Stretching from the western shores of North Africa across the Sahara to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and into the heart of Central Asia, the Middle East is a vast and diverse region not only from the standpoint of its cultures and geography, but in terms of the opportunities it offers certified English teachers as well.
In the wealthy Arab nations of the Persian Gulf region, English teachers can command some of the highest salaries and finest benefit packages in the world and must compete in a competitive job market. Often schools in this region of the Middle East will require English teaches to have a Master’s Degree (sometimes in education) and previous teaching experience, on top of their TEFL certification. That's not to say it's impossible for first-time teachers to get a job in this region (especially in Saudi Arabia), but you will need to be persistent, patient and flexible in your job search. Those who qualify for such positions will enjoy some of the highest salaries in the field as pay can range from $2,500 - $6,000 a month, plus free housing and flights to and from the teacher’s home country.
By: Lauren Davis
Do you have any friends that are traveling the world and teaching English abroad? Or perhaps you have a few acquaintances or friends of friends that you've seen posting cool pictures all over Facebook from their time gallivanting around the world and teaching English. Maybe you've never met anyone who has left the country.
Either way, the demand for English teachers abroad is growing fast and even if you don't possess teaching experience, a degree in education, or even a diploma from a 4-year college, you can teach English abroad in any of dozens of countries with the training and qualification of a TEFL certification. Yes, there are literally hundreds of thousands of native English speakers teaching English abroad right now in major markets like China, Japan and Spain, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow their steps exactly. If you’re looking for an authentic experience, follow the advice of Robert Frost and "take the road less traveled." To help point you in the right direction, here are five of the world's best untapped markets for teaching English abroad in 2015.
If there is a country that truly captures the essence of travel itself, it may be Morocco, a nation of sparkling beaches, epic mountains and grand medieval cities that has entranced visitors since the Romans arrived 2,000 years ago. In fact, the country's most famous figure and national symbol is perhaps the greatest traveler of all time, Ibn Battuta, the 14th century explorer who traveled more than 75,000 miles from his home in Tangier to China and back.