If you’ve accepted an overseas teaching position & are living with a medical condition, you absolutely must do your due diligence to verify beyond a shadow of a doubt that any required treatments or meds are available in your new location. Simply asking the person interviewing you at a Recruiting Fair is not sufficient research. It … Continue reading Take Your Meds
Bangkok Recruiting Fair, 2019 – Preliminary Interviews: Pulling up a seat across from the school Director, I went into my spiel. He looked to be in his mid-sixties, out of shape and a bit tired from a morning of screening teaching candidates. My one goal was to get myself invited to a more formal interview … Continue reading Why Don’t Schools Post Age Restrictions?
Hello ISR, Your latest Newsletter Article, ISS VP Looks Back to the Future of International Education, brought back some not-so-fond memories of my brief “Directorship” in Guatemala. When Mr. Ambrogi stresses the need to support and encourage small, locally owned schools my guess is he isn’t referring to quite the situation, and/or school, I found myself in. … Continue reading Teacher Trap in Paradise
..Our previous newsletter, You Can’t Take Everything, invited International Educators to share what they consider the absolute must-pack-&-bring items for an overseas move. Advice included provisions you wouldn’t readily think to take along. Here’s a sample: ♦ Extra socks & underwear. Even though they may be manufactured in your new location, they may not be worn or … Continue reading Absolute Must Do’s Before Departing
ISR asked School Directors to tell us what makes a successful International Teaching Candidate. Whether you’re hitting the recruiting trail for the first time, or a seasoned recruiting-fair veteran, Here’s what you should know to make recruiting season a success! We’ve posted the top three responses that sum it all up Director 1 I look for … Continue reading What Directors Look For in International Teaching Candidates
..Location, Location, Location! This real estate adage couldn’t be any more true than in the world of International Teaching. Depending on where you are in the world, you CAN literally starve on a salary considered fantastic back home. Or conversely, you CAN live like royalty on an income so low you wouldn’t even consider it back home. ..An important, … Continue reading Dipping Into Savings Hurts
..As Westerners residing & teaching overseas it’s easy to slip into believing we are somehow exempt from many of the realities to which host nationals are subject. In some instances this is most definitely true. But when it comes to the laws of the land, we are deceiving ourselves if we think we’re exempt. Teachers will … Continue reading Will Taking That Photo Land You in Prison?
Finding yourself overseas, cut off from meds and treatments you need is an emergency best avoided. So…If you live with a chronic health condition requiring periodic medical care and/or daily medication, do take the time to research medical procedures and medications available in what may soon become your new host country. Diabetes, hyper-tension, high cholesterol … Continue reading Going International with Health Issues
This article is part of an earlier Blog. We feature it here for your comment. Let me begin by stating that I am a full-blooded Texan with redneck roots (not to say that I’m proud of that latter part of the description). Despite that, I am a convert to Islam and fairly observant in my … Continue reading Us and Them – A Redneck Muslim Teacher’s Perspective on Racism in International Schools
READ THIS FIRST!!! Please do not evaluate schools or directors on this blog or pose questions that solicit such responses. We ask that you stick to the topic of school benefits packages. Please do not hijack & change the topic of this blog by asking questions that do not pertain to the topic. We have numerous … Continue reading Best and Worst School Benefit Packages