Teaching English in Jordan

Teaching English in Jordan

Jordan Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Amman$800 – $2500

Jordan is an attractive destination for those wishing to take a break from other, less liberal, Arab nations. The main tourist attraction is the ancient site at Petra.

English is spoken quite widely but opportunities are out there, whether at a language center, university, or with the British Council. Salaries are generally low although certain employers such as the British Council pay well.

Experience is essential and many employers require at least two years. The majority of the work is in Amman but you may find occasional openings in smaller towns.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?
YesYes1-2 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.

Basic Arabic language skills will help you enormously.

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

Work permits are usually arranged after you have arrived in Jordan. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer.

The cost of living in Jordan is generally low although accommodation in parts of Amman can be very, very high

You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Pros of Teaching in Jordan

  • Fascinating desert scenes and the famous Petra ruins
  • Hospitable local culture
  • Decent, safe infrastructure

Cons of Teaching in Jordan

  • Generally low salaries
  • High accommodation costs in Amman
  • The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced