Iran has never been a popular TEFL destination but opportunities are growing, especially in private language institutes. Those without experience or knowledge of Iran would be wise to volunteer in the country in the short-term and make contacts and assess the situation in the meantime. Most local Iranians are very pleasant people but the dangers associated with being a foreigner in Iran are considerable so be aware of this before making a decision to accept the offer of a contract. It helps enormously if you already have contacts in Iran.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres||500 – 1,500||Various shifts||2 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, CELTA (or equiv.), 1-2 yrs exp.
1. Stay abreast of political developments and register with your embassy to notify them of your address in Iran.
2. American English and pronunciation seems to be favoured here so Americans and Canadians are probably more likely to find the positions with the best salaries.
3. Those with a knowledge of Farsi language are at a great advantage and it would be advisable for anyone considering working here to start learning before arriving in Iran.
Work permits must be arranged to work legally. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Iran is low but security is a major issue. Clearly, security is worth spending money on but speak to your prospective employer regarding accommodation as part of the contract package.
Tax and salary information
You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|Growing demand for English tuition||An unstable nation at present|
|Friendly, eager students||Poor pay for those without previous teaching experience|
|Less competition from other TEFL teachers||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|