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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?”…

The Expat Life: Conversations with people “back home”

The Expat Life: Conversations with people “back home”

I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of hearing the same boring statements from people we left behind to pursue a better life in a new country. When my friend Shardale and I were on Skype one afternoon (her in Macau and…

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…

A truthful letter about teaching abroad…

A truthful letter about teaching abroad…

Dear family & friends, I thank you for remaining a part of my life. I know it isn’t easy when I can’t always be around for parties, weddings and other important moments. I know my life sometimes infuriates you  when you see a picture of…

I’ve landed in Kuwait- Now what?

I’ve landed in Kuwait- Now what?

To build a new existence far away from everything you know and believe in is the most powerful feeling in the world. People who have moved abroad are nodding their heads in agreement as they read this. They will tell you that traveling has broadened their…

Where do I take my friends and family in Kuwait? (Part 1)

Where do I take my friends and family in Kuwait? (Part 1)

After the excitement of Fox’s visit visa being approved after so many months of planning, I came down from my initial high to discover that I had no idea what I would do when he arrived here. In Kuwait, there is no Burj Khalifa, no…

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…