At sunrise each morning, I peeled my eyes open the second I heard the call to prayer resound through the air. At 7:00 A.M., I walked out to a rare quiet Cairo street and waited for the van to pick me up. Climbing onto the van, I found a seat alongside other Muslim and foreign teachers, where I was one of only a few not wearing hijab. It was Sunday morning and another Islamic week of disciplining rich, apathetic students, was about to begin.
Traveling across the globe to work in an international school in Cairo, Egypt, was not exactly the glamorous lifestyle I thought it would be. I cherished my travels to the Red Sea, delighted in visiting the Pyramids, and appreciated the natural wonders of the Nile River. However, I also spent days without electricity or internet, was leered at by rude Egyptian men, breathed in Cairo's cancerous black smog, and coaxed school work from students.
KIDS, CAMELS, & CAIRO is a lighthearted read about Jill Dobbe's personal experiences as an educator abroad. Whether you're an educator, a traveler, or just a curious reader, you will be astounded at this honest and riveting account of learning to live in an Islamic society, while confronting the frustrating challenges of being an educator in a Muslim school.
Kids, Camels, and Cairo is a fascinating inside look at the adventurous life of international educator, Jill Dobbe. Culture shock, environmental changes, language barriers, and significant religious differences did not deter Dobbe from immersing herself in the Egyptian way of life for two years. Her venturesome spirit shines through each page, bringing the reader on a ride through deserts, marketplaces, schools, biblical mountains, Muslim mosques, and yes, on camels. And this is not her first time teaching overseas. Teamed with her husband and her two kids in tow, the family’s courage and willingness to not only travel and explore the world, but to experience firsthand what life is like to live in different countries, is refreshing and intriguing.