Teaching Opportunities in Middle East & North Africa

The British Council has been teaching English in Middle East & North Africa for more than 75 years. We run 21 teaching centres in the following countries

Algeria Bahrain Egypt
Jordan Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Kuwait
Lebanon Morocco Oman
Palestinian Territories Qatar Tunisia
United Arab Emirates    

In 2014 we reached approximately 88,000 students face to face through our teaching centres. We are forecasting this number to significantly increase, if not double, by 2020.

Our teachers need a TEFL qualification (Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL) and at least two years’ experience teaching English to groups of students after initial training. Due to the high volume of project-based work we undertake with ministries, corporations, governments and academic institutions, we recruit a large proportion of teachers on short-term contracts (six months or less) as well. 

Along with teachers and senior teachers, we also recruit teacher trainers, materials writers, Information Communications Technology specialists and middle managers. In our larger centres there are teaching roles with additional responsibilities, for example coordinating Information Communications Technology resources or courses for young learners. 

By 2020 we aim be a world authority on high-quality English language teaching, learning and assessment, as well as the international distributor of choice for UK high-stakes professional and school exams. A career with the British Council is a great way to enjoy the culture, history and hospitality of this region – and to help make a positive difference to its people.

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See what our teachers have to say


‘I’ve worked for the British Council for four years now. I started as a trainee teacher at the British Council in Cairo before moving to Saudi Arabia and the UAE, where I completed my DELTA and became a teacher trainer; something which the British Council supported me in achieving.’

Gavin Clacy, Senior Teacher – Academic, Ramallah, Palestine

‘In my two-year tenure at the British Council in MENA, I have obtained the YL extension to CELTA certificate, become an e-moderator, an oral Cambridge examiner and attended many training courses and projects. Equally the support that I received from my colleagues and the management team has made it a more rewarding and enjoyable experience.’

Rim Kalai, Network Teacher, Tunisia

'I joined the British Council as a Senior Teacher Trainer in Bahrain in 1999, and was given the freedom to introduce a range of training programmes to meet staff needs, most notably young learner training. My own development came through attending professional development courses, funding to present at IATEFL in York, and opportunities to get involved in recruitment and induction. These experiences gave me the grounding to manage a British Council branch at Seeb in Oman before becoming Training Services Manager at the main teaching centre in Muscat.’

Nick Baguly, Assistant Teaching Centre Manager/Head of Teacher Training, Agouza, Egypt.