Teaching English in Oman

Oman Overview

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

Muscat, Sur.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate, 1-2 yrs exp.

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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.

Red tape

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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  1. bliss4mf says:

    I wish to teach in one of these islamic countries for their friendly relationship. I am Muhammad AbdFatai. I am a Nigerian. I studied English Language and l’ve been teaching it since 2010 till date. I ‘ll be very glad if i’m led to job through this.


    I wish to teach in one of these islamic countries for their friendly relationship. I am HELMI Muhammad I am EGYPTIAN . I studied English Language and l’ve been teaching it since 1992 till date. I ‘ll be very glad if i’m led to job through this.I have TEFL certificate and TEA programme

  3. Ghonaim says:

    Hi, everybody…. I’ve spent 7 years teaching English in one of the leading language school in Egypt. I’m looking for another challenging teaching job outside Egypt. I wonder if I will find this challenge here or not. I’ve got a very outstanding British accent.

  4. Goldenplans says:

    I have lived in Oman for 7 years and worked there as a tracher of English. Two bad melories I have : the wearher. Too hot during 6/7 months. Besides,we were underpaid and even when they raised teachers’salaries, we were an exception. It was only fir Omanis !!!!! Living cost has gone too high recently for the poor salaries that are given to expats.

  5. dino says:

    Great place to save money if you’re based in a desert nothing-to-do / nothing to spend your money on location working for one of the many technical colleges or colleges of applied sciences. Very friendly welcoming locals. Students are lazy. Package around 1000 Rials, free ticket, generous paid holidays, free apartment, utilities and transportation allowance, end of contract bonus. Life can be very boring if location of work is in either Sur and Ibri in particular where there’s no mall no nothing. Alcohol readily available. Lots of teachers in Ibri are depressed and drown their sorrows in alcohol and become full-time alcoholics. Very easy to obtain residency card and hassle-free travel in/out of the country.

  6. Michelle Josselyn says:

    What are the names of the schools you are working in?

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