The key to settling in as a new teacher is to network with those who've been in the country and can answer questions, whether it's what to pack for your move to the UAE or which neighbourhood is best for those with pets. It's also a great way to meet new teachers who are also finding their feet in a new country.
The UAE teaching community loves to share, whether its ideas for the classroom or where to look for the best car rental deals. To keep on top off all this and more, we recommend you join the following groups on Facebook:
Empowering Expat Teachers
An online community to help, advise, support and empower potential and current expat teachers to get their ideal teaching job abroad. Themed posts on certain days, for example Money Mondays and Work Wednesdays focus on relevant topics.
Dubai Teachers Network
A social and professional networking platform for Dubai teachers and school staff. Recruiters frequently post job openings at international schools.
Teacher Socials Dubai
In addition to creating a great platform for teachers to meet and network, once you have signed up on the website, you will get a free Teacher Socials membership card that will enable you to receive discounts and access to the events throughout the year.
ADEC English Medium Teachers
A great group for past, present and future ADEC employees and their spouses. Lots of information pertaining to travel, moving, children, schooling, grocery shopping, living, playing, working in and around the United Arab Emirates.
UAE Swap@Shop ADEC
A sister group of ADEC Licenced Teachers, this one serves as a second-hand shop for teachers in Abu Dhabi, with people list items for sale, from furniture and cars to books and art supplies.
The group is open to all educators who are currently teaching in Dubai or any other emirate. Discussions focus on best practice, learning resources, ed-tech, employment opportunities as well as professional development.
UAE Teachers Swap and Shop
Dedicated to the sale of teaching supplies only.
ADEC EMT Hopefuls
If you're a new ADEC teacher, join this very active group to make new friends and ask experienced vets for their advice on all your burning questions.