Best and Worst School Benefit Packages

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The realization that you can’t dine out because your school salary is too small in relation to  the local economy can be, at best, depressing—even more so if you’re putting in long hot days in overcrowded classrooms with no air conditioning or wifi and seriously lacking adequate teaching materials.

On the other hand, many international educators live like royalty, perhaps enjoying a maid, a nanny or cook, a driver, finely furnished housing, comprehensive health insurance, a complimentary car and strong savings and travel potential. Yes, many such schools do still exist in today’s worldwide economic downturn. All you have to do is find them!

Few schools, however, advertise their pay package, and recruiting venues usually release participating schools’ benefit information mere hours prior to the event. Many an international teaching candidate has dropped a school from their prospect list at the last-minute, realizing a dip into savings would be needed just to make ends meet at the particular school.

Which schools offer international educators the opportunity to live in the style to which we would all like to become accustomed? Which schools will keep you just above the poverty level? Our Best and Worst of International School Packages Blog is the place  to share and compare information on what potential schools realistically have to offer.

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1,054 Responses to Best and Worst School Benefit Packages

  1. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know which big schools in Europe will take 3 dependent children for a teaching couple?

  2. Nzuri Frank says:

    am interested in an international school in Jeddah but cannot see details on benefits. i have over 15 years experience in teaching maths and science in high school. i would appreciate your input on this issue.

  3. Lion Eyes says:

    Does anyone know if it is possible to negotiate benefits and or salary in South American schools?

  4. Fetcher says:

    Does anyone know approximately what the salary is in Riverside in Prague for a relatively newly qualified teacher?

  5. Anthony says:

    I am interested at becoming an assistant principal or dean at an international school. Does anyone know the salary packages and credentials?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I was offered 5 different positions this recruiting season, 3 of which were before the January fairs, and 2 after when I had re-signed with my current employer. What I can tell you is that the two schools I was most interested in, one in Shanghai, and the other in Bahrain, were $1000-2000 USD/month lower in pay that what I currently make. The school in Egypt of all places was pretty close with an almost identical contract offer as what I currently have. Haiti and India weren’t even close. Maybe half of what I currently make. I’m only talking pay. My children are back home and not overseas with me so the tuition benefits were not important to me but each school offered up to 2 free tuition packages. All but China were tax free but the school in China paid the taxes. The school in Bahrain was the only one that had better housing.

    • Barbara A Lam says:

      Did you use recruiters or attend the fairs? I am working and cannot go to any. What recruiters (if any), would you recommend? I am interested in an American school (if possible), in Egypt, but am currently working with a British Curriculum in the Middle East.

  7. Certified Teacher says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Without experience, you are going to have a hard time getting into the really good international schools, many of which use Search and ISS for all their recruiting. TIE Online is another resource. I am registered with Search, and they list salaries on their website.

    I have always wanted to go to Europe, too, but when I’ve considered the cost of living, it just wasn’t ever worth it. Most teachers I know who have taught in Europe end up dipping into their savings…so they are poorer when they leave than when they arrived.

    I’m currently in China earning 40.5K USD per year plus benefits with 8 years experience and a master’s. This is a pretty good package, and I can save 3000$ per month. One thing to be aware of, though, is that sometimes schools don’t actually pay you according to your contract. For example, out of 11 teachers who left at the end of last year, only 4 actually got their retirement pay, which is supposed to be 10% of annual salary. So sometimes it sounds great, but the reality is very different. I do have a membership to ISR’s site, so I can check reviews, and honestly, I would recommend that you get a membership, too. Obviously some of the reviews are written by jaded, bitter ex-employees, but you can usually tell what to believe. This would give you an idea about the salary and benefits and if those salary and benefits actually materialize.

    Also consider cost of living. Of course Beijing, Shanghai, HK, and Singapore usually pay more…but you are also going to spend a ton living in those places!

    Good luck!

    R

    • Purplekitten says:

      You mentioned “Search” website so… Question? Is it better to sign up with Search vs working with a “free” recruiter?

      Im starting to believe working with a free recruiter, your pay will less.

  8. Maha says:

    Hi there, I am looking for school in the middle east that covers up to 2 dependents tuition fees.. the school I am working for covers only 50% and coming out of my salary. I am left basically with nothing
    Thanks

    • Anonymous says:

      Qatar Academy – all of the Qatar Foundation schools will cover up to 3 dependents I believe. They also cover housing and tuition fees.

  9. Certified Teacher says:

    You should have no problem getting a job, but you’ll definitely end up in one of the lower tiered schools. The best schools require extensive experience, including overseas experience, plus credentials. You’re on your way, but it’ll take a while to get what you need to get into the embassy schools, for example. TIE Online is a good place to get jobs. Once you have experience, you can register with Search or ISS. Good luck!

    • SnoopyRules says:

      Are there lists to show which schools are considered to be top, middle and lower tiered schools? If not, how does one know which schools are which?

      • Certified Teacher says:

        You’ll hear from teachers along the way. Also, Search and ISS list the schools’ compensation packages, but of course you have to be approved and registered to get access to that info. If you check the US State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools, you can see which schools receive funding from the US gov. That usually indicates a better school. You can also search by finding accredited schools on the WACS, SACS, MSA, and IB websites, but it will take some leg work since you’d then have to check out each school website.

        In general, Asia (China and Korea) and Middle East have the most savings potential. Latin America pays less, and Europe is expensive, so you can’t save as much.

      • Certified Teacher says:

        Oh, and also ask for current teachers’ email addresses and then ask them. I do this by implying I’m concerned about life as a young single female. Then once I’ve established contact with teachers, I can ask more questions.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Try RAK academy in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Hello, has anyone heard about the International School in Padua? I am a teacher looking at a job over there and wondered if anyone knew what the salary would be/cost of living? Thanks.

  12. dave says:

    Hi,

    What a great forum!!
    Can anyone tell me about the package at the british international school in shanghai (puxi/ padong).
    Is salary net or gross??

    Thanks

  13. Kindman says:

    You want a cracking salary, BIS And JIS in Jakarta are hard to beat. Great money and outstanding benefits, housing, utilities, staff, flights, vehicles. Unreal

  14. Certified Teacher says:

    Any info on Mosaica International School Hyderabad? Or other schools in India?

  15. Sillas says:

    Few schools, however, advertise their pay package, and recruiting venues usually release participating schools’ benefit information

  16. slunchice says:

    Has anyone worked in Barbados? Is the salary there livable for a family? Anything we should know?

  17. Pro Teacher says:

    Any info on Tunas Muda International School in Jakarta?

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