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Life in Kuwait: First Few weeks

Life in Kuwait: First Few weeks

I arrived in Kuwait on the 14th of September, which means I have officially been here for three weeks. Time seems to have sped up since I arrived here because how on earth did 2 weekends pass already?! During the first few weeks in Kuwait I…

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…

Kindergarten? Me?

Kindergarten? Me?

It’s the beginning of August and I am due to start at my new school at the beginning of September. In the meantime I am still awaiting my NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Kuwait and undergoing the medical tests while I gather up the rest…

How can you just leave AND what about your husband?

How can you just leave AND what about your husband?

People constantly ask me, “How can you just leave?” and “Aren’t you scared?” so in this post, let me be truthful. YES it is always scary to try something new… just because I am excited does not mean that I am not apprehensive. Just so…

A definitive decision

A definitive decision

  It took some time (6 months!); around 9 interviews and countless moments of decision-making when I FINALLY received an irresistible offer from an international school in Kuwait. At this point I want to say that prior to receiving this contract, I had never been…