Monthly Archives: February 2017


6 things you must consider before moving to the Middle East with a family

Expat families in the Middle East seem to love raising their families here. With such sun, safety, and a family-friendly social scene, why wouldn't they? However, if you plan to move here with your family, you definitely have a few things to consider, research, and plan for, before the big move. 1. If you are [...]

By |2020-01-30T20:01:18+00:00February 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to find a job in Further Education (FE) & universities in the Middle East

There are many FE and third-level educational institutions in the Middle East and many employ Western-trained teachers and lecturers. Here are a list of such institutions: Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the biggest higher educational institution in the UAE, with more than 20,000 students attending 17 male and [...]

By |2017-08-20T22:10:09+00:00February 7th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

How to find accommodation in the Middle East

Teaching packages and accommodation This post may contain some affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure policy. Teaching packages in the Middle East always provide accommodation, either in the form of an actual apartment (or villa if you have a partner and children) or a rent allowance. This means that you do not spend your salary [...]

By |2019-03-27T16:27:14+00:00February 7th, 2017|Blog|2 Comments

12 websites for your ideal TEFL job abroad!

What is TEFL? TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language or English as a Second Language (ESL). It can be also called TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). There are various ways to gain a TEFL qualification- some teachers do an online course, while others do an internationally recognised 4-week English [...]

By |2017-05-29T16:12:06+00:00February 6th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Which schools in the Middle East employ NQTs?

What is an NQT? In the UK, when a teacher successfully finishes their teaching qualification, e.g. PGCE or the M.Ed, with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), they then become Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). This means that they need to complete the statutory twelve-month programme known as the "induction for newly qualified teachers." This enables them to be legally [...]

By |2018-03-10T06:47:00+00:00February 5th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

Can you work in the Middle East without a full teaching qualification or as an unqualified teacher?

In a word, yes. The International School of Choueifat (a chain owned by SABIS®, the global education network) accept candidates who: Have a Bachelors degree in the subject needed or a related subject matter Are proficient in English / Native English Speaker (depending on subject) The company then trains them up to teach in their preferred [...]

By |2017-10-16T02:14:47+00:00February 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Why expat teachers need to prioritise saving over socialising

Don’t get me wrong. I love socialising. I am a fan of Friday brunch, I love Ladies’ Nights, I have a soft spot for Saturday lunch, I treasure days out at theme parks, I am mad about musicals, and I adore afternoon tea. In fact, when you first arrive to your new job and location, [...]

By |2017-05-07T14:03:02+00:00February 4th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment

8 Ways to Earn More Money This Year

As I said before, it is vital to set financial goals to motivate you to earn and save as much money as you can. To read more about setting realistic financial goals, click here. One huge benefit of teaching in the Middle East and Asia is that there is generally less paperwork, smaller class [...]

By |2018-10-26T09:45:49+00:00February 4th, 2017|Blog|4 Comments

7 tips for expat teachers to save 1000 AED/ QR this month!

Some expat teachers say it is impossible to save while teaching in the Middle East and Asia. However, I disagree, even though I can completely understand why some don't save a lot, with the amazing social life here. Here are 7 things I do in my daily life that have allowed me: To travel practically every [...]

By |2019-03-20T14:46:33+00:00February 4th, 2017|Blog|1 Comment