Ask the Expert: Tips for International teachers!

In a new series of Ask the Expert posts, we speak to Teacherhorizons staff members willing to give us essential insight into the world of international teaching. Teacherhorizons staff are teachers themselves, so they’ve been in your shoes. They know the daunting moments from jet setting off into the unknown, navigating parent-teacher relations, to the boring logistical and administrative stuff that may feel like a burden but is oh so necessary.  So, if you have the burning desire to foray into the world of international teaching we’ve got you covered!  

This week I chatted with Laura, a Teacherhorizons recruitment consultant in charge of Humanities and much more.  She has been working with Teacherhorizons for just over a year, loves her job and kindly agreed to share her journey with us. She also happens to have a wealth of great advice up her sleeve. Read on for some great guidance on looking for jobs, IB training and those all-important cultural considerations.

The journey into international teaching.

Laura currently works in the UAE with her husband, also a teacher, and their two young children. The job allows her to work remotely while they raise a family too, so it is ideal. Laura comes from Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, off the coast of Normandy. She moved to the U.K to go to university. After graduating from Cambridge her life seemed to be moving her in the direction of finance after a stint and Credit Suisse. As fate would have it, a chance conversation with a friend about Teach First landed her in an inner-city school in Tottenham teaching maths. This was a pinnacle moment for Laura and one that she looks back on with great fondness. The only disadvantage she found was that she only gained experience to GCSE level so she started to seek out other opportunities further afield, especially those relating to Post-16 and A Level experience.

With great enthusiasm, a desire to gain IB experience and professional development, Laura and her partner moved to Cairo, Egypt. It was a fantastic experience that enabled them to save money, gain that useful PD, and even travel extensively. They went to many countries during their time there and loved the time at the school and beyond.WhatsApp Image 2019-02-15 at 5.34.31 PM-2

The Move to the UAE.

After some time back home, which included marriage and children, they felt the calling for an international
lifestyle again, this time –Dubai. Her husband got a job at a school there and she soon after started working with Teacherhorizons. Laura speaks affectionately about living and raising children in the UAE. The place is great for families. She told us of some great opportunities across different schools here and Teacherhorizons has relationships and vacancies with Dubai English Speaking College, Dovecote Primary School, Dunecrest American School and Dubai American Academy. She also mentioned visits lined up to explore other schools in the UAE.

When asked if there were any negatives of being in the UAE, Laura stated: ” The only downside of being in the UAE is that your degree needs to be in the subject you are going to teach”. She advises not to waste time and energy on the process without this as it is non-negotiable and your visa is dependent on it.

Does Laura’s journey sound appealing to you? Perhaps you are already mulling over a move, and picturing yourself as an international teacher. Sign up to Teacherhorizons to see
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Laura was a Teacherhorizons candidate herself so she knows the drill. She has generously left us with these great pointers and considerations about choosing a life abroad.
Tip 1: Research the rules of the country you are interested in.

Do they require a degree in the subject or maybe even a master’s? In Indonesia, you need an MA and 5 years post qualification experience. A lot of places expect 2 years post qualification experience to be issued a working visa, like China for example. All in all at least 2 years post qualification will stand you in a good position in many locations.

If you are in to save up some cash, consider these ways to earn extra income. 

Tip 2: Choose a springboard school

Be open-minded to different experiences.  Many job seekers looking for international experience want to go straight into a job in places like Singapore, Hong Kong or, Japan. These areas are exceptionally competitive especially for IB so you might want to consider other locations first, using it as a springboard school to gain vital IB and professional development training for your CV.

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Family trip to Oman.

Tip 3: Don’t convert salaries back to your currency

Although this might seem obvious, it is so common to automatically convert salaries back to your home salary, but as we also spoke about in a recent blog post here, it doesn’t work out to do so.

 Tip 4: Let go of preconceived ideas.

Laura told us that when she was in Cairo, Egypt just after the revolution there were expectations around what it would be like. But in reality, while it was a conservative lifestyle in some places, there were moments that wouldn’t have been experienced if she just believed the media representation of a country, like evenings out at Jazz clubs. Of course, you will be faced with different cultural expectations and you might have to change some behaviours but mostly you will be rewarded with a diverse experience that goes beyond stereotypes, so be open-minded.

Tip 5: Ask your advisors anything

As a Teacherhorizons candidate herself, she was really happy with the support of her advisors. Understanding teachers needs are where we excel, so reach out with any questions, hesitations or general musings you might have.

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Written by Alexandra Plummer

Teaching and Living in Hong Kong

This week we take a trip with Jennifer Harrison to hear how settling into teaching and life in Hong Kong has been for her.  Get the low down on island getaways, supportive parents, delicious food and more below…

 

1. Where are you teaching and what’s your school like? What made you choose that specific location?

Jennifer: Stamford American School in Hong Kong is part of a huge school group called Cognita, and they are able to provide opportunities all over the world for teachers interested in exploring their other schools. As a newer school in Hong Kong, Stamford built up a team of the friendliest and most supportive staff from the very beginning. Teachers are trained to use all kinds of technology in our teaching, which has been so valuable to me as some of my teaching tools. The school sponsors social events often and staff are able to further build relationships with colleagues.

Recently moved to a new place? read tips on settling in, here. 

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

Jennifer: I applied online and was contacted immediately to meet with the head of school, Karrie Dietz. The process was efficient and simple.

Read our blog about other teacher experiences in other places around Asia

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

Jennifer: Hong Kong is full of things to do and foods to try. It is one of the most international cities where expats comfortably settle into, and most locals are able to communicate in English. Hiking trails are famous in Hong Kong, and there is no shortage of nightlife. My favourite things to do are exploring nearby islands, and going to karaoke and shisha with friends.

4. Which tourist sites or must-visit places are nearby?

Jennifer: Tai O is my favourite place to visit. It’s a fishing village where people live in stilt houses right on the water, and there are older traditional stores as well as trendy coffee shops to check out.

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

Jennifer: Most of the year is hot and humid. AC is blasting in every shop, and most people sleep with it on throughout the night. The humidity might be something to get used to, depending on where you’re coming from. The short spring and fall are the best months, and the few months of winter could get very chilly but never freezing. Central heating is non-existent, so most people buy a small space heater for their apartments, or just wear layers indoor and outdoors.

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

Jennifer: Food is THE BEST and I love the local food as well as the international selections available on every corner. I’ve tried pigeon and liked it!

Learn more about international teaching here with this life hack!

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

Jennifer: The sheer number of people and limited space means you have no personal space when walking on the streets or travelling on public transport. People are efficient, which may come off as rude or too direct. Overall, once you get to understand the culture, people are friendly.

8. What’s the cost of living like? Are you able to save money?yu-kato-714578-unsplash

Jennifer: Cost of housing is very high, transportation is cheap and efficient, and the cost of food can be high or low depending on where you shop. Overall, I am able to save money.

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

Jennifer: Education is a priority in Hong Kong culture, and parents are very supportive of what you do for their children. They are always eager to volunteer or help out in any way. Parents take education very seriously, and will often listen to teachers’ suggestions for their children.

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

Jennifer: Hong Kong is fast-paced and to some people, it could be hectic if they prefer a slower, more laid back lifestyle.

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

Jennifer: Prepare yourself for small spaces, and try to learn a few words in Cantonese! Also, be open to hanging out in local places with local people to really get the Hong Kong experience. Many expats choose to stick to areas like Central and Wanchai, but there is much more to this vibrant city! Local places like Sham Shui Po or Shau Kei Wan are full of interesting things to discover!

 

Thank you, Jennifer, for your great insights into an alluring city!

Do you have any comments about life in Hong Kong? Do you want to know more? Please get in touch editor@teacherhorizons.com.

Written by Alexandra Plummer

The Evolution of the Teaching Role

Gone are the days of the teacher knowing it all. Gone—or at least we hope, are the days of rote learning. We live in a time where we are inundated with a wealth of tools, and the world is literally at our fingertips. But what does this mean as a teacher? While we are at an advantage with all the learning tools available we are also faced with increasing challenges that come with accelerated change and technological advances. How do we keep up as teachers in a world that is accelerating ahead at alarming speed?

At this anxious time, we can look back on history to enable us a fuller more enriching understanding of where we are now and face the future with a little less anxiety.

From Confucius to computers

What better place to start than with Confucius. The Chinese educator and philosopher based his teachings on discovering the self. In the Analects of Confucius, it was stated that “A gentleman studies for his own sake, not in order to impress others, and seeks for it in himself and not in others.”  So instead of knowledge for knowledge sake, it is more a case of education as a means to discover one’s self. This is more than relevant today. Living in a globalized world it is of supreme importance to equip students with a sense of self. As the world is more connected, knowing who we are as an individual is crucial. As a teacher, helping students discover themselves and what they stand for in a space full of plentiful but contradictory ideas is paramount. It also begs the question: what has become of the way that we teach, when the way that we learn is constantly being shaped by technological advances?

Find out if teaching abroad is for you by reading another of our blogs at Teacherhorizons.

From knowledge banks to knowledge guides.

One of the biggest most obvious shift in the teacher/pupil relationship is that of the teacher as a dispenser of information to the teacher as supporter and guide. The exciting part is that teachers get to be creative in their endeavours in how they can enable students to find their own way. The less exciting part is trying to navigate that in a world of data and standardized tests, with ever increasing external pressures. What tools do use to support yourself as a teacher?

Sign up to Teacherhorizons here and start the balling rolling for your new life.

From explaining change to embracing change.

As the famous quote goes, change is the only constant. Teachers are faced with great challenges if they don’t embrace the change around them. Young students now are digital natives so keeping up with the environment that we ourselves were not born into requires constant adaptation and moving with the times. Back in the day religious rhetoric was key in the classroom. Questioning the teacher was limited. How far we have come! We now expect the students to question, question, question and critical thinking, while a bit of a buzzword is also the phrase of our time.

Having to navigate the vast world of lesson planning, reviews, data analysis, observation, testing and parents can be overwhelming alongside having to stay up tosamuel-zeller-106867-unsplash date with an ever-changing environment. How do you use professional development to support? To read more on professional development click here.

Do you think being a teacher today requires more preparation than in the past?  Although the past was encyclopedias in the classroom and today is search engines from a tablet, the same remains true that through creativity and inspiration the teacher’s role is to inspire and provoke students desire to obtain knowledge and use it in a way that is central to their context.

What’s in your toolbox? What strategies do you have for teaching in a modern, international classroom? We would love to hear from you. Reach out at editor@teacherhorizons.com

 

 

Written by Alexandra Plummer

5 Tips Regarding Teacher Salaries

Discussing salaries can sometimes be a bit of a taboo subject, but the conversation is necessary—especially when making a decision that takes you across the globe and into nerve-wracking new terrain. Knowing that you are adequately supported is a priority. Salary and remuneration topics for teachers are also a bit challenging as they vary so drastically. Here are some factors to consider beyond the initial figure displayed in a job advertisement. These 5 tips are a good starting point for navigating the world of salary packages.

Tip 1: Don’t convert and compare the figure to your home salary.

Teachers in international schools can benefit from a better relative salary that at home even if the initial figure looks lower. Comparing the salary directly to the one you receive at home becomes obsolete for teachers as you are provided with a ‘package’—benefits and support beyond a take-home amount.  First and foremost to note is that the salary you might receive as a teacher in the UK, for example, will not be directly equivalent in your new place of residence so it bodes well to leave the comparisons aside. You might choose a country with a weak currency but get support in both local and international currency, meaning that you will end up with more savings than if you stayed home. As this article will delve into some more, there are plenty of factors to consider. This leads us first to perhaps the most crucial…

Sign up to Teacherhorizons to see school profiles and salary packages– it’s free.

Tip 2: Context is everything!

Finding out the cost of living in prospective countries first can help you to visualise what your income will provide in that country and enable you to work out what your take-home savings can be. It might be useful to make a table with the average outgoings and once you have a good idea of general averages from rent, food and travel costs you can start to see where your money stretches. www.numbeo.com is a really good resource for this.

Healthcare is a good point to mention when discussing context. International schools in places with an adequate healthcare system are actually unlikely to support you with the entirety of health coverage, but where it is inadequate you will often find health care coverage included in the package.

If you are in to save up some cash, consider these ways to earn extra income. 

Tip 3: Explore the remuneration packages.

Salaries alone are just the tip of the iceberg! Most schools offer comprehensive packages that need a little insight to navigate. It might be a bit overwhelming at first to know what these packages should or shouldn’t include. The most expected is subsidised accommodation while the least expected is fully supported healthcare. Again, this totally depends on where you are. Reiterating the tip above though, context is key and rules in some countries won’t apply to others. For example, in the Middle East, it is custom to provide an end of contract bonus whereas in Europe this is not necessarily the case. A good remuneration package will make your teaching life smoother. Some schools offer accommodation often in a teachers house or nearby the schools. If they don’t offer this make sure that they at least offer some support regarding location, rental expectations or connections to trustworthy estate agents.kimberly-farmer-287677-unsplash

Tip 4: Priorities. 

As well as context, priorities are also important to be clear on, as an international school teacher you can have a high standard of living and get to spend your free time getting to know the country you are in, taking trips and soaking up the culture. However, if your sole incentive is to save your priorities when comparing salary packages will be different. Make a list of your priorities first.

If you are travelling with your spouse and/or children look out for packages that support family members travelling with you. This is a key factor to look into as not all schools offer spouse or dependents support. On the other hand, some even go as far as allowances for your children’s education.

When you are doing research on schools there are some general assumptions. One is that the more popular the school the higher demand for teachers and this may result in a lower salary. Schools that advertise high salaries and sought-after packages will also be highly competitive.

 Tip 5: Pension and Taxes.

Although not the most exciting task, doing your research on country-specific pension and tax allowances will be worth it. If you are from the UK you are no longer required to pay National Insurance contributions but this can ultimately alter your state pension in the long run. Outside Europe, it will be up to you to contribute on a voluntary basis. For details on pensions and taxes, your government website should provide links to comprehensive resources for people who live and work abroad. For UK citizens, this is a helpful resource: https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance-if-you-go-abroad. In regards to taxes, your best bet is to specifically research the country you are considering as each place has different rules in place. Some places, like the Middle East, offer tax-free salaries for foreign residents.

Remember, your level of experience will also be a factor. Information on job requirements and benefits are provided on school profile pages.

To view our current opportunities and the benefits and salaries for each, just sign up in 3 simple steps – Sign up, add your CV and become an endorsed teacher!

Written by Alexandra Plummer

“Don’t Think Twice, Do it!” Advice on Moving to Japan.

Ever wondered what it would be like to live and teach in the world of manga, sushi and cherry blossom? When we asked our teacher Tamara what advice she would give to those considering a move, she responded: “don’t think twice, do it!” Read on to find out what makes it a place worthy of relocation… 

Having both lived in Japan, I was delighted to hear about Tamara’s positive experience of teaching there. My love for Japan made it hard to resist adding my own two cents about life in such a remarkable part of the world.

Tamara at the summit of majestic Mount Fuji which locals refer to as Fuji-san.

1. Where are you teaching and what’s your school like? What made you choose that specific location?

Tamara: I’m teaching at an international school in Yokohama. It’s a rather small school, which means the relationships between colleagues, administration, parents and students are very friendly. Everyone is very helpful and I had no problems becoming a part of the community.

Read about the New Blog Manager’s, experience in Japan here. 

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

Tamara: I got the job through Teacherhorizons. My advisor, Caroline, was very helpful and supportive the entire time.

Read our blog about other teacher experiences in other places around the world.

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

Tamara: Yokohama is a very pleasant place to live. It’s much quieter than Tokyo, however, Tokyo is only half an hour away. Many expats live in Yokohama including French, Americans, Australians to name just a few. In my free time, I explore the city and its surroundings. I go hiking, I visit places of interest, I go to the theatre, sometimes just for a walk to a nearby park.

Alexandra:  With Tokyo being so nearby, I can attest it is worth the thirty-minute journey. Tokyo can feel daunting at first but once you get used to moving with the crowds you notice a sense of harmony. The train stations, especially Shibuya and Shinjuku,  can feel quite overwhelming in their size so give your self plenty of time to find your way to the train! I also had some of the best food, notably Ramen noodles, in train stations as the quality remains as good as on the high street. The Shinkansen, bullet train, is such a convenient to travel the country. Travel is unbelievably efficient, regular and on time.

JP24. Which tourist sites or must-visit places are nearby?

Tamara: So many! Kamakura, Hakone, Tokyo of course, to name the most famous ones.

Alexandra: While I loved the Christmas markets in Yokohama and the Ramen Museum, I also really loved venturing out to other parts of the country as it is so easy to do so. Highlights of mine were the seaside towns on Izu Peninsular and a quaint place called Nikko, both within easy reach Tokyo.

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

Tamara: Summer was hot and humid, autumn was gorgeous, winter is cold-but nothing extreme.

Alexandra: In Japan, you get to experience four distinct seasons. Winters do feel pretty freezing, as the buildings don’t retain heat, but the Japanese have a lot of pro-tips on how to keep warm without central heating systems. Perhaps the most celebrated is the heated blanket table, Kotatsu, which entire families sit around. It looks a bit like a coffee table with a duvet over the top. Another tip would be to don thermal everything- Japanese Heat Technology is used widely here. Springtime makes way for the infamous cherry blossom and results in boozy parties in the park to celebrate their short-lived beauty. Autumn is where the changing of leaves, called Koyo, can be marvelled upon. Summers are a good time to escape to the coast as the humidity in the city is quite intense.

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

Tamara: Japanese cuisine is legendary. I’ve tried so many different things, also unusual. I never thought I’d eat sashimi, but tuna sashimi with avocado and tomatoes in the izakaya at Motomachi is simply wonderful. International food is also available, of course.

Alexandra: Izakayas are simple small bars which people pile into after work to have beers and small-bites. Usually, they sell starter like dishes such as Yakitori- chicken skewers. There are many around, they get packed out and have a vibrant atmosphere. People tend to move from one to another in mini-pub crawl fashion.

7. How is the culture different from your home culture? Have you experienced any culture shock?JP3

Tamara: It’s different, but that’s what I wanted. All my experiences so far have been positive.

Alexandra: Culture shock is inevitable but if you have the right attitude, like Tamara, it becomes more exciting than overwhelming.  Take with you a sense of curiosity and you will experience more wonder and awe than ever.  It is a fascinating and unique place to be, embrace it.

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

Tamara: I didn’t come to save money, I have come to enjoy and make the best of it.

Alexandra: While Japan can be on the pricey side, the salary usually reflects this. International schools. especially allow for a comfortable lifestyle. In Japan, they really enjoy getting out in nature, which is free! Onsen, Japanese outside baths, are really cheap and a great way to relax and unwind.  A bowl of ramen will cost $7, fill you up and be absolutely delicious.

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

Tamara: It’s different, it’s new, it’s a challenge. The best thing was to become a part of the community, to be accepted by students and to be able to overcome the initial shock.

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

Tamara: I don’t see any drawbacks. Anyone who is willing to try something new would be able to get used to it.

Alexandra:  I totally agree. Bring along a sense of curiosity and openness. They really value politeness and order in Japan so respect the harmony and you will get along just fine.

Do you have comments about teaching in Japan? Do you want to know more? Please get in touch on editor@teacherhorizons.com to tell your story. If you are wondering about how teaching in a different country would be, you can read more here.

Written by Alexandra Plummer

New Beginnings

The New Year brings about time for new beginnings, and it is no different here at Teacherhorizons.  The start of a year is the perfect time for a bit of a revamp and as Tiffany steps down to focus more on her other roles at Teacherhorizons, we welcome a new blog manager, Alexandra. We have asked her some questions to find out a little more…

Where are you from? 
I’m originally from the U.K but have lived quite a global existence. It usually makes for an awkwardly long answer when asked the “where are you from?” question, so for sake of keeping you with me for this article, I will give the short version.  I grew up in South Africa and England and then moved to South Korea to teach English after I graduated which sparked my love affair with Asia and held me tight within the continent for the last 10+ years. You can read about a teacher’s past experience in South Korea here.
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Where are you based now and what is it like there?

I  am attempting a foray back into European life and have settled upon Lisbon, Portugal as I have family in the country, the sun shines most of the time and the vino is cheap. So far, it feels like the right choice. I am loving the romanticism of the cobbled streets, the sunlit historical buildings and the array of miradouros (viewpoints) that enable one to cast their eyes upon the majestic, awe-inspiring city by the sea.

 What blogging have you done in the past? 

While my career has been mainly in international development, writing has always been a component of my life one way or another. This has taken on many forms, from advocacy reports on human rights atrocities, to travel articles on where one can find a white sand beach and cheap beer.  I have tried my hand at everything from plant-based recipe blogs to academic writing.  Basically, I have always found a way to keep pen to paper–or perhaps words to screen is a more apt description.

Where else have you lived and travelled? Tell us a bit about them. 

I was most recently residing in Tokyo, Japan. I was awarded a wonderful fellowship there to spend two years studying peace and conflict resolution. It was an incredible experience, the beauty and character of Japan is like13886968_10207956230676372_6739819854000648120_n no other place I have visited.  What struck me the most was that while so many people live in Tokyo, there is an undeniable harmony to it—a kind of refined charm that resonates flow, even when attempting to cross a multiway crossing in Shibuya with a million others. While Japan is a peaceful country their history of nuclear destruction in Hiroshima and Nagasaki has meant that the horrors are imprinted in the consciousness of its people. Rebuilding peace became central, sparking international peace movements and influence worldwide. This made it an especially interesting place to study peace and conflict resolution.

 

What are your plans for the Teacherhorizons blog? 
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I am excited about the teacher horizons blog and plan to showcase some more of the familiar, such as guest blogs, school recommendations and tips for teachers from experts.  I would also like to bring some new insights and fresh topics with some articles on subjects that might be on our minds right now like Brexit, global vs local, teacher expectations etc.  I will also share some of my own experiences of living abroad and working in the education and development sector.  If there is anything you are eager to see represented on the blog please reach out to me. You can also take a look at some of our past blogs for inspiration 
 
How do you feel about joining the Teacherhorizons team? 
I have known Teacherhorizons from meeting the CEO, Alex Reynolds, you can read a recent interview with him here, when I lived and worked for a small NGO in Cambodia a few years back. It was a magical place to be based and we both shared the same admiration for the country and the people. I am really happy to become part of such an established and thriving team. I already feel very welcomed into the Teacherhorizons team, and am looking forward to representing subjects that reflect Teacherhorizons well. I am also excited to be part of a group of like-minded people, passionate about global education and living a meaningful life.

Thank you for the opportunity and please get in touch with me if you have any questions or suggestions. You can reach me at editor@teacherhorizons.com

Written by Alexandra Plummer

12 jobs of Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas one and all! We hope you are having a lovely break, and as our gift to you, we bring you 12 of our favourite jobs for 2019/20. Have a look at what this brand new year has to offer you.

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1) Secondary English Teacher – Anglican International School, Israel  **JANUARY START!**

This wonderful role in Jerusalem requires an IB trained English language and literature teacher who is a committed Christian. An interesting opportunity to work in a faith-based environment and experience the melting pot of cultures that is this historic ancient city.

 

2)  Drama Teacher – International School of Milan, Italy   **FEBRUARY START!** **SHORT TERM CONTRACT!**

The school is looking for a Drama teacher to take over grade 10 – 13 classes from February 2019 to the summer. This well-established school is based in the heart of one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant cities. ISM offers the IB curriculum to their pre-school to high school students and has an excellent reputation in Italy.  It offers a dynamic and progressive educational environment and has full IB accreditation, the school offer IB training to all their teaching staff.

 

Dubai3) IB DP History TeacherDubai American Academy – UAE

Dubai American Academy (DAA) is an American and IB Curriculum school, founded in 1998. After educating students for 20 years, DAA has become the only outstanding American Curriculum school in the United Arab Emirates since 2011 and offers K-12 education including the IB DP at senior level. The school are seeking experienced IB DP History candidates and offer one free school place alongside other great benefits!

 

4)  IBDP Physics and MYP Science Teacher, International School of Monza, Italy

A small, modern and colourful school where teachers are highly respected as professionals and afforded a good degree of autonomy to teach in a creative and exciting way; A beautiful part of the world. In the heart of the city of Monza, the doors of the International School of Monza open every day to approximately 300 students of around 30 nationalities. A perfect structure for collaborative inquiry-driven study, an environment that will help them to grow to become active citizens of “a world without frontiers”. You do not need IB experience to apply for this role, but you must have an EU passport.

 

5) Various rolesDubai English Speaking College, UAE   **BOTH JANUARY AND AUGUST STARTS!**

DESC is a not for profit, inclusive secondary school with a great reputation in the UAE. There are 1,600 students on roll and the school really looks after it’s staff with a very active Staff Well being Committee. The UAE is a great place to live – all round good weather and a tax free salary. As Dubai prepares to host the World Expo in 2020, it is an exciting place to be for the next few years! The roles here include a Science and a Maths role for January, and ICT, English, Business and Economics, Drama an Dance, Media Studies and Science for August!

 

Yantai6) Drama Teacher – Yew Wah International Education School of Yantai, China

This school is looking for enthusiastic and globally-minded candidates. The group established a new model of global education offering the unique richness and diversity of both Eastern and Western cultures that equip children to be bilingual, global-minded, appreciative and caring. The school nurture globally competitive students and shape their good character as responsible global citizens with the competencies and skills required in the 21st century.  Yew Wah International Education School in Yantai has just over 400 students and teaches a British curriculum.

 

7) Elementary PE TeacherPine Street School, New York

This school has many vacancies for August alongside this Elementary vacancy, so it’s a great place to look as a teaching couple. Pine Street School is a Spanish and Mandarin immersion preschool and elementary school. They are Lower Manhattan’s only International Baccalaureate (IB) school offering the Primary Years Programme. The curriculum is inherently STEAM-based, promoting hands-on experiences that fuel innovative thinking and cultivate a culture of teamwork and collaboration in support of global citizenship. The school are seeking a teacher with 3 years’ experience teaching PE or a related movement specialty (dance, sports, yoga, pilates, etc.) to pre-school and/or elementary aged children. A Masters degree in education, physical education, or a related field is highly desirable and the school and ideally teachers will already have the right to live and work in the US.

 

8) Various Roles – United World College Changshu, China  **BOTH JANUARY AND AUGUST STARTS!**

United World College Changshu 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.

 

DAIS9) Head of STEMDhirubhai Ambani International School, India

This is a fantastic middle leadership position at a school with excellent facilities and resources. At DAIS you will find an environment where you can succeed professionally and personally. Given their unique location in one of the world’s most vibrant and historically rich cities, Mumbai provides something for everyone including the opportunity for Indian cultural immersion. At DAIS you will experience the highest levels of support within a professional learning community. The school’s guiding principles of trust, empathy, professionalism, respect and team work allow everyone to thrive in their own way as part of a highly enriching team at DAIS. This school also has vacancies in Art, Spanish&French, Economics, Geography, Chemistry and Technology. Some of these are also Middle Leadership – take a look!

 

10) Chemistry Teacher The International School of Barbados, Barbados **JANUARY START**

Also known as The Codrington School, The International School of Barbados is the only school in Barbados to offer all three IB  programmes. Students at The Codrington School are from more than 30 different nations which makes for a diverse and multi-cultural community. The school has great facilities, small class sizes and a supportive network of teachers which make for a great learning environment for the children. The mission of The Codrington School is to empower all children and adults within the community to become internationally-minded learners who embrace and respect academic excellence and a love of life-long learning and who exemplify the traits of the IB learner profile.

 

11) French Teacher – The Koc School, Turkey

This role will involve teaching, inspiring and challenging bright Turkish students studying the prestigious International Baccalaureate. The school is on the outskirts of Istanbul, in the beautiful countryside and has a stunning campus. You must be a qualified teacher with a degree in French to apply. The school is one of the top 2 schools  in Turkey and is seeking teachers who can make a significant contribution to maintaining and furthering the school’s goal of being at the forefront of education both nationally and across the world.

 

bahamas12) French TeacherLyford Cay International School, The Bahamas **JANUARY START**

This school also has a Primary SEN and a Secondary SEN post for an August start! Founded in 1962, Lyford Cay International School (LCIS) is currently the only school to offer the full IB curriculum from Early Years to Grade 12 in the Bahamas. LCIS is a non-profit school, with the majority of tuition fees spent on teaching and learning to develop facilities and resources to provide the best education possible for the students that attend. The school has created a close-knit and diverse community with teachers and students coming from 41 different nations, speaking 14 languages. The school has received accreditations from the International Baccalaureate Organisation, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the Council of International Schools to ensure curriculum, results, staffing and administration operate at the highest international standards. Set in a beautiful location, with an excellent community of teachers and happy students and the opportunity to gain IB curriculum experience, LCIS would be an excellent place to work.

 

If you are keen for any of these positions, just click APPLY next to the job vacancy! 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.

What is it like to teach in Sri Lanka?

This week we are luck enough to hear from Rose Drea, an adventurous humanities teacher, who gives a colourful and powerful description of the ups and downs of life in Sri Lanka. Thanks so much for this, Rose!

 

Sri lankaTeaching in Sri Lanka was an unexpected opportunity that presented itself at the right time in my life. I set up an account with Teacherhorizons and kept an open mind. Within a few days I had chatted with Alexis and within a few weeks a new opportunity had presented itself. I left Ireland on a cold damp day in January and arrived to a tropical sunset and that night fell asleep to the whirl of a fan.

Within days I was working with inspiring, kind, generous and thoughtful colleagues who became firm friends. They helped settle me in to a new life and over time we spent many days laughing over lunchtimes meals together. Over the following 18 months we shared food, traditions, song and photos from our other lives – from India, Canada and Scotland. More than once I was pinned into a sari. The students were motivated to learn and embrace all aspects of school life. Many were growing up and navigating lives under the guidance of their extended family but were ambitious and determined to embrace the opportunities of continuing their studies outside of Sri Lanka. From them, I gained an insight into the diversity of Sri Lankan culture, its variety of expression and its sometimes contested nature.

Read the experiences of another one of our teachers in Sri Lanka here

lanka 3Beyond the school gate, life was interesting, challenging and full of opportunities. Colombo is an unusual Asian city, small enough to get around easily in a tuk tuk but has an up and coming feel about it. There seemed to be a new space opening every month- some where new to check out. I made amazing friends from diverse backgrounds who were motivated to move their personal and professional lives to new levels. It took a leap in the dark to move to Sri Lanka but to stay took guts, determination and perseverance. This network of support would reach out and turn up to help each other through the minor daily logistical dramas to the tougher mosquito related health wobbles.

Read our blog about the work we do with a Sri Lankan charity ‘Tea Leaf Vision’

Every few weekends we would escape the city and head off to the hills or down the coast for a tropical island retreat and reboot. Sri Lanka is a geographic gem. The circumference of the island is mostly sandy beaches, with warm sea water and swaying palm trees while the interior is a mix between jungle and savannah home to wildlife ranging from elephants and leopards to birds of paradise. At its centre is perhaps my favourite; the temperate tea hills with curvy roads, jacaranda trees and trains to hang out of. It’s a place I never completely felt I saw enough of, as there is always somewhere else, some other beautiful beach, temple, lookout or hike.

But like all things light there is shade. Sri Lanka is a post conflict society with stressed political, economic and social structures. There wasn’t a single day when I walked down the street without being cat called. However, equally I never felt threatened, unsafe or intimidated in Sri Lanka. But maybe thats my white privilege talking again. Overall, the experience was one I’ll have for a lifetime and I’d encourage anyone looking to broaden their personal and professional horizons to consider island life. It has an endless amount of adventures waiting for you to experience.

 

Do you have comments about your time in Sri Lanka? Please get in touch on editor@teacherhorizons.com and tell your story. If you haven’t been there yet,  why not browse our schools in Sri Lanka and make your next move?

Written by Rose Drea, an educator originally from Ireland. Having worked across Asia for a number of years, Rose currently lives in the Coast Mountains of western Canada working in community education.

Let The Swine Go Forth!

To take a break from our regular blogs, this week we hear from one of our candidates who has recently had an incredible achievement and published a fiction book set in an international school! It can be found on Amazon right here, and already has fantastic reviews such as “a sprightly, inventive novel, rich in amusing characters and situations. I enjoyed every word of it.” Read on to hear from Auriel Roe about what to expect from the book, and what inspired her success.

let the swine go forthAfter 15 years on the international circuit, I felt compelled to write a novel set in an international school.  I don’t think any other author has done this which is curious as they are quite fascinating places… little outposts of Britishness, uniforms with kilt-like skirts, the Cambridge system and that golden selling point, teachers with English accents… and often set up in the most inhospitable places so those teachers straight from Aldershot, Huddersfield and Stockport often find it quite a chore to keep smiling.

When I was first planning my novel, I whittled the characters down to seven “types” and the more I thought about them, the more I saw them as the Seven Deadly Sins.  There’s Lust, the teacher who goes abroad to – quite literally – “sample” the local speciality and there’s Gluttony, who also goes abroad to sample the local speciality but in more of an oral sense.  Then there’s Sloth, the guy who retired but his wife, bothered by him sitting about the house, sends him off on a little adventure to a far-flung place.  blindfellowsSorry maths teachers, but that’s what the embodiment of Wrath teaches at this school.  I once asked a maths teacher why so many children were nervous about maths.  His answer to me was because many maths teachers had no patience with children no good at maths.  (Actually, most maths teachers I’ve met throughout my teaching career have been charming, but I have been that child who a certain maths teacher had no patience with so that was the most appropriate choice for me.)  Pride is represented by Randolph, the newly appointed headmaster, chosen for the job because of his accent and well-groomed appearance.  He’s in it for the easy ride he believes it will offer him, and the peacock-like parading he presumes embody the job.  Envy and Covetousness are the two local hires who are jealous of the perks of the foreign hires to the point of distraction.

The school, out in the desert of a totalitarian state, soon flounders and, when the country becomes torn by revolution and the headmaster implicated, the end is nigh for the British experiment.

My debut novel, Blindefellows, came out last year and peaked at the #1 spot for humour on Amazon UK, US and Canada.  I like to think I was, albeit briefly, the funniest person in the English-speaking world.  Here’s hoping this novel will have a similar effect.  Now I’m touting for ratings on Amazon, Goodreads, etc. for, if I surpass 50 reviews, I get a leg up from Amazon.  Here’s where you can find it. Happy reading!
International teaching? What can possibly go wrong? …

What a fantastic achievement. As fellow international teachers, don’t forget to download or buy Auriel’s book, have a read and let us know what you think by commenting below (and on Amazon). You can also visit Auriel’s blog page and read more of her work here. Keep it up Auriel – we can’t wait to read another one!

Written by Auriel Roe, author of two books; 'Blindefellows' and 'Let The Swine Go Forth'. In the early part of her career she was a teacher of art, drama and English. Somehow, this alchemic mix of subjects lead to a writing career!

How does Teacherhorizons screen the schools it works with?

As Teacherhorizons grows, more and more schools are signing up to use our services, so it’s more important than ever that we ensure they are good quality. I interviewed our CEO Alex Reynolds recently to find out more about how the team actually does this. What processes do Teacherhorizons and the team go through, and why is this important? 

 

Teacher HorizonsWhat does ‘screening schools’ mean?
It means that we check that the schools we work with are good and suitable places for our teachers to work. As we grow, more and more schools are looking to work with us, so we need to make sure they are high quality.
 
Why is it important to screen schools?
The international sector is growing quickly and more and more schools are being set up. Some of them are brilliant and others still have a way to go. We need to be selective so that we can recommend them to our teachers without reservation, and because we are a small team with a limit to the number of schools we can work with. Not all of our schools need to be the best of the best but we need to understand every school individually to know which teachers will fit in there. Screening effectively is about ‘fit’ as well as quality. Finally, as a young recruitment company, our reputation is vital so it is important for us to work with well respected schools where teachers are happy.   

We are a young company and its been a journey so far – read our story through the words of one of our founders here.

 

Teacher HorizonsWhat steps do you take to screen schools?
We have many levels that schools must pass through in order to use our service. We first do an admin screen to check they are a genuine international school. Then an online screening where we research them in detail online. We look for reviews of the school, we google the school and read all about it, and we check their website for areas such as the curriculum, facilities, photos of the school, the Heads welcome and the accreditations.  The third level is a Skype screening, where we arrange a call with the school and speak to the Head or HR team directly. Here we can get an idea of their recruitment challenges, their turnover rate, and the types of teachers they are looking for. Finally, we then try to visit as many schools as possible and do a face to face screening.
 
Tell me more about this ‘face to face screening’. How do visits work? 
Maggie visitThese are really useful. We always do a tour of the school to see the facilities and get an idea of what sort of a place it is to work. Through this we quickly pick up a sense of the school from the way we are greeted at reception, to the mood of teachers and students, even to the work on the walls! During the visit we will chat to teachers we have placed there ourselves or otherwise teachers we meet in the staffroom etc. We always try to meet the Head to put a face to a name, learn about their requirements, learn about their turnover, their challenges of recruitment and the reality (honesty points) about the school. We then share everything we learned with the TH team so that we can pass this honest, first hand information on to teachers when we speak to them. This ensures we are super-honest with teachers which helps them make informed decisions – and results in a happier outcome all round.  

Have a look at our blog about the schools we visited in November 2018 – click here!

 

What are the challenges of screening schools?

The international school sector is tough to screen and the clue is in the name! Schools are all around the world, and it is expensive and time consuming to go around and visit them all face to face. We are looking at ways of doing this and our team is expanding all the time so we can visit more schools in different locations. Sometimes honesty is a challenge – schools aren’t always up-front about their situation and we have to try to combat this. Our teachers play a vital part – we often ask for feedback on schools to give us a better idea from a employee’s perspective.
 
What are the warning signs that a school is not good? 
There are lots. A high turnover rate, leadership changing a lot, an over-controlling owner who is not an educationalist, incorrect or out-of-date information on a school’s website. However, some of these can occur with good schools too. Sometimes you just get the impression that the recruitment contact you speak to is not being 100% upfront about something. Reviews can be interesting as well….. 

We also screen our candidates of course – read about our safeguarding measures here!

 

Julian visitHow do teachers’ comments about schools affect your screening process? 
Reviews can be useful but it’s so important to note that they must be taken with a pinch of salt. There are various sites out there, and we know there are disgruntled teachers in all schools for various reasons, so negative reviews do not always reflect reality. At the same time though, it’s important to look for trends, such as lots of people making similar comments via different websites and forums. We definitely take this into account but with caution. Also, we often hear from teachers we have placed there ourselves and this information is vital to us. We do take comments on board and will often follow up with other teachers in the same school, or the school itself. Again, I must stress the challenge of taking one person’s perspective on board, as there can always be personality and approach clashes, even in the best schools. I’m sure our readers can think of examples in schools they’ve taught in.
 
What happens if a school does not pass the screening process?

It’s a very difficult situation! We are huge believers in transparency – its one of our core values. If we have decided not to work with a school we will explain that they are unable to use our Global service (we have limited resources for this service so can cater only for our top schools). We would still allow the school have a profile on our page as we don’t screen schools for this. To have a profile they just need to be an international school in some way, and in having a profile they can add jobs still, but we wont support or recommend them. We explain this clearly.

Our relationship with our schools is strong – have a read of this feedback from schools in 2018


IMG_5366Do you screen schools that you have been working with for years?
Definitely. We keep in touch with our schools regularly and we might go and visit them if we haven’t before. We realise that leadership changes and schools are dynamic; good schools can start to struggle just as struggling schools can become good schools. We ask schools to complete an ‘application form’ each year to find out the changes that have happened. We also keep in touch with teachers we have paced there, for any important developments. If one of our current schools does fail a screening, we would always give them a chance to improve by providing them with feedback, just as we expect from them with our candidates. We are always open to working with schools again in future but as I mentioned before we have to be selective with which schools we work with closely.
 
Are there any future developments to look forward to in terms of screening schools?
There are lots of exciting developments on the way. First and foremost we are likely to do more visits in the coming years. We have a global team of International Advisers who live in different regions and are visiting schools on our behalf. We also want to get more feedback on schools through our user generated content – more about this to come.
The main things we have planned are secret at the moment – you will have to wait and see!

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