As promised, here’s what’s happening next year. Well here’s what we’re planning on for next year. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the backstory but our reasoning more than anything is, why not? We’ve always wanted to travel and we have nothing holding us here contract wise. So Alexandria, Egypt (How’s that for a credible source? A teacher using Wikipedia?) is going to be our new home for the next two years.
My contract consists of some relocation money, a two bedroom furnished apartment, a plane ticket there and back at the end, and a job! We’re officially heading out of the country on August 10th and will be met at the airport by the principal of Alexandria International Academy.
What I know about the school is that they have three separate sections, the French section, English section, and Arabic section. My position will be 4th grade teacher in the English section. It is a fairly small school with 270 some kids which mean the maximum class size is 18 students. I had a fairly small class all year, but that still sounds wonderful. It is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school which means I teach in the Primary Years Programme (PYP). This is all inquiry based learning, meaning that instead of having a list of standards to meet and tests to pass, you have a topic or theme and you fit in all the things that you can relate to that theme. To put it simply, I get to teach them how to be an integral part of society instead of teaching them to pass a test (I bet you can all guess my feelings on the CCSS, and SBAC that I endured this year).
The salary is a few hundred less in US$ than what I made this year as a first year teacher, but the cost of living is much cheaper, plus our rent is paid for. And let’s not forget the irreplaceable experience of living in another country...I’m getting sarcastic now because how many more times can we talk about how excited we are and what an adventure it’s going to be?
Safety. That’s the thing everyone is worried about. It’s fine. The majority of the things you hear about in the news happen in Cairo. I won’t be in Cairo. The principal assured me that at the most, I would be uncomfortable being stared at. Most of what I’ve read about says that excessive jewelry attracts unwanted attention and I never wear jewelry (I don’t even have my ears pierced!). So I’m good there.
I like to joke that Ronnie’s job there is going to be my bodyguard. Truthfully, we don’t have anything set up for him. However, Mr. Arbour (the principal at AIA) has offered to help us find a job for him there. Maybe he can learn Arabic in these last two months and be my personal interpreter.
So we’ve got a list of things to do before we go and hopefully everything goes smoothly. Passport applications are in the mail, an appointment with the health department will happen soon, and plane tickets are scheduled to be purchased tonight.
Name an emotion and I’m probably feeling it. Let’s not go there. I’ll just say that today I lost it and my poor husband had to endure it.
Hmm…what else do you want to know? I feel like that’s most of everything.
Tri-cities people, keep an eye out for a garage sale date. If you’ve got stuff you want to sell, send it on over!
Also our two kitties need homes (Henry will go to stay with my in-laws). They can go together or separately, so if you know of someone looking for a cute cat, let us know!