Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Waiting Game Part 2

As of Monday, March 28th all of my required documents have arrived safely in UAE!  With the arrival of these documents, a new waiting game begins.  Although, I received an offer and contract to work in Abu Dhabi, the final say so is up to the Ministry of Labour.  They will determine if I will be granted a resident visa and work permit.  Apparently there is a new law in UAE that is delaying work permits.  There are many people who were hired to begin working in January but they are still in their countries.  I'm hoping that this part of the process will be as smooth as the other steps I've taken thus far.  As you can imagine, I can hardly concentrate on anything else but Abu Dhabi.  Hopefully I'll hear good news soon and I can begin making plans for my move across the world.

Before I go, I have to let you know that I've made connections with a young lady whose also going to be working at my school, as well teaching the same grade.  We've talked quite a bit and it feels good talking with someone whose going through the same process.  I'm glad I'll know someone before I even arrive in UAE.  I'm looking forward to making more connections and relationships along the way.  

Until Next Time...


  1. Hi Jen,

    I've just found your blog now and I've been reading all your entries, I love it and have found it very useful! Congratulations on getting your dream job in UAE.

    I've also been Applying through agencies to teach in the UAE Aug 2016, but have so far been unsuccessful and close to tears on several occasions like u were. I have one big question for you but I'd rather ask privately: do you have an email I could contact you on please?

    P.S. I am a black British sister from London.


    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for keeping up with my blog! I found my job through Teach Away, it was a "direct to school" posting, meaning although the job is posted on Teach Away you will directly apply to the school. Teach Away has new postings just about every week, keep checking. I also used ISS and Schrole, I started getting a bunch of invites to apply to schools through these organizations after I already signed my contract. My advice would be to use these organizations as well as research schools on your own. Google schools in the UAE and apply directly to the schools. Also try GEMS schools they have a few schools in UAE with a British Curriculum. Best of luck! Keep trying and don't give up!

  2. Hey Jen! I think it's awesome that you have some sense of where you are going and who you are going to be working with! With public school it's all a big mystery! Looking forward to reading more!
    Nancy NYCteacherabroad