The Spoils of Teaching

“Miss, I am going to present about coffee now. Please, let me make you a cup. ” I smile and thank her profusely as she hands me the cup. Secretly, I am dreading it. I hate drinking coffee. It has the most disgusting flavor- bitter, with a strong after taste. Since moving to Saudi Arabia,…

Kendra in USA

My year in Saudi working for Al-Khaleej Training and Education has finally concluded, and I am safely home in the states.┬áBut that doesn’t mean I’m not returning to Saudi. I plan on returning this fall but working as a direct hire for a different university. Did I want to leave Al-Khaleej? Honestly, no. The company…

Co-workers

So if you enjoy reading my blog, I have a recommended blog for you. http://fromutoyou.co.uk/ This dude is also a new hire for Al-Khaleej. Inshaallah he’ll be here in KSA soon, so I’m sure he’s bound to have some interesting experiences to share.

$$$

So, I have been afforded an amazing opportunity. My company needed people to teach night school, so I volunteered myself. So, I work Sunday-Thursday at one branch of Qassim University, from 7 AM till 2:20 pm, then twice a week I will go to a different branch and teach from 4 PM until 9 PM…

Cooking roosters

I’ve avoided this topic as long as I possibly could. I guess it was just naive of me to expect I could avoid it forever. But today was the day it finally happened. My students at Qassim university, located in one of the most conservative cities in the world, asked me the difference between “cook”…

Yesterday I gave my class a writing prompt. I asked “If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live? Why?” One of my students answered “For me I want to live in USA. It has Hollywood and Justin Beiber is there.” What?

US Politics

I really found it adorable yesterday when one of my 18 year old freshmen told me that she feels sad that Donald Trump is a presidential candidate, and how amused she is by the fact that he hates immigrants yet he’s been married to two. Bless that girl.

Considering ESL?

I really wanted to get my TESOL or ESL certification, however I couldn’t afford the program easily. Initially I wanted to get my masters degree, but already I have student loans from my undergrad so it just wasn’t an option for me. I checked into getting a certification online, but those run upwards of $500,…