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A letter to my kindergarten students

A letter to my kindergarten students

  The toughest part of being a teacher is saying goodbye to your students…

Teaching abroad: Is it really what you think it is?

Teaching abroad: Is it really what you think it is?

Whenever I tell people that I teach abroad, they look at me like I’ve struck gold. And in some ways I have. Teaching abroad can offer a wonderful package for teachers enabling them to pay off debt in their home countries, live comfortably in their…

The 20 things I learnt through traveling

The 20 things I learnt through traveling

While it may seem strange for me to say this, considering my profession, sometimes the most useful lessons are the ones we learn outside the classroom. And when your senses are being assulated by a new environment, culture and language, some lessons are more meaningful…

High School vs. Kindergarten: 6 realisations of an evolving teacher

High School vs. Kindergarten: 6 realisations of an evolving teacher

Earlier this year, I started my new teaching job in Kuwait and was informed that I would be teaching 5 year olds. This wouldn’t have been a problem if I was a qualified and experienced kindergarten educator. However- I am most certainly not. After 5…

Life in Kuwait: First day at work

Life in Kuwait: First day at work

Yesterday was my first day of work… and what a day it was!   I was told to report to Kindergarten and so I did. The classroom looked something like this: Each kindergarten teacher has a teacher’s assistant (TA) which is basically a person who…

Life in Kuwait: Starting off slowly…

Life in Kuwait: Starting off slowly…

I arrived in Kuwait on Wednesday afternoon, fatigued after 17 hours of traveling from Durban, South Africa. While waiting in transit at Doha airport, I finally started to feel more than just a little trepidation at the thought of moving to this conservative little Muslim…

From here to there… I’m off!

From here to there… I’m off!

It took exactly 74 days, from the time I accepted the offer from my school in Kuwait till the time the visa was issued (If you want detailed information on the Kuwaiti visa process please click here). During that time, I resigned from my job,…

You’re moving where?!

You’re moving where?!

My No Objection Certificate (NOC) FINALLY arrived- after 8 weeks of waiting- and I have sent off all my other documents along with my passport to the Kuwaiti embassy in Pretoria. It will hopefully be returned with the visa sticker in my passport (fingers crossed…

Teachable Moments

Teachable Moments

Today is my last day at my current school. I have been here for the last two and a half years and this is the place that has truly made me into the teacher, and person, that I now am. When I first started here,…

Prepping & packing

Prepping & packing

Since I am documenting my journey toward a life in Kuwait as an educator, it is inevitable that I blog about packing up my life. Seriously though… how do you pack your entire life into two 20kg pieces of luggage? The walls of my apartment…