In 1997 I decided to leave Ireland, just for a change of scenery and the world was my oyster. A friend noticed an ad in the newspaper looking for teachers to apply to the International School of Choueifat (SABIS) and so I did. Within a short period of time I had gained employment in Choueifat, Dubai as a grade one class teacher, and so I set off to the Middle East.

If I’d had any concerns about adjusting to a new job in a new country and adapting to a new culture those reservations proved unwarranted. Choueifat provided me with lovely accommodation and a safe secure job in a very pleasant environment. Each new member of staff received such a warm welcome and unconditional support both in the workplace and socially. Within school everything was so incredibly structured and organized it made teaching very precise and specific. The curriculum clearly outlines academic goals and teachers are given a comprehensive breakdown of all the material they need to teach.

I had always wanted to be a teacher and I couldn’t have asked for a better teaching post. Over the years I have gained a wealth of experience and have been given many opportunities to develop as a teacher and as a person. Seventeen years later and I am still here, settled with my own family. My own children are now Choueifat students; so, having been on the teachers bench for so many years, I am now able to see things from a parental point of view, and I am more than satisfied.