Have you ever wondered why international teacher recruiting agencies require candidates to spend weeks and months completing rigorous registration/verification processes, including multiple confidential references, yet continue to allow schools with long, sobering histories of incredibly negative reviews on ISR to recruit unsuspecting teachers through their venues?
For teachers, it’s certainly risky business accepting an overseas position based solely on the subjective ‘word’ of a school director during a twenty-minute interview in a five-star hotel room. One organization goes so far as to assure schools that should a teacher break contract, the teacher will be legally required to reimburse the school’s recruiting fees. However, we’ve yet to see any stated penalties for schools that ignore basic labor laws, fail to pay their teachers or even meet basic terms of their contracts.
If you are planning to attend one of these recruiting events we recommend you do your homework and do it well. Find out everything you can about a school and its history and director before you interview. International school directors have a subjective perspective on their schools, while their teachers may have quite another. Be sure you get a fully comprehensive view of a school and director before accepting a position.
Caveat emptor: Just because a school is attending a recruiting fair does not mean it has been vetted through the same rigorous process you went through as a recruiting teacher. Thanks to the support of ISR members and site visitors, International Schools Review has become a source for the comprehensive view of a school you need before signing a contract. We encourage you to take full advantage of this resource.
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