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Qatar- Teaching in Doha

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by TeacherPure, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. TeacherPure

    TeacherPure New commenter

    I am a primary school teacher with a few years experience. I am heading out on my own single. I have accepted a job offer at a local school in Doha, Qatar. The offer is around £2000 and housing is provided in addition,small excess luggage allowance, no travel allowance and a small amount towards bills,flights and flight back to UK only if continuing service...
    Questions if anyone can help!

    A-If you are going out there this September too please PM me! It would be nice to have friends.

    B-How much could I save realistically, I don't drink really as I read the minimum I need to live off is £1600 which seems excessive!Can anyone there write down a breakdown of what they spend.

    C-What should I pack? Ie essentials...

    D-How strict are they clothing wise?

    Thanks so much! x
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  2. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Perhaps I could be of some help. Mrs Hippopotamus and I were in Doha for five years. You could send me one of those "Conversation" things, TeacherPure.
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  3. zdaea

    zdaea New commenter

    I'm heading out there with my family but not in the heart of Doha. Message me if you just want to share thoughts and experience so far.
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  4. Alldone

    Alldone Established commenter

    Why go all that way for such a low salary. You will need a car to get around. What do you mean about not providing flights - when you finish are you expected to pay to go home. I think teachers are royally screwed. I worked in Qatar in the Chemical industry in the 80s before going in to teaching in the UK. Lived in Doha but main client was Qatar Oil refinery - a long drive across the desert. If you don't drink and don't eat out much then you can probably live on less than the £1600 suggested. I'm just shocked at how low paid teaching has become.
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  5. PuRe

    PuRe Occasional commenter

    Send me a message if you like, I have just finished my 1st year here. But like the others stated, your package seems a little weak.

    My breakdown varies, I have no bills to pay & I get school transport to work & uber when I go out but I tend to share the cost as I live in a compound with my coworkers. I sent half home each month & the rest I keep locally but I find it hard to spend half of that. I do party & drink. On pleasure if that I spend £800 but not every month.

    In terms of packing, you can get most things here & the plug is the same, so bring what you can't do without.

    In terms of clothing, work should tell you, especially if you are working at a local school.
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  6. TeacherPure

    TeacherPure New commenter

    Thanks so much to those replies.

    Yes I guess I will have to get a hire car and that will eat into my already low wage...
    Well my contract says flight on condition of continuing service,so I assume if I leave after a year I dont get my flight home no...
    I only have less than two years experience full-time and about four years on supply which schools dislike therefore I took this offer as doubt Id get anything better.
    I just am worried of going out there and coming back with not much...rendering the trip pointless...
  7. Alldone

    Alldone Established commenter

    Do you get return a flight after 12 months (on the basis that you intend to do a second year)? How long is the contract for. I would not go if I wasn't paid for a trip home at the end of contract. Looking on the bright side, if you did stick it out for a couple of years it would look good on your c.v and you could then look for better jobs elsewhere.
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  8. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Shouldn't you be on at least £2500 in Qatar (30k). 2000 is what you make in England isn't it? It's still doable money tax free but it's a long way to go to get it. You will need to fly out of Qatar once or twice a year for a 'breather' and go to Bahrain or Dubai. It's quite small the city centre. Why do teachers go to the ME for the same salary that you get at home?
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  9. 325572

    325572 New commenter

    Hi I will be moving there in August but just outside of Doha. You can message me. I will be moving with my family.
  10. Alldone

    Alldone Established commenter

    My point exactly. Even after tax NI and pension contributions most teachers should clear over £2000 in the UK. Why go to the Middle East for that? I worked in Saudi and Qatar in the 80's - 30 years ago and I think teachers probably got that amount even then in the Middle East. I had to pay more than that to get my Filipino Engineers and Chemists.
  11. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Occasional commenter

    Whether or not you have only have a few years experience, you seem to have swallowed the agent's argument hook, line and sinker to persuade you to take a low paid job, that employers don't like people who have been on supply etc. And yes, you are being paid peanuts. After car rental and other expenses, you should be able to save a few hundred pounds each month, something you should have worked out before accepting the job, not after and then posting a question on how much you can expect to save!!! Ridiculous.

    You are being roundly ripped off. I suspect that you will be seen as 'easy meat' when you get out there as you accepted such a pittance and will therefore be worked like a Nepalese construction worker.

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  12. Alldone

    Alldone Established commenter

    Glad you wrote that. Sums it up perfectly. Makes you want to despair about new teachers sometimes.
    Luvsskiing - in one of your previous posts, didn't you say you were taking some time out in the Far East - hope you have a great time.
  13. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Yeh, he puts it down on his limited company expenses as a 'business trip' so he can claim the tax back. He admitted doing it on another thread. Loads of people do it, but as a teacher you should be a bit more truthful:rolleyes:

    I wouldn't call 2000 a pittance but it's just a long way to go. I turned down £1650 in saudi arabia. Mind you I off to Korea for £1400 (2.3m won) a month but they pay my flight and I just walk into an apartment there so what the hell. I'll try and make another £500 privately:D
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  14. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    didn't you get indian chemists and engineers instead? Most people in Dubai and the gulf come from India or Pakistan. All the taxi drivers at Al Gazell taxis in Abu Dhabu were pakistanis and struggling to make ends meet. Nice cars Al gazell, mercedes and stuff.
  15. Luvsskiing

    Luvsskiing Occasional commenter

    I'm happy to tell it like it is, and bluntly! To be honest, I despair at some of the posts on here. Allegedly intelligent teachers, highly qualified, keen to train the minds of tomorrow, just ask the most ludicrous questions and go about things in the silliest way possible. It defies common sense. Yes, I finish next week and will be off soon afterwards. Have half promised myself that when I go, I'll stop posting. Reading posts like the O/P's and some of the drivel by the ladies on Workplace Dilemmas just reinforces the plan. I'm tired of reading and responding to dumb posts and besides, these forums are far from bubbling and active now.
  16. drvs

    drvs Star commenter

    Wow. Way to tear down someone's dreams folks, very emotionally intelligent, developmental and supportive :rolleyes:. Here's someone young, green and about to make a major life change reaching out for a bit of help and all you can offer is a good slamming - hardly surprising the forums are quiet if this treatment is indicative of the welcome here.
  17. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    What drvs said.
    Seriously, everyone else, back off.
    Here's someone taking a major step to improve their life, and I think they're on a good track. The salary is as good or better than back home, plus free housing, which makes it MUCH better. A stable job to bolster the CV, and a start to an exciting overseas career. Well done, and enjoy yourself.
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  18. Alldone

    Alldone Established commenter

    The guys who did outside work were Indian, but the Chemists and Engineers who we had working in the lab or who met clients were Filipinos. I had Indians take Fuel Oil samples off tankers to deliver samples to the lab and various other outside stuff. We also had a group of Korean specialists who did weld testing on pipelines - used x-rays and Gamma sources. Took me 12 months to get clearance from the Saudi government for the Gamma source. The Filipinos cost a lot more than the Indians but were very well qualified so were worth the money. This was of course different economic circumstances. Saudi Arabia had a 200 billion dollar surplus and didn't know how to spend it. All the companies were making money hand over fist. One of my friends owned a cement factory. He actually built himself a castle in Saudi. My live in houseboy/cleaner, when I worked in Qatar was from Bangladesh. He married at 13 to a 12 year old wife. Sent money home each month and had enough saved to buy house for entire extended family. My Chief Chemist, from the Philippines bought a fish farm and nice house. My boss - from the USA bought a ranch in lake Tahoe in Sierra Nevada and retired in his 40s!
    We all had nice cars provided - usually 4 wheel drive Range Rover types.

    I see on your other posts you are going to Korea. I really like the Koreans - not their food, but the people are great. I'm sure you will like the place.
  19. musikteech

    musikteech Occasional commenter

    Seems like everyone made a fortune working at your chemical company then! A japanese student pianist took me and my american friend to a Korean restaurant in Budapest when I was a student and i remember cooking strips of meat at the table. That food tasted ok if I remember. That's all I know about korean food. yeh the Koreans have English teachers all over the country and they've asked me if I want to be the head teacher. I'm only going if immigration will give me a visa as I have a diploma equivalent to a degree not a BA. it's ok for Japan (well it was twice 20 years ago or more) but I don't know if it's ok for Korea yet until I send all my documents in prob next week. I hope I get the visa because I can travel with air asia to different countries around asia. It's illegal to offer private tuition in Korea unless you have an F visa (spouse) and are registered with the MOE. Don't think I'd risk it then. Not worth it for a few hundred quid extra a month.
  20. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

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