A few weeks ago I started a series titled Life in Kuwait where I talk about different aspects of living in Kuwait. Living here has really opened my eyes to Kuwaiti culture and has really challenged my perspective. I will still share stories about my life in Kuwait, but soon I will be returning to the other side of the world for summer break. That’s just the perks of being a teacher, not bragging, but I am happy. Because of this, I will have a new topic I will write about titled Life Hacks. Aside from my summer excursions, I will share insights I gain that helped me grow.
One aspect of living in Kuwait that I find amazing is the lackadaisical, everything will work out attitude. The way people drive on the road like there’s a constant emergency you wouldn’t think this is true. In fact, there are times, more times than not, that you will get hit with Inshallah- meaning lord willing or also we will bring Allah in this because it is not my top priority.
Juxtapose with America’s get it done now by any means necessary mentality and you can spend your time being frustrated. When I first got here, my frustration was always simmering underneath, not too far from boiling over. While I may not be a stickler for time I do appreciate that important matters get dealt with immediately. Getting proper documentation usually takes time, but there is allotted time for these things to get done. It also goes without saying that most professionals get the work done in that allotted time. This was not my experience when trying to get my residency.
If you think this is about a person stop here. I don’t want to mislead you. No seriously.
When I was searching for overseas teaching jobs on Teach Away, everybody was talking about Dubai. I heard that Dubai was like Disneyland for adults. I mention in my other post how I watched videos about what’s it like to live in Dubai. I put my search to rest to get through my first year of teaching. I finished my first year successfully passing all the necessary test. As soon as I started my second year teaching I started my job search again. This time I was sure I would find something.
I get asked why I chose Kuwait as a place to teach and the simple answer is because I wanted to teach abroad. I love being in Kuwait and I love my experience, but Kuwait wasn’t my first choice. Here is the story of how I choose Kuwait. I had a lot to say about this so I broke it up into two parts. This part will be about how and why I decided to teach abroad.