Jordan is a relaxed but progressive country offering a good, low-tax salary to teachers and an even lower cost of living than many of its Middle Eastern neighbours.
Schools reside in the urban areas of Jordan and are of a very good standard; built to serve a mix of locals and expatriates. If you’re looking for a true, Middle Eastern teaching experience that centres on local traditions and culture, Jordan could be exactly what you’re in search of.
What makes teaching in Jordan different?
Jordan does not operate age-related visa restrictions unlike most other Gulf countries in the Middle East. This means that Jordan is accessible for teachers of all ages.
- Capital - Amman
- Population - 6.459 million (2013)
- Currency - Jordanian dinar (JOD)
- Religion - Islam
- Language - Arabic
- 14 public holidays per year
Fun facts about Jordan
- Jodanians believe that praising children excessively can invite bad luck and is generally avoided
- It is considered polite to refuse a meal three times before actually accepting it
- Everybody loves King Abdullah II
- There are olive trees everywhere!
- The national flower is the Black Iris
- Jordan is the only country in the region without oil
- Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
Salary and benefits
- Teaching salary in Jordan typically ranges from £20,000 to £30,000 per annum.
- The international benefits include free accommodation, return flights, medical insurance and professional development.
- The savings potential in Jordan is very good as the cost of living is lower than many other Middle Eastern countries.
Requirements to teach in Jordan
- A Bachelor’s Degree is required.
- Teachers must be licenced and/or certified.
- Native English speakers are preferred.
Working hours in Jordan
The working week starts on a Sunday and finishes on a Thursday, with Friday's and Saturdays being weekends.
Internal schools tend to run from earlier in the morning to earlier in the afternoon, to make way for extra curricular activities
About Jordan – the experience
Probably the most historically-rich destination in the Middle East, Jordan is situated south of the Syrian Desert and boasts a diverse landscape made up of valleys, deserts and mountains.
There is much to see and do in Jordan, such as; castles, Roman cities in ruins, forts and important religious sites.
Jordan enjoys a variable climate of cooler months in the winter, great weather in spring and autumn and hot weather in the summer time. It does rain and can even snow in Jordan.
Food in Jordan
The national dish of Jordan is Mansaf, a traditional dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt called Jameed and served with rice or bulgur.
Also Maqluba: A casserole made of layers of rice, vegetables and meat.