I want to empower potential and current expat teachers to lead personally, professionally, and financially rewarding lives.
I’m Sorcha and I’ve been working in schools in the Middle East for the last 5 years. Living in Qatar and the UAE have been such positive experiences for me and I honestly believe that this has been the case because I thoroughly researched the locations and schools before applying for and getting incredibly rewarding teaching jobs. Thanks to them, my personal life, professional growth, and financial wellbeing have also improved massively!
I set up this community because I know that not all expat teachers have had the same wonderful experience as me. In many cases, this is because their teaching jobs abroad are not ideal, as they are NOT personally, professionally, or financially rewarding. This is why I want to teach you how to research, find, and get YOUR ideal teaching job abroad.
Because knowledge is power and I will share my knowledge, experience and expertise with you through valuable resources (free guides, checklists, podcasts, blog posts, weekly Q&As on Facebook Live, and more) here and in my Empowering Expat Teachers Facebook community. Join here!
Because 53% of international schools worldwide are located in the Middle East and Asia (that’s 3,000 international schools!) and my experience is mainly in this region, the knowledge and advice I share will refer to getting jobs in these regions. However, much of it will be useful when applying to any teaching job abroad.
If you are thinking about teaching abroad or are already an expat teacher, then this community is for you!

If you wish to learn more, join our supportive Empowering Expat Teachers FB group here where I share tips and resources to help you become a personally, professionally and financially empowered expat teacher!

The culture is different to Western culture, but it depends where you go in the Middle East- Saudi Arabia is the most conservative, followed by Kuwait, and both places are alcohol-free. Qatar, Oman, and Abu Dhabi (UAE) have bars and nightlife and are slightly more conservative than Dubai (UAE), which along with Bahrain, are the least strict countries. Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman have smaller expat communities and tend to be more chilled out than the fast paced Dubai. Read my article here about teaching local students, as it talks about the cultural dos and don’ts in great detail.
The GCC stands for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and it is a regional intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of all Arab states of the Persian Gulf; Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, except for Iraq. Many international schools can be found in the GCC, also known as the Gulf region.
Click here for my free list about 8 ways to find jobs at good schools in the Middle East and Asia.
Many teachers, who haven’t trained in the British or American system, still manage to get teaching jobs in the Middle East, as long as they have a recognised teaching certificate. For more information, read here.
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