When I first came to Bahrain, I was not looking for a “greener pasture”. I just leapt at the chance to leave home, go on a solo adventure in an entirely new country, and simply live my own life. After 10 years, I find myself re-assessing where I am now and asking myself if it is for the same reasons that I chose to stay here for so long.
I came to Bahrain filled with hope. Hope that things will be better in school. And yes, we have better facilities, an environment more conducive to learning and an opportunity to learn other educational systems and international curricula. Great challenges awaited me in Bahrain. Coping with homesickness, a culture shift, as well as the demand for a new job are simply taxing. Yet, I stayed… for ten long years I stayed.