Offered a job with IIL/NITI in Al-hasa or Abqaiq

Salam aleykom va rahmatollahi va barakatu

and hello to everybody

I've just been offered a job teaching English with IIL/NITI. The pay is 14440SAR/month base. Single, furnished housing either on campus, or 20-60 minute drive away (one-way). Utilities provided. Transport provided. No housing allowance. 30 vacation days. Basic medical. 90 days probation period. Work visit visa. Flights included. 40 hour/week, 25-27.5 teaching hours/week. Startdate: open.

My question is have you worked there? With IIL/NITI In either Al hasa or Abqaiq?

About me: I've visited 6 Arab countries, but never KSA. I have extensive travel and teaching experience (bot never taught in the Middle East) although i have experience teaching Saudis in other countries. They were my favourite students  :cheers:

I'm a student there and believe me, you won't like it.
You will NOT be able to control the students, plus the administration is ........
Your life, your choice.

Edit: I don't recommend working for them, but if you decided to do so anyway, Alhasa is a lot better than Abqaiq.
Good luck, gentleman.

Hi Zanoo,

Did you accept the offer? I have also been offered a position with them and have been looking for information on the internet but there arent any teacher reports. If you decided to accept,
1. How are you finding the school? ( admin, students)
2. How is the area you living in and where?
3. Which area are you in?

Thank you for your help.

Salam Zanoo,

Did you eventually decide to go to Saudi Arabia and teach in Al-Ahsa? I have been offered a similar role with NITI but teaching maths.

Don't go it's the worst job I ever had in my life. All the teachers there hate it.

NITI is a fancy building  that seems to be a babysitting institution. If you're unfamiliar with this kind of situation you may be there a month have had enough and spend any money you made on your plane ticket home. You should request to speak with three Western teachers there right now , before you even consider the insanity of this and before making up your mind on anything. Many many people come over here regret it quickly and leave as quickly as they came. This sounds like one of those kind of positions. Serious caution advised before jumping on a plane for this one.

Hi, Im looking for my friend who works in that company his name is Brian from Canada.... does anyone can tell me if he is ok? im so worried about him...your quick response will be much appreciated please...

If it's the guy who cycles all the time. Yes he was there when I was there. He is just fine.

yes he is the u dont work there anymore? i have not talk to him for 1 week now i wonder whats wrong with a lil bit worried about him..his whats app is not working at u have any idea about the whats app out there?

hello im brinda udaya kumar i interested to teaching student and staffs

Wa alaikum us salaam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.  It all boils down to why you are here.  If you are here for the you will bounce around from place to looking for the ideal western workplace in saudi and find the money doesn't match up with the workload.  Tbh, most of the people on these types of forums (not necessarily this one calm down) will lambast Saudi because of preconceived notions they have.  They feel constricted due the vices they may have taking granted while indulging in them in the West.  I would say yes, you need to know how to manage your class more here. However, that's at pretty much any institution in the kingdom.  However, your students will usually respect you if you respect them. Especially if you're a Muslim and take your religion seriously.  If they upset you, then they usually apologize do your research based upon people who similar goals and interests.  If you came here because the reason I came for, then you may want to ask a different demographic. Btw, many companies over do have totally different practices then in the West so do your research on the benefits packages and pay frequency.  In all, have an open and ask yourself, what are you really here for.

You are correct. It is very different to the west and many people can't handle that. But in this particular job, the company that hires the teachers is also terrible. So not only is the teaching very hard, International Institute for Languages (IIL) treat their staff like they are total dirt and hire and fire them at will. This makes this assignment doubly bad.

Contracts are not honoured, money is deducted from pay packets and zero respect for the wellbeing of employees is given. Because of this it was the worst job I have ever had by far. If we had been better treated by IIL I think teachers would have complained less and stayed longer.

NITI went through well over 200 teachers in two and a half years. About 1 in 5 teachers lasted a full year. Maybe less. I think that says more about the job than the teachers themselves.

As you said people do need to do their research . I wish I had done mine.


I am Bahrain at the moment currently processing my Visa and I will be starting soon. Because I am already here I am going to try my best to stick it out. Is it really that terrible? Do you have any advice on how I can get through the nine months? I am assuming they pay the stated amount in the contract and on time. That is really important obviously...

Many people are saying the students are one of the biggest problems and the administration. Could you please elaborate on that?

Thanks a lot,


Hi Daniel,

I have heard the contract is now nine months. So you should be Ok. Before it was a 12 month contract which would turn out to be nine or ten months. People were pushed out early to save the company money when there was a dip in student numbers. Your nine months should be safe.

I have also heard the organisation is a little better. IIL are still a bunch of thieves and liars however.  As you are there and waiting, I would say give it a go. It's a wage worth taking and maybe it has improved.

Hi Daniel,

How did you get on?

Are you still there??

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