are high and as already mentioned there are Islamic laws, cultural parameters and social restrictions to take into account. It is also relatively difficult for foreigners with only a TEFL certificate to find a teaching position in Qatar. In almost all cases you will need a teaching or other tertiary degree and a fair amount of experience as a TEFL teacher. Most TEFL teaching vacancies are posted by private language schools, the British Council, Universities and private employers looking for English tutors.
Be cautious about getting work ‘under the table’ in Qatar. You should apply for jobs from outside the country and be sponsored for both work permit, entry AND exit visas under the strict ‘Kalafa System’ applicable to foreigners who wish to live and work in Qatar.
Teaching English in Private Language Schools
There are a number of private language schools and centres in Doha, the capital city of Qatar. These schools generally only hire TEFL graduates with existing tertiary degrees and at least 1 – 3yrs experience teaching English as a foreign language.
Teaching English in Universities
There is a high demand for TEFL graduates in Qatar who can teach at suitably high University level. Again, an existing degree and plenty of proven experience is required in addition to proof of high-level teaching skills.
Teaching English in International Schools
There many International Schools in Qatar catering for a burgeoning expat community, mostly in and around Doha. However, most International Schools will require candidates to be licensed teachers. There’s little demand for teachers with only TEFL certificates in these schools, despite students coming from a variety of backgrounds (including local), and speaking a variety of languages.
Private English Tutoring for Children, Adults and Business Executives
You may find ‘private tutoring’ positions in Qatar as posted outside of Qatar by businesses, Universities and private individuals, but if you have other sponsored entry and there are no restrictions placed on you ‘moonlighting’ outside of your main job, it’s easy to take advantage of a huge demand for private tutors in Qatar, particularly in Doha.
|9,000 – 14,000 QAR
|Fully paid for or reimbursed
|18 – 25 teaching hours per week
|Usually included or allowance given
|Positions are open throughout the year
|Length of Contract
|12 to 24 months
|TEFL and Bachelor’s degree
Qatar will be the smallest country ever to host the World Cup in 2022, although it has never qualified for the Cup before
Weekends in Qatar fall on Friday and Saturday
Qatar cultivates less than 1% of its land, imports 90% of its food, and has only 2 days’ worth of water reserves
Oil and Gas is the main source of revenue for the State of Qatar. With the 3rd largest proven gas reserves