Most people assume the Middle East is synonymous with the UAE. It’s not. The Middle East consists of a number of countries that offer a similar tax-free expatriate lifestyle, each with a slightly different twist.
"Kuwait makes a good first step for newly qualified teachers who want to gain a couple of solid years of British or US curriculum experience to launch their international careers, and most Kuwait schools welcome them."
Kuwait is often overlooked because it is not as large or famous as many others, but it has much to offer the international teacher. Salaries are typically 10-20% higher than the UAE and the cost of living is 10-20% lower. Most international schools are located in Kuwait City and there are many opportunities to join clubs to meet other expats including American clubs, Gaelic Football clubs, Theatre clubs, and an abundance of sports clubs. Because of visa regulations, Kuwait largely attracts single teachers and married teaching couples so meeting people is never a problem. It’s smaller than the UAE both in terms of size and population, and teachers report back that they quickly find a good group of like-minded friends to enjoy weekends and long breaks travelling to nearby Dubai and Oman, and also to exotic places like the Maldives and Africa, made possible by low cost airlines and increased savings.
From a career standpoint, Kuwait has a number of advantages. Because it’s less well known than the UAE, the competition for jobs is less fierce so a teacher is more likely to get noticed a better quality of school. The schools are used to promoting from within more quickly so chances of progressing are higher. Finally, Kuwait makes a good first step for newly qualified teachers who want to gain a couple of solid years of British or US curriculum experience to launch their international careers, and most Kuwait schools welcome them.
The Ministry of Education in Kuwait has specific education and teacher training requirements so contact your Edvectus consultant to see if you can be considered.
See all jobs in Kuwait here and see what Kuwait looks like here in a video filmed by the Edvectus team. Want to see more? Visit our #KuwaitWeek posts at this link - we've already filtered them for you by hashtag!