Oman is still new to the game; as of now, not many English language teachers are aware of the work opportunities here. However, this nation, a neighbor of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), is starting to gain worldwide recognition for its hospitality and beautiful geography. With its desert dunes and numerous beaches, Oman is a hot destination for any sun-loving teacher!Photo credit: leo2109
There is very high demand for English instructors within national colleges. The Ministry of Manpower runs seven technical colleges, located throughout Oman, that frequently hire native English speakers to teach university students. Many of the courses are designed for more advanced English-speaking Omani students and often have a focus on technical topics.
Private international schools are looking for English teachers for elementary and secondary classrooms, primarily in the capital city of Muscat. This is a great opportunity to work with children and live in an up-and-coming international city in the Middle East!
Adult language learners attend afternoon/evening courses at international language schools. Many professionals are looking to learn business English;those involved in Oman’s growing tourism industry aim to learn conversational English.
When and Where to Look for Jobs:
Peak hiring occurs during August and September, but recruitment is semi-annual. The interview and visa application process takes anywhere from 1 to 3 months, so plan accordingly when considering a departure date. Additionally, the majority of teaching jobs are located in Muscat, the capital city of Oman.
Employers are looking for teachers with a bachelor’s degree and TEFL or TESOL certification. In addition, hiring universities prefer those with 2+ years of relevant teaching experience or a master’s degree (degrees in a variety of subjects are acceptable).
Salary & Cost of Living:
Native speakers are in high demand, and can get paid very well; there is no income tax on salaries (score!). You will be able to save some of your pay while living in Oman. Ex-pats will notice that the cost of living in Oman is much cheaper than in the nearby Gulf states (e.g. UAE and Qatar). Housing is often included in contracts with employers/schools and transportation is very cheap as well.
Classroom & Work Culture:
Generally speaking, foreigners have a lot more freedom in Oman than in some of its neighboring Arab nations. Teachers, as well as other ex-pats, are free to live in the city center and rent their own apartments.
Women in Oman dress conservatively, meaning they cover up any revealing skin and wear long dresses and scarves to cover their hair and necks. Many women wear burqas (link to an explanation of what this is or describe it here) when outside the home. However, in recent years, upper and lower class women have stopped wearing burqas, making its absence an indicator of social status.