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    Hi all, Lovely new forum, thanks for starting it, I hope it goes well. I started teaching in an International School in Semarang, Indoneisa in 1996, and become hooked. A visit to Kiribati, Central Pacific to visit some schools there just confirmed that feeling. I have taught Cambridge and International Baccalaureate curricula and I think both are great. I have been an IB Workshop leader for about a dozen years, and presented in about 10 countries around Asia and Australia. Look forward to getting to know you all... Pak Liam
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    As international educators, it is often hard to find things overseas that we have at our fingertips in the USA. There are times when we desire a little touch of home to make our lives feel more connected to our roots. There are a few things that I have found that I like and that make me feel like I am missing very little when I am not in the USA. I post these in hopes that others will add to this list. 1. USTVNow.com - This is a paid service that allows you to watch full and unedited TV from the USA. You can get ABC, NBC, CBS and a ton of other stations. The cost is often high for some as it costs about 25 USD per month. But, for me, I love politics and I can’t often find the Sunday talk shows on the torrents and I can easily either watch them live on USTVNow or I can record them using their DVR service and watch later. I have been using USTVNow for a few years, and I love it. I can watch live all football and baseball games I want, and I was even able to look at the debates for the Presidential election live and unedited. I also like that I can hook my Roku up and link my USTVNow account and watch things live on my TV. It is an authentic American TV experience. 2. IHerb.com - This is a nutrition and supplement store. I used it monthly in Saudi Arabia. They ship fast, and they ship via DHL. They sell herbs and organic foods. What I use them for is my ZonePerfect protein bar and also a variety of beans. They have a wide range of things on their store, and they are fast to ship. I do notice they do not ship more than a few pounds to Thailand as there seems to be an issue with customs in Thailand but for every other country, it is fast and very efficient. 3. Amazon.com - Amazon ships globally and often very quickly. The problem is often the high cost of shipping, but it all depends on the item you want. I needed a new Roku player in Thailand and I ordered on a Wednesday, and it was delivered 2 days later. It cost about 15USD for the shipping but totally worth it as I needed to get it before the debates. Please add to this list of things you like to get overseas.
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    The World Academy is an establishment that would not survive outside Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately having teaching experience means you have a heads up on how a school should be run. If you don't have experience it would probably suit you. The school is owned by a company who have no educational background and is leased to a educational management systems who employ very inexperienced management staff to run them. The management team (Principal and Vice Principal) at the school had less than 6 years teaching experience between them and had to cope with the owners who had no experience. Thus causing a problem to start with. The lies that came from both systems are just so demoralising. The unfairness and lack of respect from day 1 is inexcusable. It's not a place where you will be seen or teated equally. You are kindly reminded ( or passively aggressively told by the V. P) that you are in Saudi Arabia and this is what it is like here. The feedback from the senior school was fairly ok! Down in the elementary school was a different story. Each class contained a mixture of well behaved children, special needs and behaviour problems. Most lessons and lunch duties were spent dealing with bad behaviour. Children thought is was acceptable to regularly swear, bully, hit, slap and bite each other. After a failed attempt, by elementary staff, to bring it to the attention of the 'management ' the situation never improved. Parents also tried bringing it the attention of management and they were told there wasn't a problem (this is the first school I've come across that doesn't have any behaviour issues). Anyhow, there were many ostrich moments in the school!!! It was such a shame because all we wanted to do is help the children. Obviously others don't! Class sizes are 25. There isn't a curriculum to follow. Teachers in the elementary section work very hard to give all children a well rounded education with no support. 75% of the children have never lived or been educated in another country. It is not an international school. It doesn't have a pay scale based on experience. If your are lucky you will be paid the right amount. If not, it's your bad luck. They've probably lied about how much they can pay you. There was an exceptionally high turn over of staff this year. I am sure this will continue until someone takes responsibility for their actions and the establishment. Unfortunately no one cares!
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    You're welcome. It is one of the few that are full IB in Thailand, the others would be KIS, Concordian, Prem and UWC (Used to be Phuket International Day Academy). Bangkok is a great place to live, but to be fair, it's not really as cheap as you think to live as an expat. However, the package is good, so really it's not a problem.
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    Thank you for the review. I have friends that work at NIST and enjoy it. I think it is only one of the very few schools that are full IB in Thailand. Is that right? Bangkok is an amazing place to live and very cost effective. A little money here can go a long way and a good package should allow their teachers to save.
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    I like using Raja's Fashions. Raja and Bobby Raja's Fashions Address: 160 Sukhumvit Road, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Phone: +66 2 253 8379 Hours: Open today · 10:30AM–8PM Trip Advisor Reviews:https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g293916-d2083026-Reviews-Raja_s_Fashions-Bangkok.html website: http://www.rajasfashions.com/
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    As someone who has has to read resumes to decide on who to employ, I agree keep it short, 1 page or 2 pages is ok. Longer, honestly, I skip sections or bin them. The most important thing is the resume must be clear, I do not want to spend time trying to figure out the important details, i.e. dates started, dates finished, schools worked at, qualifications obtained. Forget buzz words etc, unless you have evidence to back it up. One million percent agree. And also please list your experiences and qualifications in reverse order. I want to see most recent first. Another tip, and this may sound obvious, but do not lie. I recently canceled the contract of a teacher who had included false information on her/his resume. This includes degrees started but not completed, if you did not finish then state that you did not finish it- or don't include it at all. I recently read a resume that someone had listed a Master's degree with a start date as 2017 and finish date as 2019... it took me a minute to process what that meant.
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    If you want to get away from the city for a little relaxation, try the little island of Koh Samed. It's about three hours south of Bangkok by bus and has lodging options for all budgets. There is 20 minute speed boat shuttle to the island or for a little less, you can take a slower economic option (the ferry). We stayed at a beach-side bungalow (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ao-Cho-Grand-View-Resort-Koh-Samed/120535931360461). Very nice accommodations (w/ wifi), phenomenal staff, fantastic view of the beach right outside our bungalow and breakfast each morning. Bring a book to read while relaxing on the beach or rent a motor cycle (300 to 500 baht per day) and tour the nice, mostly paved streets of the island. If you desire even more action, try parasailing, jet skiing or a neighboring island boat tour with snorkeling. This is one of those island destinations I heard about before moving to Thailand. While I plan to explore many other destinations in Thailand, I will definitely return to the wonderful, peaceful and pristine get-away!
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    Hi, Ihave been teaching EFL, ESL, and also in High Schools for about 20 years English was my fisrt language, Spanish my second, Portuguese my third and I speak a little German, I would like to know how much would I need to invest if I want to teach EFL or ESL in Korea Thank you....
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    Hi from Phuket! I'm David; been teaching in Thailand for over 20 years and founded the TEFL Teacher Training Language School, Phuket in late 2000. Phuket Paradise and the entire region is still in need of serious Education! For any advice and information, please ask. Regards, David
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    Thanks, Michael. Our school, KICS is a CIS accredited and the first and only IB school in Sudan. More about it in this website: www.kics.sd.
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    Hi, I'm a 4th grade teacher in Mesa, Arizona, USA. I taught for 2 years at an international school in Hong Kong from 2001-2003, and am thinking about teaching overseas again. I have a fiancé and a 3-year-old son that I would be bringing with me. I'm excited to learn more... it would be so wonderful to give my son the opportunity to live, learn, and travel among other cultures!
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    Hello From Michigan: I'm Esther Combs and I am looking forward to embarking on my next adventure of obtaining a doctoral degree from East Carolina University. This opportunity is such a blessing. Excited to learn and grow with a very diverse group of professionals.
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    Hi folks, I'm Lori. Originally from North Carolina, now living in Taiwan. I look forward to meeting everyone in a few weeks!
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    Hi All, Welcome to Thailand! I am Kristin Halligan and Thailand is my adopted home. I have lived here for about 13 years spreading my time between the Big Mango, Issaan, and Chiang Rai. I actually live pretty close to the venue where we will be studying so I can point you in the right direction of some delicious Thai food or things to do. I speak Thai reasonably well. I look forward to meeting you all and embarking on this educational adventure!
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    Welcome Ester. I am happy to meet you! I'm Michael. I am from New York but my sister lived in the UP of Michigan for several years and enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to meeting you in a few weeks. You should now have permission to see the special ECU forums at the bottom. If you have any problems, let me know!
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    These are great Tips!!! Thanks! Hadn't thought about the curriculum!
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    Nothing in life is perfect – and this is just as true about international teaching as it is for anything else. While you can have a great experience, there are also some landmines that you want to avoid. With that in mind, we spent some time talking to experienced international educators and asked them what were the most common problems they or other educators they knew have faced. Knowing about these challenges ahead of time can help you avoid them and increase your chances of having a great experience. · Issues with alcohol. In many countries, socializing for the English speaking community will center around hanging out in pubs and bars. They are a great place to meet people – but they can easily become a habit. This can lead to drinking much more than you would back home. While they are a great starting point to meeting people, try to make sure that your interactions lead to doing things that don't involve booze as well. And, if you are working in the Middle East, there are places that alcohol is banned and to bring it in or be caught with it can lead to jail time, deportation or worst. · Stressful romances. The expat community you are entering will be a much more closed community than you realize at first. As a newbie, you'll probably find yourself getting a fair amount of attention. But you'll also become the subject of gossip. And there is often a ton of drama involved. Pick your dating partners carefully, and make sure you know the back story of the person so you don't get in the middle of a love triangle. · Accidentally violating local customs. Some local customs are well known and obvious. But some are subtler. If you end up violating a local custom, it can come back to haunt you. Do as much cultural research as you possibly can before you go to your assignment. · Food allergies. You are likely going to be eating a bunch of stuff you never have before, and that could cause you to stumble upon a food allergy you never knew you had. If you find yourself feeling sick after a meal, try to see a doctor as soon as possible and keep track of what you eat. · Money problems. If you are dealing with a new currency, figuring out and keeping track of how much it is worth can be a real challenge. It can be very easy to overspend and end up having a bunch of financial issues that will haunt you for a while. Install a currency converter on your phone, and use it whenever you buy anything. · A lack of respect from students. Students may realize that since you are new to the area, you might be clueless about some things. They may use that to take advantage of you. They will certainly test you when you first turn up! Be strong, and don't let them rule the roost. · Pickpockets. Pickpockets are not much of a problem in America, but they are common in other countries. Always pay close attention to all of your belongings, or you will end up a target. In some South American countries, you need to especially pay attention to this at the beaches. · Visa Issues. You must learn the visa process for entering and leaving your new home. Sometimes, there are rigorous procedures in place to leave and to enter. Sometimes, you must leave after so many days or months. Know what the process is before you take the job and determine if you are willing to live with those obstacles. · Transportation. While you are not in your home country, you may still be able to drive while abroad. Check out the rules for driving, buying a car or motorcycle, etc. before you take a new job. In some countries, women are not allowed to drive but in others the driver’s license can be very easy for anyone to get. Plan ahead and you will be happy that you did. · Shopping. You may be use to running to Walmart and getting everything you need, but many countries this is not the case. Some will have small mom and pop places and often the locals make things very hard to find if you don’t know where you are going. Take the essential things with you that you need for an extended stay, but plan ahead. cc InternationalEducators.com
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    Very true!!! But once you get bitten by international teaching bug, you are hooked!!!
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    This company does a really good job at trying to pair teachers with schools. We have gotten quite a few leads with them. They seem to be very proactive and emails are always answered really fast. The ladies running this are keeping up with their site and seem to be in touch with most of the schools they represent. This is one group that I would recommend if you are looking for international teaching jobs. https://www.trueteaching.com/
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    Hi, I am currently working in a Saigon International School as a teacher. I am also a member of the facebook group. Not currently looking for work but I am curious about the International School scene here.
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    After teaching in Australia for many years, I took the biggest gamble of my life and leapt head first into the amazing world of international teaching. Not only have I been to fabulous places but the opportunities for incredible teaching experiences and developing long lasting friendship over the last 10 years confirmed my belief that the risk, angst and self-doubt was all worth it.
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    Far too many people think it's really easy to get hired by a school to teach English abroad. They assume they can go where they want to live, and find work with the snap of a finger. Anyone who has taught abroad sees this every August and January. Fresh-faced young people turn up and start handing out resumes to every school in town. A month later, they've either gone home or are working at the local Irish bar. Maybe if they are really lucky, they end up teaching part-time at a low-rated school for barely any money. The truth is that if you want to get a decent teaching job abroad, you need to prepare yourself to impress people. Lots of teachers want to work abroad, and the competition for good placements is intense. So working out a plan to make yourself stand out is very important. Here are some ideas to help you get noticed, so you end up helping students learn English and don't spend your time mopping the floors at the Dead Liver Pub. · Go to job fairs. Yes, they are annoying and feel like cattle calls. But they give you a chance to talk to a representative of the school in person. Often, simply making physical contact is what you need to make sure that you aren't just one more resume on the pile. · Prepare a video of your teaching career or your educational philosophy. Recruiters look at a good video as not only a great way to get to know you but it also tells that you are technologically savvy and willing to go the extra mile for your school. · Don't try to be “cool.” The last thing international schools want is someone who looks like a hipster. If you have weird facial hair, shave it off; it will always grow back. Get yourself a decent blazer and pants. Remember, many countries are much more conservative when it comes to what teachers wear than we are in America. · Don't focus your cover letter exclusively on your teaching credentials. Lots of people can teach. What the schools are looking for is someone who can bring interesting ideas and experience to the table. If you have other skills, make them prominent in your cover letter. This will make you seem like someone who can do more than simply speak the language well. · Edit your resume so that it not only includes your experience but also your interests, particularly if they are American-centric. Schools want their students to understand our culture, not just our language. Someone who can explain baseball or current events to them is just as valuable as someone who can explain basic grammar. · If you have any business experience, highlight it. One of the main things that schools want to teach their students is how to do business with English-speaking companies. “Business English” is in many ways another language than “Standard English,” so if you have that experience it makes you considerably more valuable. · Ask for contact information for follow-up questions. Checking in after the job fair makes you look more interested, and also reminds them of who you are. · Be upfront about how long you are willing to stay at the school. Some schools prefer short-term contracts, and others want people for the long-term. cc InternationalEducators.com
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    Welcome to the International Educators website. This is a totally free site and allows members to talk about international schools, jobs fairs, teaching practices, etc. without massive moderation that exists on other sites.