Dear ISR, I just finished my credential program & I’m ready to head into the International Schools job market. The thing is, I don’t have teaching experience, except student teaching. I’ve discovered most recruiters require 2 years of experience. I started my credential program with the idea of living abroad & don’t want to spend 2 years in America developing a work history, especially now.
I’ve lived outside the USA for extended periods & feel comfortable taking a job anyplace in the world. I don’t need to make much money — I have no dependents & no financial responsibilities. My question is, Do you think I can get an overseas teaching job? If so, how should I go about it? Any advice would be very much appreciated.
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..Three grueling days at a Recruiting Fair & all you have to show for it is a ‘Letter of Intent.’ The recruiter did say a Contract would be forthcoming, but you wonder … Is this ‘Letter of Intent’ in your hand worth any more than the paper it’s written on?
Weeks, maybe months, pass and you’re still waiting for a Contract or (at the very least) an email congratulating/welcoming you to the faculty. You wonder some more … How long should you wait before you start looking for a back-up plan &/or another job?
‘Letters of Intent’ are offered for 3 common reasons: 1)The person representing a school is not authorized to hire you & has been sent to meet, evaluate & report back to the Board for a final decision. 2)The school is disorganized & can’t get it together to have Contracts ready by recruiting time. Consider this a potential red flag. 3) The school may be recruiting at other Fairs this season & leaving their options open (& you on the line) until all their hiring options are examined.
International Schools Review hosts more than a handful of School Reviews in which teachers recount how they gave up current teaching positions, rented out homes, sold cars and put personal belongings into storage, ALL based on a ‘Letter of Intent,’ while later informed a Contract would not be forthcoming. Schools can easily back out & leave you jobless by simply saying, for example, “One of your references didn’t check out.” One teacher tells how the rejection letter came only one day before she was to board a flight to her new school! Our advice? Don’t put all your trust/future in a ‘Letter of Intent,’ no matter how good it appears!
ISR invites you take our Poll on ‘Letters of Intent’
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the recruiting season, ISR proposes we step back to take stock in the role that WE, as International Educators, play in shaping the future. In the words of the Dalai Lama: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
Teacher-isms, concise statements about teaching that get right to the essence of the profession, are the perfect medium to express how Teachers make a difference. We’re sharing a few of our favorite Teacher-isms to get things started. Please join us and add your favorite words of wisdom to this growing compendium. Then, refer to these when you want to feel extra good about your choice to become an educator!
Our Favorite Teacher-isms
Teachers affect eternity; No one can tell where their influence stops.
The test of a good teacher is not how many questions s/he can ask pupils that they can answer readily, but how many questions s/he inspires them to ask which are hard to answer.
If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.
If kids come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
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..Major developments in international political climates are highlighted on news stations daily, along with scenes of millions marching in protest against seemingly rash changes and unrealistic restrictions toward others. The citizens of Earth seem united in the demand to have their leaders represent each and every one of us fairly, whether it’s for the rights of immigrants, equality for women, non-discrimination towards LGBT folks, equitable international trade agreements, access to reproductive choices, protection of environmental/ocean concerns, or compassionate treatment of disabled and/or impoverished citizens. The world is speaking up and taking names! Yet, despite the revolts, some national leaders seem intent upon a future path of xenophobic laws and harsh edicts.
..America and Europe have long been seen by the world as a refuge for democracy. As such, Westerners have enjoyed a certain sense of security/status that ordinarily makes us welcomed guests while traveling in foreign lands. But, that may be changing. If you’re a Westerner living in a foreign land, you could become the target of people who now see you as a representative of an ideology they dislike, or even hate — an ideology that has derailed the course of their lives.
..No wonder International Educators are questioning the potential effects of the current international political unrest on our safety and the future of our careers. ISR asks: As an International Educator, has the sudden change in the political climate of America and Europe given you reason to change your future recruiting/travel plans? Are you aware of any change in attitude towards Westerners in your current location?