Teaching English in Kuwait

Teaching English in Kuwait

Kuwait Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Kuwait City$2000 – $3000

Kuwait’s oil industry makes it one of the world’s richest nations and also one of the most expensive in which to live. For the experienced, there are well-paid opportunities in the country (especially since income tax is 0%) but many teachers complain of discipline issues with financially-privileged students.

The conservative culture can be incredibly stifling for non-Muslims who are expected to live in accordance with Muslim rules. On the plus side, the crime rate is low and the salaries are high.

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.

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 Kuwait. This can take several weeks and must be done in conjunction with your employer (who is your sponsor). Remember to bring all your original documentation with you.

The cost of living in Kuwait is very high. However, decent salaries go a reasonable way of 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 Kuwait

  • Some excellent packages available including housing, education for children, medical, and so on
  • Excellent tax-free TEFL salaries
  • Decent infrastructure

Cons of Teaching in Kuwait

  • Few 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. No alcohol allowed and no eating in public during the β€˜holy month’.