With the academic year arriving at a close tomorrow ( to be fair its not been very academic since the 6th of June - besides a week of exams) most Expat teachers were preparing to leave on Tuesday July 5th which should have been our last working day. BUT thanks to the Sheikh and the coinciding Eid break we will officially finish work tomorrow (Thursday June 30th).
This means that many expats have been frantically trying to change their flights to an early time and that includes myself. I was due to fly out on Tuesday evening - the 5th but instead I now fly out on Sunday morning - the 3rd of July which then gives me 3 extra days at home :) - absolutely no complaints there!
Changing plans is something you will have to be up for or used to if you are planning on coming to the UAE to teach. Yet another simple example is something that happened this week. ADEC sent out an "End of year" survey to all staff which needed to be completed. This was an online survey which would take anything from 15 mins to an hour - depending of course on how thorough you were being or how up to date you IT skills were - so many of us diligently completed the survey online once we saw it in our mail inboxes thus getting it out of the way so it would not delay our departure from school. BUT HQ had a different thought.
Only once I had spent close to an hour completing and submitting it were we told that they actually wanted it in a word document which would then be collated at the school level and submitted again. Normally I would have just simply refused and thrown up a stink - the latter I did anyway - but I have learnt here that just going with the flow is SO much easier. So I tried to remember what I had submitted online and retyped it into the word document and then sent it off. At least it gave me something to do!
Besides something to do it was actually quite difficult because in the process ADEC have been updating our PC software to the latest version of Office 365 - this has meant that for around a week I have been without Word, Excel and other office products on my PC so made typing it out a real treat. Head's up - Word online is NOT a great program!
Anyway, with my days in the UAE nearing the end for my 1st year I thought I would let you in on what you could expect, blog wise over the summer holiday as I have some awesome things lined up.
I fly to South Africa on Sunday and have a jam packed few weeks there including:
The I embark on a 3 week jaunt through South East Asia which is made up of:
Finally returning to South Africa for my birthday week and then back to Abu Dhabi for the final year of my first contract.
So a "Jam-packed" summer awaits, millions of photos to be taken, many memories to be made and luckily for you, you will share them with me.
For those of you travelling for the summer holiday may it be just as awesome as mine is going to be! Be safe!