Oman is yet another great place for TEFL teachers who want to save money and live in an interesting country. Teaching English can be very lucrative in Oman, whether at a language centre, university or with the British Council. Experience is essential and many employers require at least two years. The local people are said to be very welcoming and respectful for those who respect Islam. Many people, particularly Western women, will find the harassment and inward culture stifling to say the least. Many teachers complain that Omani students feel as if they deserve great results without putting in any effort so motivation problems may be an issue. There are plenty of beautiful places to explore in Oman but bear in mind that the culture is strict and conservative.
|Type of Institution||Typical salary (USD/month)||Typical hours||Typical annual leave|
|Language centres and local universities||2,000 – 3,500||Various shifts||2-4 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 they are one of the most trusted employers to work for worldwide.
2. August and September are the best times to find work.
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 Oman. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.
Cost of living
The cost of living in Oman is moderate. Accommodation can be expensive but is often offered free as part of your contract package. The decent tax-free salaries will still allow you to save money each month if you wish.
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||Some teachers complain of low student motivation|
|Decent infrastructure||The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced|
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