Sunday, January 10, 2016

Reader Questions

Hello readers!
    I have had a lot of activity in the past few days and I just want to that you all for reading. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions: Haneefa underscore c at hotmail dot com. 

I got a few questions from Aamena and I thought they were very relevant. 


Differences between being at a private V/S public school (A.D.E.C), and which is better? (work hours, salary, benefits, accommodation, vacation time...)

Adec pays more, but they have less vacation time (only 2 weeks at Christmas not 3).

Adec work hours depend on what grade you teach and also if you teach boys or girls, but roughly it is 7:45 am-2 pm. Less if you teach kindergarten.

Benefits are about the same for both. Adec supplies you with accommodation, I think in some private schools they give you the money and you have to find your own. 

*3 things you wish someone had told you about living in Abu Dhabi
-it really isn't as strict as you think
-there are stores from all over the world here
-always be open to new things

*Is lunch served to teachers by the school? Or do we bring our own?
-they sell somethings but most teachers bring their lunch.

*When family/ friends visit do we need permission from our school or landlord for them to stay with us? (Rules about having male relatives/ non-related males in our apartments)
-no rules you do what you like. Just be cautious if you are 'dating' a male. 

*What is the main use of transportation? (Do most people take cabs/ rent cars?)

Depends where you live here in al ain most people have a car. But I have friends who have been here three years without a car and just use taxis.

*Biggest shock culturally for you?
-how different the school system is here.


*Advice on items and clothing to pack and leave behind?
-bring all your favorite pieces because you will wear them. Bring your heels, your short skirts, your dresses. 

*What is the dating scene like in Abu Dhabi as an expat? Do's and Don'ts?

It is ok. Many more women than men so that can be hard. 


*General Advice about teaching in Abu Dhabi

Come with an open mind. 


*Does ADEC have an age limit?

I have heard that they will not hire anyone over 58 years old.


Hope this helps! 

8 comments:

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  2. Thank you. I'm also a Canadian teacher thinking about making the move to the UAE for the 2016/2017 school year?

    Overall, in your opinion are the accommodations provided by the schools in good neighborhoods and what are the conditions of them?

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    1. The UAE is one of the safest places in the world. All of the neighbourhoods we are put in are safe. Almost all apartments are far better than anything I could afford in a city like Montreal or Toronto.

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  3. Hi, what a great blog! I am thinking of relocating my family but don't want to make any decisions too hastily. I am hoping to teach at the Canadian International School. Do you have any idea what housing is like for families? I have two young boys and a husband in tow :-)

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    1. With two kids you will probably get a two bedroom apartment, the size is usually rather large, there is a possibility you can get a villa, but I think that depends on the allowance amount.

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  4. I just started following your blog, and trust me, it has been VERY resourceful! I am thinking about making the move for the 16-17 year. Had my phone interview yesterday and was shortlisted for a face-to-face. I am a black male elementary teacher and I applied for a position with ADEC. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!

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