We were a bit hesitant to introduce this topic since it’s outside the usual scope of International Schools Review. However, we’ve noticed several active DoD schools conversations on the ISR Forum & think it’s a good idea to bring this topic to light, especially since recruiting season is underway.
If you’re not familiar with DoD (U.S. Department of Defense) overseas schools, you may want to consider one for your next career move, especially if you’re a U.S. citizen & your area of certification/expertise falls outside the realm of positions generally offered at the vast majority of International Schools.
DoD schools recruit for a wide variety of positions: education technologist, library information specialist, guidance counselor, nurse, school psychologist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech/language pathologist, special education, as well as classroom teacher.
Unlike some International Schools reviewed on ISR, the U.S. DoD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are considered without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, creed, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation or non-disqualifying physical or mental handicap, or any other non-merit factor. Additionally, DoD schools offer health benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits & shipping of household goods/pets. In some locations your car will be shipped as part of the package.
Of course, DoD schools aren’t for everyone. The most notable difference between a DoD school & an International School is that a DoD classroom will be comprised of American students who are the children of government employees, such as military and embassy personnel. You may find your school is located on a military installation. You will, however, be overseas, well-paid, receive great benefits & free to travel/experience the local culture.
We created this special DoD Blog to facilitate discussion & the sharing of information about DoD schools among interested teachers.