My interview in New York is less than 1 week away. I finally received the venue information for the ADEC interview. It will be at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. It is an expensive hotel but my room is booked for 2 nights, Monday and Tuesday. Since the interview is Tuesday 2/2 and there is no set time, except for between 9-4:00, I want to make sure I am right there. I’ve never stayed at the Marquis so I am treating myself. My sister’s birthday is Feb 3, the day after my interview, so I have invited her up to stay a night or two so we can take on New York. She will stay Tuesday-Thursday. See, I hate New York. I am sorry if I offend anyone but I just do. My niece who used to attend college at PACE is coming with my sister. They are going to try to change me into a lover of New York. I am open to try but I doubt it. New York does have a lot to see and enjoy but it’s just not my cup of tea.
On Wednesday, I will check out of the Marquis and into the Doubletree down the street, for my Kuwait interview. I will stay there Wednesday and Thursday. My interview will be sometime between 9-1:00, on Friday 2/5 My husband will come up on Thursday after my sister and niece leave, so we can spend sometime together and we will check out on Friday and head home.
Saturday morning, my two sisters and I will start our road trip to Atlanta and head back home on Tuesday. My Qatar interview will be on Monday 2/8.
A teacher from New York will be interviewing in New York for ADEC and in Atlanta for Qatar on the same days as I. She also has a blog. Somehow our blogs met each other and we follow each other and the rest is history. Here is the link to her blog . Two different people who’ve never met, on the same journey at the same time. How funny is that? Hopefully she and I can meet up in New York and then again in the Middle East.
This weekend it snowed, a lot, almost 2 feet here in Philly. While my oldest son trekked to my sisters house to be with my nephew, my youngest son, dog, husband and I went out to play in the snow. I made snow angels for my sister because she always makes them when it snows. We had a brief snowball fight. I leaped off of the porch into the deep snow and needed help getting up because I kept sinking. We laughed as Zoey, the dog, shivered but refused to go in the house without us. I mention all of this because it may be a long time before I enjoy snow again. It doesn’t snow in the Middle East and rarely even rains. I complain about the winters here but the truth is, I don’t know what it will be like without cold, snowy winters because it’s all I know. This is one of the reasons why I want to move overseas. I have never lived anywhere else but Philadelphia. I must admit, I will miss the rain. I love the rain. The smell of it gets me all excited. The sound of the thunder and the vision of lightening helps me sleep. The sound of raindrops hitting the roof is like a lullaby. I often complain about the cold and snow but not this winter. I embrace it and soak it up.
I booked my room in New York for my Kuwait interview and my room in Atlanta for my Qatar interview. Still no word on a venue for the Abu Dhabi interview. It is a week a way. I hope the hotel will still have rooms available when I finally find out. My paperwork is all ready for all three interviews, with the exception of my written reference letter, and my authenticated paperwork. Schools were closed today due to the snow, so I will pick up my reference letter from the school I used to work at once they open back up, hopefully tomorrow. I don’t plan on sending my paperwork off for authentication until after I receive an offer of employment. The authentication process is costly and between the trips and overnight stays in New York and Atlanta, my funds are being spent all over the place.
Well, alot has been occurring since my last post.
- I was invited to interview face to face for Kuwait.
- I was invited to interview face to face for Qatar
I got the news 3 days ago for both. Needless to say, I am pretty excited and feeling a bit overwhelmed. My interview for Kuwait will take place in New York on Feb 5, 2016. My interview for Qatar will take place in Atlanta on Feb 8, 2016. My interview for Abu Dhabi will take place on Feb 2 in New York. I don’t have a venue location for the Abu Dhabi interview yet but I do have the hotel names for the other two.
My husband will travel to NY with me for the Abu Dhabi interview. We will stay 1 or 2 nights together then come home. I will then travel back to NY on my own, probably, for one night for the Kuwait interview. As for Atlanta, well my sisters and I have decided to make a road trip out of it. We will make the 12 hour drive journey to Atlanta and stay a few days. We are contemplating flying down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras the day after the interview, then flying back to Atlanta and driving back home. I don’t know if that will happen or not but the road trip is happening for sure. This will be our 3rd road trip.
These dates are quickly approaching and I have so much to do and so much in my regular life that is going on as well. A new semester at my college started today. This semester I am teaching Math Methods for Pre-K-4. I have to plan for these classes and not neglect my regular Literacy Coaching job and taking care of my family. At the same time, I have to prepare for interviews and book rooms and make sure my car is serviced for the journeys. I have to ensure all my paperwork is ready and have hard and digital copies for all three interviews on USB’s. I had to request verification of employment dates from my past teaching employer and verification that my Master’s class courses were taken in person and not online and a paper reference from my past principal. And if you know anything about requesting things from other people, they do it at their own pace.
It feels like just yesterday I was stressing over waiting, now I’m just stressing…
I received an email today from my Teach Away Rep for ADEC with an interview date. The date is February 2, 2016. I better get all my stuff together because that is only 2 weeks away. The venue has not been established as of yet but if it is at a hotel like it was before, I will be booking me a room so that what happened before, does not happen again.
I have to add all my necessary paperwork to a USB to turn in on my interview day. I also have to take my 4 passport pictures with me as well. The interview will be virtual with 2-4 reps from ADEC. My schedule should be clear from 8-4 because the interview could be at anytime between those times. Got it.
Time for me to start doing some research on ADEC as well as going through these interview questions some more so I can be super prepared. I plan on rocking this interview this go round. Just thinking about it gives me butterflies. Stay tuned…
Today I received an email from my Teach Away Rep for Abu Dhabi. Her email was a ‘checking on me’ email, to ensure that I was getting my paperwork together and to see if I had any questions. I emailed her my documents so that she could inform me of any needed changes. I know three years ago when I first started this blog, I listed the necessary documents but here they are again…
Passport picture copy (scanned, saved on USB and sent to TA)
Highest Degree (scanned, saved on USB and sent to TA) *
Teaching Cert (same) *
FBI clearance (same)
Record of Employment
4 passport style photos (same + hard copies needed for interview)
Medical History Questionnaire (form from TA, completed and signed in ink, scanned and saved on USB and sent to TA)
Introductory Statement (also send from TA)
If bringing a Spouse: Marriage Cert.*
If divorce and remarried: Divorce Degree too *
If bringing a family: Birth Certificates*, Letter from Father allowing you to sponsor your own children (notarized)
All the documents listed with a (*) need to be authenticated. That is a whole nother conversation. I will do that later depending on if I am offered a position. (Costly)
So that is where I am. Gathering documents, reading blogs, completing my TEFL cert courses, preparing for the interview (mentally and writing questions and answers), researching and reading many testimonials about teaching overseas and of course WAITING…
No word yet from Qatar Foundations or AUS (Kuwait) but I am 25% through my TEFL course with the University of Toronto.
I have been reading this blog http://www.abudhabiyew.wordpress.com. The author is currently teaching in Al Ain and is from the UK. Her blog is very informative as it begins when she first applied as does mine. Like me, she didn’t put it out there until after she was offered a position.
I am noticing from reading other blogs that teachers don’t really talk much about what it’s like to teach over there. I wonder why… I will have to look for more blogs and stories online about this. I will be sure to discuss this if/once I am over there blogging.
I spoke to another teacher who taught in Abu Dhabi a few years ago. She and I became Facebook friends when I applied the first time. She got the job, I did not. She taught over there for a year and then came home because her mother was ill. Her two young sons accompanied her. I asked her for the true pros and cons. This is what she said: Pros- The money is great and you get to travel. Cons- You don’t know what you are going to get until you get there. She said make sure I ask for Kindergarten. (I did) She also recommended I not take me boys. (What?) She said, girls adjust better than boys. Another teacher took her sons and they did not do well at all, she said. I would prefer not to leave my boys behind because part of the reason I am doing this is so that my boys can experience life somewhere else. If I had to choose going over there with or without my boys I don’t know what I would do.
The decision is getting more difficult as I have given my oldest son the choice to go or not since he only has two years left at his high school and it is a great school. I prefer my boys be with. I don’t know if I could go without them. I can’t see myself not raising my own kids.
I was beginning to get anxious about this whole process, even though I told myself not to. Then my husband reminded me of the bible scripture Philippians 4:6,7, “Do not be anxious over anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication along with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God, and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers…” This reminder helped me. I began to think about all the things I would potentially miss out on if I did get the job. My husband would not be staying with me and that will be the most difficult part. So instead of being anxious because I am not a very patient person, I will instead enjoy my time with him, and spend more time with my family. I will take pleasure in the small things that I will miss, or that I won’t if I don’t get the job. In the meantime, I won’t be anxious or I may miss out on all the wonderful ways I could potentially spend the next 8 months here in the states for a very long time.
As the new year rolls in, I’m thinking about what life will be like so far away from my family. I also reflect on how much I want to talk and tell people all about my journey, but I don’t because if I don’t get it I won’t have to relive it over and over again while telling people and what’s worst than failing, everyone knowing about it. Also because sometimes you just want people to be happy about your decisions but they aren’t always and then you have to hear all the reasons why your decision is not a good one. (We all do it)
My family has a tradition of cooking breakfast together every first day of the year and this year it was held at my house rather than my moms because of how much our family has grown and I have the most space. As my family laughed, ate and watched a movie together, I thought about the possibility of me not being in the same country with them next year. That will be hard.
I actually think I have a really good chance of getting the job this time. I’m learning a lot from my TEFL classes I’m taking online. The information will help me with my interview questions, I hope. I’ve read a few blogs and visited a few discussion boards and got some insight on the type of questions I will be asked during my face to face interview. Plus I still remember some from last time.
So as I wait for my interview dates for ADEC and the yes or no for the face to face with Qatar and Kuwait, I will continue to read about living and working in these countries, the good and the bad. I will continue preparing my paperwork and learning through my TEFL course. I will continue praying for God’s will.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!