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Teaching English in Kuwait 101


Home to one of the world’s largest petroleum reserves, Kuwait offers a unique blend of traditional Arab culture, stunning desert and coastal scenery. In addition, it offers the modern cosmopolitanism of Kuwait City, distinguished by its extravagant shopping and modern infrastructure. 

A 4-year college degree (BA/BS) is typically required to teach English in Kuwait, a master's degree is preferred by some schools, and a TEFL certification is typically required as well. Many schools also require prior teaching experience and the job market in Kuwait is more competitive than many others. 

Qualified English teachers here can realistically expect to make $1,500 - $3,200 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. Expect the interview and visa processes to take 1-3 months.

As a conservative Middle Eastern nation, expatriates in Kuwait must exhibit sensitivity towards local customs, and prepare to adapt to life in a society governed by Islamic law and traditions.

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