The countries education system continues to attract new and experienced educators. Teaching in Kuwait you can build a career as a classroom teacher to leadership positions. Teaching jobs in Kuwait are advertised for international school educators who teach children between 3-18 years.
Education is devolved and offers school places at nursery/kindergarten through to university. As a teacher you will find yourself teaching a class of students from many countries, as well as local Kuwaiti children.
Teaching jobs in Kuwait
School teaching in Kuwait
International schools jobs are available each year starting in middle to late August. School’s offer places for students from 3 years, primary teaching delivering curricula from India, USA, UK, Canada and other countries for students to learn. Teachers from Canada, South Africa, USA, India, UK and other countries will be your colleagues.
I myself, accepted one of the many Kuwait international school jobs, taught at a British school, and enjoyed the time I spent in the country.
I arrived at school each morning at 6.20 am ahead of the pupils with morning assembly at 7 am. Could you imagine trying to get British pupils to assembly at 7 am! Schools finish at 2 pm, with a few continuing until 2.30 pm. Pupils at international schools are the son’s and daughters of local people and international expat community, where the vast majority are keen to learn.
As a classroom teacher in Kuwait you can not just say anything and provide the same reading & classroom learning resources as in a UK, Australia or other western school. Why? 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.
Higher salaries are paid for management and leadership roles. Salaries offered in Kuwait for teachers are according to your country of origin. Masters and Phd holders receive a bit extra, and you also receive more for each additional years of teaching experience, up to 20 years.
Choosing Kuwait to teach today you will be offered a salary between 700 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 (Vast majority single, some employers provide shared)
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 teaching role
- Head of department
- Curriculum leader
- Assistant head teacher
- Head of primary or secondary
- Head teacher or principal position
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.
The British School of Kuwait in Salwa is known to provide a good education and is a desirable place to teach. Teachers I spoke to while I was in the country liked the school, and were happy living in Salwa, a good residential area of Kuwait. There are other good education providers in the country.
Classroom teacher requirements Kuwait
- Undergraduate bachelor degree and above in the subject to teach (Maths to teach maths, business for business teacher)
- Nursery/primary teacher must have appropriate degree, and or a teaching qualification for early or elementary learners
- 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, such as an FBI check for USA citizens
- One or more years of teaching experience
- Management & leadership positions mandate that you hold a masters in education, and or leadership in school management qualification
Age 60 or less for new hire. Up to 65 if you already work and living in Kuwait
All medical, degree. police, teacher certificates requires to be authenticated and the legalised by the Kuwait Embassy.
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. My experience: 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 summary contract from the school that is sent to you (This is not the official contract you sign in Kuwait)
- Reference letter/s 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. 30 day tourist visa on arrival is obtainable.
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 taken for testing and 30 second chest x-ray.
Living in Kuwait
I would say the country is the safest place I have ever been, and woman will have no issue other than curiosity. Remember where you are, dress moderately, and ladies leave your shorts at home as dress code restrictions apply in the country. Good idea to get transport for getting around as Kuwait City is well spread out.
Employing maids and a driver to help out around the house is common in Kuwait. Some of your students will have their own maid & driver to take them to school and around the city.
Be under no illusion as with other countries driving, civil and criminal laws are fully enforced, such as random road block stop checks.
Normal lines at checkouts and slow moving traffic to and from work you will experience.
English is widely spoken in government agencies, banks, major shops and shopping centres.
What you can do in Kuwait for leisure
Clubs from sailing, ruby, riding, driving, and cultural & social activities to take part with. Walk along the corniche in Kuwait or relax on the beach which is near the Kuwait Towers. There are amusement parks big & 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, afternoon for a while for shopping and air conditioning to get away from the heat of the day. There is generally a breeze in Kuwait daily relieving some of the heat wave.
Sitting in an outside café watching the world go by or meeting with friends is a national pastime. Popular are the many private parties arranged at weekends, where 100+ people in attendance is not uncommon.
Sightseeing and travel in Kuwait
Aquarium where you can visit, although you require paying for entrance.
Buses are very cheap for getting around, safe and reliable.
About Kuwait & facts
A small country in the northern area of the gulf, Kuwait has a rich culture of social and architectural history that co-exists with modern life. With an area size of 17,818 sq km the country is one of the smallest in the world, and one of the richest with an abundance of oil & natural gas. Although Arabic is the countries official language street signs & many shop displays are also in English.
Rain fall is seldom whereby 5-6 months can pass between down pours, with the majority of rain in September and the end of the calendar year.
Large sums of Kuwaiti dinars (for example £15,000+) can easily be exchanged at banks and in currency exchange Street (Know one asked for any id or where the money came from, my teachers salary that I saved). In Kuwait City a street with a line of currency changers have official shops where you can change almost any bank note to and from the local currency.
Western dancing in public and places with music/live bands is not permitted, including standing on the spot and shaking your hips.
Expatriates outnumber locals 2:1 Key dates: 25th February National Day, 26th February Liberation Day
Frequent spot checks on bus passengers & drivers to check residency and other regularly checks are carried out
Population: 3.5 million approximately Capital: Kuwait City Time: GMT + 3 Dial Code: +965
Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz Currency: Kuwait Dinar (KWD) Climate: Hot and sunny, winter cool
Jobs in Kuwait available
The homepage has jobs for teaching in Kuwait.. Have a look as almost all year round there are jobs in the country starting in late summer or in January for school teachers.