Going International with Pets

November 30, 2009

Departing Romania with my big black cat, a customs agent stuck his finger in the cage, gave George Clooney a pat and commented on his huge size. Arriving in Pakistan was just about the same scenario. Were the hours and money I spent to procure George’s travel papers a waste of time? My hunch was that if I didn’t have the correct documents someone would surely have asked to see them.

Traveling with pets is not always so easy.  lf you’re unfortunate enough to be a transit passenger in England and your connecting flight is delayed for some hours, you could find your pet quarantined for up to 6 months.  Also, consider that a long trip in the hold of an airplane could be devastating, if not life threatening for your pet. Lack of food and water and the threat of trauma are dangers to consider. Some international schools won’t hire teachers with four-legged pets while certain cultures view domestic animals quite differently than we do in the West. Your pet may not be welcome.

Going international with pets presents unique situations and problems. ISR invites pet owners to use our Going International with Pets Blog to share information, experiences and anecdotes with other pet owners traveling internationally with their pets.

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Teachers of Color Overseas

November 19, 2009

International Schools teach diversity but are minority teachers well-accepted  in the International teaching arena? Do non-Caucasians find it more difficult to enter the profession? Are minority teachers treated differently by parents and students? It has been reported that some schools are just looking for a “white” face to sell the image of an American education.  The following excerpts are from ISR readers:

“I am an African-American female interested in teaching abroad. I am also in an interracial marriage to a non-teaching spouse who will be coming with me. We are hoping administrators can look beyond my race and focus on my credentials.”

“I have experience in China & Japan–many people in these countries are terribly racist. I have a mixed-race child and people haven’t always been kind to her.”

“Here in Kuwait people literally point at you when you are overweight, black or in any way look different from them.”

“As a Mexican-American I felt I was overlooked for the position, and not because of my qualifications.”


We invite International Teachers to shed light on this topic, share experiences, ask questions and offer advice.

International Teaching Without Credentials

November 10, 2009

teaching-credentia-smalll2887514The good news is this: A teaching credential is not always a prerequisite to teach overseas. If you’ve enjoyed a career or worked in any field whose subject matter translates well to the classroom, you could find that you’re a sought-after candidate. GO to complete article.

Letters of Reference – How Does Your School Treat Them?

November 1, 2009

Please do not use this blog to evaluate a school. We ask that you stick to the topic.

letter-of-reference2233586 Not all schools treat letters of reference the same. One would think that after two years of dedicated service to school and community a simply request for a short letter expounding on your teaching talents would be readily forthcoming. At many schools  this is the norm. At others, the norm is to use the coveted letter of reference as a tool to coerce and bully staff.  Our featured article related to this blog offers tips about asking for and receiving your letter of reference. Have a look at this article and then retun and blog your comments. Go to Article