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,…

Girls Only: Inside a Female Only Campus

One thing that often draws foreigners to Saudi Arabia is how secretive everything is. Until recently, there were no visitor visas issued so no tourists came here. Public photography wasn’t legal, so you didn’t see a lot of pictures from here. The culture in itself is also a bit private and secretive, so it’s not…

Nofa Resort: A Horse Lover’s Haven

Any horse lovers out there? (And by out there I mean Riyadh, of course!) If so, Nofa Resort is definitely the place for you. Located in Tibrak, Riyadh, Nofa resort offers an esquatrian club, golf resort, and wildlife park. The resort recently opened the wildlife park to the public, so you can take a safari…

Presentation day

I always love it when my students have a presentation. It’s so amazing to watch them progress in their language abilities and come out of their shell. Their progression is made better by their visual aids- FOOD! That’s right, every presentation yields enough food to feed us for a week. No matter what their topic is,…

Pitfalls to Saudi Arabia – Part One

Hi!  It’s an honor to be the inaugural guest blogger for KendraInKSA.com.  I’m Jeremy T. Wheeler, and in this vlog I share some obstacles I’ve encountered when trying to apply for a job and move to Saudi Arabia.  This is part one of a two part series where I discuss the many hurdles I had…

Are you dead yet?

Saudi update- still not dead. Didn’t expect to be as Saudi is actually really safe. I already knew that but apparently half of the people I know are worried I’ll be murdered here. I finally got a laptop charger. That was an experience in itself and is probably worthy of a blog post. It was…

Everything is temporary

While I am waiting on my visa to arrive, I feel like everything is so temporary. I can’t make any solid, long term plans because I don’t know how long I have until I return back to KSA. The other day there was a really great sale on chicken at the grocery store and I…

mafi sabr

Summer has officially ended and autumn is here. The new semester has started and I am still in the states. Yes, you read that right. My students are having class and I still don’t have my visa or flight back to the kingdom. My husband tried staying here as long as he could but sadly…

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. But 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…

The new normal

I spent my vacation in USA and it was so liberating. I was able to do all the things I can’t do here in Buraidah, like go to a restaurant, watch a movie in a cinema, drive, so on…. Basically the normal things that we in the west take for granted.   Readjusting into society…

Other mother

The other day in class I tried explaining the concept of a nuclear family to some of my students. During the lesson it dawned on me that maybe it was a stupid thing to teach despite being in the book, because most of my student’s fathers have more than one wife, so what I was…

You’ve stopped blogging

Whenever I talk to someone recently there is always a point in the conversation where they remind me that I haven’t updated in a while. And while this is entirely my fault it also kind of isn’t. NO WIFI Until last night, I did not have wifi in this country. My friend actually brought me…