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Teaching in UAE is an appealing temporary gig or career boost for many teachers. Along with awesome compensation and benefits, teaching jobs in UAE offer an opportunity to experience a fabulous lifestyle in one of the world’s richest, most fascinating countries.

What is a gig?

A temporary job. Usually void of benefits, such as health care, and pensions. They pay either hourly or as one lump sum. Some longer-term gigs may be salaried but they’re also void of restrictive bosses that have a certain quasi-ownership of their employees.

Don’t get me wrong - over the past 10 years I’ve placed hundreds of South African teachers in rewarding jobs around the world. I like South African candidates - compared to North American or British teachers you are less entitled, you work hard and you have staying power.

Where we’re raised shapes who we are. It shapes what sports we play, what we believe in, what we value, what we think we know to be right from wrong, just or unjust. It also shapes our modes of communication and how we learn to cope as social beings; what words we use, what phrases we choose to fit a given moment. Learned language helps us not only be understood but accepted.

Where do we go
When we grow
Tired and old?

Do we turn
To dirt?

Are we bought
Or sold?

The following is an excerpt from a presentation I gave for colleagues and fellow educators regarding the role of innovation in education. The conference took place at Jumeriah Hotel, Etihad Towers on November 23, 2016.

Green is the color of greed; the color of Capitalism. It can also be the color of plenitude; the color of nature; the color of peace. Southern Ontario is spoiled. Because of its rich landscapes. Its curvatures. Its muscular skeleton called the Canadian Shield. It’s a hard land with hard people brought up in the cold, coping with dark winter days and cold draughts.

I remember, as a child, going on family holidays to Florida. Cocoa beach with its big waves; the freeway sprawled before me, windows rolled down, radio tuned to a local radio station playing “Kissed By A Rose” every hour, on the hour. I remember lizards clinging to walls, frozen out of fear; lizards on the road, splayed and flattened. I remember most of what it means to be free.

One of the most common questions teachers and those who aspire to teach abroad ask, or more likely debate ad infinitum on obscure internet forums, is whether it is better to apply directly to schools or to use the services of a recruiting company to obtain gainful employment teaching abroad.

Recently several unsuspecting https://www.esl101.com/ members lost a significant amount of money to scammers posing as employers in the United Arab Emirates.

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