Mini Guide to Moving to Yemen: 5: Are you ESL Certified?

You’ll probably definitely want to think about getting certified (and start a program soon) to teach ESL as this is, to my knowledge, where most Muslim foreigners find employment.

Offline degrees are more esteemed than online ones, but certification is definitely better than being non certified. Not to say that you cannot get a job without one, because its possible, but among other things, the pay will probably be less.

Also, having an education degree (BA, MA, etc), in general, may help you to fare better as well insha Allah.

If this is what you are considering, you may want to look at my private schools page to see a listing of some of the private schools in Sana’a, that you might apply for a job at.  I have heard of salaries ranging from $400/month to up to $2,000.


If you reside in Yemen and have found employment outside of the ESL/teaching field, please drop me a line and let me know so that I can pass this information onto others (as to what other types of opportunities are available) here on the blog, insha Allah.


Thinking About Making Hijrah? has a nice collection of hijrah resources from the definition of hijrah, to questions and answers related to the hijrah, to links to other hijrah information.

Mini Guide to Moving to Yemen: 4: Make a Pre-move visit

If you are a two parent household (or married couple), I highly recommend the husband coming to Yemen first to try to get things set up if that is possible. This is especially helpful if you have a family, but in any case, recommended, in my opinion.

Before we came to  Yemen and Egypt as well, my husband had gone to both places and secured housing for us before we came.  Finding housing here is not extremely difficult, but it can be at times and can cause family stress (and stress on friends, contact people) if you are staying with someone or in a hotel and having trouble finding a place.  You don’t want to wear out your welcome.

The spouse can set up the household and make it comfortable for when the family arrives.  Most places do not come with carpet (although some do); typically apartments will not come with an oven or refrigerator; in some cases you may need to buy a water heater, although most places come with at least one, though in one house, we had to purchase one. 

Basically, you can just get a feel for the environment and know what kinds of things you can expect.  As I mentioned in my last post, contact people are great, but you don’t want to put too much burden on them and have them doing everything for you.  Getting stuff done here in Yemen can take more time and hassle than you might be used to in your home country.

Mini Guide to Moving to Yemen: 3: Find a Contact Person

Of course if you are able to make contact with someone here who can help you, that is idea.

Having someone to help you can, insha Allah, make things easier to set up beforehand. 

Howver, don’t put all your eggs in one basket as things can go sour; don’t be totally dependent upon your contact. He/she may have different standards as far as things such as housing; he/she may not have time to get all the things done that you need, etc.

If you are looking for a contact person, consider joining the following group, Hijrah to Yemen, as I have seen people find contacts there.

Unfortunately, I am not able to help out with relocation matters other than answering questions.