Middle East

Teaching in Kuwait

Teachers in Kuwait can expect a good, tax-free salary, developmental opportunities and an impressive benefits package whilst living and teaching in this small but prosperous Middle Eastern country.

Kuwaiti parents have long made international education a priority for their children. Kuwait's international school sector is very well established for both Kuwaiti students and the vast population of the Western expatriates who live in the country.

Kuwait is a great place for flexible and open-minded teachers to start a career overseas and join the rapidly growing expatriate community enjoying the benefits of this beautiful country. 

Teaching jobs in Kuwait range from KG/early years through to primary and secondary school positions. There are also a variety of opportunities available for teachers seeking leadership roles or positions of increased responsibility. 

  • Capiatal - Kuwait City
  • Population - 3.5 million
  • Currency -  Kuwaiti Dinar
  • Religion - Islam, Christianity
  • Language - Arabic, English
  • 13 public holidays per year

Fun facts about Kuwait 

  • Kuwait comprises of nine islands which are mainly oil rich desserts
  • It gained independence from Great Britain on June 19, 1961
  • The national bird of Kuwait is the falcon. It is found everywhere and also seen on the currencies and stamps
  • In 2006, Kuwait became the first country to introduce the sport of camel racing, with remote controlled robot jockeys
  • Kuwaiti dinar which is the official currency of Kuwait means Fortress built near water

Salary and benefits 

  • Teaching salary in Kuwait typically ranges from 700 KD (£1500) and 1200 KD (£2500) per month, tax-free.
  • The international benefits include free accommodation, return flights, medical insurance and professional development.
  • The low cost of living and tax free income status mean’s teachers can expect to live comfortably and even save a little money.

Requirements to teach in Kuwait

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in the relevant teaching subject is required.
  • Newly Qualified Teachers and teachers with experience will be considered for various positions.
  • All teachers must be licenced and/or certified.
  • Native English speakers are preferred.

Working hours in Kuwait

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 Kuwait – the experience

Kuwait is one of the smallest countries in the world but it offers some of the greatest opportunities for teachers and travellers looking to experience life in this charming part of the Arabian Gulf. 

Kuwait is predominantly made up of Arabian desert but there are plenty of archaeological sites to explore. As the desert landscape indicates, Kuwait has hot dry summers of up to 50 degrees Celsius. 

Arabic traditions dictate that alcohol is strictly prohibited and dress code restrictions apply to women i.e. shoulders and knees must be covered at all times.

Food in Kuwait

There is no such thing as a Kuwaiti restaurant anywhere in the world-Kuwaiti food can only be eaten at Kuwaiti homes. The most popular dish is the Machboos, which is chicken, beef or fish over specially spiced rice.