I’m moving to Azerbaijan!
Some of you will know this already, but I am moving to Azerbaijan! I’m sure some of you will be thinking ‘lolwut?’. I mean, where even is Azerbaijan?
That is a good question, and it is one I had to ask myself when I got offered a job interview for this school.
Azerbaijan is at the border of Europe and Asia, and really shows a mix of cultures, traditions and lifestyle! It is situated by Armenia and Georgia, with places like Dubai and Qatar within close reach! I’m really looking forward to visiting some of the countries in that area of the world!
I went to London in April, with the purpose of visiting schools in Europe and also going to some job fairs. To be honest, I didn’t even contemplate Azerbaijan before I went to the job fair, simply because I didn’t know where it was and it wasn’t actually on my list of places I wanted to go!
I interviewed for this school as a ‘practice’ to get into the swing of international education interviews. I got offered a second interview and impressed with the school, I decided to go. Despite that, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go, or whether I even should go. However, the more I researched the country, the more I realised that it sounded like a really amazing experience!
The school itself is in Baku, the capital city, and so that is where I’ll be living.
The city, although small, looks incredibly interesting and so, so different to places I’ve visited before.
To prepare, I’ve watched heaps of youtube videos, read blogs and have tried to find as much information as I could. There’s not a huge amount of info about this country online, and I hope to write some posts about my move, arrival and work/social life when I get there! I will also be writing about what I’m taking with me!
It’s surprising how people have reacted.
I’ve had reactions of: ‘I couldn’t live there’ (luckily you’re not) and ‘it’s not somewhere I’d like to visit’. I was also asked: ‘couldn’t you get a job in New Zealand?’. I also got ones like ‘oh, your poor mother’.
On the other hand, I’ve had some really nice reactions. It’s mostly been my friends who have been positive about it. My mum and dad are excited about me going, and also my aunt and uncle.
I’m so excited about going, and I can’t wait to finally go. However, I am going to treasure my last couple of months here before I head off again because I do love New Zealand.
Here’s one of the videos I’ve watched about Baku – Kara and Nate do great travel vlogs. I know this doesn’t show everything about Baku, but it’s helpful to see a bit of the city and the food too!
Is there anything in particular you’d like me to write about when preparing for moving to Azerbaijan?
Have a read of another travel post: why I love to travel solo.