Teaching English in Yemen

Yemen Overview

Yemen is certainly not the first place you would think of when considering countries in which to teach English. Needless to say, security is a huge concern at present due to the severe political crisis and foreigners can be a target for violence. However, the difference that your efforts can make for the ordinary Yemeni people is considerable. There are a growing number of teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are usually rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal or non-existent.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Local schools and universities 800 – 1,200 upwards 7am – 4pm Monday to Friday 2-3 weeks plus national holidays
International schools 2,500 upwards 8am – 4pm Monday to Friday┬áplus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs


Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.

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1. Do as much research as possible into recent events of the ongoing crisis. You need to be as aware as possible of the situation for your security when living there. Bear in mind that travel to Yemen is currently inadvisable.

2. Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Yemen 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 Yemen. 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.


You will be making a great contribution to the rebuilding of the country 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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  1. nasra abdul aziz bashiry says:

    I have worked in hotels an oil companies for many years in Yemen and then left to Mexico
    for the last 15 years and now I am planning to return home my Yemen. In Mexico I was giving
    classes of English at home. I speak Arabic, English and Spanish. I hope to be given a chance
    to work with you and awaiting a favourable reply .


  2. Husam Al-Hureibi says:


    I have TESOL/TEFL degree, BA, and MA degrees. I am interested to teach in Yemen. If you have any info or help in this regard, please contact me.



  3. Yusif Ali says:

    Hi i have TEFL degree and experiences. i am fluent in speaking arabic and very interested to teach in Yemen. if you any info or help in this regard, please contact me.



  4. Abdulqawi says:

    Hi,I have bachelor degree in English and TOEFL. And i am looking forward to work as English teacher and translator .If you have any information about this request .please contact me .
    Best regards

  5. Pius Julius says:

    I have worked in different international schools and currently teaching in one of the best school in Ethiopia Adis Ababa.I would like to teach in Yemen because l hold bachelor’s degree in education specialised in English and literature.please am looking forward to hearing from you

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