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Inside the classroom of a public school teacher in the UAE

Inside the classroom of a public school teacher in the UAE

I’ve been at school for the past 4 weeks and since I began teaching, my most requested topic has become, “Panda please write about your school experience! Tell us how you feel now that you have started teaching! What is teaching in Abu Dhabi like?” […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]


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