In recent years, Jordan has definitely joined the list of countries that are good places for teaching in the Middle East. It has one of the most progressive school systems in the region and is on target to become a fully bilingual country in the not so distant future. As almost one third of the population is under 15, there is a particularly strong demand for teachers who are qualified and experienced in teaching young learners. As well as plenty of jobs, Jordan offers stunning landscapes, vibrant cities, and a warm welcome from the local population.
What are TEFL salaries in Jordan?
Although it is not yet competing with top destinations in the region such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia in terms of salaries, Jordan’s lower cost of living means that your pay will stretch much further. Monthly salaries in a standard tutoring job are typically between $800 and $1,500 USD. Those with the relevant qualifications can also look at international schools that pay up to $3,000 USD per month. The highest paying jobs are mostly found in and around the capital, Amman, although other areas such as Az-Zarqa and Irbid are also worth a look.
Who are the main employers of English language teachers in Jordan?
The very best salaries are found in international schools that follow American, British, or Canadian curriculums. These schools all offer classes taught in English, which provides a wide array of opportunities for Native English speakers from these countries. Most international schools have both primary and secondary departments, but you will need a high level of qualifications and/or experience to land one of these positions.
Private tutoring is a particularly popular option in Jordan. An online search will reveal many different programs that will arrange one-on-one lessons or group lessons in a private environment. A TEFL certification is typically a necessity in these roles. Volunteer teaching is also a popular way to gain classroom teaching experience and Jordan has many organizations in need of help. In recent times, the country has taken in 1.5 million refugees from neighboring countries, which has led to a huge need for teachers to help young people who have already missed out on a large part of their education.
What is the recruitment process for English teachers in Jordan?
The main hiring season in Jordan is at the end of August and early September. The best approach is to get there early so you can shop around and find the right position to suit you. Most employers prefer to interview face-to-face, which also allows you to get a feel for the school and location before committing to a contract. It is standard practice to undergo a three month probationary period where either party can terminate the contract without penalty.
Once you have been hired you will need to apply for a work permit that is valid for one year. Many teachers arrive on a 30-day tourist visa and then the school will organize the work permit on your behalf. This process can take up to a month to complete. Competition for the top jobs is always strong so a minimum of two years experience is often needed, as well as a degree and a TEFL qualification.
What is the cost of living for English teachers in Jordan?
The average salary in Jordan is considerably less than some of its neighbors such as the UAE and Saudi Arabia, but so is the cost of living. By shopping locally and avoiding expensive imported goods, your weekly grocery bill should be small. Eating out is also cheap if you take advantage of local restaurants and avoid those aimed at foreign tourists. Housing is often the most expensive issue for most teachers, so if you can find a job that offers free housing or a housing stipend you will greatly decrease your outgoings. Typically, teachers in Jordan are able to live a comfortable lifestyle.