Teaching English in Palestine

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Palestine Overview

Palestine is certainly not the first place you would think of when considering countries in which to teach English. Needless to say, security is a considerable concern and foreigners can be a target for violence. However, the difference that your efforts can make for the ordinary people of Palestine is considerable. There are some paid teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are usually rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal. If money is not an issue then there are numerous opportunities to volunteer.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Local schools and universities 500 – 1,000 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 6 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,000 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday┬áplus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Ramallah.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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Tips

1. Do as much research as possible into recent events of the ongoing conflict. You need to be as aware as possible of the situation for your security when living there.

2. Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Palestine at first in order to make contacts and gain an understanding of the country.

3. Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidised accommodation in secure locations.

Red tape

Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Palestine. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

Cost of living

Food and transport costs are low. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location. Security costs may be high so ensure that this is discussed in detail with your employer.

Tax and salary information

Where applicable, tax is normally paid monthly by your employer. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Summary

You will be making a great social contribution Undoubtedly a dangerous place to live and work
Friendly local people Generally poor resources
Certainly an experience you will remember for the rest of your life The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced

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3 Comments

  1. sabrina says:

    This is something I have to do in my lifetime.

  2. Ryan says:

    I’m a professional ESL instructor both Man to Man and Distant mode learning. I wish to express my deepest intent to teach in the beautiful country of Palestine whether paid of volunteer.(With at least a little allowance for my survival ­čÖé )

  3. Ehab AbuDheibeh says:

    I would like to thank you for offering such opportunities which benefit both foreign teachers and local Palestinian people/students. However, the situation in Palestine is not as dangerous and horrible as it described. Those who are willing to live and work in Palestine have to take into account that it is an occupied country, in which conflicts occur from time to time, yet this is not the issue. The issue is that potential conflicts do not happen in streets and cities’ centers, but in particular locations such as checkpoints; therefore, streets, buildings, schools, universities, institutions, etc. are safe, and you do not have to hold your breath while walking or to put on a helmet while working. Palestinian people are friendly, and they do not hesitate to help anyone who’s in need; moreover, your freedom is guaranteed despite the cultural differences.

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