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Considering Kuwait? Avoid The American Baccalaureate School

 
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ESSProf333_NS



Joined: 09 Aug 2017
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:01 pm    Post subject: Considering Kuwait? Avoid The American Baccalaureate School Reply with quote

You may have noticed there are many job postings for this secondary school (though this is an ESL job website, and this school does NOT have ESL curriculum at all). If you are reading this review, you take your research seriously as I did not when I applied for ABS.

I worked there for a number of YEARS. The only reason I stayed was for contract purposes (I keep my word though I wished I had not).

Please please please, for your own sake, do not accept employment with this school. Not only is it extremely disorganized, the Management is abusive and negligent to their employees. There are several teachers with lawsuits against the school because they were unfairly fired and not paid. It has a long history of scandals -- it used to be the American Bilingual School.

The turnover rate is VERY high, so the workload is not worth the money. Also, this is one of the lowest paying schools in Kuwait.

Do your research on this school. Unfortunately, you may or may not find much information despite a few bad reviews and some oddly overly-positive ones. That is because the Management censors things and scares people into not posting reviews.

I can write for days regarding all of the injustice, poor management, nightmares, etc. What's unfortunate is that I really enjoyed the students who suffer the worse.

As for Kuwait in general, there are much better countries that pay well and allow you a high savings -- Singapore, Taiwan, Oman and Qatar just to name a few. This country has no respect for foreigners, Western or not, and is not family-friendly.

Best of luck!
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dragonpiwo



Joined: 04 Mar 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:04 am    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

Kuwait is the only place I've ever worked where a colleague reported me for writing something on Dave's and it was about Powerpoint FFS!

Having lived in Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, I can honestly say that Kuwait was the most disappointing, Saudi was what I expected, Qatar was a pleasant surprise and the UAE was/is streets ahead of the others.

However, the golden age of Gulf jobs is over. Lower salaries, higher living costs, fewer benefits in the packages and cheaper English teachers from Sotu Africa etc mean it's over. Low oil is here to stay. Now you have to stay 10 years to save what you could have saved in 2 before.

I'm glad I was only in Fahaheel for 9 months. 2 or 3 good colleagues made it doable but seriously boring.
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