Category Archives: Update

Looking ahead…

Since December 3rd 2014, I have been based in Chennai, India, enjoying the opportunity to spend time visiting my in-laws, while doing some sightseeing and experiencing the country’s diverse culture. My stay in India, however, is only temporary, and in the near future my wife and I are looking to relocate and settle somewhere on a more permanent basis.

For now though, I’m also using this time to focus on my linguistic skills. As well as having fun trying out the local language (Tamil), I’m also continuing to advance my Arabic through a combination of translation practice, vocabulary learning, and the production of original Arabic designs and materials, including infographics and “word maps”.

You can view an example of my most recent work here. I look forward to sharing more soon!

Nigel Naumann "Nigel of Arabia"

Chennai, India!

Since December 3rd 2014, I have been based in Chennai, India, enjoying the opportunity to spend time visiting my in-laws, while doing some sightseeing and experiencing the country’s diverse culture. I have included a map below with a pin on Chennai.

I’m also using this time to focus on my linguistic skills. As well as having fun trying out the local language (Tamil), I’m also continuing to advance my Arabic through a combination of translation practice, vocabulary learning, and the production of original Arabic materials, including infographics and word maps.

You can view an example of my most recent work here. I look forward to sharing more very soon!

Nigel Naumann in Chennai, India

Map of Chennai, India

The Maldives!

Since January 10th 2013, I’ve had the incredible privilege of living and working in one of the most beautiful countries in the world – the Maldives! I work as an English Teacher and the Head of the English Department at Lale Youth International School, based in Hulhumalé. I live in Malé, the capital island, so I commute to and from work by ferry. You can see the island locations on the map below. The capital island is also a short speed boat trip away from the many luxurious resorts that the Maldives is most famous for. Being able to escape to dream-like tropical islands on the weekends has been a huge perk of living and working in the Maldives!

Me in the Maldives  Map of Malé and Hulhumalé

Ha’il, Saudi Arabia

Since the 28th of August, 2012, I have been living and working in the city of Ha’il, Ha’il Province, Saudi Arabia. Working for the Saudi company, Al-Khaleej Training & Education, I teach English to students of the Preparatory Year at the University of Ha’il.

Saudi Arabia Map Ha'il

Off to Ha’il!

It’s official – I have been assigned a position at the university project in Ha’il and will be moving this Tuesday (28th August). I will be teaching at the University of Ha’il, where their academic year is about to begin. I have organised for a van to take me and my things, including all of my furniture. I couldn’t well leave behind my nice hardwood desk, lazyboi chair and grandfather clock, could I? It’s going to be a bit of a mission because this stuff is heavy, but it’ll definitely be worth the effort.

I will be staying, at least initially, at the compound provided for the teachers by the company. I have no idea what the compound is like and how it compares to the one in Sakaka – hopefully it’s nice and large, with a swimming pool, like the compound in Tabuk, but I’m not getting my hopes up! In any case, I’ll have the option again to move into town and get my own apartment. So we’ll see what happens – I shall keep you updated on the move!

Moving soon…

The company I work for is concluding its contract with Al-Jouf University and so all teachers based in Sakaka, including myself, will be transferred to other projects within Saudi Arabia. The move is set to come at the end of this month, in time to begin elsewhere from September. It’s not certain yet where everyone will be placed. There is a good chance I may be posted in Riyadh, but apparently most of the native English speakers will be transferred to a project based in Ha’il, a city  about 300km south-east of Sakaka. I have marked Ha’il red on the following map:

Saudi Arabia Map Ha'il

I shall be sure to keep you posted on any new developments!

Sakaka, Saudi Arabia

I’m currently living in Sakaka, where I’ve been based since September 9th, 2011, working as an English teacher at Al-Jouf University. My first four months here I stayed at the compound provided for the teachers by our company, Al-Khaleej Education & Training. It’s located about 25-30 minutes away by bus from the city centre and although comfortable, the compound’s isolation was not ideal, especially when wanting to practise my Arabic with locals. So I decided to move and since February 2012 I have been living in my own apartment downtown, close to the university campus and city centre. You can read more about moving into my new place here.

I’m set to move again soon, however, as our company’s contract with Al-Jouf University has expired and all employees are being transferred to other projects within Saudi Arabia.

Map of Saudi Arabia