Blogs of international school teachers: “From USA to KSA” (The Life of an International School Educator in Saudi Arabia)
October 30, 2012
Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?
Our 25th blog that we would like to highlight is called “From USA to KSA” Check out the wealth of information in the blog entries of this international school educator who currently works at an international school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
A few entries that we would like to highlight:
“Saudi Arabia is both mysterious and unique in many ways. A trip to the kingdom can be both challenging and adventurous at the same time. Getting used to a new culture, language, and country can also be the way to test ones patience. Saudi Arabia is no exception. Below is some useful information for anyone preparing to visit or move here either alone or with family. The work week, Prayer times, Ramadan, Value of time, women aren’t permitted to drive, etc…”
Every country has its list of “things you should know before moving to that country.” It is good to get a “head’s up,” so that your culture shock reaction to it when you get there is minimized!
“After reading about the horror stories of Riyadh zoo we wanted to see how bad was Taif zoo. To our surprise it was no way close to the Riyadh zoo. Things were not how they should have been but the animals had bigger cages. The lion did look malnourished but in much better shape than the one in Riyadh. The lion and the bear also had open areas to walk freely. But along with all the usual we also saw a few animals that really surprised us. Actually, we couldn’t stop laughing! I’ll let y’all decide for yourselves…”
Zoos in other countries are quite the interesting experience. How VERY interesting that the zoo in Riyadh has American pets on offer. Check out the American dog and Ameircan cat exhibit pictures on this blog entry!
“I have lived in several countries (Spain, the US of course,Taiwan, Kazakhstan and now Saudi Arabia) but never for more than one year. The first holiday that I ever “missed” was the 4th of July. In Kazakhstan I celebrated this patriotic holiday at the American Embassy. It felt so American with green grass and hamburgers fresh from the grill. It was oddly entertaining and enjoyable. Yet, I knew the whole time that we were not in America, so it felt kind of strange celebrating our independance-in another country…”
It is important to have an open mind to participating in the celebrations and holidays in the host country, but it is also important to remember and celebrate the ones from your home country too. Celebrating your own holidays abroad can potentially bring new meaning and even more fun memories to you.
If you are also interested in starting your career in the international school community, feel free to check out the 1300+ international schools that are listed on International School Community here. Also, don’t forget to check out our latest submitted comments and information about these schools. We have over 6000+ submitted comments and information as of this blog entry!
Want to work for an international school in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia like this blogger? Currently, we have 20 international schools listed in the Qatar on International School Community. Here are a few that have had comments and information submitted on their profiles:
• Jeddah Knowledge International School (26 Comments)
• American International School Riyadh (11 Comments)
• King Faisal School (Riyadh) (8 Comments)
• Rowad Alkhaleej International School (Dammam) (8 Comments)
• Al-Oruba International Schools (8 Comments)
• International Programs School (Al Khobar) (13 Comments)
• International Schools Group (14 Comments)
• Dhahran Ahliyya Schools (23 Comments)