Education in Kuwait is devolved and offers international school places at nursery/kindergarten through to university. Teaching jobs in Kuwait are advertised for kindergarten/nursery, primary/elementary, secondary school for you to teach in Kuwait. I myself, accepted one of the many Kuwait international school jobs and taught at a British international school, and enjoyed the time I spent in the country. There is no doubt when you are walking or driving around you are in a different cultural region from western countries, such as the UK.
Teaching jobs in Kuwait
Cambridge English Schools, Art Teacher Job International School
Cambridge English Schools, International School Require a History Teacher
The American Baccalaureate School, Language, Literacy, Drama School Teachers Jobs
West Teacher, Kindergarten School Teachers Needed
The local Kuwaiti population is out numbered by foreign expat workers, which partly explains the welcoming nature of the country. I would say the country is the safest place I have ever been, and woman will have no issue other than curiosity.
Be under no illusion as with other countries driving, civil and criminal laws are fully enforced, such as random road block stop checks. Teachers in Kuwait earn a salary enabling them to drive, and you can exchange your driving license for a local one without taking a test.
Teach in Kuwait International Schools
Teaching jobs in Kuwait international schools are available each year starting in middle to late August. There are many schools for students from 3 years primary teaching to 18 years old’s delivering curricula from India USA, UK, Canada and other countries for students to learn.
I arrived at school each morning at 6.20 am ahead of the pupils with morning assembly at 7am. Could you imagine trying to get British pupils to assembly at 7am! Schools finish at 2pm, with a few continuing until 2.30pm. Pupils at international schools in Kuwait generally come from many nationalities, being the son’s and daughters of local people and international expat community.
As a classroom teacher while teaching in Kuwait you can not just say anything and provide the same reading and classroom learning resources as in a UK, Australia or other western school. Why? Remember I mentioned before about culture, you must respect cultural beliefs and teach in an appropriate way to the class of students and Ministry of Education expectations.
Kuwait teaching jobs salary package
Give you an idea of a job I accepted. In 2006 I signed a 2 year contract at an international school as a secondary teacher with 5 years experience on a basic salary of 800 KWD plus other benefits.
Choosing Kuwait to teach today you will be offered a salary between 650 to 1200 KWD per month tax free, depending on age taught, qualifications and experience. Your salary includes an international teacher hiring package:
- Free return flight to Kuwait
- End of contract gratuity bonus, one month’s basic wage for each year of completed contract
- Medical insurance cover
- Utilities paid possibility
- Discount or free child tuition
- Free furnished apartment or villa depending on position employed, or allowance
What about jobs for school teachers?
Good time to see and apply for Kuwait teacher jobs is in February-March-April each year to start in August. Positions from
- Newly qualified teacher
- Teacher with experience
- Head of year
- Head of department
- Curriculum leader
- Assistant head teacher
- Head of primary or secondary
- Head teacher or principal
One of the Kuwait school teacher jobs subjects at primary/elementary and secondary/high school you will be asked to teach one or more subjects.
kindergarten & nursery teaching jobs in Kuwait are advertised for schools as well as nursery and classroom primary school teacher assistant jobs
You can gain a job in teaching at a Kuwait international school for high school students or primary/elementary students if you are a male/female qualified western teacher or a certified school teacher from India or Arab countries.
Classroom teacher in Kuwait general requirements
- Undergraduate degree in the subject, such as a science degree to teach science subjects
- Teaching certificate for the age of pupil to be taught
- Native English speaker applying for teachers of English
- Pass a medical, obtain a work and residency permit to stay and work
- Criminal record check from your country
- Contracts from 1 to 2 years that can be renewable
- 2 or more years of teaching experience preferable
You require applying from where you are a citizen, i.e. the UK for UK citizens The Kuwait Embassy in the UK is in Knightsbridge, London. All you do is walk in with your relevant paperwork to apply for a work visa before arriving in Kuwait. They will complete relevant checks and stick a work visa in your passport, all in about 10 minutes.
Paperwork to take to the embassy for your work visa:
- Invitation letter from your employer, aka school
- Basic contract from the school that is sent to you
- Reference letter from your last employer
- Medical check document (You pay)
- Criminal record check (You pay)
- Teaching certificate and degree qualifications, yes originals they wanted to see
You can fly out to Kuwait and go through the process there, although the process is a bit more complicated and time consuming.
When you arrive in Kuwait it takes between 4-6 weeks to process your residency permit, medical card and civil id. Your school will take you for a finger prints check by the police, blood test and chest x-ray.
What you can do in Kuwait
Clubs from sailing ruby, riding, driving to sport, cultural and social clubs to take part in. Walk along the corniche in Kuwait or relax on the beach which is near the Kuwait Towers. There are amusement parks big and small and the famous Marina Mall frequented by many of the school pupils.
People are friendly, including taxi drivers (Taxi sir, shopping) when you are out and about in your free time. The malls around Kuwait are a welcome attraction in the middle of the day and afternoon for a while for shopping and air conditioning to get away from the heat of the day. There is generally a breeze in the Kuwait relieving some of the heat wave.
Buses are very cheap for getting around, safe and reliable.
Area Size: 17,818 sq km
Population: 3.5 million approximately
Capital: Kuwait City
Language: Arabic, English widely spoken
Time: GMT + 3
Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz
Currency: Kuwait Dinar (KWD)
Climate: Hot and sunny, winter cool
International Dial Code: +965
Key dates: 25th February National Day, 26th February Liberation Day
Jobs in Kuwait available
The homepage has teacher jobs from around the work. Have a look as almost all year round their are jobs in Kuwait for school teachers.