Teaching English in Kuwait – Jahra

Published: 16 November, 2015  |  Last updated: 16 November, 2015

Teaching English in Jahra, Kuwait

Jahra, Kuwait

Report submitted on 20 September, 2015 by Ahmad Ali.

Teaching English in Jahra, Kuwait:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Jahra, Kuwait?
English is required in every aspect of life; therefore, teachers of English can easily fond jobs, whether in public and private schools, or in tutoring in homes.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, teaching at kindergartens / pre-schools, teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, teaching at companies, teaching at community centers, etc., private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.)

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
A bachelor degree in English language.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Training courses for teachers, such as CELTA.

What are the levels of payment?
The level varies from one teacher to another. It also depends on the level of the students, i.e. the older the child is the higher the pay will be. However, for lower grades (Elementary) the pay is between US$10 to US$18 per hour. For Intermediate grades the pay is between US$18 to US$24 per hour; while for secondary school students the pay ranger between US$24 to US$34 per hour. For TOEFL and IELTS or university level the pay ranges between US$50 to US$70 US per hour.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Two days a week.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Jahra, Kuwait to teach English?
You should learn about the culture. Kuwaitis are very conservative.
The weather is extremely hot and dry. Temperature from May to October ranges between 40 to 53 Celsius.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Jahra, Kuwait?
The pay.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Jahra, Kuwait?
Students are horrible.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Although they know that English is very important, students tend not to be interested in learning it.


Living in Jahra, Kuwait:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Kuwait?
Yes, but for Westerners they can enter the country for three months without a visa. After that time, they either should legally have a residency or leave the country for just one hour and come back.

What is the cost of living like in Kuwait?
Accommodation is high, between US$800 to US$1,200 per month.
Daily necessities are reasonable. One person needs about US$350 per month for daily necessities.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
It is easy. Just check with buildings designed for rent. You can find an apartment easily, I think.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Jahra, Kuwait?
For me, I am used to this environment. New comers find it difficult to cope with life here.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Jahra, Kuwait?
The weather.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Jahra, Kuwait?
Read about the culture.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
There is nothing to do. The weather does not allow you to go out for a walk. So, be accustomed to indoor life.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Kuwait?
I love the people here.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Everything is available here.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Ahmad Ali

Nationality: Syrian

Students I’ve taught in Kuwait: Elementary (6-12 years), junior high school (12-15 years), high school (15-18 years), university, adults, business

Where I teach: Various institutions. Teaching for 13 years.

How I found my current jobs: I used a reputable recruiter – Golden Staffing.

My school facilities: Excellent – Kuwait is a rich country, so teaching facilities are available.

Teacher support is available at my school: training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.


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