Many TESL Canada certified teachers who wish to teach in Saudi Arabia should have more than one year of teaching experience. In addition, teachers should have a minimum of a BA degree in Education or English along with their TESOL certification. The job market is competitive and many applicants have a MA degree in Education. There are teaching opportunities with language schools , universities and public schools. Often, positions are obtained through a recruitment agency from Canada, USA and the UK.
Riyadh has evolved from a sandy desert outpost to the fastest growing city in the world. Since 1970s, due to substantial influx of oil revenue, its population has tripled and soaring and sparkling modern towers glaze over the old desert.
Riyadh city encompasses some of the most remarkable landmarks in the history of the Kingdom, such as the Al-Masmak Fort and towns formed by traditional mud-brick houses. Constructed in 1937, King Abdulaziz’s Murabba Palace was considered to be the Riyadh city itself by the travellers coming to this region. Much of this old palace has been reconstructed into ‘The King Abdulaziz Historical Centre’ which has become a popular tourist destination. Some examples of contemporary landmarks include Burj Al Mamlak, Burj Al Faisaliyah and Riyadh TV Tower.
Riyadh is also the top Saudi destination for ESL teachers. If you are looking to teach at university, a Master’s in TESOL is required. If you have more than 2 years of teaching experience and an advanced TESOL certification or diploma such as TESL Canada Standard 2, CELTA, or Trinity CertTESOL, you can apply to private ESL schools. Get your TESOL certificate with OnTESOL!
Saudi Arabia is a very popular destination because wages are very high, so many recruiters are standing by to help you with a job. Never pay for recruitment services and research the company thoroughly on the many TESOL websites and forums.
Saudi Arabia encompasses the most spectacular reefs of the world, the most magical and monumental sites of the Middle East, and the largest seas of sand of the Empty Quarter. Popular destinations are the mud-brick forts of Najran, which rise out of palm plantations and oases, the Arabian Desert, and the Two Holy Mosques of Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid Al-Nabwi.
Although very few travelers, especially non-Muslims, are allowed to walk this land, the country is slowly opening up to the world and Saudi Arabia has become a great destination for teaching English. Many teachers who hold TESL Canada certification and have more than one year of teaching experience choose Saudi Arabia for its standard of living and unique TEFL experience.
Ramadhan can be the most difficult time for western teachers as people who are not fasting are not allowed to eat in the open and only a few shops open for short periods of time. Saudi Arabia is very hot, so the best season is between November and February when average daily temperatures are moderate and the air is less humid. It’s significantly cooler in the Asir Mountains and around Taif region all year round.