As generous tax free salaries are available, along with accommodation and flight allowance, you can expect that competition for English teaching jobs in Qatar is high.
Qatar can afford to pay well for teachers from overseas, although we tend to see far fewer opportunities advertised than for some of the other countries in the region. As a result, you will usually need a degree, further qualifications (such as a PGCE for international schools) or MA as well as a good TESOL qualification. Therefore, Qatar is not usually the destination for the typical TESOL newbie, unless that is, you are already in the region.
If applying from abroad, try the internet first. You are more likely to find positions advertised through websites such as www.tefl.com. The majority of jobs advertised are for experienced and qualified mainstream teachers to teach in state schools, international schools and vocational schools. However, there are a number of private academies which offer opportunities for degree educated EFL teachers with a good TESOL qualification and experience.
If you are a spouse of an expat worker, it should not be too difficult to pick up some local work. The British Council has a teaching centre in Doha (see Useful Contacts) and they may be able to advise on names and addresses of local schools and colleges that have an EFL teaching requirement. We have trained several people already in Qatar and have access to job opportunities on the ground there.
It is not advisable to travel to the Middle East and find work on spec, although you can gain entry to Qatar on a tourist visa. It should be fairly easy to work legally if you are established in the region with a partner who is already working there. Otherwise, you will need sponsorship from a company or a school.
Our recommended course options for Qatar are:
You may also be able to find work teaching English to children privately. In this area being on the spot may be more important than degrees and certificates. If this is something you'd like to do, we suggest you add the 30-hour Teaching English to Young Learners.
All our Global English accredited courses now include online English teaching as standard, which is important, as post pandemic much teaching has gone online, and may stay that way in some form.
We suggest one of these courses for this country: