Saudi Arabia – Teacher 2 in Jeddah
Deidra is a teacher in an international school in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Deidra’s last name is withheld because we always recommend that teachers in the middle east do not publish their last name on the internet; while things are relatively stable and safe in middle eastern countries, one can never be too careful, especially Americans. Here is a profile of Deidra’s experience abroad in Saudi Arabia.
1. What do you like about teaching overseas? What I like most about teaching overseas is being able to meet so many different people. Working overseas has not only allowed me to meet different people, but some really nice, cultured travelers as well. I love that I have the opportunity to be amongst people of all nationalities, races etc. and learn something from each one.
2. What don’t you like (if anything) about teaching overseas? One thing I do not like about teaching overseas is that communication can sometimes be an issue. Because I do not speak the native language it can be a little hard to communicate with someone.
3. What advice would you give to others who are thinking about teaching overseas? The main piece of advice I would give someone considering teaching overseas would be to do research. It is important that you understand what type of place you are going into. A lot of places overseas maybe different culturally that you may be use to and sometimes it is a big culture shock. So always research, if it is possible, speak with someone who may have been to the country that you are considering going to and get their point of view. But also remember to be open minded!
4. Would you recommend teaching abroad through Educators Overseas? Why or why not? Yes, I would recommend using Educators Overseas when considering teaching abroad. The recruiters take a genuine interest in the applicants and make the process as smooth as possible. Educators Overseas is a well organized program and I have met several teachers that have also used this program.