It's not all work, work, work! its more like fun in the sun.
This page is dedicated to success stories and general feedback we have recieved from our many clients who have gained employment through our service.
|Barbara Kraus, Midwife, Corniche hospital, Abu Dhabi.
Just coming home from a trip to the Emirates Palace and thinking Wow! Canít believe that Iím finally here!.
Abu Dhabi is like a modern fairy tale and Karen was the fairy that got me here. The care that I received from Bridgewater International was second to none, there was not a single problem that couldnít have been solved and itís only been 4 months from the first email until entering the UAE.
I enjoy working at the Corniche Hospital and itsí lovely staff, thereís great benefits within the contract and I feel very much looked after. Iím sure I will gain a great deal of experience and Iím looking forward not only to get to know a whole new culture but also to live in it.
Thanks Karen and Ian for all your kindness and help! It is so much appreciated!
|Michele Ruel - Staff Nurse, Male Surgical, Tawam Hospital UAE.
"I'm still in the UAE, just had a weekend in the desert, sand driving, camel riding and belly dancing, it was a lot of fun. The scenery in the desert is beautiful, and of course I took plenty of pictures".
|Karen Johnson - Midwife
"I went to the UAE in 1990 for a one year contract and came home in 1997!!!...That's how good it is. Whilst I was there I had a Honda Prelude, a BMW convertible and a Mercedes, in that order. I had the best time of my life."
|Louise Wilkinson - Staff Nurse, A & E Tawam Hospital UAE
"I've just had a toast to you, I'm sat in the pool at the Hilton, by the bar, of course. Life here is wonderful. I love my job and my social life is hectic but good. I want to say a big thank-you, Karen, for all you've done for me. I wouldn't be here in Al Ain if it wasn't for you. I'm having the best time of my life."
Louise is from Leigh in Lancashire.
|Carol Seaman - Staff Nurse, Medical Unit, Tawam Hospital UAE.
"I'm having a great social life, eating loads, hitting the pubs and clubs in Al Ain and going to Dubai which is great. I'm loving the culture and my patients are lovely, so that's good ... so I'm glad I came, it makes such a change from home".
|Janine Morton - Staff Nurse, Medical Unit
"Well hello there! It's Janine here, I'm around at Michele's at the moment, she's just cooking a lovely meal and her new apartment is out of this world. Everything so far is good and I've been having fun exploring the UAE. I've been to 3 Emirates so far and have a few more trips planned."
|Wendy Kay , DN, RM, RGN - Al Ain, Abu Dhabi UAE
"Since arriving in Al Ain I have found the vast majority of the local people very warm, friendly and hospitable. Life here is very different due to the culture and the language but I'm learning new arabic words daily and I'm sure once my vocabulary improves my communication problems will lessen.
I am learning so many new skills that I wouldn't have had the opportunity to if I had stayed at home. The social life here is excellent and there are so many places to visit and the weather is a wonderful bonus too. So I would like to say if you have thought about coming to the UAE you should come give it a try."
|Christine Thomason - Midwife
"In Saudi I earned the most. In the UAE I had the most fun ... it's up to you of course."
''The Emirates Hotel in Abu Dhabi is amazing!''
|Tim Cooper , Senior Staff Nurse : Oncology Unit , Tawam Hospital
"The seven hour flight - supreme luxury aboard Royal Brunei Airlines - try and change your ticket at check in to Business Class if you can - I did. A bottle of wine (remember to bring your own) and the film Bridget Jones Diary had me gigglin all the way to the Gulf.
Dubai Airport was spotless and gives you your first sight of Arabian life. Clean, oozing money and more marble than the Taj Mahal. Your visa will be waiting for you at the desks on the left, before you go up to stairs to baggage reclaim. Dash into Duty Free it will be your last chance to buy booze for a few days. Grab your overweight bag, through customs and Passport Control - remember to get both your passport and your visa stamped.
Zaid was holding the sign saying "Tawam Hospital" - your relief is similar to your first jump into a pool when it's 110 degrees. Ali was from immigration ( a subsection of Personnel) and couldn't be more helpful making sure that I'd got all the correct paperwork stamped and stamped again.
We waited another hour for another recruit who was coming from Jordan, and was going to work on the Oncology Unit like myself.
After one and a half hours on the road you get your first sighting of Tawam, it was 05.30. Accommodation on the compound, one minutes walk from your bed to the pool. Spotlessly clean with new kitchen to unpack and fridge with chicken, eggs, milk and bread. Sitting on the sofa with the largest whisky ever, you look at your case out of the window (the sun was rising).
Waking up you stagger round your new home and start to unpack placing familiar things in unfamiliar places. Wandering round the compound you find the washing machines amid the peace and quiet. Everyone you meet says hello and looks at you with some empathy - they all came out here once upon a time and you never forget how the first few days feel.
It's 95 degrees, in amongst the shambles you find your swimming gear, a towel and sun screen, you relax in the pool which is cool and wonderful. The rest of the day passes in a haze, on ones mind is the thought of the 7.30 pick up and the worry abouth whether your alarm clock will work - relax of course it will"
After a night at the office you are on the bus to orientation everyone looking as nervous as you. Two weeks of form filling, bank processing, tests (both physical and mental), 1000s of people to meet and a lot of parties to attend.
The Personnel Department and Inservice Education become your real friends and will sort out anything you need. I have not met such patience and constant smiles for a long time. The catch phrase ' it's not right nor wrong, just different' sticks so much you will be singing in the shower.
My New Arrivals group consisted of people from : Malaysia, India, UK, Hungary, Austrailia, Ireland, Shri Lanka, Phillipines, Libya and Jordan. It was like a United Nations Conference. The team support starts here. Us Westerners were most concered about where our next drink was coming from - there is a shop on site. And you will be given you liquor licence in 2 days.
Orientation also include trips into Al Ain, the three 5 star hotels, useful to know as you will be using all their pools at 4 am before the week is out.
So we have passed all our tests and are about to start on the wards. Walking through the hospital you notice how everyone appears relaxed and friendly, the place is so clean (no MRSA on marble) there is space and comfort - unlike all the NHS institutions I have worked in.
The question remains - would I recommend this? Yes I would. It is not right or wrong, just different. This is no backward hospital, education is on offer, the staff lively and enthusiastic - most importantly the staff all tell you they are genuinely happy out here.
After two consecutive pool parties ending at 5am I feel 27 not 37 (I probably look 67) and I've met more people than in my entire life.
My advice would be - if you fancy a change, a new challange, good weather and a good life, explore Tawam as a possibility and Karen will also send you a box of Thornton Continental."