Kelly Hoehn is a double alumna of the College graduating with a Bachelor’s in Childhood Education in 2007 and her Master’s in Literacy in 2008. In this blog “mini-series” Kelly will share the details of her experience teaching internationally in Qatar. In pt. 1 & 2 of this series, Kelly discussed her decision to leave a great job in the States for an exciting new opportunity and more about teaching in a new country. This final installment will take us through Kelly’s travel thus far and what she’s up to next!
When I’m not teaching and not exhausted from teaching 4-year-olds from 7 a.m.- 2:00 p.m., I am spending time with my new friends. Doha (the capitol of Qatar) has something to offer for all people of all ages. We have visited the Museum of Islamic Art, the Souq Waqif (a souq is a market), Katara, The Pearl (both very fancy areas with shopping and restaurants), and also many of the malls around the city. Qatar is the richest country per capita and has really expanded and grown in the past few years. My friends and I are taking every opportunity to explore. In the future we hope to go sea kayaking, ride on the Dhow boats, go desert camping, and sand duning! So far, I’m having an amazing time and taking it all in. I’m lucky to have new friends that have taken me under their wings and feel like family. I was lucky enough to have Thanksgiving dinner with my new friends. It’s nice to know there are people here that keep home traditions alive.
My contract with The Qatar Foundation is for two years, but who knows what my next step will be? This job has really opened a lot of doors for me with many options. I may travel to a new country, work in a new international school, or I may move back to the United States with experience that will make my resume stronger and a unique candidate when applying for jobs. I’m open and willing to wherever the wind takes me.
If you have even the slightest interest of teaching internationally, please look into it. It’s easier than you think and I know you are brave enough to do it. Life happens when you push yourself out of your comfort zone!
Thank you Kelly for sharing your experience with us! We can’t wait to hear about the next year and a half!