Teaching English in Bahrain 101
Because Bahrain is a small island state and a coveted destination for foreign teachers offering lucrative contracts, the job market is extremely competitive. Beginning TEFL teachers may find it difficult to be hired here, as most jobs will go to experienced native English speaking teachers with advanced credentials.
Qualified English teachers in Bahrain can realistically expect to make $1,500 - $3,000 tax-free a month with benefits, including airfare to and from the assignment, health insurance, and even furnished housing.
Most teachers are hired in advance from their own country and have their visa processed prior to their departure for their teaching destination. To receive their visa, teachers should expect to pass a physical and an HIV test, and in many cases, academic transcripts and a criminal background check may also be necessary. Expect the process of interviewing and procuring a visa to take at least 1-3 months.
Jobs for English teachers are highly concentrated in and around Bahrain's capital of Manama.
A minimum of a 4-year college degree (BA/BS) and a TEFL certification is typically required to teach English in Bahrain. Many schools also require prior teaching experience and the job market in Bahrain is more competitive than many others.