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shebab



Joined: 17 Sep 2003
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:08 am    Post subject: IPA Jeddah Reply with quote

Hi All:

I was wondering how much choice one has in determining which branch of IPA you can work at if offered a job there-for example, if I prefered to be in Jeddah, would they be able to honor that request, or does it depend on availability?

Thanks,

Shebab
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titanicman



Joined: 17 Feb 2003
Posts: 71
Location: Qatar

PostPosted: Sat Mar 06, 2004 9:14 am    Post subject: All things IPA Reply with quote

I've heard through the IPA grapevine that the choice of location depends on their needs. IPA just had a expat come in a few weeks ago who got shipped off to IPA in Damman b/c they were short of staff there. In his case, he was OK about going to Damman, Riyadh, or Jeddah.
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Cleopatra



Joined: 28 Jun 2003
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Location: Tuamago Archipelago

PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 10:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do IPA recruit "Western" women?

where do they have female branches?
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johnslat



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 1:48 pm    Post subject: Don't go there Reply with quote

Dear Cleopatra,
The IPA has a "Women's Branch" only in Riyadh. However, based on what I've heard from ladies who have taught there over the years, I wouldn't recommend it as a good place to work. From what I've been told, the administration over there verges on the nightmarish.
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John
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Cleopatra



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Typical!

there are never any decent "ladies' schools" in the nicer parts of the Kingdom!
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Cleo,

A few years back, I was actually offered a job with the Riyadh Women's branch, which would have given me the opportunity to meet the illustrious Mr JohnS. Sadly I missed that chance. Smile

A friend was teaching there and tried to convince me to come and work with her. But, I decided to take another offer and it was a good thing, as she and her husband left basically for the reasons John mentions and I understand things have become worse.

Oh well ----

VS
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johnslat



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 07, 2004 5:50 pm    Post subject: Change is bad Reply with quote

Dear veiledsentiments,
Some say the Kingdom never changes. Howver, in my experience, that wasn't true; it always seemed to get a little worse every year.
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John
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 08, 2004 3:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well John, I am afraid that the same could be said for every country that I taught in. I missed the best times of Cairo - all the old timers told me. And all the negatives have kept growing since. (pollution, noise, crowding)

But, I lucked into the best of times in Oman and the Emirates, IMHO. The amazing jump in the student population has provided many more jobs, but the working conditions have gone downhill ----

Or we could just be the older generation wishing for the good old days. Smile

VS
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