Category: UAE

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Life in China: How does Living in China Compare to Living in the UAE?

Many of you know we started our expatriate lives off teaching overseas in the United Arab Emirates. You maybe wondering the same question we find ourselves asked frequently: “How does living in China compare to living in the UAE?” Or perhaps, “How does teaching in […]

Windows and Washing: An Outrageous True Story of Teaching in the Emirates

Windows and Washing: An Outrageous True Story of Teaching in the Emirates

It’s fall 2012, my first trimester of teaching English to high schoolers in Abu Dhabi. I’m at an ADEC boys school in Al Ain. There are a dozen English teachers from the US, New Zealand, and England here, and they’re a supportive bunch of seasoned […]

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

“Teacher, You Like Coffee?” A True Story from Arabia

Imagine yourself, a qualified professional teacher who is accustomed to a certain level of, what, decorum? in the classroom. Now, imagine that you arrive at your new job, and you find that all of your expectations are…going out the window. Along with the students. But […]

What’s Become of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)?

What’s Become of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC)?

As you may know, I (Shon writing) got my start teaching overseas with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) back in 2012. ADEC aimed to modernize the emirate of Abu Dhabi’s schools, and one way of doing that was bringing people like me to teach […]

ADEC Interview Process

ADEC Interview Process

The ADEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council) Interview Process Many people who visit our blog are wondering what the ADEC interview process is like. For all those people, and since I’ve actually interviewed twice, I’ll share my experiences and compare them a bit. ADEC Interview One […]