A Black Canadian Teacher's Journey to the Middle East
Hi! im amanda, live in the us and ive been reading since you had your fit blog! Love your posts and the beautiful pictures of all the places you have been.
Nice to hear from a long time reader! Thanks for reading Amanda.
Hi I read your blog to get an idea what it is like to teach in a different country! Thanks for sharing.
Hello, I'm Renee. I have been hired by ADEC to start in August 2015. I read your blog with the intent of "soaking up" all things Abu Dhabi. Thank you for sharing. Kind regards.
Good luck Renee.
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Opps didn't mean to remove this Shauna, just wanted to say thank you for your continued support.
I've been reading your blog for a few weeks. Applying next year with TA to work in the UAE. Great blog! :)
Thank you so much!
I'm still in school trying to decide on a major, but i know that i want to teach in another country. This is my first time here.
Good luck! Teaching and living in another country will change you forever in all the best of ways.
Hey Miss Haneefa!I have been reading your blog since its inception. While I did not blog when I was in Europe, I am glad that you have chosen to blog heartily about a country and road less traveled. After all of your fantastic, detailed blogs, I feel like I can move there for a year -savings and job in mine-and not only survive, but LIVE! I know that it is not all great, but the majority seems awesome! I really appreciate you writing from a for lack of a better terms-"Black Girl in Abu Dhabi'" perspective. You have answered every question that I can possibly think of from finances, to clothes, learning about the culture, and other things. Thanks for writing and be blessed!
Thank you for your kind words!
Hi! Thank you so much for sharing your journey! I'm Savannah, fellow black girl that is trying to get to Abu Dhabi :) Interviewed last week in Houston, so I'm just eagerly waiting! I've been following your blog since I started the application process a couple of months ago and of course, I've went back and read all your posts!! Totally love the tone of your blog and your attitude! Thank you so much for being so open about your experiences too! I blog over at http://savannahkshealthandfitnessjourney.blogspot.com/ Just trying to find a routine so that I can get some consistency! Definitely planning on blogging about my journey to and while in Abu Dhabi....Inshallah :) Again, Thanks for your sharing. Blessings!
Good luck and if you end up coming, please hit me up, I always love meeting fellow readers.
I found your blog when I was googling plus size shopping in Abu Dhabi. I am visiting some family next week for Spring Break and I wanted to gauge how much I should expect to shop while I am there. I have been browsing your blog and I have found it incredibly helpful. I am currently studying English and working toward my TEFL certificate with hopes of teaching English abroad. I am mostly interested in teaching in the UAE but I'd love to hear how you enjoyed the JET program.
JET program was great. Then again I was there over 10 years ago so I am not sure how it is now. I had such a wonderful experience loving in Japan. Would definitely go back.
Hello Im moving to UAE next year and I came across your blog during my research about life as a teacher. I love reading your blog and look forward to your next update!
Hi!! Moving to Abu Dhabi in May!!
Hi, As a teacher from the EU, I have some questions about life there. Please cold you email me:firstname.lastname@example.orgI can't work out how to private message you on here so thought if I give you my address it may be easier. I hope this doesn't appear rude. Best wishes and wishing you joy with your health challenge :)
Hello, I am a teacher in the US and my school is closing at the end of the school year. I decided to think outside the box and do something different. I have taught ESL for a number of years and I am TEFL certified. I have been thinking about UAE and responded to a ad recently. I am an 'older' teacher who is young at heart and I am fascinated by your blog. Its been so helpful filled with information thank you so much for writing it.Rose
Sorry, My name is Ismaeel
Hi! Found your blog while doing research on Abu Dhabi, I'm currently in the interview process for a teaching placement there. Love experiencing Abu Dhabi from your perspective and look forward to your updates! Ashley
Hi there! I recently moved from Toronto to Abu Dhabi and just came across your blog. Love your insight and would like to connect over a coffee and learn more about the city! I can't figure out to private message you, so could you please email me at email@example.com? Thanks and I look forward to connecting soon!
I love your blog! I'll be working there in August!!
Is it mandatory for all females to wear shaylas while working in schools?
No, it all depends on your principal.
Hi! I've been living in Abu Dhabi for six months, found your blog today while trying to look up plus size men's clothing stores here (thin on the ground). I love your perspective!
Hi! I'm interviewing with ADEC next week. I've been doing a lot of research about Abu Dhabi and surrounding areas. In general, I'm reading that the people are kind and the environment is very safe. However, I'm really curious about the safety of North American citizens. Do you ever feel threatened in any way since warnings went out in December about attacks against American citizens, especially teachers?
Although alerts went out to North American citizens, I still fell as safe as ever living in this country. I never feel threatened and I can honestly say that I feel safer here that in Montreal at times. I don't have to worry about police pulling me over for stupid reasons or making sure that I speak French to officers so t hat they don't get angry at me. Good luck on your interview.
I do, but sometimes i enjoy reading and looking at all those amazing photos you share.
Hello!I am so thankful that you are posting such vital information for those of us looking to move. I have begun my application process and I am going extensive research. I few questions I have are:How do you maintain your hair?How do you dress so not to offend? What is the social scene like? Is there a tough transition in the language barrier? How are the living conditions?
How do you maintain your hair?I get my hair braided by some lovely Ethiopian ladies that have a salon, they do braids, sew ins and wash and sets. Some of my friends who have permed hair go to a lady in Abu Dhabi who has a salon in her home. How do you dress so not to offend?I usually wear long skirts and long sleeves shirts. On the weekends you can pretty much wear what you wear at home, especially when you go out. What is the social scene like? There is plenty to do,parties and events every weekend. You will not be bored. Is there a tough transition in the language barrier? There is no language barrier (no like in Japan at least). There are miss communications but that is part of life here. How are the living conditions? Living conditions? As in housing we are given? It is good. Varies from building to building it depends where it has been placed. Hope that helps.