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Expat Panda’s step by step guide to start teaching abroad

Expat Panda’s step by step guide to start teaching abroad

The decision to move abroad to teach is not only a massive one but can be quite confusing. I get a lot of requests asking me, “where do I start?” in the whole process of finding a job. Well the good news is that, you…

Preparing yourself for teaching in the Middle East: The questions you NEED to ask!

Preparing yourself for teaching in the Middle East: The questions you NEED to ask!

While the process from interviewing for a job at a school in the Middle East to the time you fly into your new country can seem very quick  if you’re moving for the first time, there are a few less glamorous things you should know.…

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?”…

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…

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…

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…