Two types of people will enjoy and get value from this book.
The first is expat teachers -- or potential expat teachers -- who want to learn more about the experience first-hand. The author gives a frank description of living and teaching conditions, including some of the details a newcomer might not think about. These included difficult transportation between living accommodations and the school, difficult colleagues, bratty students, substandard housing, and issues with parents. I appreciated her honesty when talking about her daughter's problems being accepting in a local school, among other things.
The second type is people who are considering living in Egypt. Being an expat is so different than being a tourist, and the author provides useful explanations of how to get around, what to expect in housing, shopping, and vacationing.
The best parts of this book were when the author was most candid. They were far more interesting than descriptions of tourist venues. I would have liked to read more about interactions with faculty and administration, individual students, and how she dealt with some of the frustrations she described.
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.
Kids, Camels & Cairo is a fun lighthearted memoir that tells the story of an American family's living experience in Egypt. The book highlights the cultural differences that Jill, her husband, Dan, and daughter, Ali were confronted with in their everyday life while living in Cairo. Both Jill and Dan, educators, worked in a so-called International school that lacks diversity because most of the students and professionals are predominantly Egyptian and Mulsim.