Bahrain is an attractive destination for those wishing to take a break from other, less liberal, Arab nations. Indeed, over half of the inhabitants are from other countries. Teaching English can be very lucrative in Bahrain, whether at a language centre, university or with the British Council. Experience is essential and many employers require at least three years. The majority of the work is in Manama but you may find occasional openings in smaller towns.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and local universities||1,500 – 3,000||Various shifts||2 weeks plus national holidays|
|British Council||2,500 upwards||Various shifts including evening and weekend work||6 weeks plus national holidays|
|International schools||3,000 upwards||8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work||10 weeks plus national holidays|
Main places for jobs
Degree, TEFL certificate, 3-5 yrs exp.
1. Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for openings at the British Council as these are by far the best paid positions for those without a Masters Degree.
2. Having medical insurance (ideally as part of your contract) is essential as treatment costs are very high here and many expats have been prevented from leaving the country until they settle their considerable medical debts.
3. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidised accommodation, plus medical and flight allowances.
Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Bahrain. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Bahrain is very high. However, the decent salaries go a reasonable way to reflecting that.
Tax and salary information
Your salary is tax-free. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|Fascinating desert scenes and coastline||Few paid openings for those without considerable experience|
|Excellent tax-free TEFL salaries||High living costs|
|Decent infrastructure||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|
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