TEACH ENGLISH IN JORDAN

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About Teaching English in Jordan

From Biblical sites and Crusader castles to rolling deserts and the waters of the Red Sea, this small nation of 6 million could require a lifetime to fully experience.

A relatively small but growing job market for English teachers, Jordan is known for its traditional Bedouin culture, the warm hospitality of its people, and the stunning ruins of ancient sites like Jerash and Petra. The official language of Jordan is Arabic, however, there is a long tradition of usage of English, as Jordan was administrated by Great Britain under the League of Nations' Mandates System until 1946.

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Most first-time English teachers will gain employment by interviewing in person once they arrive in Jordan, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing. Wages are not high, but due to the low cost of living, they typically enable English teachers to live comfortably. Most teachers share accommodations with their coworkers. Schools typically offer around 20-30 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore the region's vast history and ancient culture.  Giving private lessons is a popular way to earn extra money.

Most schools prefer to employ English teachers with a 4 year BA and definitely a TEFL certification. Most English teaching jobs in Jordan are in major cities like Amman.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Jordan. You do not need professional teaching experience but earning your TEFL certification will provide you with the training and qualification you do need to get hired. 

Teachers typically interview in-person in Jordan. Therefore, it is most common for students to take one of our TEFL course options listed below:

You may also wish to take one of the 4-Week In-Person TEFL Courses that we offer in 21 locations worldwide.

NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKER

You do not need to be a native English speaker to teach English in Jordan, however, you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is highly preferred.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is typically required to secure a job in Jordan (although it may not always be required).

TEFL Jobs in Jordan

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Jordan consist of:

  • Teaching adults and children in private language schools.
  • Teaching children in public schools. 
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Jordan can expect to find teaching jobs all year round, with May-August being preferred. You can expect hiring season downtimes around Islamic holidays.

A majority of schools in Jordan conduct face-to-face interviews, meaning you will need to be on the ground and in Jordan to interview for jobs and ready to begin teaching right away once hired.

You will enter Jordan on a tourist visa which your employer can later convert to a work visa once you have been hired at a school. Some teachers work "under the table" on a tourist visa.

HOURS

English language schools in Jordan offer approximately 20 to 30 hours of classroom work per week plus additional hours for prep time. This allows for plenty of time to travel and explore. 

STUDENTS

It is most common that your students will be children, adults, or business professionals. 

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,500 USD (700 - 1,050 JOD). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Jordan until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

SALARY

A solid hourly wage enables teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Jordan. Teachers can expect to make $650 - $1,200 USD (450 - 850 JOD) per month. It is common for teachers in Jordan to also teach English online to supplement their income.

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent. 

COST OF LIVING & SAVINGS

The cost of living typically ranges between $650 - $1,000 USD per month (450 - 700 JOD).

English teachers in Jordan can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

What does teaching in Jordan look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English in Jordan and the Middle East.

Want more? We've got you covered! Visit our Video Library to watch day in the life videos and interviews from our alumni and get a glimpse into what your life as a teacher in the Middle East could look like!

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Teaching English in Jordan FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Jordan?

To teach English in Jordan, make sure you understand what is and is not required:

Required:

  • A bachelor's degree is typically required from schools in Jordan (although you may be able to find work without one).
  • A TEFL certification.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

Not Required:

  • You do not need to be a native English speaker, but you will be expected to be fluent in English and speak at a native level to be considered for teaching jobs. Citizenship from the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa is highly preferred.

How much money can I make teaching English in Jordan?

Teachers can expect to make $650 - $1,200 USD  (450 - 850 JOD) per month in Jordan.

English teachers in Jordan can expect to break-even month over month. This means you can cover your rent and bills, support yourself, live comfortably, and enjoy your life abroad to the fullest, but you should not expect to save money at the end of the month. If you are hustling and taking on private tutoring lessons and/or teaching English online in addition to your regular teaching schedule, you may increase your ability to save.

Start-up costs will range from $1,000 - $1,500 USD (700 - 1,050 JOD). These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Jordan until you receive your first paycheck and may include things like rent, apartment supplies, transport, groceries, getting your new local cell phone number set up, etc. 

There are no flight or housing benefits/stipends provided so you will need to remember to account for accommodation or temporary housing for your first few weeks in your start-up costs until you find an apartment to rent.

What are my job opportunities for teaching English in Jordan?

The most common job types in Jordan consist of:

  • Teaching adults and children in private language schools.
  • Teaching children in public schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Teaching English Online.

English teachers interview in-person in Jordan and can expect to find jobs all year round, with May-August being preferred hiring months. Bear in mind, hiring downtimes will occur during Islamic holidays.

What type of visa do I need to teach English in Jordan?

You will enter Jordan on a tourist visa which can later be converted to a work visa once you have secured employment. Some teachers work "under the table" on a tourist visa.

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Adam Lucente

Taught English in Jordan

Adam Lucente

I think most foreigners find Jordanian society relatively easy to live in People are friendly. In terms of Arabic countries, I find people are happy to help foreigners learn Arabic here. I find the students here to be polite, eager to learn, and overall pleasant. Mine are mostly young professionals and university students. I would recommend teaching English in Jordan, but keep in mind it is quite expensive. Other than that it's a nice place with several interesting teaching opportunities if you look hard enough.

Carmen Oswalt

Taught English in the Middle East

Carmen Oswalt

I am currently teaching kindergarten at an international school, with a large majority of my students are native Arabic speakers. I find myself using many of the different techniques that I learned through ITA with my students every day!

K Diefen

Taught English in the Middle East

K Diefen

My TEFL training was essential to my teaching position. My training taught me how to teach, and this, combined with my practicum experience, allowed me to identify and draw upon my students' strengths and passions to energize and ignite the classroom experience. In addition, I learned from a mentor in my practicum how to create a classroom community, and this is what made a very lasting and incredible impact on my position.

Visit the Jordan section of our blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences teaching English in Jordan and the Middle East.