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“What I love about living in Doha is the sense of family in the friends I have made here. I have learned about so many different cultures, discovered great new foods, and there is always something to do -- attending a concert by Qatar philharmonic, camping in the desert, jet skiing on the Corniche or kayaking in the mangroves. That, or just playing around in the college's community garden and sharing the fresh vegetables that literally grew from the sand.”
“I absolutely recommend it – CNA-Q is an excellent place to work and Doha is an amazing place to live! I am a sports fanatic and here they have some of the top professional sporting events in the world – tennis, golf, soccer, and more. They have everything you need here… I couldn’t want for anything else.”
“My Arabic students love to hear stories about life in Canada, especially when similarities are easily identified and parallels are quickly drawn. For instance, we each live by the ocean and share a deep, visceral connection to the sea. Family is everything and education is highly regarded.”
“I’ve sure had some great moments in the classroom; nothing in the interview could have prepared me for teaching ESL to Arabic students. They are fun people! If you’re flexible and if you like having your assumptions challenged, this is a place for you.”
“There are many benefits to living in Doha. The city has a wealth of things to do: hanging out in the local souq (traditional market), dining in five-star restaurants, camping in the desert, attending musical concerts. Also, living in Qatar provides a brilliant opportunity to explore my passion for travel. In six hours or less I can be in Europe, Africa or Asia. I have had the opportunity to visit over 80 countries since I moved here.”
“The detail to the environment on campus is incredible – the layout, architecture, cleanliness. There are many resources available to students, and each program area has its own building. Canadian staff show the hospitality that Canadians are known for to every student and staff member. And on our first drive about I began to notice the beauty of the city. It was amazing to see the detail and effort that the country had put into its environment.”
“Yes, there are challenges to moving and teaching in Qatar but the rewards are seemingly endless. First there are the students, a great group of very positive young people growing up in a nation with an extremely optimistic future. Second there is Qatar itself, a wondrous country moving quickly into the 21st century but at the same time retaining its past. Third, there is the city of Doha, a vibrant city with opportunities to catch world-level sports and festivals, enjoy year round sun and get involved in innumerable social activities. Finally there is the travel: a world class airport with inexpensive flights has allowed us to visit more countries since our arrival than many may visit in a lifetime."
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