Dubbed the “new Dubai,” Qatar has experienced rapid recent growth due to a tremendous amount of outside investment in the natural gas and oil industries. As a notably smaller and lesser-known Arab state in the region, Qatar remains very international; quite a few expats and foreign workers have found job opportunities here. As a teacher, discover what makes Qatar such an attractive destination for employment, as it continues to develop into one of the world’s leading global centers.Photo credit: Aih.
Private International Schools:
International schools, such as ACS Doha International School, are constantly seeking International Baccalaureate (IB) teachers, in subjects other than ESL. Schools look for native English speakers to instruct geography or science classes. Many international students already have a good grasp on English, as they come from many countries other than Qatar.
As a personal tutor, you can get paid around 100-350 QAR/hour (range of about $30-90 USD). Job placements depend on your commitment to posting in online forums or finding the right connections once living in Qatar. Tutoring is also a good way to make extra money after-school or on the weekends.
Language schools, such as Smart Learning, hire teachers for adult language learners, business professionals, and children. Courses can be held after school hours or during the evenings. There is a great demand for teachers in these schools, as a great deal of Qatari adults hope to increase their knowledge of the English language.
When and Where to Look for Jobs:
Almost all teaching jobs are in Doha, the expanding capital city of Qatar; about 60% of the country’s population lives in and around Doha. It is also home to most of the universities and private schools in the country. Schools and language programs recruit year-round for teachers.
Teachers are required to have 2-3 years of teaching experience and a teaching license/certification (TEFL or TESOL).
Salary & Cost of Living:
Qatari schools offer a tax-free salary, with benefits (e.g. housing, yearly flights, medical insurance, end of contract bonuses). Rent is quite high in Doha, but schools usually compensate for housing. Typically, salaries are about 10-15% higher than in Dubai.
The whole process, of obtaining a Qatari work visa, could take around 1-3 months. Be sure to coordinate with your employer to make sure you have all the necessary documents to apply.
Classroom & Work Culture:
Many schools begin classes early, around 6:30-7am, avoid instruction during the scorching-hot hours of the afternoon.
In the past decade, Qatar has opened its doors to foreign workers, creating a sort of multicultural nation in the Middle East. To name a few, people from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and the Philippines now call Qatar their home. As a foreign teacher, you will witness the widening of Qatari cultural views and practices, as it continues to globalize.