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Does anyone here have any info on what its like to work in Kuwait, the previous posts are mostly outdated, any recent updates/reviews from teachers out there now, or those who have returned recently??
I have read a couple of bad reviews from the school I have accepted the offer from (has the famous english university (not oxford) in its name, based in mangaf)and justlooking for more info on the school as there doesn't seem to be much out there.
Also is there anyone else heading that way come August? : )
Yep the lack of communication was worrying me, but I did get an email from them recently saying all was in order. I am an NQT so I cant be too picky and the salary they are offering is better then I could get over here. I guess I could always look for a better school there after a year or two. Also they have offered me a permanenet contract which I thought was unusual for an international school, aint it always contract based?
I am waiting on the NOC (No Objection Certificate) which will start the process for obtaining the Visa. What school are you heading too?
Seeker31 Also they have offered me a permanenet contract which I thought was unusual for an international school, aint it always contract based?
Yes, it is unusual though not unheard of (I had a permanent contract at my previous school). Since this is Kuwait, you can look at it from a glass half full or glass half empty point of view.
Half full: they think you're so great they want to keep you for a long time.
Half empty: they will not want to let you go. Ever.
Surely I can leave when I want, nothing in the contract said otherwise apart from the perks I would forfit.
I am going to look at it from a glass half full : D - while still looking for the other half by applying to other jobs.
How old are the reviews? What was your feeling at interview? Have you asked to be put in touch with current teachers?
Currently teaching in Kuwait.
Feel free to PM me x
Some general points that may be helpful on cost of living: Cost of living is generally higher than UK. We are couple and spend 100 pounds per week on groceries. However we shop at the kuwait equivant of Waitrose so you can go cheaper! Wi fi is about 40 pounds per month OSN (cable tv) is also about 40 pounds per month You can get a pay as you go mobile very easily and we probably spend about 20 pounds per month on top ups. Depending on where you live, you may need a car. you can rent a decent car from about 200 pounds per month which includes insurance and breakdown. Or there is huge second hand market, check out Just Landed website and subscribe to EEk magazine which is ex pat newsletter. Petrol of course costs pennies.
Download skype before you come as skype website is currently blocked here.
Kate you have a pm : )
Interview was professional and they gave me lots of information about the school, the reviews are 1-2 years old, others online have said the school is progressing. Have asked to be put in touch with teachers just waiting for a response.
What is the latest news on Madam Chantal, the Bottle Blonde Bombshell of KNES?
I'm currently in Kuwait as well. Kate's information is right on the money. I spend similar amounts a month.
I have single teaching friends here who travel every holiday, have paid off their debts in the UK and now saving for a deposit for a house back in the UK.
Kuwait is what you make of it, I'm raising 2 young children. It is a very safe country to live in with the exception of driving. You do take your life into your own hands on the 30, especially in and around Mangaf, which is 'quoted' as the 3rd most dealist road in the world!
The NOC process can not get started until July/August. The country will come to a stand still during Ramadam which is during that time.
Good luck, the Kuwaiti kiddies are a hand full, all raised by maids with parents who are not that interested in them!
Ive been out here some time now and feel this comment is just nasty! If its the same Director..... he/she is kind and thoughtful and will do what he/she can to help with any matters that are worrying you.
Both schools are finding their feet but have a great bunch of teachers and leaders. A happy place to work if you ask me!
losandeswhat he/she can to help
losandeshe/she is kind and thoughtful
You don't know?
I have been living in Kuwait for (too) many years and am familiar with the schools here. I am willing to give advice or information to anyone who would like to contact me.
As far as visas and residency go, this process cannot start until you arrive, and depends on the efficiency of the school. It should be completed in about two months. Living here is what you make of it. There are negatives and positives like everywhere. Most contracts are for one year and renewable, which means , in effect, that you get paid for twelve months (plus gratuity at end of contract) but only work 9. (two weeks at Xmas ,and finish mid June plus other official holidays). If you have got it wrong, then see out your contract, put it down to experience and move on. Many renew and enjoy several years of sea,sun,sand, and saving. It is up to you.
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