I recently passed up two job opportunities. Here I am writing a blog all about how much I want to teach abroad and I’ve fudged-up two jobs!
The first was with a job in Jakarta. I had all my paperwork in, final interview scheduled and a great recruiter rooting for me. The phone started to ring at the appointed time and I hesitated.
The pay is very low, but there is a very low cost of living as well. No money would be left over to put into savings.
This job would not help me find housing
This job does not provide flights for my family
The school is located far from the ocean
There is no healthcare provided for my family
I never picked up the phone. I apologized to the recruiter later and said that I never should have agreed to interview. This was not the right move for me and my family.
A month later, I was asked to interview with a school in Saudi Arabia. The call came in at 5 am. Again, I let it ring and ring and ring. I didn’t pick up. The school left a voicemail saying they would reschedule in another two weeks. Are they nuts? I wouldn’t give me a second chance. When the call came in two weeks later, I picked up the phone. I interviewed very briefly with a department head and Principal. Their questions included:
How soon can you move?
What will your husband do when he comes here?
Are you ready to take on a new culture and way of life?
Ok, so these are completely valid questions, but not a single question about my teaching? Education? Educational philosophy? I Googled the school to make sure it is a reputable place and it looks really amazing. There are pictures of a sprawling, modern campus and high-tech classrooms. What were they looking for in me?
The recruiter asks me to submit paperwork to begin the process of applying for a visa. As I stared at pages of paperwork, medical forms, authentication procedures…I hit a wall.
I did all of this. It took so much time and effort. And money. And it all went to waste.
I replied that I would turn the papers in within a few days, but I put it off another week. Then two weeks, three weeks, a month goes by and I can’t bring myself to even print the applications. The last email from the recruiter went unanswered.
What’s wrong with me? Wasn’t moving abroad the point of this past year? Yes, it has been a year since that first interview over the phone for Abu Dhabi. I remember how confident I was as I moved through that process; phone interview, in-person interview, paperwork and more paperwork. Running between Mineola and Midtown, Brookville to Jamaica, Queens.
I actually don’t think I have the energy to do it all again. At least, not right now. The process of moving abroad is not easy. But, It’s hiring season again. Do I keep going for it or give myself a year to mend my broken heart? I love my new school here in Virginia. It’s everything a teaching position should be and more.
And then I get an invitation to interview for ADEC in New York on November 14th. Here we go again!