|Salary range (USD/month)
|$500 – $2000
One of the more culturally diverse countries in the region, Lebanon is known as the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’.
There are a number of paid teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are rather low and teaching resources are minimal.
Local people are said to be very welcoming and helpful and, despite the occasional dangers in the country, Lebanon is a fascinating place to live in and teach English.
Typical Requirements and Tips
Experienced teachers and examiners are advised to look for teacher training openings at the British Council as these are by far the best-paid positions for those without a Master’s Degree.
Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Lebanon at first in order to make contacts and gain an understanding of the country.
Be sure to negotiate with potential employers regarding the availability of free or subsidized accommodation.
Work permits can be arranged after you arrive in Lebanon. This makes perfect sense as most interviews are walk-in.
Food and transport costs are low. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location.
Where applicable, income tax is normally paid monthly by your employer. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.
Fun Fact About Lebanon:
An interesting fact about Lebanon for an English teacher is that Lebanon has a unique linguistic landscape with a high level of multilingualism. While Arabic is the official language, French is widely spoken and used in education, media, and government. English is also taught in schools and is commonly spoken, especially among the younger generation. This linguistic diversity reflects Lebanon’s historical and cultural ties to both the Arab world and the French colonial past, making it a fascinating context for exploring language and cultural diversity in the classroom.
Pros and Cons of Teaching in Lebanon
- Fascinating, diverse country of beautiful architecture and landscapes
- Friendly local people and fabulous local cuisine
- Excellent cuisine and music
- Few paid openings for those without previous experience, contacts or postgraduate qualifications
- Certain areas of Lebanon are dangerous and travel to those is not advisable. Check before you go.
- The cultural differences associated with living in a Middle Eastern nation may be a shock to the inexperience
Like Lebanon, Jordan is an Arab country in the Middle East with a rich history and cultural heritage. It shares similar architectural styles, traditional cuisine, and a mix of modern and traditional influences.
Although not an Arab country, Cyprus shares some similarities with Lebanon in terms of its Mediterranean climate, coastal beauty, and cultural influences. It has a blend of Greek, Turkish, and Middle Eastern flavors, as well as historical sites and a vibrant nightlife.
Located in North Africa, Tunisia shares similarities with Lebanon in terms of its Mediterranean climate, beautiful beaches, and historical landmarks. It also has a rich cultural heritage influenced by Arab, Berber, and French cultures, similar to Lebanon’s diverse cultural influences.