Jordan is an attractive destination for those wishing to take a break from other, less liberal, Arab nations. The main tourist attraction is the ancient site at Petra. English is spoken quite widely but opportunities are out there, whether at a language centre, university or with the British Council. Salaries are generally low although certain employers such as the British Council pay well. Experience is essential and many employers require at least two years. The majority of the work is in Amman 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||800 – 1,500||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, 1-2 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. Basic Arabic language skills will help you enormously.
3. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidised accommodation, plus medical and flight allowances.
Work permits are usually arranged after you have arrived in Jordan. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Jordan is generally low although accommodation in parts of Amman can be very, very high.
Tax and salary information
You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
|Fascinating desert scenes and the famous Petra ruins||Generally low salaries|
|Hospitable local culture||High accommodation costs in Amman|
|Decent, safe infrastructure||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|
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