Posted on January 28, 2023 by Leo Healy
My path to teaching in Qatar was pretty straightforward. When I was in college at Mary Immaculate, I met with several different agencies.
My path to teaching in Qatar was pretty straightforward. When I was in college at Mary Immaculate, I met with several different agencies. They provided me with offers from schools worldwide. Choosing Qatar was relatively easy, as, at the time of applying for the job, the World Cup was five years away, and I had viewed the five-year mark as my target before returning home to Ireland. I have now met a target. It doesn’t seem like I will be moving home just yet.
I am a former world handball champion whose love of the sport led me to travel and teach simultaneously. My family were obsessed with teaching people about handball, and I feel that it was my first exposure, outside of school, to teaching. I was drawn to teaching abroad because the idea of travelling to new parts of the world and instruction was too appealing to turn down. Furthermore, I also run the travel account @1foot_4ward on Instagram. I have always loved documenting my travels, this account has been my way of sharing my travels with the world.
Yes, I have been working in my school for five years and have moved through the ranks to hold a lead teacher position.
Teaching in Qatar has provided me with many career opportunities. I began working in Qatar as a class teacher andI became part of the STEAM working party. However, as the years went by, I was promoted to Lead Teacher of Year 3.
My favourite age group to teach would be 8-9-year-olds because they are right in the middle of their school experience. They are still young enough to get excited about the most minor things in class but mature enough to show independence with their learning and throughout the wider school community.
The hospitality and kindness of the locals. When I moved to Qatar, few people were aware of the reality of life there. Since moving to Qatar, I have made friends for life outside of teaching.
The opportunities for progression in my career have been very motivating. One of the many benefits of teaching abroad is a constant movement of staff, whether it be too different positions/ moving countries. 3. I did not anticipate how teaching in Qatar would provide me with the ideal work-life balance.
I was nowhere near ready for the culture of working and travelling confidently whenever possible. Working in Qatar has opened up the opportunity to see countries that some people would only see on their honeymoons, the same places that a group of teachers would go during their mid-term break.
I was seeing the implementation of projects and strategies of teaching, which I learned in college in Ireland, being adapted and used successfully in the English curriculum. For example, the performance of a STEAM-based approach to learning within various areas of the curriculum.
Inside the classroom, it has to be seeing the children progress over the year. Seeing children realize they have mastered a skill they previously were not capable of is very rewarding. Outside of the classroom, it would have to be seen how Qatar has prepared for hosting the world cup over the past five years.
Whether teaching at home or abroad, it is the most rewarding job you can do. If I was to give one bit of advice, and I may be biased here, teaching abroad has opened the world up to me like never before. Since moving abroad, not only have I taught children from different countries/ cultures, but I have also been fortunate enough to visit these countries and experience what life is like there. Without teaching, I doubt that I would have ever dreamed of doing such a thing.