Since telling our family and friends that we are moving to Kuwait we have gotten quite a few questions. Here are some of the most common & the answers:
1. Is it safe in Kuwait?
That is really a personal question. From all the research and reading that we have done we feel that it is a safe decision for us. It is however a big city, and just like I wouldn’t go walking around Minneapolis by myself at 3:00 a.m. I will not be walking around by myself in Kuwait at 3:00 a.m.
2. Why Kuwait?
Mitch and a I really targeted in on the Middle East for a variety of reasons but one of the biggest reasons was the travel opportunites. The Middle East is called the middle for a reason it has such easy access to Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia and we wanted to be able to explore all of those areas. Once we nailed down that we wanted to be in the Middle East we started to look for countries that fit in what we were looking for. It was important for me that women would have certain rights such as driving and wearing western clothes and we really needed to find a place that both of us could secure jobs, Kuwait just seemed to check all of those boxes.
3. What will you be doing over there?
Mitch and I will both be working on an American school.
4. Will you come home to visit?
Ummmmm, ya, I mean we just became an Aunt and Uncle to some super awesome triplets. It will be hard to keep us away from those babies. The school we will be working for has a very typical American school schedule so we will be spending June, July, and August in Minnesota.
5. What language do they speak there?
Arabic is the official language. I spent time trying to learn Arabic and quickly realized that I am very glad that English is also very widely spoken.
6. Do women have to be covered?
As an American woman I do not need to be covered in Kuwait. I of course will respect local customs and dress conservatively and cover my head if/when I tour a Mosque.
7. Will you live on a compound?
Nope, we will live in an apartment complex with the other teachers from our school.
8. Are you allowed to be open Christians?
Yes, Christianity is allowed and accepted. We are interested to see if we find a church that fits our belief system while we are in Kuwait. I don’t assume for a second that will be an easy feat as we struggle with that immensely in the US as well.