Short-Term and Summer Jobs in the Middle East
The Key Employers
See Teaching English in Egypt, Working in Egypt, Teaching English in Saudi Arabia, and Working in Saudi Arabia for first-hand reports and resources.
Amideast, 1730 M St., NW, Ste. 1100, Washington, D.C. 20036; 202–776–9600; fax. 202-776-7090; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.amideast.org. Amideast has network of English language schools in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia that recruit qualified teachers locally; field office addresses on website.
American Language Center Damascus, Abou Roumaneh, Rawda Circle, Damascus, Syria; 011-963-11-333-7936, fax. 011-963-11-331- 9327; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Up to 50 native speaker teachers employed after local interview. (ALC is run by Amideast—see entry above).
Anglo Nannies, 2 St. Mark’s Place, Wimbledon, London SW19 7ND, England; 011-44-208-944-6677; www.anglonannies.com. Places mother’s helpers, nannies, and English tutors in wealthy Istanbul households. Must be available for interview in U.K. or Istanbul.
Christian Information Centre in Jerusalem, P.O. Box 14308, 91142 Jerusalem, Israel; 011-972-2-627-2692; email@example.com, www.cicts.org, follow links to Social Service. Keeps a list of schools and institutes, mainly for people with disabilities, that take on volunteers.
ELS Language Centers Middle East, P.O. Box 3079, Abu Dhabi. U.A.E.; 011-971-2-665-1516; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.elsmea.com. Employs EFL-trained teachers full- and part-time at 11 centers in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam), the United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Al Ain and Abu Dhabi), and Qatar (Doha).
English Gardens Ltd, Ebulula Cad, Caglayan Sitesi A Blok 1-3, Akatlar, Istanbul, Turkey; 011-90-212-351-1042; email@example.com. Working holidays, agri-tourism and work experience on organic farms in Turkey and related projects building a bridge, clearing forest, etc. Anyone with practical skills (e.g. agricultural, horticultural, landscape, gardening, technical) welcome.
Gençtur, Istiklal Cad. No. 212, Aznavur Pasajı, 5th Fl., Beyoglu, Galatasaray, 34430 Istanbul, Turkey; 011-90-212-244-62-30; fax. 011-90-212-244-62-33, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.genctur.com. Student travel organization that arranges youth exchanges including about 30 2-week international workcamps where volunteers work 6 hours a day for 6 days a week. Full board accommodations are supplied in return for voluntary work. Applications via partner agencies.
Kibbutz Program Center, Volunteer Dept., 6 Frishman St., Corner of Hayarkon St., Tel Aviv 61030, Israel; 011-972-3-5246154/6; fax. 011-972-3-523-9966; www.kibbutz.org.il/eng/welcome.htm. Kibbutz placement fee, although it is better to arrive with a letter of introduction from the Kibbutz Program Ctr., 114 West 26th St., Ste. 1004, New York, NY 10001; 212-462-2764; fax. 212-462-2765; www.kibbutzprogramcenter.org, which acts as a clearinghouse for American volunteers.
UNIPAL (Universities Trust for Educational Exchange with Palestinians), BCM Unipal, London WC1N 3XX, U.K.; email@example.com, www.unipal.org.uk. Runs short-term summer projects with Palestinian teenagers in refugee camps in Lebanon (presently not available in the West Bank and Gaza because of security concerns). Volunteers teach children in refugee camps. Volunteers must be native English speakers and available for interview and training sessions in the U.K. in the spring.