Well, alot has been occurring since my last post.

  1. I was invited to interview face to face for Kuwait.
  2. 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…

Paperwork, Paperwork and more Paperwork

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) *

Resume (same)

FBI clearance (same)

Record of Employment

Reference Letters

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…



Boys or no boys

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  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.

Phil 4:6,7

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.

Happy New Year

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.



And the waiting begins

I received an email the other day informing me that I have been shortlisted for a possible in person interview with the Qatar Foundations. The interview would be held in Atlanta on Feb 8 and 9.  I should receive notice sometime in the beginning of January confirming or denying.  I have done some reading about Qatar for expats on several websites.  The stories have had some similarities and some differences.  One of the main similarities have been, the discrimination on the Asian expats and the disrespect that the Qatari show them.  Many articles were great.  The one bad article I read was very bad and many people commented in agreement.  The resounding message was “if you’re thinking about moving to Qatar, DON’T”.  Yikes.  I’m a little worried. Hopefully the other two will come thru for me.

I’ve begun my TEFL course.  So far, so good.  I finished 1 unit in 2 days but then couldn’t go any further until my reflection journals are marked.  I guess that means admin has to review them and approve me moving forward.  Being as though it is Christmas and New Year’s break, I doubt I will be able to move forward within the next few days but I hope that is not the case.


Yesterday I was scheduled to have a prescreen interview to teach in Qatar.  I received the phone call at the scheduled time and to my surprise the woman on the other end said that Michael (the gentleman who prescreened me for Kuwait) was so impressed with me that he highly recommended me.  With that being said she didn’t feel the need to interview me again, instead she wanted to put my information directly into to Qatar Foundations.  She told me all about the benefits that come with an offer from QF and they are wonderful benefits.  In fact, it is one of Teach Away’s best overseas job benefits package.  An offer there would include such benefits as, paid and furnished accommodation for myself and my family, employer paid utilities, paid tuition for my boys to attend the school I would be teaching or up to 15,000 allowance for them to attend another school, 2,000 shipping allowance, paid health insurance, and more.  The best part of that conversation was that I would only have to wait 1-2 business days to find out if they are interested in interviewing me or not.  If they are, I would have to fly to Atlanta in the beginning of February just like for Kuwait.  I just hope that if both places want to interview me, they would occur on the same day or within a day of each other, so I won’t have to pay for two flights to Atlanta with no promises.  I really hope they both do, because the more choices, the better my chances this go round.

Tomorrow I will be attending a Webinar with Univ of Toronto for the TEFL program.  I am going to get that TEFL certification, so that I can increase my knowledge base in this area whether I get a job through teach away or not.  I’m a life long learner, what can I say.  Time to do some research on life in Kuwait and Qatar.


Today I had an over the phone prescreen interview for a teaching position in a private school in Kuwait.  It went well.  The interviewer Michael Brough will be sending my information to the hiring principal in Kuwait.  The school is called American United School. Their process is a little different than that of ADEC.  If the hiring Principal is interested in me, he/she will call and I will be set up to interview with him/her in Atlanta.  If I am asked to interview, than they are really interested, so it makes the trip to Atlanta worth it, according to Michael.  I should hear yea or nay, sometime in January. We shall see.  I have an over the phone prescreening interview for a position in Doha Qatar on Monday.  The more, the merry.

Three times a charm or three strikes and you’re out

It’s been a while since my last blog. I don’t know what happened with the oversees job in Kuwait City.  They never got back to me, so TeachAway told me to assume that I wasn’t selected for the job.  So sad.  I thought that interview went really well and I was sure that I would be going to teach over there but that wasn’t in the cards either at the time.

A lot has occurred since then.  I went back to school and received my Masters in Education with a Reading Specialist Certification.  I taught across three grades, K, 1st and 5th.  I resigned my position from Mastery Charter School.  I am now working as a Professional Development Consultant/Literacy Coach and an Adjunct Professor, teaching Adults in the Early Childhood Education concentration.  But one thing has not changed, I want to work oversees.

So here I am, once again, applying to teach oversees.  This makes attempt #3 and either three times a charm (as my husband says) or it’s three strikes you’re out like in baseball.

Sunday, December 13, 2015, I applied for several oversees teaching positions through TeachAway.  The positions were in public and private schools in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar.  These countries cover lodging for you and your family as well as medical, and flights there and flights home during summer break. The pay is great and you don’t have to pay taxes.

There are several reasons why I want to get hired: I want to go before my kids leave the nest, so that they can be exposed to another culture, something I never had.  I have lived my whole life in Philadelphia and I wish I had the opportunity to travel and live abroad while I was a child.  Every good parent wants better for their children. My husband and I have goals in mind.  One includes making vacation and home one, once the kids leave home, and opening a restaurant. He loves to cook.  He is starting culinary arts school but we really don’t have a way to pay for it.  The pay oversees is such that I could save a chunk every month towards our goals, pay for his schooling, pay regular expenses and live comfortably. The middle east is also a huge travel hub.  It is smack dead in the middle of the world.  My kids and I could travel all over from there, see the world and I love to travel. Also I’m ready for a change and to meet new people.

Anyway, on Monday, December 14, 2015, I received a call from a TeachAway representative that she wanted to conduct a prescreening interview with me.  Today I passed the prescreen interview and now I will have to gather all my paperwork and ‘wait’ to hear when my in person interview with ADEC will be, just like before.  So here we go again.  I am not optimistic this time because I already been through this process and had my heart broke.  So for now, I will keep my heart guarded and try not to make the same mistakes.

Today I also received an email inviting me to a prescreen interview for the position in Kuwait.  That interview is scheduled for Thursday.  And let the games begin…



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