Teaching English in Bahrain

Teaching English in Bahrain

Bahrain Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Manama$1500 – $3000

Bahrain is an attractive destination for those wishing to take a break from other, less liberal, Arab nations. Indeed, over half of the inhabitants are from other countries.

Teaching English in Bahrain can be very lucrative, whether at a language center, university, or with the British Council. Experience is essential and many employers require at least three years. The majority of the work is in Manama but you may find occasional openings in smaller towns.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYes3-5 Years

Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for openings at the British Council as these are by far the best-paid positions for those without a Master’s Degree.

Having medical insurance (ideally as part of your contract) is essential as treatment costs are very high here and many ex-pats have been prevented from leaving the country until they settle their considerable medical debts.

Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidized accommodation, plus medical and flight allowances.

Work permits must be arranged before you arrive in Bahrain. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

The cost of living in Bahrain is very high. However, the decent salaries go a reasonable way to reflecting that.

Your salary is tax-free. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Pros of Teaching in Bahrain

  • Fascinating desert scenes and coastline
  • Excellent tax-free TEFL salaries
  • Decent infrasturcture

Cons of Teaching in Bahrain

  • Few paid openings for those without considerable experience
  • High living costs
  • The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced