International Teachers of Color in The Wall Street Journal

August 18, 2016

hands247206A recent Article in The Wall Street Journal, “Wow, I’m the Only Black Person Here,” interviewed educators of color working in International Schools. One educator reported she applied for a job at an International School in Colombia and was told the school was worried what parents would think about employing a black teacher. Another recruiter in Egypt told her, “It could be difficult as a black woman to come to the school.” When contacted by The Wall Street Journal, several International School recruiting agencies didn’t respond to inquiries about the racial makeup of International teachers or said they did not collect racial statistics.

ISR is pleased to say that The Wall Street Journal’s article sites an International Schools Review Article/Blog titled, Teachers of Color Overseas. First published in 2009, Teachers of Color Overseas hosts 189 posts by teachers exchanging information on this important topic. Unfortunately, from our perspective, it appears not much has changed since 2009. In fact, it is looking like not much has changed in America since 1960. We invite you to revisit this timely topic.

Go to Teacher of Color Overseas / Blog


Teachers with Foreign Accents Need Not Apply!

May 5, 2011

“I never, in my wildest imagination, thought my slight foreign accent would create a problem for me. That is, until I interviewed with a school that liked me very much but had to re-think offering me a job because of my accent. Yes! That is exactly what I was told after the interview by the assistant principal! Of course, I was very disappointed and a bit offended.

I am a European-American who has been living in the US for the last 15 years. I finished my B.S. & Master’s degree in the US and have been looking for counseling jobs in international schools since October of 2010. I am a US certified school counselor with several years of counseling experience in US public schools.

After all, I am applying for jobs in international schools. How can a slight foreign accent be a problem when it has never been a problem in my professional or personal life while in the US? To make a long story short, I did have a number of interviews in Boston and via Skype, but no job offers. I cannot help but speculate that indeed, my slight accent is keeping me from getting a job in a so-called “international” school.

I would really like to hear from veteran international teachers regarding my situation. I refuse to give up pursuing an international career just because I have an accent. I am not looking to be a Reading or English teacher, but a counselor.

Thanks for your insight!”


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:

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“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.”

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“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.”

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

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

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