Teaching English in Palestine

Teaching English in Palestine

Palestine Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Ramallah$500 – $1000

Palestine is certainly not the first place you would think of when considering countries in which to teach English. Needless to say, security is a considerable concern and foreigners can be a target for violence.

However, the difference that your efforts can make for the ordinary people of Palestine is considerable. There are some paid teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are usually rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal.

If money is not an issue then there are numerous opportunities to volunteer.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?

Do as much research as possible into recent events of the ongoing conflict. You need to be as aware as possible of the situation for your security when living there.

Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Palestine 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 in secure locations.

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

Food and transport costs are low. Accommodation prices vary depending on your budget and preferred location. Security costs may be high so ensure that this is discussed in detail with your employer.

Where applicable, tax is normally paid monthly by your employer. You should receive your salary on a monthly basis unless otherwise stated in your contract.

Pros and Cons of Teaching in Palestine


  • You will be making a great social contribution
  • Friendly local people
  • Certainly an experience you will remember for the rest of your life


  • Undoubtedly a dangerous place to live and work
  • Generally poor resources
  • The cultural differences associated with living in a Muslim-majority nation may be a shock to the inexperienced