Working in Qatar in the Middle East was an amazing opportunity to work in a relatively new country in a developing area of the world. Leaving behind everything that was familiar, created mixed feelings. “How do you adapt to living in a country that you know little about? What if you don’t like it?” There was no need to worry as all unease dissipated and settling in became easier due to the introduction and support of new colleagues and the structures put in place by the new employer.
The remarkable opportunities provided included learning about a new culture, the different customs, getting to grips with the languages spoken and a greater understanding of those things that are most important. While supporting children with varied levels of English acquire the English language, enabling them to make good to outstanding progress in line with their peers in the UK.
Some of the differences in the school week included adapting to a 4.30am start and a 2.30pm end to the school day whilst working from Sunday to Thursday. Like anything that is new, comes the need for patience, flexibility and acceptance. There is a large expatriate community and so it was easy to feel welcomed and comfortable. This experience provided the opportunity to work at a leading international school alongside children and their parents from many countries from around the world.