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Teaching in Smaller Saudi Cities and Towns

by Carol Fleming - 06/09/2010

"Riyadh and Jeddah are not the only cities for teaching opportunities in Saudi Arabia. This article explores some of the advantages in accepting a teaching position in a smaller city or town in the Kingdom."

Riyadh and Jeddah are not the only opportunities for a teacher to acquire a position in Saudi Arabia either as a professor or an EFL teacher. There are schools and Universities in smaller cities and towns such as Al Jouf, Tabuk, Unaizah and others. Benefits a teacher may receive by accepting a position in a smaller or city or town include opportunities to become easier acquainted with students and their families. Additionally, accepting a teaching opportunity in a smaller city or town will allow a teacher to more fully experience the customs, traditions and culture of Saudi Arabia.

All large cities have the commonalities of standard restaurant chains, congested traffic, multiple large and modern shopping malls and an impersonal environment. Whereas in a smaller city or town, an expatriate teacher will be able to discover local restaurants which have been owned for generations by the same family; less traffic; local souks which will carry handmade handicrafts and other local items of interest; and become personally known to shopkeepers and others in the local community.

Accepting a position in a smaller city or town may not be for everyone. If the desire is to have more of a social life with greater choices, then Riyadh or Jeddah may be more suitable locations. However, that is not to say there cannot be a social life in a lesser populated environment. If anything, the expatriate community in a smaller city or town is usually closer knit due to the limited number of expatriates.
If an expatriate chooses to live on a compound there will be regular activities on the compound as well as local places of interest to explore and discover.

In regards to single female expatriates who elect to accept a position in a smaller city or town, it is suggested that she consider compound living as compared to a local apartment. This recommendation is suggested for her safety, security and comfort. Whether in a large or small city, a single female expatriate will be a subject of curiosity among local and other foreign expatriates. Furthermore, if a single female expatriate does not have a good grasp of the Arabic language additional challenges are presented for living in a “local” environment. Whereas on a compound, the single female expatriate does not have to worry about language barriers and timely responses for assistance or be concerned of unknown individuals knocking on an apartment door.

Prior to accepting a position, a professor or EFL teacher should conduct his or her own research about the area where the opportunity is available. When accepting a new opportunity, keep an open mind and be cognizant of local customs, culture and traditions.

Carol Fleming

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32 comment(s)

Shihabedin Ali
Wednesday 16 June 2010, 2:04 pm
Good and informative article. However, I wish you were able to shed more light on the challenges facing expatriates, both male and female, planning to work in the KSA. Keep up good job. Thank you.

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Friday 18 June 2010, 6:44 am
Please find me teaching job in English at AL JOUF. Even just as assistant teacher provided I can work in Saudi Arabia.

Md.Abul Hasib
Saturday 19 June 2010, 10:51 am
Present position:Lecturer,Department of English. Ghatail Cantonment College,Tangail,Bangladesh. Qualificatoin:B.A(hons)M.A In English,Islamic University,Kushtia,Bangladesh. IEP,British Council,Dhaka. Performed the Holy Haj in 2006 Trainer as ESL for three years at Ghatail Cantonment. Joining date at the College-21/7/2004

saqib zaman
Sunday 20 June 2010, 10:19 am
i am saqib from Pakistan.I have recently completed my BSML HONS in Arabic and English languages from National University Of Modern Languages Islamabad.Now i need a teaching job in Saudi Arabia at secondry or College level.

Nasir Abbas
Tuesday 22 June 2010, 5:38 am
Such informative articles should be written as a guide for those who cherish fears for and are reluctant to accept a job in the KSA. I think people working in the KSA should come forward to contribute on such forums and share their experience with the ones who are willing to work there. I appreciate the efforts of Carol Fleming for such a wonderful article and hope to read such a many article like this in the coming days.

Javed Khan
Thursday 24 June 2010, 4:18 am
I have passed M.A MLISc from the university of peshawar, currently I am working as librarian in the university of peshawar, Please give the post of librarian in the dubai, I will be very oblige and thankfull to you. thanks

Carol Fleming
Sunday 27 June 2010, 12:30 pm
@Shihabedin Ali, Thank you for your feedback. It would be my pleasure to provide a future article on the challenges which expats may face on working in Saudi Arabia and how to be prepared for such challenges. Best Regards, Carol

Carol Fleming
Sunday 27 June 2010, 12:32 pm
@Nasir Abbas, Thank you for your comment. I agree that it would be very helpful to have Saudis provide further insights. Please do not hesitate to suggest topics that would be of interest and useful. Best Regards, Carol

Shihama Firdouse
Tuesday 13 July 2010, 8:55 am
we are a teaching couple looking for job opportunites in Saudia Arabia. We thank the author for ths piece of valuable information. I have a masters degree and presently reading for my Ph. D.At the same time any one have some information about teaching position in Saudi Arabia can communicate with us.

Fasalu Rahman
Tuesday 13 July 2010, 12:23 pm
I have four years experience as communicative englisg teacher. Now i am searching for ajob.

Nasir Abbas
Thursday 15 July 2010, 1:26 am
Dear Carol, thanks for all your helpful articles. I would suggest you to give vent to your feelings as a worker in Saudi Arabia. What challenges does an employee especially a teacher face at his / her work place? This is very important to know because the person who is willing to move on to a new place of work feels that he / she will be in comforts in his / her new working environment owing to a very attractive remuneration package and all other facilities usually unaware of the challenges that lie ahead. What I want to say is he/she perhaps does not expect the unexpected situation especially the one who travels for the first time. One of my colleagues had to face such a horrible (this is what he had used the word when he was leaving back for his home country though he had more than 20 years teaching experience) experience. I think I have tried my level best to let you know what I want you to write about.

Tuesday 20 July 2010, 6:12 am
Hi Carol I want to teach at high school level in saudi but i dont have teaching degreeor teaching experience. Is it still possible to get a job in Saudi school? Im from UK.

Carol Fleming
Saturday 24 July 2010, 6:58 pm
I would suggest that for further information on experiences in teaching in the Middle East region to also view the web site too. For those who have expressed interest in teaching opportunities in Saudi Arabia, a recruiter will need to address those queries.

hassan suleiman ahmad
Thursday 29 July 2010, 9:55 am
I would like to ask if is there anyone who can help me getting a teaching position in Saudi Arabia and middle east I have more than 6 years teaching experience, mostly in teaching french language in colleges,and private candidates . If you wish to get me, send an e-mail :

leonila san agustin
Saturday 31 July 2010, 9:12 am
I am so pleased to work in your country and sa social studies teacher, with masteraL UNITS, 15 years in teaching secondary high school here in the Philippines..Wish to work in KSA..Thank you

Monday 2 August 2010, 3:15 am
i am very much zealous to work with arabs in saudi arabia.

Dr. Christopher C A
Tuesday 10 August 2010, 1:40 am
Thanks a lot Carol for sharing your experiences working with Arabs. For sure, some of the experiences are similar to the ones I have gained teaching for many years in Thailand. In fact, I would like to experience it than being told. Right now, I need to experience a new teaching environment like the smaller provinces of Saudi Arabia. Could you help to get me a teaching position in any part of KSA? Email:;; Mobile +668 6782 4002, Thailand. Hear from you. Best regards. Christopher..........

abdul latif khan
Wednesday 13 October 2010, 12:13 pm
hi carol , i say good appreciation with such good informations . i m teaching from last thirty years to graduate level . and remain on head position . now i offer my request for a job here in physics . hoping a good reply . thanks

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Wednesday 13 October 2010, 12:16 pm
hi carol , i say good appreciation with such good informations . i m teaching from last thirty years to graduate level . and remain on head position . now i offer my request for a job here in physics subject. . hoping a good reply . thanks

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