The First Moments in a New Country

When you first arrive in a new country your senses are more alert as you experience the newness of the land. For me the Dubai airport was the gateway to this new world that I have been preparing for.

Stepping off the plane and into the terminal there was a sea of nations wandering through the terminal all seeking a hasty exit. The richness of many languages being uttered as families and travellers alike jostled through customs and immigration could be heard as you joined the crowd to the exit lines.

Once through the security and into the open air I was first hit by the heat. Arriving in mid August, it should be expected that the temperature would be in the high 30s but probably not at 4:30 am.

This is a land that needs exploring!


Author: Dr Jake Madden

Jake Madden (Dip Teach; B.Ed; Grad Dip: Leadership; M. Ed: Leadership; EdD; FACEL; MACE) Dr. Jake Madden is currently the Principal, St Edward’s Primary School, Tamworth. He has enjoyed a successful teaching and principal leadership career over the last thirty years building teacher capacity through the development of learning in the contemporary world, the promotion of flexible learning spaces to meet the needs of the 21st century learner and curriculum for global mindedness. Jake is a leader in the notion of teacher-as-researcher and is widely published in this area, authoring and co-authoring books and a number of journal articles showcasing his experiences and research into leading educational change.

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