Signing the contract...
04.03.2011 72 °F
Well... It is official.
I am moving to Doha, Qatar.
I have signed a two-year teaching contract for an independent school in Qatar for children with special needs and learning challenges. I will be teaching first grade, all subjects (with the exception of Arabic, Islam, music, art) to ten Qatari children with a teaching aide. I move August 17, 2011. I am in love with the school and with the administration. They are so supportive and so encouraging. I knew that I wanted to pursue international teaching, which is a good thing considering the job climate in the States for teachers right now! The signing package is lovely. I have a furnished apartment 3 miles from my school in a gated community and flights home each summer, just to name a few of the bonuses of working overseas. I have eight weeks off in the summer and five weeks off scattered throughout the school year. The school work week is Sunday through Thursday and the weekend is Friday and Saturday. I am ecstatic about my adventure.
That being said, packing to move internationally is quite the challenge! The school pays for shipping up to a certain weight. Granted, I am only bringing clothes, shoes, medicine, toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste), and lots of teaching supplies (books, posters, bulletin board supplies)...but I am terrified that I will go over the weight limit. It is awfully difficult to pack up your life when you don't know where you will end up! My lease in Fort Worth is up at the end of April...so I am moving everything to my mother's house in Houston the last weekend of April. Then, I will be in The Netherlands for 3 weeks in May....then Orange County for June-August 10...then back to Houston, then Arkansas to drop off my car (for storage at Dad's house), then to Houston to fly to my new home in Doha!
Life moves quickly.
I will try to keep up with my travel blog and let all of you know how the transitions are going, how my school is, and how my kiddos are If I start to slack off on the blogging, please remind me! I will have email (email@example.com) and Skype (kat.deichler) as my main means of communication while I am in Doha. I am freezing my cell phone account so that I can just flip it back on when I come back to the States, so my number will stay the same.
Your free spirit,