The Pros & Cons of Teaching English in the Middle East

By Adam Lucente

There are many, many reasons to teach English in the Middle East. You can learn Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Kurdish or other languages here. You can gain valuable insights to an oft-misunderstood yet crucial part of the world. You can have adventures that resemble the movies. However, each country in the region offers very different experiences for English teachers. The following are some of the pros and cons I’ve determined from my time living, working, and teaching in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

Tips for Finding Work as an ESL Teacher in the Middle East - Tunisia, Jordan, Iraq + More

By: Adam Lucente

As I understand it, it’s a fairly straight-forward process to find teaching work in Asia. I wouldn’t know. I’ve only taught in the Middle East and North Africa, specifically Tunisia, Jordan and Iraq. I also participated in informal language exchanges in Lebanon that had an English-teaching component. Finding teaching work in the Gulf, where there are tons of jobs, is fairly simple, although the hiring standards can be quite high. It’s easier for new teachers to get jobs in places like Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco, but there’s not a ton of information about teaching in the region online. In this article, I’ll explain how I found my teaching jobs in Tunisia, Jordan and Iraq, and offer some advice for other countries, too.

How Teaching English Helped Correct Misconceptions I Had About the Middle East

By: Adam Lucente

I met Samir at an English-language primary school we taught at in Amman, Jordan. He first caught my attention when he walked into the break room where I was sitting with an American colleague and said, “Hello, American people.” Samir and I got along well, and one day we made plans to meet up after work. He wanted to go to a cafe that had banana and milk cocktails – his favorite drink.