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Non-Married Teaching Couple Applying in the Middle East

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Chica21, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. Is it a problem?
  2. Diddysan

    Diddysan New commenter

  3. ok
  4. Should I not even bother with the M.E. then? Is it that big of a problem?
  5. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    You might get into some schools in Egypt. Other than that, yes it's a problem.
  6. Or get married!
  7. I just asked him. He said no.
  8. Diddysan

    Diddysan New commenter

    Maybe that should tell you something!
  9. double post.
  10. (sigh)
  11. So, do you need to show marriage certificates to prove that you are married?
  12. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    Try applying as two singles. A lot of schools prefer married couples as they tend to be more stable (no garuantee of course) and in rather a lot of countries you will find it is not possible otherwise. Europe is generally not a problem, but the ME is.
  13. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    That is what you get (apart from the other half) when you get hitched I am reliably informed.
  14. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    "Living in sin" is illegal in all ME Islamic countries.

    In Egypt, they tend to turn a blind eye to it but if you upset your bawab (doorman at apartment block) he can denounce you as a prostitute - then the fun and games start
  15. Alphaalpha

    Alphaalpha New commenter

    I love fun and games!!
  16. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    Yes, I have known couples in Qatar cohabiting (or whatever you want to call it). It can be done. Most of the better schools are not prepared to wink or turn a blind eye to these things and there is always the risk that someone will tip off the cops. Qatar is not Saudi Arabia, but there are still limits to what is and what is not allowed. To be honest, I would advise living in separate apartments or getting married. It is not worth all of the hassle.
  17. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    You can always do a "local" marriage once you are there. It used to be the norm.
  18. happygreenfrog

    happygreenfrog Occasional commenter

    When I left my last post I had the option of ending my two year relationship or getting married, simply because movement for individuals is not free and moral codes differ worldwide. We chose the latter and now only have the endless visa applications for her to visit anywhere that is not a third world country with me . . . sigh.
  19. I was teaching in Doha and there was a lot of unmarried couples living together in the school accommodation provided. I think its a technicality that many school owners are probably willing to overlook. I know other unmarried teaching coupls living together in Omanas well. Don't rule out ME, ask discretelyto see what the deal it.

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