TEACH ENGLISH IN LEBANON

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About Teaching English in Lebanon

Where else in the Middle East can you ski in the morning, plunge into the Mediterranean in the afternoon, and enjoy world-class cuisine at night? A relatively small market for English teachers, Lebanon is known for its cosmopolitan capital of Beirut, spectacular natural beauty, exquisite cuisine, and the broad cultural and religious diversity of its population.  

Most first-time English teachers will gain employment by interviewing in person once they arrive in Lebanon, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.  Wages are not high, but due to the lower cost of living, they typically enable English teachers to live a comfortable life.  Many teachers share an apartment with other English teachers or expats. 

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Schools typically offer around 20-30 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore.  Giving private lessons is a popular way to supplement your income while working as a teacher.

English jobs in Lebanon are concentrated in Beirut, Tripoli, Sidon, Byblos, Tyre, and other major cities. Most schools prefer to employ English teachers with a BA and definitely a TEFL certificationPlease note, that while a Bachelor’s degree is not required to secure a job in this country, it still can be strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search.

Teaching Requirements

TEFL CERTIFICATION

A TEFL certification is required to teach English in Lebanon. 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 for jobs face-to-face in Lebanon, 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

Most schools require you to be a native English speaker to teach English in Lebanon (citizenship from recognized English-speaking nations: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa), however, there may be some schools that hire non-native English speakers. 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A Bachelor's degree is preferred but not required to teach English in Lebanon. Please note, your degree does not need to be in education, it can be in any field. 

TEFL Jobs in Lebanon

JOB TYPES

The most common job types in Lebanon consist of:

  • Teaching adults in private language schools.
  • Teaching children in International schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching English Online.

HIRING & VISA

English teachers in Lebanon can expect to find jobs all year round with an expected downtime around Islamic holidays. Interviews are conducted face-to-face, meaning you will need to be in Lebanon to interview for your teaching job.

You will enter Lebanon on a tourist visa that you receive upon arrival which will then later be converted into a work visa. Very few, if any, teachers work long term on tourist visas in Lebanon because most schools will help sponsor a teacher to receive a work Visa. If a school will not help sponsor your work visa you should reconsider working for the school. 

HOURS

Language schools in Lebanon 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 adults, children, or business professionals.

Salary & Cost of Living

START-UP COSTS

Start-up costs will range from $1,800 - $3,000 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Lebanon 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 salary and average cost of living enable teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle while in Lebanon. Teachers can expect to make $900 - $1,600 USD per month.

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 average monthly cost of living ranges from around $900 - $1,500 USD per month.

English teachers in Lebanon 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 Lebanon look like?

Check out our blog to read stories from our alumni teaching English all over the Middle East.

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Teaching English in Lebanon FAQs

Do I need a degree to teach English in Lebanon?

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

Required:

  • A TEFL certification.
  • Most schools require you to be a native English speaker (citizenship from recognized English-speaking nations: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa), however, there may be some schools that hire non-native English speakers.
  • Understanding of the types of English teaching jobs that are available.
  • Savings for start-up costs.

Not Required:

  • A bachelor's degree is preferred but typically not required - your bachelor's degree does not need to be in education, it may be in any field.
  • 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. 

What is the salary for teaching English in Lebanon?

Teachers can expect to make $900 - $1,500 USD per month in Lebanon.

Start-up costs will range from $1,800 - $3,000 USD. These are expenses you will incur from your arrival in Lebanon 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.

The average monthly cost of living ranges from around $900 - $1,500 USD per month.

English teachers in Lebanon 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 are my job opportunities for teaching English in Lebanon?

The most common job types in Lebanon consist of:

  • Teaching adults in foreign language schools.
  • Teaching children in International schools.
  • Teaching Business English to adults.
  • Private one-on-one tutoring.
  • Teaching English Online.

English teachers in Lebanon can expect to find jobs all year round with an expected downtime around Islamic holidays.

Interviews are conducted face-to-face, meaning you will need to be in Lebanon to interview for your teaching job.

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

You will enter Lebanon on a tourist visa that you receive upon arrival which will then later be converted into a work visa. Very few, if any, teachers work long term on tourist visas in Lebanon because most schools will help sponsor a teacher to receive a work Visa. If a school will not help sponsor your work visa you should reconsider working for the school. 

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