You've interviewed, been offered, and accepted a position to teach in the UAE. The nervousness of the interview has worn off. The excitement of the offer has lightened. Reality is now setting in. You have to move your family half-way around the world! How are you going to do that? Do I bring them with me initially? Do I go on my own and have them come over later? What are the pros and cons of each option? Do I even have an option? These (and other) questions are valid and should be evaluated on a family by family basis. My best advice? Do your research and talk with your family.
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Teaching Jobs in UAE.
Teaching jobs in the United Arab Emirates are high-paying, challenging, and very exciting. These positions are quite competitive. For the best chance, we recommend applying several months before your planned departure date - and uploading your current resume/CV when you apply.
My family’s big adventure started when I was hired by the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) in April 2014. I would be moving my family nearly 8,000 miles away from their home and everyone they knew. My husband and 16 year old son could not wait for the adventure to begin; my 12 year old was a bit more reserve.
Teaching overseas is challenging so we try to challenge our teachers in our interviews. We are seeking to get a clear insight into what it would be like to be in their classroom and whether they have the skills to succeed in an ESL environment.
We understand everyone wanting to obtain a teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has many questions. Our recruiting team gets a lot of questions from teachers so to make things easier for you we've compiled some of the most commonly asked questions and answers. Despite trying to be as thorough as possible, we assume you will have further questions so feel free to contact our recruiting team to learn more about teaching in Abu Dhabi!
One of the most common questions we are asked here at in the Footprints Middle East department is “How do I pass the interview?”
If the word interview makes you sweat a little bit, you are not alone. This can be a scary prospect for a lot of people. We will try to make it as easy as possible for you and hopefully you can gain some insight as well as some tips and tricks from this section.
Abu Dhabi is well connected with flights to cities all over the world, and with plenty of vacation time teachers in Abu Dhabi have the opportunity to travel around the region and explore. Emirates Air and Etihad connect Abu Dhabi with virtually every major city in the world.
Abu Dhabi features a great variety of leisure activities, both indoor and outdoor. If you're teaching in Abu Dhabi, there's no reason to fear boredom in your free time! As a wealthy country where many citizens have disposable income and free time, there is a very wide array of leisure options.
The culture of the UAE is defined by its diverse and multicultural society. It's an Islamic country, and Islam is the source of much of dominant culture. The UAE is culturally liberal, however expatriates moving to the UAE for a teaching job in Abu Dhabi or Dubai are advised to take into account local cultural sensitivities and behave themselves accordingly.
Working a teaching job in Abu Dhabi does not mean being confined to one city - the Emirate and the UAE as a whole has many interesting cities and towns to visit and enjoy. Outside Abu Dhabi city are the western region of Al Gharbia and the eastern region of Al Ain. Al Gharbia is a vast desert with many traditional settlements. It's the place to experience traditional bedouin culture, traditional activities like horseback riding and falconry and see oases that have been settled since ancient times.
Moving is always a hassle and a big life event. Moving to another country even more so. When you take one of the teaching jobs in Abu Dhabi, you will be compensated generously for your hard work and will be supported in reducing the hassle of moving by the Abu Dhabi Education Council. Not only are your flights provided in full (for yourself, plus your spouse and up to 3 dependents if applicable) but upon arrival you will receive a settlement allowance to put towards furniture and appliances for your new home.