Teaching English in Yemen

Teaching English in Yemen

Yemen Overview

Main Cities/AreasSalary range (USD/month)
Sana’a$800 – $1200

Yemen is certainly not the first place you would think of when considering countries in which to teach English.

Needless to say, security is a huge concern at present due to the severe political crisis and foreigners can be a target for violence. However, the difference that your efforts can make for the ordinary Yemeni people is considerable.

There are a growing number of teaching opportunities but TEFL salaries are usually rather low and teaching resources are sometimes minimal or non-existent.

Typical Requirements and Tips

Degree?TEFL Certification?Experience?

Do as much research as possible into recent events of the ongoing crisis. You need to be as aware as possible of the situation for your security when living there. Bear in mind that travel to Yemen is currently inadvisable.

Teachers without experience may consider volunteering in Yemen 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 Yemen. 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 Yemen


  • You will be making a great contribution to the rebuilding of the country
  • 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