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As a part of my job I regularly give talks to groups of local TESL/TEFL/TESOL/CELTA students who are finishing their TESL courses. I get invited by local TESL schools local colleges with TESL programs to talk about international employment opportunities for TESL graduates.

It’s the revenge of the nerds (and the jocks) – if you are a licensed math, science or physical education teacher, you have multiple employment options in the United Arab Emirates – especially in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

It’s the holiday season – slightly more than a week to go before Christmas – which means it is time to make sure dear old grandma’s insurance is paid up.  I’ve been recruiting ESL teachers for 10 years, and have a decade’s worth of data showing that more grandparents die the week before Christmas than any other week of the year.

From the time it was founded, America has a strong tradition of being one of the most innovative countries in the world. From the time of Robert Fulton and Alexander Bell, Henry Ford, NASA, IBM, and Boeing, to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs- the US has been at the forefront of technological revolution in the last two centuries.

I’ve been meaning to write an article about teaching in Abu Dhabi for a couple of weeks – I never thought I’d be writing about the murder of Ibolya Ryan – an American teacher I recruited to teach in Abu Dhabi in 2013.

My husband moved to Korea to teach English about 10 years ago. His boss picked him up from the bus station and promptly brought him to the school where Stephen would be teaching all the little darlings. First day off the plane ended up being his first day of work. If you have worked in Korea before, you know this is not out of the ordinary.

The world went into panic mode when the media released news of the Ebola virus. Spreading rapidly through parts of Africa within months and eventually making its way internationally, the Ebola virus poses a serious threat to those who come into contact with anyone infected.

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