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Career Break

Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by ClarePhelan, May 7, 2012.

  1. Hello all,
    I'm Irish and a secondary school teacher of English. I also hold a Masters in International Studies. I'm 36 years, and am taking a sabbatical from my teaching job here in Ireland for saome time.
    I'd like to work in the Middle East for a year or two.
    I'm really putting out feelers here. I'd like to hear from anyone with advise on decent schools. I'm also enquiring about the lifestyle for a single girl there.
    Any and all information is welcome.
    Thank you :O)
    -Clare
     
  2. Hello all,
    I'm Irish and a secondary school teacher of English. I also hold a Masters in International Studies. I'm 36 years, and am taking a sabbatical from my teaching job here in Ireland for saome time.
    I'd like to work in the Middle East for a year or two.
    I'm really putting out feelers here. I'd like to hear from anyone with advise on decent schools. I'm also enquiring about the lifestyle for a single girl there.
    Any and all information is welcome.
    Thank you :O)
    -Clare
     
  3. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit New commenter

    The "Middle East" is a big place and culture / lifestyle varies greatly.
    For example, there are many things that a single girl can do in Cairo that would get them lashed / stoned (maybe a bad choice of words!) in, say, Iran or Saudi
    You'd have to narrow it down a bit to get specific information
     
  4. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Give it another year and you'll be able to get lashed & stoned in Tahir Square too! Beheadings are probably not too far behind. (Mubarak was good for Egypt, shame he's nolonger there!)
    For now, a girl may get sloshed in Egypt and lashed in Saudi for doing the same thing.
     
  5. brigelle

    brigelle New commenter

    I think Mister Maker it would be wiser to keep your political opinions to yourself.
     
  6. Gosh...well eh, didn't really mean anything about being lashed or stoned ! ...jeepers !
    I'm looking at Dubai for teaching work, but it seems I'm late applying. Recruitment has already taken place. I've sent my CV to a good few schools, but vacancies have been filled.
    I'm a qualified secondary school teacher of English, have a A grade in internationally recognised TEFL ( 100+ hours ), and a Masters in International Studies.
    Qatar, Oman are options also.
    I just need some inside information, and possibly recommendations of decent schools.
    Any help here is appreciated.
     
  7. 576

    576 Established commenter

    It seems to me you've done things back to front by arranging a sabbatical and then looking for work.
    Not sure there's really much you can do now except cross your fingers for a late vacancy.
     
  8. Thanks but Dubai is not the only city I'm looking at. It would be a prefered city, but not the only one.; or indeed country.
    Any info is of help... thx
     
  9. kemevez

    kemevez Occasional commenter

    Sloshed is quite possible in both, lashed in unlikely in either or. MM, stick to giving advice on stuff you know about. Oh, lol, stupid me.
     
  10. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    [​IMG]Here's me thinking most teachers were wet liberals or socialists, then along comes a facist who is against free expression to give balance to the profession.
    Having had two lengthy holidays in Egypt I do have a fair idea about the country and during both visits I mixed more with the locals than the expats. Egypt is going through a huge change towards extremism, something Mubarak contained during his time as President. Most ordinary Egyptians are against peace with Israel and support terrorism against Israelis. Mubarak was successful at keeping the peace in the region.
    People do get lashed in Saudi. My vision through my cynical crystal ball shows lashings in Tahir Square in the future if the surge towards extremism is not contained.
    Oh deary me, what started as a good humoured twist on getting sloshed turns into something political. [​IMG]
     
  11. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Perhaps if you stick to what you knew you wouldn't get things wrong so much:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/1160846.stm a bit of an old article, but clearly stating that The punishment for drinking alcohol is a public lashing. So a girl could drink and get sloshed (drunk) in Egypt at the moment, and get lashed in Saudi for doing the same thing.
     
  12. SMT dude

    SMT dude New commenter

    Political, MM?
    Or is there something darker underlying your excitement at the prospect of lashings in Tahir Square?
     
  13. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Front row seats already booked. [​IMG]
    Few folk really understand the anarcho-socialist agenda of the Proudhon school of thinking, but I am an admirer.
     
  14. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Competitive world out there and I wouldn't be taking a sabbatical at this time through choice.
    In my many years of taking on contracts at home and abroad i've often gone six months bewteen jobs. Not ideal from an employment perspective - CV gaps is one of the main damages in an application - but a nice break if you can afford it.
     
  15. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    Come on down soft boys . . . and lose your head in downtown Riyadh. [​IMG]
    You'd imagine some featureless, dusty square but it's quite a nice location for the event if truth be told. You could take in the museum afterwards.
     
  16. Monkeynuts, thanks a lot for that.
    Might look into Kuwait then. I'm a hard worker teaching-wise, and take my work serious, but I don't want to go to a place when there's little happening socially. I'd be travelling alone, and as I'm in my mid-30's I'd want some bit of life outside a classroom. Would Oman offer this? Would Kuwait offer this? I don't have financial commitments in Ireland.
    Any other suggestions even...?
    Thx a mill again.
    -C
     
  17. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Noooo! Every post was pertinent, you simply didn't understand the relevance not being used to the life of overseas teaching.
    To be helpful: If you have no financial commitments at home, aim away from the middle east, perhaps Asia or South America. You'll have far more fun, but smaller income.
     
  18. Personally I would not recommend Kuwait. I was there in my early 20s and it was fun at the time but I wouldn't go back now. Really as a single woman it's not the best place nor does it offer much of a life. It was basically all house parties and darts when I was there. I made the most of holidays though and didn't save a penny.

    If I was you, at this late date, I would basically just consider every job that comes up and then decided whether I'd want to live there. Just be open minded and go on an adventure. If you don't have financial commitments there are plenty of places that could provide you with a good life depending on what you want. Basically though, it is going to come down to jobs that are available, so you won't be able to be too picky.
     
  19. gulfgolf

    gulfgolf Established commenter

    happyincairo is right, there are tons of house parties in Kuwait. Enough that you could go to one every free night. And occasionally a bigger event at a hotel, with people sneaking in eth in water bottles. If that's your thing, you'll be fine. If you're looking for more variety in life, Kuwait's not the place. Personally I didn't enjoy it.
    But if you need a job, there's almost always jobs available there. And legally contracts can only be for one year at a time, unless there's been a change since I left, so you can make a short stay and use the time to find a better position.
     
  20. Many thanks 'Gulfgolf'....candid and direct, honest response )
     

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