Exciting new ESL roles in Saudi Arabia! Teach in brand new colleges, August 2014 start dates.

April 24, 2014

If you approach life with energy, an enquiring mind and a sense of adventure then you’re what we’re looking for.

We have ESL teaching jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with roles available in both Al’Quwaiiyah (male & female) & Dammam (female).

The hiring company are a UK consortium company, made up of leading suppliers of vocational skills and employment programmes in the UK. They have been awarded a five year contract to provide training services for the esteemed Colleges of Excellence in Saudi Arabia delivering English and vocational curriculum across three colleges.

A teaching job with them offers you the chance to enjoy so much more than just work. The opportunity to explore the wealth of activities on offer as well as discovering a new country and rich cultural history are just some of the benefits of joining us in one of the world’s wealthiest countries.

Landing a job in Saudi Arabia will provide you with adventures and experiences you never imagined, giving you the opportunity to tell stories back home that your friends and family will never tire of hearing.

This is an incredible opportunity for anyone seeking the chance of a life-time, whether you’re based in a desert town or large city setting, this will be an experience like no other!

All Tutors will provide high quality teaching and access to learning, teaching English Language to students within the college group.

It is expected that the post holders will contribute to course design, development and review of the English Language programmes, sharing best practice and ideas for improvement where these are identified. They have staggered contract start dates throughout the summer, including July and early August 2014.

Team work is critical to their success, so upon joining the team a full induction will take place in the UK before you depart, which will be followed by a local induction taking place upon arrival in KSA.

This will be built around understanding the business, your role and the new environment you will be working and living in, whilst providing the opportunity to make some friends within the wider team.

The minimum requirements to apply for the role are as follows:

  • A minimum of three years’ teaching experience, preferably in an adult environment.
  • Where you are not a native English speaker, have an IELTS 7.5 or equivalent. You will be required to provide evidence of this prior to your interview.
  • Bachelor’s degree in English Language or Literature, TESOL, Applied Linguistics or education.
  • Hold a minimum of a CELTA qualification or equivalent. A DELTA qualification (or equivalent) being desirable.
  • Evidence of dynamic and innovative teaching practice.
  • Knowledge & ability to demonstrate an understanding of course structures, lesson planning, along with different learning styles and teaching methods.
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills.
  • A passion for people and the challenge of taking them on a journey.
  • Excellent ICT skills, an ICT qualification would be advantageous.

The package includes the following:

  • Salary of £24,000 – £32,000pa (Tax Free), depending on skills, experience and competence.
  • Flights to Saudi Arabia, with a return flight at the end of your contract;
  • Accommodation will be provided, along with transport to and from the college;
  • Health Insurance;
  • Visa;
  • End of Contract gratuity payment;
  • Mobile phone with credit, upon arrival to ensure that you can stay connected with the important people in your life.
  • Competitive holiday allowance.

Where applications are received from people outside of the UK, web based assessments will be utilised to assess competence, skills and experience. Possible assessment centres will be arranged in Saudi Arabia too.

The Assessment Centres will require the candidates to prepare a Micro Teach session, complete a competency based interview and participate in a group activity.

We are currently planning to hold assessments in the following locations:

London: 3 & 4th May 2014

(Further locations will be added when sufficient candidates are available)

Due to the high volumes of applications, only applicants short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Go to www.m2rglobal.com to apply.

Teach ESL in Riyadh. Get offered the job in London.

April 1, 2014

ESL job fairs in London!
26th, 27th, 28th April, Hilton Kensington
Offers on the day!!!

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m2r are seeking applications from qualified ESL Teachers who wish to work at a major university in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Contracts are one year renewable and positions are open to both male and female Teachers. Start date will be August 2014, ready for the new academic year.

Package includes visa, tax free basic salary dependent upon your qualifications and experience, accommodation and transportation to and from work, Class A medical insurance, return flights, visa and mobile phone + SIM card. Full orientation is provided too.

Minimum criteria to apply: 2yrs full time classroom based ESL experience, BA degree plus a CELTA / MA TESOL.

If you meet the minimum criteria then please contact us ASAP for an interview and more information. You are also more than welcome to drop by on the day, but please remember to bring hard copies of your CV, passport and qualifications otherwise an offer cannot be made.

Please mention ‘m2r interviews’ when you arrive at the venue.

For a confirmed interview, contact us now!

We look forward to hearing from you.

ESL Teacher positions across China

April 1, 2014

Packages up to up 16000RMB per month (GBP£1600 / USD$2600) plus bonuses, work (Z) visa, medical cover and paid leave. 1yr renewable contract.

We are working with this global leader in education, with over 400 language centres in 27 countries. They have a need for ESL Teachers to work in the following locations on renewable one year contracts.

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Northern China

Beijing

Eastern China

Shanghai

Hangzhou

Southern China

Guangzhou

Foshan

All language centres are conveniently located near popular shopping areas with an array of food and entertainment options as well as convenient transport links. There is a thriving expat community who teach English in all cities and you can choose between a bustling, fast paced metropolis or a more laid back, traditional location.

Minimum requirements:
• BA degree
• TEFL (online or classroom)
• 2yrs post degree ESL (any level)
• Under 60 yrs of age
• Male / Female
• Must be a passport holder / native English speaker from USA, UK, Canada, NZ, Australia, South Africa or Ireland

Roles are 5 days per week, hours dependent upon actual contract chosen. You will be teaching young adult learners (beginner / intermediate level).

Packages are up to 16000RMB per month (GBP£1600 / USD$2600) plus bonuses, work (Z) visa, medical cover and paid leave. Assistance with accommodation is offered too.

Start dates are on-going with monthly intakes. Contact us for further information.

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Want a great ESL job in Saudi but don’t have a CELTA? No problem!!

February 7, 2014

m2r are seeking applications from qualified ESL Teachers who wish to work at a major university in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. NO CELTA REQUIRED TO ATTEND AN INTERVIEW AND GET AN OFFER.*

Teach English in Riyadh!

Teach English in Riyadh!

Contracts are one year renewable and positions are open to both male and female Teachers. Start date will be August 2014, ready for the new academic year and interviews are taking place between February and April in the UK and USA. We have a huge number of positions and offers will be made on the day.

Package includes visa, tax free basic salary dependent upon your qualifications and experience, accommodation and transportation to and from work (allowances for male teachers), Class A medical insurance, return flights, visa and mobile phone + SIM card. Full orientation is provided too.

Minimum criteria to apply: 2yrs full time classroom based ESL experience and BA degree. *You must have a CELTA / 120hr classroom based TEFL qualification by August 2014 to be able to join. Middle East experience is preferred but not essential. Due to visa regulations we can only accept applications from US, UK, Irish, Australian and New Zealand passport holders under the age of 58.

If you meet the minimum criteria then please contact us ASAP for an interview and more information. You are also more than welcome to drop by on the day, but please remember to bring hard copies of your CV, passport and qualifications otherwise an offer cannot be made.

We may be able to arrange a Skype or Riyadh based interview if required.

Interview dates and locations:

Feb 26th, 27th Leeds, Hilton DoubleTree

March 1st, 2nd, London, Hilton Kensington

March 27th, 28th Portland (TESOL OREGON)

March 30th, 31st New York, Hilton Midtown

April 25th, 26th Leeds, Hilton DoubleTree

April 28th, 29th London, Hilton Kensington

Please mention ‘m2r interviews’ when you arrive at the venue.

For a confirmed interview, contact Amy Anderson amy@m2rglobal.com or Charlotte Watson charlotte@m2rglobal.com now!

We look forward to hearing from you.

m2r at IEFE 2014

February 7, 2014

For the first time, I decided to visit IEFE (International Exhibition and Forum for Education) in Riyadh. The exhibition was being held at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Centre, bizarrely, a place which few taxi drivers actually knew! Take note – it is no more that 30SAR  by taxi from Olaya, not the 60SAR that I was charged on the first day!

Riyadh Exhibition Centre

Riyadh Exhibition Centre

The event itself was marketed as an opportunity for international companies with a focus on education to interact and form partnerships with similar minded organisations from Saudi Arabia and the wider GCC. From what I witnessed, this seems to have been accomplished. Exhibitors included schools, colleges, universities, technology companies plus government entities and all were very welcoming and open to hearing about innovative services and products which could benefit them.

IEFE 2014

IEFE 2014

IEFE 2014

IEFE 2014

I was in attendance to promote our services, namely offering international support in reference to the recruitment and supply of Teachers and Trainers. Due to the high demand of these professionals in the Kingdom, I was very well received and made some excellent contacts. Being from the UK also helped, there is still a huge affinity with Great Britain and this did not go unnoticed. The UKTI stand was very popular and the staff manning it did a sterling job of promoting all the good things the country has to offer. I was privileged to have our brochures and new cast study on the stand too, this meant we were always at the forefront of all conversations regarding the supply of Teachers and Trainers into Saudi Arabia. I did receive some strong leads through visitors and also exhibitors approaching the stand too.

The wealth of information on the UKTI stand

The wealth of information on the UKTI stand

The wealth of information on the UKTI stand (including our brochures!)

The wealth of information on the UKTI stand (including our brochures!)

It was interesting to see the number of school children who came to the exhibition during the morning session, I am not overly sure what benefit (if any) they gained from this, apart from leaving with bag upon bag of pens, mugs and company literature, which I am sure they will read from cover to cover. I even witnessed one child pushing a shopping trolley as their arms could not carry the number of company products and goodies that they had procured.

Obviously I had my own agenda and if the contacts I made turn into business, then it will have been worthwhile.

If not, at least I will never run out of pens and mugs again.

Our brochure on the UKTI stand

Our brochure on the UKTI stand

Cats and violins

December 13, 2013

So here we are. The final night of the final trip of 2013. And what a year. We have visited 6 countries, done 18 flights, attended countless meetings and generated some fantastic new business as well as cementing those existing relationships. It has been tiring, stressful but very fulfilling and we will be doing it all over again in 2014.
I am writing this looking out at the corniche in Abu Dhabi. Very nice it is too. If Carlsberg did final hotels to round off a business trip……..

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Abu Dhabi certainly has some great potential for us and will be explored in much greater detail, as will the rest of the UAE. As with the rest of the GCC, education and training are two areas of huge focus and demand, therefore our wonderful services should be in great demand. Based on the conversations I have had, I feel very confident of having a good client base here by the end of 2014.
Trade Missions are always interesting vehicles in which to do business. Great for contacts but I do feel that some people come on these and expect it to be a bit of a jolly. They are not. Please, if you expect to have loads of ‘down time’ and be mollycoddled from the minute you arrive, don’t come. Simple as that. You are using a place that an adult could have taken.
Regarding my current location, I have to say it is simply stunning. This hotel is incredible and thank God we are part of the soft opening otherwise I would be washing dishes to pay for it. The £50k Christmas tree in the lobby says it all.

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I arrive home tomorrow, slightly nervous as to the amount of work we are going to have to do next year, over and above what we already have, but in today’s climate, I am not grumbling. To those who moaned and complained about the intensity of this particular trip, I am sure when you reflect you will realise how beneficial all the meetings were. If you don’t, stay at home and keep stirring the cauldron.
To the St Regis hotel, thank you for your amazing hotel but do us all a favour, change the music around the pool. It sounds like a cat has been trapped in a violin.
To the Training Gateway, the trip was too hectic and no water on the coach nearly killed me. (Joke, but then you already know that). Looking forward to being part of the next one.
Merry Christmas folks.

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Anyone got any matchsticks?

December 11, 2013

Well, that was an eventful 2 days here in beautiful Oman. For someone used to cold weather in December, sitting here in Muscat where it’s 30 degrees is somewhat of a weird if not fantastic experience. Might as well enjoy it whilst I can….
This leg of the trade mission has been excellent, in my opinion better than Qatar but only because I have made more contacts and received greater interest in our recruitment services. Plus I just prefer Oman, but that’s just my personal opinion.
I am struggling to remember the number of meetings we have had etc due to extreme tiredness, but suffice to say, loads of positivity and we will certainly be coming back in the very near future. As we already do quite a bit of business here it is always good to see familiar faces and build on our already good partner relationships. That’s what it’s all about after all.

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As the Training Gateway are now forced fans of my blog, just a word about them. Thoroughly impressed. (Ok 2 words). If I am allowed to come on another on their trade missions I will definitely be at the front of the queue. It is a shame that not everyone shares the same sentiment, some of the comments have been hilarious to say the least but if you think I am going to share them on here, not a chance. All I will say is some people are better suited to working in the UK. For ever.
Thankfully no idiocy from me this time. Well, just a little bit but you can’t have everything. You have to let your (in my case imaginary) hair down sometimes for fear of going crazy.
Anyway Merry Christmas from Muscat, next stop Abu Dhabi where I somehow doubt it will be any less hectic than here. Which is good, although unbelievably tiring!

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Rainbow chicks and shiny towers.

December 9, 2013

What a contrast in a week! My first blog post in Saudi involved heavy rain, the sighting of an Ark and a bloke jet skiing down the street in Riyadh. Qatar on the other hand is boiling. Bright blue sky, loads of sun, I can see the sea… Hang on, this sounds like a holiday. If only.

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I arrived on Friday evening and yes, Saturday was a day of rest but Sunday and today have been totally full on. Meetings all day plus the evening, today the first meeting was at 7.30am but took 45 mins to get to, so all in all utterly knackering.
This time I am part of a very well organised trade mission with The Training Gateway. I am very impressed. The slightly lazy side of me wishes for less activity but the far more dominant side is glad that it is all go as this means loads of business opportunities. I am here with my education recruitment hat on and it is lined with felt and looks like a Fedora. The meetings have heralded some positive conversations which I am sure will generate new contracts in Qatar. I have also met some of our existing clients which is always good too. I will certainly be coming back in the near future.

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As usual my business professional side always gives way to bouts of dumbassness. I managed to get my feet tangled in a series of fishing lines whilst out for a stroll on Saturday. Unsurprisingly the guy who owned said lines was not overly chuffed.
Before I go to Oman and whilst you wonder of the other 50% relevance of the title to this blog! see below.. I kid you not. At the souk, you can buy rainbow coloured chicks. Not sure of the ethics behind this.

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And now, the end is near….

November 28, 2013

Well, as there is absolutely nothing to do here at King Fahd International Airport I may as well post my last Saudi trip related blog. Oh no I hear you cry! OH NO I HEAR YOU CRY. That’s better. (Pantomime season is almost upon us).

It has been an eventful 2 weeks. Riyadh was great for business, the focus was entirely on education and training and it was a great success. The city is massive, rammed with traffic and some pretty impressive buildings and unbelievably terrible driving.

My hotel, the Al Khozama oozed old school chic and service. Very friendly staff who actually took an interest as opposed to the plastic ones you get in some much bigger properties. I have not stayed in a hotel where you hand your proper key into reception when you leave every day for some time. Pretty cool actually.

Al Khozama Hotel, Riyadh

Al Khozama Hotel, Riyadh

 

The rain was heavy. Very heavy. Closing the whole of Saudi was slightly melodramatic but considering the state of the driving, lack of drainage and dodgy bridge constructions, I could see why. It was amusing to see pictures of one guy jet skiing down a road in Riyadh and another using a polystyrene block a as a raft! However a few years ago over 1000 people died in Jeddah due to the floods so it is an issue which needs to be addressed.

I will skirt over my aching back etc as I am sure you are just as fed up with it as I am. Safe to say it still aches, thanks for asking.

As usual the hospitality of my clients never ceases to amaze me. I genuinely do not expect anything in the way of gifts and I feel very awkward accepting them but it is rude to do anything else. It is very humbling and extremely kind. Receiving a wonderful gift from a candidate was even more surprising, most people we get a job for seem to disappear into the ether, so to feel a genuine warmth and gratitude makes my job a whole lot easier and satisfying. ‘Thank you’ is such an emotive phrase when delivered with dignity and feeling.

Of course I could not remain professional all the time:
*Sitting in the middle of the family section in the poshest hotel in Riyadh (Ritz Carlton) before being rescued by my client.
*Trying to open a wall thinking it was a door in another very posh hotel (Four Seasons).
*Being mistaken and then confirming that I am the British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (he is over 6ft and white) so easy mistake…
*Killing time by going to a mall before discovering none of the shops would be opening for another 3 hours and I could not go anywhere so had to wander around aimlessly whilst the security guards wondered what on earth I was doing.

So you can see, international recruiter supreme I may be, but interspersed with bouts of idiocy.

After Riyadh I flew up to the Eastern Province to hook up with the UKTI trade mission. I always enjoy these missions as it is an excellent opportunity to make good contacts and showcase the company. As this part of Saudi was my route to entry several years ago, I always end up trying to see more people than I actually have time for. Plus the Arab culture is to arrange a meeting with nano seconds notice meaning a rigid schedule is never a good idea. I didn’t do too badly, a mix of confirmed and off the cuff meetings were had and all went pretty well. Even the bizarre client meeting (with a group that we have had tremendous recent success with) where one of the guys decided to rip into me for no reason whatsoever and I almost walked out. Even this one ended with us confirming more business and a vote of thanks! I am still shaking my head as to what twilight zone I wandered into.

It was particularly interesting to see some expat compounds. That is all I am saying on the matter!!

In summary, 2014 is going to be immense. My head hurts in trying to work out how we are going to fit it all in, but we will and it will all be a tremendous success. Coupled with the new contracts we have signed in Bahrain and Oman, plus existing clients increasing their requirements, I suspect next year will pass in a blink of an eye.

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Best photo ever?

November 23, 2013

The Kingdom Tower, Riyadh

I took this yesterday in Riyadh. In my own ‘humble’ opinion, is this the best ever I Phone photo of The Kingdom Centre????