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Teaching English in Qatar 101

Modern and prosperous, the state of Qatar is an oil- and gas-rich nation, with the third largest gas reserves and the first or second highest GDP per capita in the world. Qatar's wealth and commercial prominence enabled this tiny nation to make history by becoming the first Arab Country to be named host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup for soccer.

English teachers here can realistically expect to make $1,600 - $4,000 tax-free a month with benefits including airfare to and from the assignment, health insurance, and even furnished housing.

Because Qatar is considerably smaller than Saudi Arabia and a coveted destination for foreigner teachers offering lucrative contracts, the job market is extremely competitive.  While it's certainly not impossible for first-time teachers to get hired, 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. A TEFL certification is typically required as well.

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.

English teaching jobs in Qatar are concentrated in around the capital city of Doha.

For more information about teaching English in Qatar and the Middle East, check out our Middle East Resource Hub!

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