Saudi Arabia has some of the most enviable TESOL posts on offer anywhere in the world. Positions are numerous within private schools, petrochemical industries and the army and air force. Return airfare, 2 year contracts, paid accommodation and generous holidays are not uncommon.
In terms of where you live and work, there is a significant difference between the main centres. The coastal climate, both Dhahran and Dammam in the Eastern Province and in Jeddah on the Red Sea, is warm even in midwinter, and hot and humid from June to September. The interior, Riyadh especially, is hot but dry in summer and much cooler in winter, with even occasional early-morning frost. Many expats find Jeddah the most congenial centre, more relaxed and cosmopolitan than many Saudi towns and centres. As on the East Coast, there are swimming and other water sports to enjoy.
If you succeed in securing a contract in Saudi Arabia, then you will need to be able to live within the strict laws that govern everyday social interaction. Some limitation on one’s freedom of movement also has to be accepted. Permission is needed to leave the Kingdom, for example, as well as to enter it. As long as you are aware of the potential pitfalls, the financial rewards are definitely there, allowing you to save money and live comfortably.
Tips for teaching English in Saudi:
* choose the TESOL Professional 250 hour course for the Middle East
* consider adding a 30-hour Business TESOL for Saudi Arabia as this specialism is very much in demand
* dress for business and present a professional CV/resume
* ask any contacts you have in Qatar to find out about working opportunities there