Why every international school should hire someone over the age of 60 – and why it should be you!

This week we have an inspiring blog for you, written by our very own candidate June Harvey, who has just accepted a position at Cairo English School to teach Psychology. Candidates over the age of 60 can sometimes struggle to succeed in the international teaching world due to various restrictions, but not June! In this short but fun blog she outlines four of the main reasons that schools should consider a candidate like her over a young whippersnapper… Go for it June!


Let’s face it – if you are over 60 many employers are going to assume that you are either a) infirm, b) incontinent or c) a technological dinosaur – and that, strangely, you won’t be able to form relationships with young people….how bizarre! Apart from the fact that, to every 15 year old, anyone over the age of 25 is ancient, older candidates have some amazing qualities to offer. Here are but a few…


Guatemala1) We won’t let you down

We are likely to be well-travelled, independent and survivors of at least one major life-crisis. We have got by in Guatemala, done Delhi-belly and watched the plane leave without us – we are not going to have a meltdown if the internet doesn’t work for a month or no-one in the bank speaks English.

2) We are canny and resourceful

Our hand luggage will contain a toolkit, a travel kettle, bug spray, blister plasters, sewing materials and painkillers – every new young teacher will be knocking on our door during the first few weeks for a loan instead of pestering the administration.


Discover more things that our candidates have learned through their international experience by reading this blog. 


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3) We are passionate

The reason we are still teaching is because we love young people and still get a buzz from building relationships with them. The exchange of experiences and ideas is mutually beneficial. We help them to understand the vagaries of the examination boards and they reveal the mysteries of blogging and vlogging to us (who knew?)

4) We are very cheap

We will not need a family-sized villa, free school places or four sets of air fares. We will not need time off work for hangovers, childcare, relationship crises or because we stayed up to watch the Cup Final. We are the bargain basement of the employment world.


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So- For every head teacher or recruiter who binned the application from the older candidate – shame on you! Look at the person behind the chronology and get excited about the wealth of experience they can bring you.

And for every potential overseas teacher who is over the age of 50 – go for it! If you have the energy, passion and enthusiasm to start a new life, remember all the amazing things you have to offer and send in those applications. I took my first international post at the age of 54 and have just secured my next one at the age of 62. International teaching has given me the chance to work with amazing students and colleagues, to live in and explore new cultures and to travel from Peru to Cambodia – what have you got to lose?

Read more advice for older teachers in our blog ‘Am I too old to teach abroad?’



Thanks so much June! Whether you are over 60 or not, if you have strong teaching experience and a passion for travel, create a profile here, and then browse our jobs here.  Good luck!

Written by June Harvey, aged 62 is a Psychology teacher. She started international teaching in Qatar at the age of 54 and has worked in Qatar, Amsterdam, Mexico and Abu Dhabi. Her next job is Cairo...she can't wait!

Teaching in Beijing: What is it like?

Beijing is a smoggy and chaotic city. You either love it or you hate it. For brave and curious souls, Beijing presents a magnificent adventure, an opportunity to experience all the good things that China has to offer. We work with many schools in Beijing, and recently helped Scott Hannan on his way to one of them, Chaoyang KaiWen Academy. Tell us about it Scott! Are you a lover or a hater?


kaiwenWhere are you teaching and what’s your school like?

I work at Chaoyang KaiWen Academy in Beijing, China. I chose to work here as I have always wanted to work in China and the opportunity to work in a brand new school that is now an IB candidate school appealed to me greatly.

How did you get your job? What was the process like?

Caroline put me forward for positions at a few schools, and this one came up trumps. The school made contact with me and said they would like to interview me. So we organised a time that worked for both of us and I was interviewed one Friday morning by the Head of the School and the Deputy Head. The interview went well and I had a job offer that same day! In terms of being organised with what I needed to get my visa the school was great, the only slow part was actually New Zealand getting the documents that were required!

Read a first hand experience of getting a Chinese visa.


What is the city like? Is there an active expat scene? What do you do in your free time?

Its a great place with so much to see and do. There is an expat scene but as our school is a little out we tend to socialise more amongst ourselves. It’s easy to get around and go out though with cheap public transport and ‘Didi’ which is the Chinese version of Uber being great for getting anywhere.

Which tourist sites or must-visit places are nearby?

The obvious ones like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Stadium. Other ones worth seeing are the Botanical Gardens especially in autumn… they were really spectacular.

 Another happy teacher, Mike Mantelow, has taught in Beijing too; read his story



What is the climate like? Is there any extreme weather? If so, how do you deal with it?

It was really hot and humid when I arrived but by October the temperature had dropped and since December its been negative temperatures all day every day, just no snow. No rain since October either. But you get used to it, even on days like yesterday when with the wind felt like minus 22!

What’s the cost of living like? Are you able to save money?

It’s very cheap. I’m able to easily save a decent amount of money and still have plenty left over to do what I want when I want.


canalWhat is the food like? Is international food available? Have you tried any unusual local dishes?

The food is great. Being China there is so much different food to try, but I do recommend Crispy Duck in Beijing as well as the Famous Beijing Hot Pot where you get all the vegetables and meat bought raw to your table and you cook it yourself in a big hot pot of flavoured broth. International food easy to get as well. Eating out is very cheap to do.

How is the culture different from your home culture? Have you experienced any culture shock?

Its massively different from New Zealand obviously but as I’ve been living away for over a decade now I’m used to that. Having come from the Middle East where English is more widely spoken being somewhere where it’s not as widely spoken has its challenges but once you learn a bit of Mandarin its ok and there is plenty of translation tools available!

Have a read of our Happy Teacher Archives, for more happy teachers in China and other locations.


chinaWhat’s the best thing about living and teaching in your chosen city? What have been your highlights so far?

Working with great kids and great people at a new school is refreshing. And knowing so much undiscovered stuff is still out there in Beijing is super exciting.

Are there any drawbacks? What kind of person would not be suited to this location?

People who want things to be just like home would struggle. There is a western area in Beijing with shops and food like home but its much more expensive and why would you work overseas if you just wanted it to be like home!

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking of coming to live and work in your current location?

Definitely do it. I’m glad I’ve done it and to be honest, now I wish I had done it a few years earlier!

Want to join Scott in the big smoke?  To find out about this school and others, sign up here and have a look at our schools in China.

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4 tips for settling in to your new surroundings

After completing a whirlwind first semester as Assistant Principal at a busy International school in Hong Kong, Ryan Peet gives us his top tips for settling in as quickly as possible to your new job and surroundings. Particularly useful if you are moving abroad for the first time!


1) Do your research

In terms of your personal and professional life, do your research! Ensure you watch the latest YouTube clips, look at the housing areas and read as many blogs as you can. This will give you a good idea of where you want to live and help organise your priorities in terms of location. When you get to your destination it will make house-hunting so much easier. Some schools will provide accommodation for at least the first month so you have a little bit of time to decide where you want to live but having that head start from prior research really helps. You will also be so busy with settling into a new job and sorting out bank accounts, phone contracts etc that it is easy to make a rash decision. Having as much knowledge about your intended destination makes the transition so much easier.

Part of your research is asking questions. Read our blog on 10 questions to ask your interviewer.


hk42) Get social

From previously moving to a different area (even if it was just the north of England) I knew that if I was going to happy in a new place I needed to be more social than I had been previously and meet new people as soon as possible. After a quick online search, I found a football team that was looking for players (in most cases a quick google search will suffice). A single email later and I was at the training session on the first Thursday I arrived. The team are half way through the season now and pushing for promotion, it is great fun and some of these players have become good friends. Now I know everybody isn’t a footballer, neither am I really, but the point is to get yourself out and about. The people you meet will give advice on a range of topics, from the best places to eat and drink to how to send a parcel home.

Read our blog on seven secrets to social success in your new location. 


hk23) Travel

This one is a little more Hong Kong specific but the main point stands true wherever you are! One of the best aspects of Hong Kong is the location. The airport is fantastic, so efficient. You can get to most places in South East Asia within a few hours. My wife and I decided to stay in Hong Kong for Christmas, which was great, much quieter than usual (due to the majority of expats travelling home for Christmas) and still warm enough to wear shorts. We still even had time to spend 5 days in Japan before the next semester started.

You can even travel with your students. Read our blog about enhancing your international experience. 


hk4) Don’t neglect the culture shock

In my induction week, one of the sessions delivered by our Co-principal was about the impact of culture shock. This is something worth reading around before you travel. So far, I don’t think I have felt the effects, maybe I have been through it already, I’m not sure. The premise is about knowing and accepting that you are going to be annoyed and disorientated with your new environment. Thus leading you to question your decision of relocation. You may even start to think you have made a terrible mistake. These feelings won’t last, especially when you discover it’s -5 degrees at home!

Read more about culture shock in this blog written by one of our teachers.



Personally, after what felt like a huge change when leaving the UK it hasn’t been too much upheaval (though my wife may disagree). There isn’t too much of a language barrier here, most people speak English to some degree. I thought the change of schools would be a huge struggle, especially in considering my school has a high percentage of children from Hong Kong and China, but one thing all children have in common is they are happiest when they are achieving well and enthused in what they are studying. I think if this is remembered you will be successful in your own professional journey abroad.

Have you ever considered teaching in China or Hong Kong? Browse our international schools in China for information and current vacancies. Have you taught in China or Hong Kong before? Share your experiences with us in the comments.


Written by Ryan Peet, who moved to Hong Kong with his wife in August 2017 with the help of Teacherhorizons. He has held a number of leadership roles and is currently enjoying the position of Assistant Principal.

10 questions to ask schools during YOUR interview

Imagine…You’ve prepped for days for an interview with your dream international school, the Skype call has gone well, no technical glitches, you’ve answered their questions exactly as planned, you’re feeling positive and you’re so close to the end. Then the interviewer says “Finally then, do you have any questions for me?”

*GULP* You had been so busy prepping your answers that you had forgotten to prepare questions to ask the school! Of course, you will have hundreds, as that’s what Skype interviews are about; you won’t actually experience the school first-hand until you arrive on day 1, so you need to get a jolly good feel for it by asking important questions at your interview.

Don’t panic though, we have whittled it down to ten key questions to ask your interviewer which we think should get you those vital bits of information in a succinct and diplomatic manner. So ask away, and make an informed decision.


question21) What is the average length of time teachers stay at your school?

This is a really important question, as it gives you clues to many different aspects in just one answer. For example how the school treats their staff, how good the staff accommodation is, how liveable the local area is, and how easy the students are to teach. If people are never staying beyond their contract or are even breaking contract, then you need to delve deeper before you make a decision.


2) Are you able to put me in touch with a member of staff who already works at the school?

The most valuable thing you can do to get information about what it’s like to work at the school, is to speak to someone who works at the school. It’s also best if that person has no involvement in recruiting so they have no reason to hide any ugly truths. The Head should be totally open to this and if they aren’t, it’s worth thinking twice about the school.


q3) What is are the main reasons that staff leave the school?

Again, a great question as it gives you an idea of what the school offers and what it lacks. For example, if most people leave because there is little progression in the school, you have to consider whether progression is important for you from your next position. If it’s due to pollution or other external factors, that suggests the school is probably meeting the needs of its staff, but you have to consider how those external factors could affect you too.


4) What expectations are there for teacher participation beyond the school day?

Schools are busy places. There will be after school sports, science, and drama clubs, weekend events such as Duke of Edinburgh, carnivals, trips and fundraising activities. It completely depends on the school as to how many extra hours are expected for no additional pay. How would you feel donating Saturday mornings to school? Or conducting boarding duties? Find out!


question 45) How will I be supported by Senior Leadership staff?

This is key because SLT creates the vision and the strategic direction of the school. This vision then has to be translated and actioned in the classroom and it’s your job to do that, but they need to support you to ensure you are doing it right. Do they conduct learning walks? Do they have an open door policy? Do they know staff by name and are they present in and around the school? These things are important to know before you embark on a journey with that leadership team, because you need to know that your hard work and dedication to that school is going to be noticed and appreciated.


6) What are the main ‘challenges’ that you think I should be aware of about the location of the school or the local area?

If the worst things about the area are the lack of English foods, or that sometimes there’s a rainy season, then you’re laughing! If it’s that women can’t walk around by themselves or that it’s very politically unstable, then you have to think twice about what you might be letting yourself in for. This is a question definitely worth delving into.


question6) How will I be supported should any students fail?

As teachers, we will do everything to prevent a student from failing – whether that’s having them back after lessons, calling home over and over, or having them redo exams.  This makes sense, to an extent, but support needs to be provided by the school as a whole too. Does the school do this, or is it just something you will be required to undertake as an individual? Find out.


8) What do teachers tend to do after school and at the weekend?

Most teachers that choose to teach internationally, do it because they want to explore the world and experience new cultures. However, some areas of the world can be culturally extinct and may offer very little in the way of fun activities outside of school. Of course, people can still enjoy their time in such a location, but some teachers would get through the entirety of Netflix in their 2 years there and feel unfulfilled. Ask this question and listen carefully to the answer. You might have to read between the lines!


questons69) What is the housing like that will be provided?

The accommodation in international schools always varies. It could range from nothing at all, to a room in a ‘block’ like halls of residence at uni, to a one bedroom apartment, to a three-bedroom house, or perhaps they fund you to find your own place. Find out. It shouldn’t be a deal breaker but it will give you a good idea of the importance that school places on looking after its staff.


10) What are the Professional Development opportunities at the school?

Finally. Continued Professional Development is a crucial issue for teachers who are new to international education, in particular the young and/or ambitious teacher.  Many candidates have the impression that CPD would be limited in international schools, if it exists at all.  The reality is that there are abundant opportunities at most schools, if you ask for them. Find out what your prospective school offers, and make sure it is in line with what you plan to achieve from your next position.


We hope this helps! Let us know if you have any questions to add to the list by emailing editor@teacherhorizons.com. Now you are fully prepared for your interview, sign up to Teacherhorizons here, and browse our jobs here. Good luck!


Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.

The importance of developing a community of international school educators

The number of international schools is growing every year. The demand for more international schools in Asia and the Middle East is surely increasing the fastest. With all of this demand and urgency from companies and parents, international schools will definitely be needing even more qualified teachers now and in the near future. But how do international schools find these qualified teachers and how do they communicate with them? How will the veteran teachers and teachers new to the field of international education hear and learn about these schools-in-need? Ron Rosenow, the owner and founder of the International School Community website, tells us more.


There is a proven necessity for international school educators to stay in touch and work together with each other, although their schools lay thousands of miles apart. Seasoned international school teachers (those teachers with experience working at multiple international schools) can bridge schools together by transferring their knowledge from school to school, but are there enough tools for the people new to the international school community to get “on board” as smoothly as possible?

Year after year, thousands of new teachers join the wonderful world of international school teaching. They range from experienced school teachers to those who are fresh out of university teaching training programs, from heads of schools to specialists in the arts, and from admissions coordinators to (let’s not forget) even parents and the students themselves. There is indeed a necessity for all stakeholders to share what they know and help each other gain precious information about every international school worldwide.

Ron wrote another blog for us back in 2016. Have a read of his article: Teaching Abroad


For international schools to find the qualified teachers they need, the prospective teachers need to possess certain information about the international school, information you do not necessarily get from looking at a school’s own website. This important information changes from time to time and can get quickly outdated. But even with the old information, it is also good to know about that history and how the international school got to where it is today. Getting the correct and most recent information about international schools is truly a difficult and challenging task.

It does sound silly to move yourself halfway across the world to a country and city (and school) that maybe you haven’t even been to before. The more informed you are about a specific international school and about life in the city and country it is in, the better decision you will be able to make when considering a job there.

The influence of international school teachers (and other stakeholders) is important and increasingly necessary. The need to have transparency across the international school community is also vital.

Teacherhorizons is also a community. Read about how our community helps disadvantage in Sri Lanka


Whenever and wherever possible, the people in the international school community should take opportunities to share their experiences about what they know related to working at international schools. For example, sharing about their journey to school each day could prove to be very informative to prospective teachers (and parents). Knowledge about getting to and from their new international school would be useful information to know before signing a contract. People could also discuss their secret tips about what things to consider when choosing an international school at which to work. We all have different tactics that we use, and the more tools we have, the better! And being willing to discuss the ins and outs of getting your foot into the wonderful world of working at international schools would also be quite helpful for the “newbies.”

Anyone can start working in the international school community. Educators working at international schools are indeed varied and come from a variety of backgrounds. Their diversity is celebrated in “true” international schools. With this diverse community sharing their stories and experiences, we can get a clearer picture of how they did it and get tips for our own selves as we venture to new opportunities around the world. These people in the international school community can strive to reach out to other educators to discuss related education topics in which they are interested. Many times international school teachers depend on each other in terms of program models and curricular issues.

Read an experience from one of our teachers about living and working in Istanbul


The people working in the international school community should not be afraid to share what they know. It is now known that directors and principals are actually encouraging their staff to do just that. These administrators can see the importance of their teachers joining a community that supports them and keeps them informed. The school benefits too because their staff can help prospective teachers to their school find the better fit for their career and future in their lives. It is all about finding the right fit! Certainly, the more prospective teachers know, the better off the school will be when and if they accept of job offer to work there.

Schools are also interested in getting their school’s name out there more to attract more teachers to work at their school. Some international schools are tweeting messages about their school making sure to include the Twitter usernames of other international schools and various international school organizations, thus getting the attention of the wider international school community as well.

Creating a sense of community and belonging is truly vital for the international school community to thrive and grow. By having all the stakeholders communicating with each other and sharing what they know, the better off everyone will be. Being a member of this wonderful community of international educators can indeed be both a fulfilling and exciting experience. Let’s increase our engagement in the international school community by sharing what we know with each other. Surely, everyone will appreciate it and also greatly benefit from it as well.

Access the International School Community website here.


Are you an international teacher? Do you have hints and tips on teaching abroad? Would you like to share inspiring teaching stories from anywhere in the world? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us and share your knowledge and views with the community of our readers!

Written by Ron Rosenow, the owner and founder of the International School Community website. International School Community's goal is to be the largest online community for international schools educators. The site provides a useful, informative and celebratory environment for networking with other international school stakeholders and learning about different international schools around the world.

Life at The Koç School in Istanbul.

Istanbul is a vibrant and energetic city famous for bridging the East and West. One of Europe’s most cosmopolitan and culturally rich cities, it’s a wonderful place to live and offers an excellent quality of life for teachers. Especially when you work at one of the top schools in the country! Daniel Blanco has just spent his first term there, as a Spanish teacher at The Koç School, and has written a blog to share his amazing experience so far.


images (2)Where are you teaching and what’s your school like?

This is my first year teaching in Istanbul and I am working in one of the most prestigious private school in the whole country. Last year I was teaching in the Middle East but when I saw this great opportunity in Istanbul I decided to apply for the job. My wife had been in the city before and she thought we would fit really well in Turkey. I think she was right. We love the city and the school meets all my expectations.

How did you get your job? What was the process like?

After the initial interview with Anisha Vadher from Teacherhorizons, I had Skype interviews with the former Headteacher and Counsellor of The Koç School, the General Director and the Head of MFL. Then, I was invited to visit the school and spent a few days on campus, teaching a couple of lessons, meeting staff and students and experiencing as much school life as possible in a five day visit. During my stay I also had interviews with the General Director and the High School Director and spent a day exploring Istanbul. A few days later, back in Doha, I got a job offer to join the school and the MFL department.


Another happy teacher, Michael Oosterhout, has taught at The Koc School too; read his story


What is the city like? Is there an active expat scene? What do you do in your free time?

Istanbul is an amazing city. We are living on campus outside the city, but the school provides teachers with busses which go to the city on Saturday and Sunday. The campus is perfect for families since it is safe for the kids, the facilities are outstanding and the school takes great care of us. A lot of single teachers and couples with no children live in the city and commute every day. They enjoy all the city has to offer, as we do at the weekends, going to bars, restaurants, museums, markets and shops. Sometimes we stay in a little hotel on a Saturday night. We enjoy eating out, going for a walk, shopping… pretty much the same things we would do back home in Spain.

Which tourist sites or must-visit places are nearby?

Going to the city usually takes between 45 to 60 minutes depending on the traffic. Once there, on the Asian side, you can eat fish in the restaurants around the street market in Kadikoy, cross the Bosphorus by ferry, relax in a hammam in Cemberlitas, admire the impressive mosques in Sultanahmet, go shopping in the Grand Bazaar… On top of that, the campus is next to one of the airports, so you can always jump on a plane on a Friday night and fly to Bodrum, Cappadocia or Antalya… which is great.



What is the climate like? Is there any extreme weather? If so, how do you deal with it?

So far the weather has been great. It is a four season city, so we experienced a warm summer when we arrived in August and a mild autumn with little rain and lots of sunshine up to early December. Winter has just started and it feels colder and wetter. Some colleagues have told me about annual snow days when the school is even closed, but having also lived in Northern Scotland I think we will cope pretty well with the winter in Istanbul.

 What’s the cost of living like? Are you able to save money?

The cost of living is very low compared to Qatar or the UK. We are a family of three with two cats and we can save. The school provides teachers with very good accommodation. Grocery shopping is not expensive and you can find any clothes you can imagine in Istanbul’s street markets at a very good price. I also get a discount on public transport for being a teacher, so I jump on trams, buses, metro or ferries all the time.


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What is the food like? Is international food available? Have you tried any unusual local dishes?

Some people love it some people miss a more international cuisine scene in Istanbul. Turkish restaurants are spread all over the city and we really like the food they cook. Turkish people enjoy having a big breakfast, which is more like a brunch which comes with olives, tomatoes, green peppers, different types of bread, omelettes or boiled eggs, tahini, salads… and of course, plenty of Turkish tea. Fish is also very popular, as well as kebabs. For those with a sweet tooth, there are lots of bakeries and cafes to have baklava, macarons and other local specialities.

How is the culture different from your home culture? Have you experienced any culture shock?

Coming from a Mediterranean country like Spain, we feel really good here. Turkish people love children and enjoy life outdoors, so the transition after England, Scotland and Qatar has been really smooth. The size of the city and the heavy traffic have been a bit of a shock for us since we live on the Asian side outside the city and we were not used to it. People are very friendly and they appreciate your efforts to try to communicate in Turkish with them.

Have a read of our Happy Teacher Archives, for more happy teachers in Istanbul and other locations.


download What’s the best thing about living and teaching in your chosen city? What have been your highlights so far?

The school is a top school in this country and the organisation is very caring, professional and forward-thinking. I feel supported by colleagues and management, which is very important for me. The Human Resources team also make sure teachers and families are happy here helping us with any banking or health issues. Besides, the Campus Housing Coordinator and Assistant to the General Director does an amazing job taking care of our needs and organising events for teachers and families living on campus, from barbecues to Christmas celebrations.
Regarding the city, we only wish we had more time to keep exploring it because there is a lot to see and do for us.



Are there any drawbacks? What kind of person would not be suited to this location?

As per contract, you must live on campus for your first two years here, so some single colleagues may find it hard not to be in the city from Monday to Friday. Most international teachers have been teaching her for five years or more, which is a very good sign, don’t you think? Teachers and families really look happy here.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking of coming to live and work in your current location?

After four years teaching internationally I always recommend to visit the school and the city if possible before accepting a job offer. In the case of Istanbul, I think it is love at first sight for many people. There is so much history around here and so much to do.

The Koç School is one of our best schools in Turkey. To find out about others, sign up here and have a look at our schools in Turkey.

Written by Daniel Blanco, a fantastic MFL teacher from Spain. Daniel has taught in Spain, Australia, England, Scotland and Qatar. And now Turkey too!

Yew Chung interviews in London this January!

With this New Year we bring you hundreds of new opportunities at some incredible schools. The first school group we would like to introduce is Yew Chung Education Foundation (YCEF) because if you register your interest quickly you may be able to secure a spot in their London interviews in the next three weeks! Read on to find out more.


Who are they?

Yew Chung Education Foundation is a network of international kindergartens, schools, and college that provide quality education to over 10,000 students, spanning from infancy to tertiary, across 20 locations in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The organisation has a unique approach that blends Chinese and Western education and culture by having both Chinese and Western Headteachers for every school and teachers for every class. As each school is part of a larger group, opportunities to move internally or be promoted within the group are high.  The message from the co-principals gives a good insight into their school’s vision and ethos.

                                                                                             Click here to read a blog written by a teacher recently placed at YCIS Qingdao!


kidsThe curriculum

The curriculum is based on the National Curriculum for England and modified to meet the needs of the international student population. With this in mind, most of the schools run the UK curriculum up to IGCSE and then culminate in the IB Diploma Programme. The curriculum is further enhanced through a wide range of co-curricular activities and enrichment programmes, such as World Classroom and China Classroom, and students are encouraged to participate in a variety of clubs, sports and athletic competitions. Most importantly, students gain a deep understanding of and respect for cultural diversity, keen awareness of global issues, and develop a lifelong commitment to meeting the challenges of their generation.

Click here to read a blog written by a teacher recently placed at YCIS, Chongqing!


classroomWhat is it like to work there?

Over the past four years, we have placed over 100 happy teachers in YCEF schools in Hong Kong and China and their feedback has been resoundingly positive. The schools look after their staff very well from start to finish, and they all provide a competitive salary, private healthcare, accommodation and a yearly flight allowance. What’s not to love? One of our candidates who started this year at Yew Wah School of TongXiang has written a blog on her first few weeks and how she settled in. Have a read here.

Click here to read a blog written by a teacher recently placed at YCIS, Beijing. Or click here to watch a brief video about the school.


Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 12.06.04Where are the schools?

The variety of cities you can go to with The Yew Chung group are one of the reasons many people choose these schools. Of course, some are in the major cities like Shanghai and Beijing. (Here is a blog written by one of our teachers about being in bustling Beijing and we’ve written an insightful blog about teaching and living in Shanghai too.) However there is also a school, for example, in the city of Qingdao, which is different than many cities in China, it’s on the coast and will challenge any stereotype about a “city in China” you have. This video shows some of the different experiences you would have living here.

Click here to read a blog written by a teacher recently placed at YWIS, Yantai.


How do I apply?

Click on the links below to have a look at each of the Yew Chung and Yew Wah schools recruiting through Teacherhorizons this year. If you find a vacancy you are interested in, make sure you get in touch immediately with the Recruitment Adviser detailed on the advert! Interviews are being held in London on 13th January, 14th January, 20th January and 21st January. You can also interview via Skype if you cannot get to London, but priority will be given to face to face candidates.

YCIS Shanghai
YCIS Chongqing
YCIS Hong Kong

YWIS Beijing
YWIS Guangzhou
YWIS TongXiang
YWIS Yantai
YWIS Shanghai
YWIS Chongqing

Best of luck to all who have applied so far. If you are interested but have not yet set up an account with Teacherhorizons, start by clicking here and creating a free profile. Once your account has been activated you will be able to see who to email for your chosen school and position. For any queries email info@teacherhorizons.com.

Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.

The 12 jobs of Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas one and all! And as our gift to you, we bring you 12 of our favourite jobs for 2018. Have a look at what this brand new year has to offer you.


1) MYP Science Teacher International School of Nanshan Shenzhen, China

This position involves teaching Chemistry, Biology and Physics to middle school students, as well as teaching some interdisciplinary science units that explore concepts, skills and processes from two or more science disciplines. The school is in the process of becoming and IB world school, and is state of the art, with a brand new campus in the heart of Shenzhen. The location is fantastic,  it is a true East meets West melting pot with endless entertainment options such as popping to Hong Kong at the weekend!

Screen Shot 2017-12-23 at 22.13.442) Head of Science (Chemistry specialist) St Julian’s School, Portugal  **JANUARY START!**

This is an amazing opportunity to lead a growing team of Chemists at a very renowned school just outside Lisbon. They are keen for someone with IB,  IGCSE and A level experience. The school is in an idyllic location, the grounds that lead on down to a beautiful surfing beach. They are very academic with a fantastic track record of results, and they offer an excellent package. What’s not to like? This school need a teacher for January so get in there quickly!

3) Various jobsYew Chung International School of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

There are many jobs going at this Yew Chung school. Yew Chung is part of the YCEF Foundation. The organisation has a unique approach that blends Chinese and Western education and culture. As the school is part of a larger group, opportunities to move internally / get promotions in China and Hong Kong are high. It’s also an IB school and a good stepping stone to gain IB experience which will open doors in the future. The school is a little different to the other branches of YCIS because they admit local students and have a lower number of expat students.

4)  IBDP Psychology Teacher – Australian International School Saigon, Vietnam

This job is in the Senior School (Years 12 – 13) at AIS; part of the ACG group of schools who offer a first class, academic education within a forward-looking and enriched curriculum to pupils aged from 3 months to 18. The senior school teaches the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.  We visited the school last year and noticed how progressive the school is.  The Head is employing many new ideas which makes AIS an exciting place to teach.

5) Year 3 or 4 Leader The British School in Colombo, Sri Lanka

This is a middle leadership position at The British School in Colombo; one of the most established schools in Sri Lanka. The school bases its curriculum around the British National Curriculum for students from the ages of 2.5 to 18 and offers IGCSE and A Level exams. The school is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation with dedicated facilities for science, ICT, art, music and sport.  To get a better idea of teaching in this school watch this video.

our-campus-image-26) Early Childhood Teacher Ludum School, Italy **JANAURY START!**

Ludum is a well known and established Early Childhood Centre and Primary School located in the city of Milan. The school is committed to providing quality child care and interactive, memorable learning experiences via a highly innovative curriculum based on the design approach. This vacancy is for an experienced and highly motivated teacher to inspire and be part of a close knit teaching team while being responsible for the growth and development of 3 and 4 year old students.

7) College and Careers Adviser – Jay Pritzker Academy, Cambodia

This is a truly ‘feel good’ job. Jay Pritzker Academy is dedicated to overcoming educational disadvantage in rural Cambodia.  The school have a unique and inspiring model, their aim is to make an impact on the future of Cambodia.  JPA is looking for dynamic and inspiring teachers to push forward the school’s vision, and by providing advice about the student’s bright future, you would be doing just this.

8) Nursery Teacher (2-3 Year olds) – United World College Thailand, Thailand **JANUARY START!**

United World College Thailand is part of one of the most prestigious groups of schools in the world. UWC is an education movement comprised of 16 schools, colleges and national committees worldwide that offer scholarships and bursary schemes as well as accepting fee-paying students. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a growing school that has a genuine focus on the social and emotional learning of each student.

9) Head of DramaDulwich College Shanghai Pudong, China

This is a fantastic middle leadership position, leading the drama department at one of the Dulwich schools. The school, which caters to the local expatriate community, is set in an attractive, leafy suburb which contrasts nicely with the liveliness of the city centre which is about 25 minutes away (depending on the traffic!).  It is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS), WASC and the International Baccalaureate. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a passion for their subject in order to stretch the ablest of students.

madinaty10) Head of Mathematics The British International School Madinaty – Egypt

A perfect step into HOD for someone who has experience in the UK curriculum. The British International School Madinaty is a growing, not for profit school located in the Capital of Egypt, Cairo, only a short distance from the ancient Pyramids. The school has a safe, community feel and is set in a large gated compound. BIS Madinaty has excellent facilities that include tennis and handball courts, an Olympic-size swimming pool and an excellent SEN department.

11) LibrarianThe Koc School, Turkey

This role will involve teaching, inspiring and challenging bright Turkish students studying the prestigious International Baccalaureate in addition to the Turkish national curriculum. You must be a qualified teacher and have library experience to apply. The school is one of the top 2 in Turkey and is looking for an experienced Librarian who can take their substantial library into the 21st century.

12) IGCSE and A level Physics Teacher JKFZ Cambridge International School, China

An excellent opportunity to be part of a new school that can offer you the opportunity to make a major contribution to its development into a mature and successful establishment. JKFZ Cambridge International School has excellent facilities within a beautiful campus. It has wonderful, highly motivated, high achieving and aspirational Chinese students who are looking to attend some of the best universities around the world. JKFZ follows an English curriculum,  IGCSE  and A-Levels.


If you are keen for any of these positions, email your Recruitment Adviser. Their name will be at the bottom of the advert for the job you are interested in! Want a job but haven’t signed up to Teacherhorizons yet? Create a free profile here.

Written by Tiffany Kibblewhite, Teacherhorizons Blog Manager and Recruitment Adviser.

Encouraging your students to apply for international scholarships

For many students, half the battle of going to college is trying to find a way to pay tuition. Fortunately, there are thousands of various scholarship opportunities out there that students can apply for, or enter to win. Jason Mueller from the USA has written a guest blog for us this week, with some tips for teachers on encouraging your students to apply for international scholarships and study abroad.


As a teacher, you want to see your students challenge themselves and not only set goals, but smash them! Whether this means you introduce them to new books to read, a new way to complete a math problem or you challenge them to think outside the box when it comes to submitting those college applications, students listen to what their teachers say, even when you may think otherwise. So the best way to help guide them in their educational decisions is by encouraging them to take calculated risks to advance to a higher level of education.

For some students, the thought of traveling overseas can be a little scary but studying abroad can be a very beneficial time in a student’s life. Heading overseas for school allows a person to take in a whole new outlook on life by experiencing new cultures, language skills and even opportunities for employment that they would otherwise know nothing about. Best of all, studying abroad lets a student learn with new or different teaching styles than they may have experienced before. This lets a person really soak up the culture and learn more about the people around them, their traditions and even the way the society works.

So encourage your students to go overseas to college, and to start applying for international scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition overseas. You can encourage your students by guiding them in the right direction and this includes helping them determine whether the school of choice is a good school and helping them research a little about the local area near the school and the customs and traditions they might experience while in the new country. You can also use the following checklist to help them as they consider jetting across the ocean to attend school.

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Start early

Students who start looking for scholarships early have a better chance of securing the funds they need in time to start school on time. If you have candidates for international study in your classroom, talk to them as soon as possible to get them started on the hunt for as many international scholarships as possible.

Encourage extracurricular activities

Many schools enjoy knowing that students participate in activities outside of school. This could be foreign language classes on their own time, cooking, dance or other classes. It could really help if the activities they enjoy coincide with things the overseas school offers. Extracurricular activities show a well-rounded lifestyle and that always looks good on a college resume.

Help them develop their writing skills

Work with your students to advance their writing skills if they need a little help. Many scholarships offer entry based on writing an essay, and students need to be able to write well to enter and win.

Search online

You may be surprised at the number of scholarships that a person can apply for online, and even more surprising is that some are super easy to get with little to no effort at all. A quick search on Google is a great way to begin searching for the scholarships your students need for studying abroad. Below are some examples of scholarships you could recommend to your students.

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A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. $1000 Scholarship

Entry Deadline: March 10, 2018

Students must write a 1000 word or more essay with a focus on auto transport. Essays will be judged, and a winner chosen by the end of March 2018. Students must be enrolled in, or be enrolled by the 2018 school year a fully accredited two or four-year college, university or trade school.


Coupon Birds $1000 Help to Save Scholarship

Entry Deadline: October 18, 2018

To enter to win this scholarship, students must fill out a simple form, write an essay showing how they have been able to save money in their daily life from using coupons for discounts and then submit the essay via the Coupon Birds website. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the U.S., UK, Canada or Hong Kong to enter.


Ugly Sweater Scholarship

Entry Deadline: December 31, 2017

This is a fun scholarship entry which requires students to write an essay of no more than 250 words detailing how they obtained their ugly Christmas sweater. Essays must accompany a photo of the student wearing the sweater. All entries require a $1 fee which will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Brighten the Holidays program. Winners will be notified by January 31, 2018 and award will be sent directly to the college or university the student is enrolled in.


To find more great scholarships, be sure to set aside a little time with your students and spend a few minutes online. It doesn’t take long to find some great, as well as fun and creative ways to earn those scholarships to be able to study internationally.

Written by Jason Mueller, who works for A-1 Auto Transport, Inc. One of the largest U.S.-based worldwide auto shippers in the industry. They have just begun offering scholarships to help inspiring students reach their potential.

Moving with young ones: Five ways to ease the transition and keep your sanity!

Moving is one of the most stressful events in life, right up there with the death of a loved one and divorce. For children ages 2 to 6, it’s as if their entire world is being disrupted. The good news is that this age group is very resilient and adapts quickly. Here are five strategies that will help your little one embrace their new “world” with open arms.


1) It all begins with your attitude

When parents are stressed and upset, their parenting suffers. Your positive attitude goes a long way in transforming fear and anxiety into excitement. As the founder of Gold Parent Coaching says, “Your kids look to you for cues, so if you’re positive, they’ll have a sense that everything will be okay.”

teddy2) Involve your child with the move

Read books about moving with your child to help them understand the process. A winner for this age group is The Berenstain Bears’ Moving Day by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

When it’s time to start packing, ask your child to help you pack up her room. Not only will this help her feel included, but she’ll be comforted seeing that all her beloved treasures are going to your new house. Let her “label” her boxes and put them with the things to unpack first. Better yet, let her decorate her boxes with crayons, stickers, etc. Not only will this help your movers easily identify where these boxes go, but it will keep her busy so you can attend to one of the other 457 things on your moving checklist!

Have your child accompany you to look at new houses. Including them in this way builds excitement and greatly reduces the fear and anxiety of the unknown. If they can’t join you, take photos to share with them later. Once you’ve chosen the home, let your child visit before moving day and take a tour of the new neighborhood and anything in the area that they’d like. Ice cream, anyone?

Have a look here to read a first-hand experience from one of our teachers about moving with a family.


3) Make your child’s well-being your priority.

Take plenty of breaks from packing to spend time with your child. After the move, try to take some time off from work to help your child settle into his new home. Some other things to consider include:

  • On moving day, set up his room first so he will be surrounded by familiar things. If you do this, he’ll have a sanctuary to go to if he feels overwhelmed.
  • Stick to your old routines; if your bedtime routine has always been a story and a kiss before bed, continue this tradition in your new house.
  • If your child expresses anxiety about leaving friends, come up with ways they can stay in touch. If possible, plan a trip back to the old hometown to visit.


kid soft toy4) Acknowledge your child’s feelings.

Instead of judging or downplaying what your child tells you, acknowledge what she’s saying. For example, if your child says she is scared to go to her new school, rather than telling her there’s nothing to be scared of or that she’s being silly, acknowledge her feelings and say something like, “I know you’re scared, but I’m going to come with you. We’ll meet your new teachers and your classmates together, and I’ll stay with you until you’re not scared anymore.” Help your child work through the feelings rather than downplay or deny them.

Click here to read another teacher’s story about moving to Thailand with a family.


5) Transition to the new school in steps

Sometimes a few extra steps can be the perfect recipe for helping your child transition more easily to their new school:

  • Ask your child’s former teacher or caregiver to jot down some notes for the new teacher/caregiver.
  • Make sure your child “says goodbye” to their old daycare or school. You might even want to bring special treats for your child to hand out on his last day.
  • Visit the new daycare or school facilities with your child before the first day. Meet the new teacher and say hello to the children.


At times, you’ll feel like your sanity is being challenged. But by looking for ways to help your child feel more comfortable with the move, you might even help yourself. With the strategies above, you’ve got this. Pretty soon you’ll be moved and settled into your new life and everything will fall into place. Leaving the stress of moving a distant memory.


Written by Noah Smith, a voyager and writer for Wellness Voyager. Noah and his three friends travel the world, writing about their experiences on http://wellnessvoyager.com/.