This book review is part of my monthly buddy read/virtual book club with Brittany’s Pages! This month’s book, Kids, Camels, and Cairo, was provided by BookGobbler for free in exchange for an honest review. It is still available to request to read and review for FREE until the end of February!!
A little-known fact about me is that I spent part of a summer in college teaching abroad in Shanghai and Qingdao, China. In Shanghai, my team and I ran a three week ESL summer day camp for freshman nursing students. After that, a few of us went to Qingdao to help with a new ESL school. We got to do some informal, one-on-one tutoring as we introduced some neighborhood kids to English. It was a lot of fun! I would love to do something like it again and loving hearing about other’s experiences teaching abroad. So when Brittany texted me about Kids, Camels, and Cairo as an option for this month’s buddy read, I jumped at the chance to read it.
Kids, Camels, and Cairo by Jill Dobbe provides an inside look at what life is like when living and teaching abroad. Dobbe and her husband are no strangers to teaching internationally. In fact, this book takes place after Dobbe and her husband had taken a three year break from teaching internationally, but continued to feel the pull of their past experiences and desire for more. Dobbe shares her experience as they navigated an international job fair, found her dream job as an elementary school principle in Cairo, Egypt, and as she and her husband travelled, lived, and worked in the Middle East.
Dobbe takes you with her as she explores the pyramids, rides a camel, visits the Dead Sea, and crosses cultural barriers as an administrator at an Egyptian elementary school. She shares her struggles, victories, mishaps, lessons learned (the easy and hard way!), and so much more. Reading this book felt like I’d hopped on a plane and gone to Cairo with her and her family!
My only complaints about Kids, Camels, and Cairo kind of go hand-in-hand. I was expecting her to talk more about her experience in the school itself. While she did share things here and there, the focus was more on her social and travel life. This was perfectly fine! It just was not what I was expecting, partly due to the book description. I also wish that Kids, Camels, and Cairo was about a hundred pages longer. If it had been longer, she could have included more of her school experience. Two years is a long time! I got a lot out of the story, but the shortness of the book left me wishing I had gotten much more.
Kids, Camels, and Cairo by Jill Dobbe gets 3/5 stars.
As mentioned earlier, a digital copy of this book was provided to me for free by BookGobbler in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, BookGobbler! Free digital copies for reading and review are still available on BookGobbler until February 28!