Made up of 33 islands in the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is a recent oil-rich country, celebrating its newfound success. Today, it is home to upscale malls and hotels, and even hosts a Formula 1 race annually. Known as the more “relaxed” Arab nation in the region, Bahrain boasts beautiful coasts and is an ideal destination for any beach-lover. Many foreigners are beginning to migrate for work in Bahrain, as salaries are tax-free and temperatures are summery and warm year-round.Photo credit: myahya09
The majority of job listings in Bahrain are located in international schools, such as Riffa Views International School, which all follow either an American or International Baccalaureate (I.B.) curriculum. Teachers will instruct English, or ESL, or a variety of subjects ranging from math and science to arts and music.
Special Needs Schools:
Schools, such as Alia Primary School, focus on inclusive learning for students with special needs. Schools in Bahrain primarily look for instructors with a background in teaching children with special needs.
When and Where to Look for Jobs:
Manama, the capital city of Bahrain, is where the majority of teaching jobs are located. Schools hire semi-annually (in the summer and winter).
A bachelor’s degree, classroom experience and TEFL certification is required for all teachers. The more experience you have, the easier it will be to find a teaching position in Bahrain. Also, applicants will most likely go through an extended interview process, which may take between 1-3 months.
Salary & Cost of Living:
Salaries are tax-free in Bahrain and range from $1,500 - $3,000 per month. In addition, the employer covers all airfare, healthcare, and housing. Given this, it is easy to save while living in Bahrain. Though, keep in mind, if you enjoy dining out and going to nightclubs, meals and drinks will not be cheap. To save a great amount of your earnings, eat locally and do not blow your income at one of Manama’s high-end shopping malls!
Classroom & Work Culture:
Bahrain is not strict on Islamic dress codes (unlike its neighboring Arab nations), allowing foreigners to openly dress as they please. It is still recommended to cover shoulders and wear shorts or skirts below knee-level. However, it is totally acceptable to wear bikinis and swimsuit cover-ups while visiting beaches and resorts.