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…

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…

Mashaallah

Before I came to Saudi, I guess you can say I had some preconceived notions and stereotypes about what to expect. Well, let me just say that my students have really shattered them. They are all so amazing, kind, smart, and unique. Really, each girl has something so special about her. All of them are…

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”…

Counting

Alhamdulillah, I can’t even begin to explain how blessed I am. I am so happy in my life and I have been given so many amazing opportunities and I’ve lived so many amazing experiences. But I have to say, whenever I count my blessings, I really have to count my students twice. They really are…

Al Khaleej Training and Education

DEAR READER: PLEASE NOTE THAT I DO NOT WORK FOR ALKHALEEJ TRAINING AND EDUCATION ANYMORE. Please read the following as a reference, but do not expect me to answer any questions about the company.    Whenever I got the job offer from Al Khaleej Training and Education back in June, I almost didn’t believe it…

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?

My first day of classes

When I arrived at the compound around 9pm Tuesday, they said “we’ll see you at 7AM in the morning for your first day.” I was a little worried I would have difficulties waking up that early considering I was so tired from all the traveling and moving, however I ended up waking up at 3 am…

Bus ride to Qassim

My first day in Saudi Arabia was spent in Riyadh. I was supposed to be at Al Khaleej headquarters at 9 am, so I decided to go for a walk and explore the city for a while. Honestly, I fell in love it, so you can imagine my disappointment when the head of the company decided…

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.