red team GO

I haven’t told anyone about this blog because I wasn’t sure if I was actually going anywhere…but I can officially say that I have been hired to teach for ADEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council). And now that I am, I need to tell everyone about it and update regularly!

Back in April, I applied through Footprints (which is a recruiting company like Teach Away). I passed the screening interview and was invited to an in person interview (IPI) in New York City. I was a little hesitant since we’d spent time and money to go to Dubai and didn’t get those jobs, but my heart told me to have faith and do it. So, my awesome husband agreed and we headed to the Big Apple.

The day after my interview, I got the email offering me a contract. I was ecstatic!

After a few months of searching and praying and researching, I accepted a position 7,000 miles away from where I have spent the last 24 years of my life.

Today was the last day of school and I am preparing to jump fully into Operation: Get Rid of All Our Stuff. It has really been a struggle the past few weeks with teaching all day, working at a theme park on the weekends, and getting documents done. However, on Friday I received my authenticated documents (I can post more about that later if anyone is interested in the process). We all have our passports. Now we are just waiting for our plane tickets.

*insert squealing here*

I have shed tears a few times. One time I can vividly remember was when I heard “East to West” by Casting Crowns. Another time was when I heard “Oceans” by Hillsong. And today a co-worker was joking around about not being my friend any more since I was leaving.

I know many more tears will be shed. But I can honestly say that I am so excited about this journey and the opportunities for my family.

 

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in limbo

I cannot believe it’s been almost a month since I last posted. A lot has happened since then…but unfortunately one of them isn’t “I got hired”. Of course I celebrated turning 35 and I have applied with several other recruiting companies. One of them is called “Teach ESL Korea” and it looked pretty promising…but it seems that our kids are a bit of an issue. I appreciate the recruiter’s honesty! Basically if we both want to work (which we do because the pay in Korea isn’t great), we shouldn’t both start at the same time. And the apartment will be like a studio size. And we’ve read conflicting reviews about hagwons (private language schools) which may or may not be a good situation and the hours are pretty crappy (like 1-9pm or 10-6). So, as great as Korea sounded (especially because I know 2 people who live there), it isn’t ideal. There was talk of Singapore which I love the idea of, but now that may have fallen through too. The last word from this company is China.

I have also decided to apply for ADEC (Abu Dhabi Education Council) through footprints recruiting and I’ve passed the phone interview. Next step is the in person interview which will be May 6 or 7 in New York City. Not sure how I’m going to pay for it yet, but we shall see. Honestly, if I don’t get this job I will probably give up all together.

My husband isn’t really on board with this new plan 100%. I understand his concerns, but for me it seems pretty crazy to not take this opportunity.

Current situation: we live paycheck to paycheck with no savings and actually have quite a bit of debt to pay off; I go to work at 7am and return at the earliest at 5pm which leaves 2.5-3 hours to spend with my kids before they go to bed…but often times I am at school until 7, 8…even 11 pm depending on the sports season; we haven’t had a raise in 5 years and there isn’t one in sight; my mom lives with us and although that’s awesome 99% of the time, it can be a annoying that 1% of the time

Potential situation: 1 of us can make what we make together now (!!!!!!!); housing is included; we will downsize to 1 car; the aforementioned things mean we can put money in SAVINGS!!!; I will work from 7am until 3 at the latest; we will have time as a family of 4; they will fly us home every summer

Will my school be great? who knows?

Will my students be good? who knows?

Will we love it there? who knows?

But the way I look at it, we need to try this out! If it isn’t great, we will come back at the end of the contract. Or if it’s horrible, we can leave after a year…but it’s crazy not to try!

making plans (or not)

In the past week or so, I have been trying to do a last few things to hopefully get us jobs overseas. I received my FBI clearance in the mail (yay! Still waiting for hubby’s though), emailed applications to Korea and ADEC, read some more blogs, made some more connections with people teaching overseas…I am feeling very hopeful.

Tomorrow is my birthday…I will be 35. Yes, 35!!! Half way to 70! Yiiiiiiiiikes.

So, I have been mentally putting together a list of things that I am going to do starting tomorrow. I will post it on here later…but the theme is going to be PURGING. (No, not throwing up…but getting rid of STUFF, including excess weight.)

Hopefully I will have some good news soon!

discouraged, but determined

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I realize that it has been 2 weeks since I last posted. Well guess what…we didn’t get the jobs. *insert huge sad face here*

There is definitely a grieving process that happens when you get very disappointing news like that. That sounds so cheesy, but it’s true.

You get the email: “Thank you for your interest but you have not been recommended for the position.”

What? (this is shock)

You reread it several times (this is denial)

It takes a little while, but you start to feel upset.

Then you think “maybe they sent it to the wrong person” (more denial)

You get angry. You wonder what you said wrong. Or maybe your husband is the reason you didn’t get the job because he interviewed too. You wonder what the person is like who got the job instead of you.

You get mad at God. You cry. You start to think you aren’t good enough.

And then guess what? You accept that God has a plan and that it wasn’t for you go to that particular school. So you pray and you eventually get over it. And you start to move on.

So what does that mean for me? Well, I’ve continued researching more jobs. I’ve registered with some more recruiting companies. I actually have a Skype interview tomorrow with another school in UAE…but I’ve got my sights set on Korea now.

I’m just such a planner and like to know as far in advance as possible what I’m doing…so at some point I’ve got to just let it go. We have a LOT of stuff to get done in less than 6 months if we are going to do this. So if you’re reading this, if you could say a little prayer for us that we will seek God’s will and not our own and that He will bless us wherever he wants us to be, that would be great.

 

Anticipation

Well we came we saw and we hopefully conquered. We are currently driving home from Chicago…wow what a long drive! We were lucky enough to stay with my BFF who lives half way. It’s amazing how exhausting it is being in a car for too long…maybe because of a lack of fresh air. 

Chicago was amazing! We’ve been one time before. This time was sans kids and it was FREEZING. I have seriously never been that cold before! We didn’t do a whole lot because of the weather. We also didn’t want to move our car because parking is ridiculous. In Charlotte you can park all day for $15 at the most…in Chicago its like $15 an hour!

We visited the American Girl store which blew us away and ate at the original Pizzeria Uno which actually wasn’t good. 

We spent the rest of our time relaxing and preparingn for the interviews. When the time came I felt completely at ease and I think it went well. The scary part is that two other girls who were there were going for the same position as Robert. We know another girl interviewing today for it too. So if God wants this for us, he will make it happen. We probably won’t find out until Tuesday…but that doesn’t stop me from checking my email every 5 minutes 😉

waiting

In my last post, I mentioned that I had a bad experience trying to get my fingerprints done. Well since then, I’ve gotten them done and I am waiting to mail them off because we’ve had crazy snow days for the past week. If you live in the south, you know that everything basically shuts down in the snow.

First attempt at getting fingerprints done: my husband got permission to leave work early and met me in Harrisburg because he works in Charlotte, but we were going to get our fingerprints done at the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office. I had checked online and all it said was they do fingerprints only on MWF from 8-4 and you needed a valid driver’s license. So we get there at 3:30 and hand the lady our licenses and I say “oh it’s not our correct address.” Immediately she gives me a dirty look and says “well you’ll have to come back later because it’s not valid.” I explain that Robert took time off from work to come out there and we need them ASAP and she says that we don’t have to wait until we get the new ones in the mail but we need the printouts from the DMV website saying we changed it. I ask if there’s anywhere near by that we can use the internet and she says maybe the library. So we drive the 2 minutes to the library but it’s closed so my husband is super ticked off and I feel stupid, but I say maybe we can use our iPad to do it and then screen shot and email her the photo. So we drive back over to the sheriff’s office and I run upstairs while Robert waits with Emma (our one year old) and I ask if there’s wifi and of course there isn’t because it’s basically a jail…but I realize I can do the same thing on my phone (duh!) and call Robert and tell him to come up. At this point it’s 3:50 and the lady comes out and I tell her what I’m trying to do and she says I don’t have enough time and I point out that it isn’t 4 yet. Robert gets up there and we’re trying to get the info put in (which involves a stupid PIN that we had to get emailed to us so that was an extra step) and remember we’re looking at tiny iPhone screens…and I’m at the last step and it’s 4:01 and guess who comes out.

Did you guess the rude lady who I’ve been dealing with?

Because if you did, you’d be wrong.

She sent out a uniformed sheriff who says “are you trying to get your fingerprints done?” and I say “yes!” thinking he’s going to be nice, but he isn’t. He says “Well I’m sorry but you’re going to have to come back another day.” I explain to him that Robert took time off and we really need it and we’re almost done and he says “well next time you’ll just have to plan better.”

So fast forward to last week when I call the sheriff’s office because I wanted to double check and make sure that I could use the screen shots because Robert left his print outs at his school (which was locked down like Fort Knox due to the snow days) and still be able to do it and the rude lady is on the phone and she says “actually I talked to my superior and when I told him that I was going to let you do that he said I couldn’t, so you actually need the print outs.” So I proceed to explain to her that on her website all it says is a valid license but on her phone recording she says specifically “a valid license with your correct address” and I say that she should have that on the website too. She basically thinks that I’m an idiot for asking that of her and that I should know that valid means it has the right address.

Whatever.

So I go online to see if we can get the fingerprints done in Charlotte instead and they do them EVERY WEEKDAY from 8-5. I call them and make sure that I can get it done with just the print outs and she says yes, no problem.

Well, Robert still can’t get to his printouts so I decide to go by myself and I get there and guess what. They don’t even care if your address is correct. She says “oh yea as long as it’s not expired.”

So, Robert could have gotten his done too!

Why do some people make things so difficult????

Side note: getting your fingerprints done is pretty awesome. It looks like ink when it prints, but the whole thing is done on the computer.

To completely change topics, we had interviews with a school in Korea last week. It was done through Skype which was stressful because 1. I HATE SKYPE and 2. the microphone wasn’t working, so they had to call me so they could hear me but I was still on the screen.

The job I interviewed for was teaching English as Second Language which I honestly know nothing about but it sounds fun and I think I’m smart enough to be able to do anything with the proper training. We should hear back some time this week. Next week is the HUGE interview with Dubai.

In the mean time, Robert’s grandmother has also passed away so we have her funeral to go to tomorrow and I’ve had a huge argument with my sister-in-law which stemmed from her finding out about our desire to teach abroad. Maybe more about that later.

 

update

So I just wanted to do a quick update…my husband and I are both interviewing in Chicago at the end of the month! Nervous and excited and feeling like everything is coming together, but I don’t want to be too confident. I may do a few updates before the interview to give some background. I did have a bad experience TRYING to get my fingerprints done today. Key word trying. I’m still so mad about that situation that I’ll have to write about it later.

good news!

So yesterday I got my offer for an in person interview in Chicago (one of my favorite cities!) at the end of the month. My husband has a phone interview tomorrow. Guess what…same school!

I feel like things are just falling into place. I’ve been talking to lots of people on Facebook who are interviewing too. Most of them are going through ADEC…but the ones who are trying for Dubai would also be at my school! That makes me so happy…I am building these relationships and getting support before I even go. I feel like God is opening these doors…I just hope I’m right. Because my mother-in-law…well let’s just say she isn’t happy about it. And that makes me sad.

I’ve still been reading blogs and doing research…but I’m pretty convinced that Dubai is awesome. Will it be a huge change and culture shock? YES Will I be homesick and miss my friends and family? YES But the opportunity to teach at a private international school and get out of debt is a dream come true!

Prayers appreciated!

obsessed

Why am I awake at this hour when I have to be at school tomorrow? (Yes, check the date…tomorrow IS Saturday…it’s a snow make up day). One word: obsessed

With Dubai, researching UAE, reading blogs

I’m just trying to get informed. I had a phone interview today. I think it went well. I’ll know on Monday or Tuesday if I have an in person interview which will be in Chicago (LOVE THAT CITY) at the end of February.

the next step

Well step one was to send my applications to as many places as possible. Maybe later I’ll put the list of all the places here…but let’s just say it involved a spreadsheet. Some of them had positions that I {feel like I} qualify for and some of them didn’t. I got an automatically generated “we’ve received your application” email but not much else.

Well last night I got an email from teachaway saying that I have an interview on Friday afternoon.

AN INTERVIEW!!!!

I am so nervous and excited! I’m frantically doing more research on Dubai (which doesn’t have nearly as much info out as ADEC). I’m still preparing my application for Hong Kong. I want options, lots and lots of options.