Both individual schools and ministries of education in countries all over the world recruit and hire expatriate teachers in large numbers every year. These expatriate teachers are given the trust and responsibility of shaping the generations of tomorrow, so it is important that teachers are satisfied with their jobs and have the motivation to do their best. Several researchers have put forth many theories of motivation throughout the years. Motivation, an essential element for success, is defined by Harmer (2001, p. 51) as, “some kind of internal drive which pushes someone to do things in order to achieve something.” Little however has tried to take into account, what is it that motivates expatriate teachers that have made the choice to leave their own countries to teach in a foreign country. The author has become increasingly interested in what motivates expatriate teachers through the years. She herself is an expatriate teacher who has taught English in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for several years. Watching expatriate teachers continually come and go has made her want to further investigate what causes teachers to come to UAE schools seemingly full of energy and drive, then appear to wear down and leave after some time. The author has watched this cycle repeat so often that it has sparked a desire in her to try to determine what the expatriate teachers’ motivating factors are when first arriving in the UAE, and consequently what causes them to lose motivation and either return to their home countries or begin looking for other opportunity employments in the UAE.