Gogol Dhaaf

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FinishedFinished answering on May 25 at 18:45 BST

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  • Living in the Gulf
  • Teaching English in the Gulf
Answers

How did you get to teaching in the gulf?

Gogol Dhaaf - 1 week, 1 day ago

How was it living in the Gulf?

Gogol Dhaaf - 1 week, 1 day ago

Apologies I didn't see this yesterday! Day to day differs but broadly teachers have an early start in the Gulf, first lessons around 7am and schools usually close around 2pm. If you are a morning person this is the job for you! I would usually take a nap upon going home, but that's me. The great th…

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How was the process of finding that job in the gulf?

Gogol Dhaaf - 1 week, 2 days ago

The first job was probably the hardest to find, probably because of my own doubts about what I could do. I was put off by the experience requirements, you just have to be a little creative in your CV/application writing. It took a couple of months but I got there in the end. After you have a year o…

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Salam sis! Depends on the country, my most recent experience was in the UAE. In the government school system, the Ministry sends 'inspectors' to visit each term, poorly performing schools get more random visits. There are certain things inspectors are obsessed with, just like in the UK, for instanc…

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Hi! Depending on your experience, you could look at teaching at universities or foundational year programs, although a lot of them look for a Phd or some university level teaching experience. There's a TA position in the United Arab Emirates University, they only want a Masters I believe, as well a…

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Did you enjoy your experience teaching in the Gulf?

Gogol Dhaaf - 1 week, 2 days ago

what is the implementation of shari'ah law like?

Gogol Dhaaf - 1 week, 2 days ago

I had my undergraduate degree, in the social sciences so unrelated, I did a CELTA, taught for a short while in the language college and in ESOL the local community centre. It took me a couple of months but I quickly found a job in Saudi Arabia, teaching English in a university prepatory program (ba…

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Salam! It depends on what type of teaching you want to do. With a degree and masters you could try applying for jobs in the university foundation year programs, this is quite common in the Middle East for students who didnt get the right level of English/grades to start their degrees. An EFL teachi…

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Hi! I think being British Somali really helped me adjust to life in the Gulf, compared to my friends who were non-Muslim/English etc. The struggles they had adjusting to a more conservative environment was really tough for them, moving away from a place of privilege was probably the hardest thing f…

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What is the best way to find teaching positions abroad?

Gogol Dhaaf - 1 week, 2 days ago

I found my first job here on www.tefl.com - i also used this to get some summer teaching gigs here in London, its a good directory. Daves ESL cafe has a good international job board, he also has some forums that you can use to search the reputations of the schools, colleges or university you are ap…

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It certainly wasnt! I actually wanted to work in the third sector after university, and actually did do some work in the area after graduating. After a while I felt that I needed a lifestyle change, and wanted some international experience, initially I wanted to do this for a year and use the money…

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That's a good question! I can think of a few questions *not* to read, all of those 'not without my daughter' type books that was essential reading for a lot of the American women I lived with in Saudi. To learn more about the modern history of Saudi Arabia for instance, I thought 'Inside The Kingdo…

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Well, to be honest if you want a job in a *good school* that teaches the British curriculum the best preparation is having taught in the UK school system, with a PGCE and your NQT year complete. You will find some unreputable schools in the Gulf will say they teach according to the British curricul…

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Besides missing family and friends, which can be a massive emotional strain, I think the instability of your living conditions being linked to your work. Unlike here in the UK, you can walk out of any job you like and where you live is never under any threat. A few times working abroad you may come…

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