Kuwait is quite different from other places that I have travelled. The very first thing I noticed when I stepped off the plane was the heat. It was so hot and dry that at first it hurt to breathe. Soon you get used to the heat and everything else about Kuwait begins to become part of your daily life.
Kuwait follows the Western school year, for the most part. School breaks are different because they follow the Islamic Moon Calendar. We begin at the end of August and go until we have a week or so for Eid break at the end of September or early October. Then we get time off for Christmas. The school I am at changes the break depending on parents and government desires. This year we have a week off for Christmas then a week back at school, then we are off for two more weeks while the government schools are on holiday. We sometimes get a break in February for the National and Liberation Holidays in Kuwait (Feb 25-28) but only if they fall during the week. If they happen during the weekend we get squat. Our final break is in April for a week.The end of the school year varies depending on when Ramadan begins. During Ramadan Muslims fast between sun rise (about 4am) and sunset (about 7pm). Nothing may pass their lips, not food, water, smoke or anything else. There are of course expectations for the young, the old, and medical needs. During this time schools are on break and the start of Ramadan is generally the end of the school year. In 2016 Ramadan begins in early June (June 6th) so students finish then but teachers still report to work until June 20th. During Ramadan days are shortened to 9am-1pm where we can get work done.
Students in Kuwait are mostly less studious than in other places of the world. They have money and feel entitled. An attitude they get from their parents. Boys are taught that the world runs on an eye for an eye, if someone hits you, then you hit back. This leads to many fights in school. Schools tend to have low discipline in place (there are no detentions or anything that would inconveniences the parents).
In private schools (especially for profit schools) parents have a lot of say and admin may give you a difficult time if parents so not like you. Things will be done that look good to the parents but put an unrealistic expectation on the teacher.
People can also get a car here and gas is cheap. I never did because people drive like maniacs and there are accidents everyday.
Generally you can find most everything you want in Kuwait. But something’s are more expensive that others, depending on how far they had to import it.