School education & teaching jobs in Qatar international schools are offered to educate Qatari and foreign children. Teaching in Qatar International fee paying schools offer a selection of subject specialist education jobs, where almost all western teachers are employed.
Kindergarten, primary/elementary and high school jobs in Qatar from classroom teacher to management positions can be obtained with appropriate experience and qualifications.
Teaching jobs in Qatar
Teaching in Qatar international schools
There are international schools from Al Khor, Doha and other areas where students come from different cultures and nationalities.
Children attend nursery school from age of 4 or 5 years old, then progress to primary, and then secondary level. School leaving age in Qatar is 16.
Private schools choose to deliver a curriculum from a certain country. You’ll find a number of global curriculum’s being taught to students. School children must be taught certain subjects including: Arabic, Islamic studies, Mathematics, 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.
Popular schools cater to Indian, American (US) & British students. Further more, a general international curriculum based on IGCSE & baccalaureate (IB) studies qualifications is offered in a few schools.
The language of teaching is mostly English at international schools in the country.
Qualified school teacher Qatar salary package key benefits
School teaching jobs salary packages offered are around 9000-16000 QR tax free per month. You’re pay depends on experience, qualifications and level as a classroom teacher. A leadership role as a school principal means you’ll be paid a similar wage, tax free, to western school packages.
Qatar salaries for teachers also include:
- Free return flight
- Health care insurance plan (Not all schools)
- Paid utilities
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.
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. As long as you are fully qualified from your home country a British school is an option.
You’ll need as a teacher:
- Qualified teacher for nursery, primary or secondary age
- Police clearance certificate from your home country with no criminal record
- Good general health to pass a medical in Qatar, and to 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 undergraduate degree in any subject that you’ll teach
Online and distance learning qualifications are generally not now accepted for work and residency permit in Qatar as a school teacher.
Under the age of 60 to meet visa regulation requirements.
As a western trained teacher and citizenship, the above requirements are standard. Al documents must be legalised and authenticated for school, work permit, visa and residency requirements.
Visa, residency and work permit
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.
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 you’re 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.
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.
A single apartment in a reasonable area costs from 9000 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 you’re apartment, including any electrical faults.
Schools assembly starts early at 7 am, and public transport can be difficult to access at this time.
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.
Teachers thinking about jobs in Qatar 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. 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.
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
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Educators in Qatar that are issued a work permit sponsored by their employer are required by immigration to obtain an exit permit before leaving the country. My own experience was easy. I handed the sheet of paper to the customs officer when leaving Qatar that my Qatari sponsor arranged.
You’re sponsoring school will either issue you with a multiple exit permit or single one. Not all schools issue multiple permits for some reason. Foreign teachers/person that has been sponsored can not leave Qatar without this permit.
You can drive on your own countries license for the first two weeks after arriving.
Driving licenses are exchangeable for many countries. You can drive obtaining a Qatar license by passing an eyesight test.
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.
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.
Leisure and 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.
Qatar jobs for teachers
The busy hiring time is months before you start. Teaching jobs in Qatar are listed on this page throughout the year. Almost all schools will advertise directly themselves, and possibly use recruitment agents.
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