About Teaching English in Bahrain
An amalgamation of 33 islands off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain represents a small but thriving job market for teaching English in the Persian Gulf. 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.
To find a TEFL job and teach English in Bahrain, you will need a TEFL certificate and a 4-year college degree in any field. You must be a native English speaker as well. The average salary for an English teacher in Bahrain is about $1550 - $3,000 USD per month.