Someone else’s Gum

Sitting in Starbucks at the window across from the Le Parker Meridian 56th street Manhattan thinking one of the worst things that can happen to a person is touching the under side of a counter and realizing your fingers are touching somebody else’s gum! 

So today’s the day of my Abu Dhabi interview. I’m here in New York. I hate New York. You always have to wait in New York.  I made it to the Le Parker Meridian by 8:45 am where my interview will be held along with many others. Only to find out that yes my interview is at 2 pm and that the system made a mistake directing me to be here by 9. Apparently 8:45 was the time for the am interviews and I didn’t have to be here until the afternoon. Then I’m next in line to hand the Teach Away rep my paperwork and he asks me to wait until later so that he can get all the am applicants paperwork first. SERIOUSLY!  So I’m struck sitting here and doing what WAITING… for 5 hours. All be it to say This Is Not A Good Sign. 

There are like 15 women to 1 man here. At 9 am we went to a room on the 34th floor to hear a short orientation from 4 people who reside in AD.  There is a woman here who lives in AUSTRALIA. I wonder why she’s applying to teach in the U.A.E. She said she wants a change. Ok.  By the way why do people insist on pulling the door when it very clearly says PUSH?

So the other teacher that works with me was not invited to interview with ADEC after her phone interview.  Neither was I the first time I applied 1.5 yrs ago. However she will be interviewing for Kuwait City as will I tomorrow here in New york at the Doubletree n Manhattan.  We are residing with her Aunt in Brooklyn. Her aunt was very nice to allow me to stay because both hotels that I’m interviewing at charge over 200 per night. Ridiculous. The parking at the Le Parker is 53.00 so I took 2 trains into town. The ride in was not too bad. If you don’t mind underground subways and rats. Lol. I slept ok in a foreign bed after I almost went crazy from the noisy neighbors and Aunty gave me earplugs. I would like to give the person that invented earplugs a hug. I don’t like sleeping in NY. 

And you want to know what’s worst than touching someone else’s gum…..WAITING!


I have been trying to convince another teacher to apply to teach oversees in Abu Dhabi with me. She has but she hasn’t heard back from the Abu Dhabi representatives yet. However we both have been contacted about positions in Kuwait City. Last week I interviewed over the phone for Kuwait City. It is not where I intend to go but it’s always great to have options. The blogs I’ve read about Kuwait City haven’t invoked interest in me. I’ve read that it is very old but a good place to ensure your kids don’t indulge in drugs, drinking and sex. The position there is in a new American school with top of the line technology.  The pay range is slightly higher and the benefits include medical and dental as well as free tuition for my youngest child since he would still be in elementary school.  The school is private and goes to 6th grade. The principal is American. Almost sounds too good to be true. And I have to wonder why are they offering so much. The other teacher and I have interviews for the Kuwait position on Monday the day after my other interview. Less than one week to go. By the way I still don’t know the venue details for the Abu Dhabi interview, just that its in New York. But I do know the details for the KC interview. I will spend this week making sure that I have all my paperwork together and in nervous anticipation, Waiting….

Wait #2

Two days ago I received an email from my Teach Away representative. I have my interview date. So wait #1 is over. Wait #2: It can be up to 6 weeks before I know if I have the job or not but at least the interview is coming up with ADEC. I’m anxious to get that part over.

I will try to be as helpful and clear as possible as to what the expectations are. What I mean is, I read many blogs but they never really answer all of my questions. I will keep the questions in mind that I had and have and try to answer as many as possible so my readers will be as knowledgable as I wish I was. You can find my answers to many questions under blog “things you may have wandered”.

Here are a list of things I had to gather for the interview:

4 passport style photos- color, head & shoulder, white background, does not have to be the same as your actual passport

Intro statement- teach away will email this to you in an attachment. You will need to print it, complete it, sign it and ensure the info matches your passport

3 color copies of your actual passport picture. copy your passport with a color printer.

Resume- 1copy including teaching experience, and dates.

Fbi clearance

1 reference letter from a principal or supervisor.

records of employment verifying your teaching experience- must be on letterhead from the school.

Health form- this will be emailed to you. Print it and complete it.


Teaching license

If you will be traveling with children you will need additional things like… Passports for each of them, birth certificates, signed consent from the other parent.

Oh and Authentication that’s complicated and expensive. Alot of your forms need this. You will need to send or take them to the state capital, then Wash D.C, then Embassy to prove they are true. I have not completed this yet but expect to spend about 500.00 (non refundable) on this.

So the waiting continues…