Education & teaching in Qatar international schools to educate Qatari & foreign children guidance. Teaching jobs in Qatar schools offer nursery, primary, secondary and specialist education roles.
Kindergarten to high school vacancies in Qatar from classroom teacher to management positions can be obtained with appropriate experience and qualifications.
Teaching in Qatar schools
There are international schools from Al Khor, Doha and other areas where students come from different cultures and nationalities where parents require paying school fees to enrol all children as it’s no free.
How do international schools work and what are they like? Each school decides to offer a curriculum from a specific country such as UK, USA, Canada, India or a mixed of local and international learning. A general international curriculum based on IGCSE & baccalaureate (IB) studies qualifications are offered in a few schools.
School children must be taught certain subjects including: Arabic, Islamic studies, mathematics, and physical education.
In a British curriculum school for example students take their final examinations at 16 years old if they have studied International General Certificate in Education (IGCSE) qualifications or A levels at 18.
The language of teaching is mostly English at international schools in the Qatar. School day is from 7 am to 2 – 2.30 pm Sunday – Thursday each week and teachers & students get Friday & Saturday off.
Careers in schools in Qatar are for single teachers or relocate and choose teaching in Qatar with family for 5 or 10 years.
Independent school vacancies you will see are for qualified educators to start in August to June the following year.
Qatar international school teacher salary & benefits package
International school teaching jobs salary packages as a classroom teacher earn around 9,500 – 18,000 QR tax free per month. Pay depends on experience, qualifications and level as a classroom teacher and possibly country of origin.
A leadership role as a school principal means you’ll be paid a similar wage; tax free to western school packages.
Qatar teacher salary also includes a benefits package:
- Free return flight to home country & baggage allowance
- Paid accommodation & utilities
- Settling in allowance first month advance payment
- Health care insurance plan (Not all schools)
- Gratuity at contract end date
- Free school place for 1 or more children
Leadership positions attract greater benefits.
Be aware that some schools do not offer a full salary package if locally recruited, as with being hired from you’re home country.
What is a good salary in Qatar for an experienced teacher? In 2021 with 5 years experience around 14,000 QR per month.
Teacher requirements for schools in Qatar
Qatar school teacher vacancies at times are available to newly qualified teachers. Schools are also in a competition to attract suitable classroom teachers, hence jobs are offered to new educators.
How can I become a teacher in Qatar? As long as you are fully qualified from your home country and the following:
Qualifications to teach at international school Qatar:
- Qualified teacher for nursery, primary or secondary age you will teach
- Police clearance certificate from your home country with no criminal record
- Good general health to pass a medical in Qatar and get a work visa
- 2 or more years of teaching experience, some schools like you to have 5 years plus experience
- Sign a contract to teach between 1 to 3 years
- At least a BA, BSc, BEd undergraduate degree, PGCE, PGCE teaching qualification
- Degree in the subject that you’ll teach
- You can complete an NQT year at a British school in Qatar
Online and distance learning qualifications are not accepted for work and residency permit in Qatar as a school teacher.
2021 international schools advertising & stating age limits less than 50 years old for a work permit. Qatar law. Maximum age under 60 to meet visa regulation requirements and residency permit.
As a western trained teacher and citizenship, the above requirements are standard.
All documents must be legalised and authenticated for school, work permit, visa and residency requirements.
Work visa & residency permit for Qatar
Best way, if you have the time is to apply for and obtain a work visa from the embassy in your home country. Allow at least 2-3 months before moving overseas.
Read for yourself what the Embassy requires for each document from their official embassy services website.
Everything including criminal check, medical (£270 +), document processing, postage before apply for a Qatari work visa at the embassy will cost you £780 + doing it yourself as a single person.
When you are in Qatar to teach
- Hand over all documents required including teaching & qualification certificates, birth certificate, marriage license if applicable and copies
- You’re employer takes your passport and gains permission from the labour department for you to teach in Qatar schools
- You are taken for a medical including blood tests and chest x-ray
- Also, you go for your fingerprints to be taken by the police
Finally, after a lot of paperwork between 5-8 weeks you’ll get your passport back with a residency permit stuck on one page.
You also receive an id card with you’re details on it. Carry the ID card everywhere you go; it is a requirement by law.
You’re employer should also issue you with a medical insurance card.
What do international schools look for in teachers?
- 2 or more years experience teaching the subject and age level.
- Track record of strong effective teaching for good test and examination result.
- You always look to develop as a person & teacher.
- Wide range of positive teaching & learning strategies.
- Qualified teacher status
- Strong in-depth knowledge of the subject you teach and syllabus.
- Committed to the teaching profession.
- Willing to take part in extra curricula activities.
- Calm, helpful and approachable.
- Well organised, good time keeper.
How do teachers prepare for private school interviews?
Research the school and country culture. What looks good on a teaching resume? Submit an up to date CV tailored for the job position with all relevant teaching experience and what you offer to the school.
Turn up to an interview prepared and well presented.
Think about why you want to teach in an international school in Qatar and at the school you apply. The interviewer may possible ask at the interview or part of your application to state what makes you a good candidate for teaching that age and subject at the school?
You should research and prepare appropriate answers.
Teaching jobs in Qatar
Looking to teach overseas? The busy hiring time is 5-6 months before you start in August. Teaching vacancies in Qatar are advertised by schools and recruitment companies throughout the year.
Almost all schools will advertise directly themselves, and possibly use recruitment agents.
Is it easy to get job in Qatar as a teacher? Yes, School job vacancies are advertised in all subjects from teacher to school principal, if you are qualified and have the right skills and meet other requirement then you can find a teaching position.
Pros and cons of teaching in Qatar
Is it expensive to live in Qatar? Can be a lot of a teachers salary per month dining out and leasing a car as Doha is one of the more expensive cities in the world to live.
Can I move to Qatar? You can relocate to the country to live and work if you are offered a job and the school employer is willing to sponsor a work visa & residency permit.
Can you drink alcohol in Qatar? You must apply for a permit for alcohol or drink at a restaurant or hotel.
Can I live with my girlfriend in Qatar? Co-habiting opposite sex couples must be married to live together in the same house or apartment.
Can I bring my family to Qatar? Yes, if the school if willing and able to sponsor them.
Is tutoring illegal in Qatar? Yes, private tutoring is illegal according to Qatar: Law 23 of 2015 on the provision of educational services. Many school students still receive private tuition to reinforce understanding of school subject topics.
Accommodation in Qatar
International teachers in Qatar are given a furnished apartment or villa that is single, shared or a living allowance depending on the employer and contract.
Private rented accommodation in Qatar can be expensive. How much is rent in Qatar? A single apartment in a reasonable area costs from 9.000 Riyals rental per month.
Apartment blocks usually have a service maintenance man that can assist with bottle gas, furniture removal and rubbish disposal.
Basically, the person is there should you have any service issues with your apartment, including any electrical faults.
Schools assembly starts early at 7am and public transport can be difficult to access at this time.
About State of Qatar as a country
Located near Saudi Arabia & United Arab Emirates, Qatar attracts almost 3 million visitors per year.
Sporting, business and cultural events as well as many tourists are attracted by what the country offers.
As a teacher in Qatar you benefit from knowing English is widely spoken by locals and some of the expat community, although workers making a living in Qatar from the Asian continent generally speak their own languages.
The country is a safe place and welcoming to many nationalities. Personally I was safe during my time living in Qatar as a teacher and other people informed me they feel safe.
As one of the liberal countries in the region, Qatar laws allow people a lot of freedom, although be respectful to local culture and customs.
Country facts of Qatar
Area size: 11, 437 sq km
Currency: Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Languages: Arabic, although English widely spoken
Climate: hot, humid summers, mild winters
International dialing code: 974
Time zone: GMT +3
Electricity: 220V 50Hz 2 pin round plug or 3 pin plugs
3rd September Independence Day 18th December National Day.
Qatar exit permit
Educators in Qatar should ask if an employee is required to obtain an exit permit before leaving Qatar. Amendment to Law No. 21 of 2015 Qatar means in 2021 migrant workers only require to give an employer 72 hours notice before leaving the country, or you can apply yourself for an exist permit at the relevant government office.
Check here yourself on Ministry of Interior website if you need an exist permit by inputting your Qatar ID number.
Not all schools issue multiple permits for some reason. Foreign teachers/person that has been sponsored can not leave Qatar without this permit, although in 2021 most foreign workers do no require an exist permit to leave Qatar.
My own experience was easy. I handed the sheet of paper to the customs officer when leaving Qatar that my Qatari sponsor arranged.
Travel in Qatar
You can drive on your own countries license for the first two weeks after arriving in Doha, & Qatar.
Once you receive you’re residency permit you must obtain a Qatari license to legally drive, as you are now a resident in the country.
You’ll require all the documents you processed in your home country, license, degree and a host of other bits of paper, including an eye test to apply for a Qatar driver’s license.
A modern fleet of air-conditioned buses travel around many parts of Doha, and other areas, such as out to Al Khor.
There are many private taxis in Qatar between white cars or limousines (Basically a car). Taxis are one of the main sources of public transport within Doha.
What you’ll find is that if you stand at the side of the street, or indeed the road, a taxi will stop and ask if you wish to go shopping, work or another place.
Qatar leisure, sport & cultural facilities
As a teacher it is not just about lesson planning and marking. The country has good sporting, leisure and cultural attractions.
Qatar sponsor and hosts major sporting events including:
- Badminton and squash
- Horse racing and endurance
- Motorcycle and bike races
Excellent facilities for leisure sports fans will find the following:
- Full-size golf course
- Good quality thoroughbred horse racing at Racing and Equestrian Club (REC)
- Good selection of private exercise and gyms
- Horse riding stables
- Yacht club and pleasure boat ride in the bay
- A range of clubs to join or to go along as a spectator
Cultural attractions include Qatar museum, old town streets, buildings & modern art exhibitions.
What about shopping malls and shops? Yes, there are good shopping malls in Doha and around Qatar that have high-class shops for luxury items and people on a working person budget.
Visit the Souq Waqif in the downtown area of Doha for an authentic experience of what Qatar offers. The smell of the fresh fish, dates, spices, and food items is a great experience for a first time visitor.
You’ll find a selection of good quality cafes and shops side by side with market traders.
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