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Share ONLY the things you LIKE about teaching in KSA
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EnglishDoYouSpeakIt



Joined: 19 May 2009
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Location: Saudi Arabia

PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:57 am    Post subject: Share ONLY the things you LIKE about teaching in KSA Reply with quote

There is a plethora of travel opportunities within 4000 KM.
I like the food here, and it isn't expensive.
Salaries are great.

-Please keep it positive, don't nitpick others answers or bring sarcasm into the mix. A tall order, but let's see what we can come up with.
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jaffa



Joined: 25 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

2 hours a day in the classroom.

Regular periods with zero hours in classroom.

Great holidays.
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readytotravel



Joined: 16 Nov 2008
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pay. Free accommodation. Decent internet. Serious students. Winter. Vacation. No taxes. The Hash Walk. Proximity to cool places like Sri Lanka. The list goes on and on. It doesn't suck here, as far as I'm concerned.
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zaazia



Joined: 25 Jun 2009
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Firstly I love Saudi Arabia, the students, the great work-life balance, the dream teaching schedule, the general and academic support I get at work ,the people, food, shopping and culture. Oh and the pay of course, although I'm probably one of the few people who didn't come for the money. I came because it is the birthplace of Islam and because I love the Middle East generally.
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scot47



Joined: 10 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teaching for only 32 weeks out of 52. Easy work load. Students who are often very likeable on a personal level. High disposable income. Exposure to a different way of life.
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Gulezar



Joined: 19 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:18 pm    Post subject: Wonderful colleagues Reply with quote

Wonderful colleagues with have great sense of humor who are able to work through all the ... whoops, not allowed to discuss all that on this post.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The chance to meet many people with openly.............alternative...........lifestyles ?
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ghost



Joined: 30 Jan 2003
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: positive things Reply with quote

A lot less stressful compared with being a classroom teacher in Canada or elsewhere. A relatively easy teaching schedule. Good location, almost equidistant to many places - Europe or Asia. Good savings potential.

Another significant positive is the apparent lack of ageism in the Gulf countries. Some of the most popular teachers are often guys in their 60s and 70s. This would be most unlikely to happen in places like Korea, Japan and China, where older teachers are rarely offered the chance to prove their worth.

Ghost in Saudi
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cmp45



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hot and sunny 99.9% of the time and very few, if any mosquitoes (in Riyadh)Laughing
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Easy access to duty-free bootleg booze.
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cmp45



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and cheap cigarettes.
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jaffa



Joined: 25 Oct 2012
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember overhearing a guy telling his boss, "I came here to teach, not to work in a zoo!"

Hehe.
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fledex



Joined: 05 Jun 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:48 pm    Post subject: Re: Share ONLY the things you LIKE about teaching in KSA Reply with quote

EnglishDoYouSpeakIt wrote:


-Please keep it positive, don't nitpick others answers or bring sarcasm into the mix. A tall order, but let's see what we can come up with.


90% of income is disposable (and it gets disposed I guess)
lots of holidays (with most employers)
a chance to see what the dark ages were like (if you're into the adventure)

that's about it
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EnglishDoYouSpeakIt



Joined: 19 May 2009
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Location: Saudi Arabia

PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 8:45 pm    Post subject: Re: Share ONLY the things you LIKE about teaching in KSA Reply with quote

fledex wrote:
EnglishDoYouSpeakIt wrote:


-Please keep it positive, don't nitpick others answers or bring sarcasm into the mix. A tall order, but let's see what we can come up with.


90% of income is disposable (and it gets disposed I guess)
lots of holidays (with most employers)
a chance to see what the dark ages were like (if you're into the adventure)

that's about it


You even quote the requested formula to follow and then break it? You are the antithesis of the spirit of this topic. Go complain about EdEx some more.
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johnslat



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

PostPosted: Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear EnglishDoYouSpeakIt,

I'd say you've been a bit unjust to fledex. I think the chance to time travel is one of the major attractions of Saudi (and I'm NOT being sarcastic.)

Regards,
John
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