To many in the west little is known about Oman, often marked down as just another Gulf state, perhaps not as spectacular or well developed as Dubai or Qatar. But, but for those who have been fortunate enough to visit this vast Arabian nation it is often considered to be the Middle East’s best-kept secret. For beach lovers, Oman has huge stretches of sandy coastline, close to 1700 KM in length, with plenty of sea turtle nesting sites and busy port cities. Whilst those more adventurous will find vast desert land and mammoth mountain ranges ready for exploration.
Not so long ago many of the Omani roads were sealed, only available with select permission, and at one time the gates to Muscat were closed overnight creating a great shroud of mystery regarding this fascinating nation. Now the cities, people, and culture of Oman are far more accessible, and guests and travellers to the country are welcomed with open arms, with the country’s tourist industry undergoing some rapid growth. Oman’s rich Bedouin history, vast natural beauty, and ancient maritime traditions make it a great destination for those wishing to explore the Middle East, or even find a new home in the Arab world.
Teaching English in Oman
Oman is still considered a new destination in terms of teaching, but one that is a very viable option for those serious about carving a career in education in the Middle East. TEFL teachers can typically find work in private schools and colleges, many of which will teach their entire curriculum in English, making it very possible to teach subjects beyond English language. The country is also home to many international language schools, well attended a vast mix of expats and foreign workers. The majority of private classes will take place in the evenings as most attendees will work during the day, so expect unsocial hours.
Native English speakers are still somewhat rare in Oman, so the demand is very much there for good native TEFL teachers and some attractive employment packages can be found, including free or heavily subsidised housing, reimbursed airfare and a high level of pay, certainly more than enough to live comfortably with some modern luxuries. TEFL salaries tend to be anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 per month, but with cheap or free housing, and the relatively low cost of living in comparison with neighbouring states, TEFL teachers can expect to live on half their teaching wage, making it very possible to build up some significant savings.
All TEFL teachers in Oman are required to have a minimum of a degree, a recognised TEFL certificate and in most cases, at least 2 years relevant experience. Whilst TEFL jobs in Oman are available throughout the year, the best time for recruitment is in August/September.
Why we love about Oman…
The Wahiba Sands
There’s something magical about this small desert, just 2 hours drive from the capital, Muscat. Take a 4×4 tour of this fascinating landscape and camp out under the stars to get the true Wahiba experience.
The Masirah is a desert island 90 miles in circumference, mostly made up of quiet, often deserted, pristine sandy beaches. You won’t find any tourist attractions or shopping centres, but you will find some of the more tranquil and idyllic sunbathing, snorkelling, and swimming in the Middle East.
Wadi Bih Relay
The Wadi Bih Relay is Oman’s annual 75 KM race across the stunning Musandam Peninsula. It’s a fun and well-attended event with a great atmosphere, a must for both race fans and culture junkies.
Snake Gorge is a breathtaking sheer-sided canyon off the Wadi Bani Awf which can only be descended by jumping off cliffs into plunge pools and sliding down natural flumes. It’s one for the bucket list, though be advised to take a local guide.
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