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Erbil/Arbil, Kurdistan Iraq
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Middle East Beast



Joined: 05 Mar 2008
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Scary! wrote:
"It's my country and I can act any way I please, plus the laws don't apply to me!"


Truth eloquently revealed, dude! Very Happy

MEB Cool
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"It's my country and I can act any way I please, plus the laws don't apply to me!"

An attitude not unknown here in the US - especially in the "border states."

Regards,
John
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Middle East Beast



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was waitin' on that one.

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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear MEB,

Do I detect a hint of disbelief? If so, come to the Land of Enchantment and I promise that you'll be easily able to see for yourself.

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John
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arizona is even worse... (and then there is Texas...Laughing)

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It's Scary!



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HEY! Don't "Mess with Texas" YAA...HOOO!!!

It's a TEXAS state of mind!!! God Bless, Rick Perry...wait a minute...Rick Perry IS God!!! We put more people to death per capita!!! Ye-haw!!!
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Captain_Fil



Joined: 06 Jan 2011
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Location: California - the land of fruits and nuts

PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's Scary! wrote:
HEY! Don't "Mess with Texas" YAA...HOOO!!!

It's a TEXAS state of mind!!! God Bless, Rick Perry...wait a minute...Rick Perry IS God!!! We put more people to death per capita!!! Ye-haw!!!


Politicians running for President?

It's scary!

Shocked
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Echraide



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

eflnoil wrote:
chum seems to be impressed. loads of constrction work going on. in case you're wondering, he says kurds are not strictly arabs and it's supposedly a melting pot of religious diversity and working well. some parts of city unkempt but not too bad in general.

What's it like for single Western women there?
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Cool Teacher



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Echraide wrote:
eflnoil wrote:
chum seems to be impressed. loads of constrction work going on. in case you're wondering, he says kurds are not strictly arabs and it's supposedly a melting pot of religious diversity and working well. some parts of city unkempt but not too bad in general.

What's it like for single Western women there?


I've heard their difficult to find you might have to make a vow of chastitiy. Crying or Very sad
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namdak



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Kurdistan safe for "foreigners"?

(as things escalate in Iraq)
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sanpedro72



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 4:40 pm    Post subject: Erbil vs... Reply with quote

Hi all,

There are a lot of uni and intl school options there in Erbil. I lived there for two months and was minimally amused. A night out can cost you quite a bit, taxis gauge you more than any other Kstan city, and it's boring is Hades until you find a group to hangout with. So.... I seriously recommend Suleimania as an alternative. There are plenty of schools in Suleimania, and people in the area are more charming than Erbil as well.

Does this help? PM me if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Elvis
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Linochka



Joined: 04 Jan 2012
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a telephone/Skype interview with SABIS ISC Erbil next week. I'm rather astonished that they bothered to reply, considering that they have a preference for people with a masters degree and several years of experience, as is the case with most of the Middle East.

I only have a bachelors and I'm fresh off my CELTA. How suspicious! Makes me think they didn't even look at my CV! Bit desperate, isn't it? No doubt I'll be flushed out during the interview, but I feel like it'll be a waste of their time. Can't blame a soul for trying, eh. Laughing

***Edit: Found a few threads here and a certain TEFL Blacklist entry. Scrap that.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Linochka wrote:
I've got a telephone/Skype interview with SABIS ISC Erbil next week. I'm rather astonished that they bothered to reply, considering that they have a preference for people with a masters degree and several years of experience, as is the case with most of the Middle East.

Naaa... they've never required an MA and are often desperate enough to take teachers who have just finished their BA and need that first job.

A search of this board and a google will get lots of stuff on them... very little positive.

VS
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awakenow



Joined: 26 Nov 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:41 pm    Post subject: pay in n. iraq Reply with quote

the pAY us low for the M.E. but having spent time in N. Iraq the people and atmosphere are def. better and more relaxed.
Are they paying airfare summer? I'd received a form a year ago but never sent it in as it wanted questions answered with dates starting at gradeschool. My papers don't go back that far!
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Linochka



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

veiledsentiments wrote:
Naaa... they've never required an MA and are often desperate enough to take teachers who have just finished their BA and need that first job.

A search of this board and a google will get lots of stuff on them... very little positive.


Haha. In a moment of surreal hilarity, they just phoned me asking me if I could fly out this weekend. I said no. They asked me if I wanted to train local teachers instead. "But I just got my CELTA!" I spluttered. A confused silence.

The whole setup is insane. They sound desperate indeed. Not touching them with a bargepole.
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