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    Welcome to the site. I would recommend Search Associates. They are the great IMHO. TieOnline.com is a good listing agent. The nicest group to work with is trueteaching.com It is a husband and wife team and they personally know all the school and interview every candidate.
  2. 1. WBAIS, Israel 2. International College of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon 3. International School of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya 4. Istanbul International Community School, Istanbul, Turkey 5. American Community School of Amman, Jordan 6. American Overseas School of Rome, Rome, Italy 7. American Community School, Beirut, Lebanon 8. American Embassy School, New Delhi, India 9. Taipei American School, Taipei, Taiwan 10. Schutz American School in Alexandria, Egypt. 11. International School of Islamabad 12. American Nicaraguan School, Managua, Nicaragua Please add to this list if you know other schools.
  3. Win $4,000 USD for the summer of 2018! We are having a Forum Contest at InternationalEducators.com. The economy is struggling in most parts of the world. People have lost retirement investment and their portfolios are down. Many have said they are unable enjoy their summer this year as it is cost prohibitive. We are here are help with our Give-A-Way. The prize: A round-trip ticket from your city to any destination of your choice (up to 1500 USD). Plus, we will get you an American Express Travelers Check or a prepaid ATM for 2500 USD. You can use that $2500 for hotels, meals or barhopping from one place to the next. It is up to you what you do with the prize money. So, the prize is an airline ticket up to 1500 (we book for you) and 2500 to spend! So, a total of up to 4,000 USD! It is a chance to have a free trip during your summer of 2018! All teachers deserve a wonderful summer and we want to help one person have an extra special summer! The way to enter: 1. Join InternationalEducators.com 2. For every 100 posts you have on the site, you get one entry into the contest (up to 5 entries). For each review you post, you get one entry into the contest (up to 3 reviews). 3. Contest begins today and goes through May 30, 2018. 4. If you have over 100 posts on May 30, 2018, you will get one entry for each 100 posts. For example, if you have 400 posts on May 30, 2018, that is four tickets you get for the Lucky Draw. If you have 400 posts plus 2 reviews, that is six tickets for the Lucky Draw. 5. To qualify, the posts must be reasonable quality. One or two word posts will not count. While this post is in the main forum, there are other forums here as well and all qualify. In the first week in June 2018, we will have a draw and the person whose name comes out of the hat will be the winner. This draw will be held in Bangkok in front of any local teachers who wish to participate. We hope that you sign in and spend some time in the forums and if you have a review to submit of a school you have worked at, there is no better time than the present. Again, thank you for your support and we hope you have a wonderful school year! Be sure your first post is in the Introduction Forum so that you can then post without Moderation! The staff at InternationalEducators.com
  4. Congratulations Rosham for winning the 2018 4,000 USD prize! We hope you enjoy your summer !
  5. michael


    Welcome! We are so happy to have you here!
  6. I found this recently and it sounds promising. One friend is in the program now. I think it gives you certification in Florida. https://www.teacherready.org
  7. michael

    Intro Sodego (Sonya)

    Welcome Sonya!
  8. I agree Kris. Eating at those places often remind me of being back in the states and while I don't miss living there, I do miss some things about it.
  9. If you are an anglophone teaching abroad, the odds are that you will be asked to teach English. This means you will probably be in a foreign-speaking country. While you may have studied the language a bit in high school or college, that won't prepare you for real-life social interactions. And you may have never studied the language at all. This shouldn't hold you back – plenty of people who teach abroad did not know the language when they arrived. But you should be prepared to learn it. This will make your life easier and give you a valuable life skill. That said, some ways to learn a language are easier than others. Here are some tips to make communication in your new country as simple as possible to learn. · Watch shows you like back home on the local television stations. They will be dubbed in the local language. Because you are already familiar with the show, you'll have a general idea of what the people are trying to say. This will make decoding it easier. When you discover a new phrase, repeat it to yourself a few times. · Find language apps that make learning into a game. This is good for people who can learn better with a visual component. · Go to a language exchange event. These tend to be held in bookshops, cafes and bars. People who speak the local language show up and attempt to speak English. You then attempt to reply to them in the local language. You both correct each other. This helps you not only learn the language, but also make new friends. · Go see a children's movie in the local language. These tend to be simple, but also include the local slang. By trying to follow the plot, you will get a sense of what is being said and how younger people say it. Remember, many children's movies are designed to teach language skills to young people. They can help you in the same way! · Attempt to engage people in conversation when you are in cafes or bars. People love it when English speakers take an interest in their language, and are generally happy to help you learn how to say things. · Find a book you have previously read in English translated into the local language. Try to read it. When you don't understand something, look at your original copy and you'll learn a new phrase. · Hang out in public for a while and chill out. Just having the sounds of the language around you will allow some of it to leak into your brain through osmosis. · Date a local. This is probably the most effective way to learn the language. You'll be motivated to be able to communicate with them, and they will be motivated to help you learn. · If you are renting an apartment, try to get a local as a roommate. By communicating with them and their friends, your skills will improve. · If all else fails, sign up for a class in your area. This is the least fun way of learning a new language, but it can be a great supplement to other ways to pick up the local lingua franca. cc InternationalEducators.com 2016
  10. michael


    Welcome! Where you have taught at over the years?
  11. michael

    intro Marcel

    Welcome Marcel! Sounds like you have worked all over the place. Where are you now?
  12. michael

    Schrole Recruiters

    This is good to know. I got my first international gig from them as well.
  13. Getting a job teaching aboard can be a life-affirming experience. You’ll learn about a new culture. You’ll be appreciated for your hard work. And you’ll make friends with the locals. But the truth is that at some point, you’ll also feel lonely. No matter how great your students and colleagues are, sometimes you’ll want to talk to people who understand what it’s like to be an English speaker in a foreign country. You’ll want to complain about the differences and share your experiences with someone like yourself. That’s why it’s important to make sure you find ways to meet fellow English speakers when you are teaching abroad. They will help ground you and support you. And they’ll often be able to offer you valuable advice from their own experiences as a stranger in a strange land. Here are some of the best ways to make Anglophone friends so you don’t feel too isolated: • Find the local English language bookshop. Nearly every city has at least one shop that sells English language books, and they almost all let you hang out and read after you’ve made your purchase. Grabbing a book and kicking back is an excellent way to meet people. At some point you’ll overhear someone asking a question you know the answer to – giving them a bit of help can be the start of a great friendship. • Go to a local language exchange program. This will feel a bit like your job, but is also helpful. Language exchanges tend to take place in local coffee shops. People turn up and get into groups. One person speaks the local language, the other speaks in their language. You are bound to find other English speakers trying to learn the native tongue. • Find an English speaking bar. Bars run by people who are native English speakers are popular all over the world. Generally they are run by Irish or British people, though you’ll find a few American-run bars. People go to these bars specifically to meet other English speakers, so you’ll have no trouble at all sparking up a conversation. • Find the local English speakers Facebook page. One of the first places you should look for fellow English speakers is on Facebook. Most cities and regions have several dozen of them dedicated to local expats. Sign up and join the conversation, see who seems cool, and arrange to meet up! • Train bar cars. If you end up taking a train somewhere, don’t just sit in your seat. Find the bar car and grab yourself a snack or drink. It will generally be filled with people talking about their trips, and you are likely to meet at least one fellow English speaker – who will probably be interested in wherever you both are going. • Local blogs. When people go abroad, they very often blog about their experiences. Do a Google search for English language blogs from people in your area. Make comments, and start a conversation! • Local Expat Clubs. Many cities have wonderful expat clubs. Find one of them and join in the activities. • Outdoor Activities Groups. Many cities will have groups that meet up on the weekend to go hiking or biking or walking. Find a group and join in. You will get in shape and you’ll meet tons of very cool people. • Join Embassy List. The first thing you should do when you arrive in a new country is to let your embassy know you are there. And, sign up for their events. They have great parties and you'll be invited and meet lots of great people. This should get you started! And if you have found your own ways to meet local English speakers, let us know by sharing your story! cc InternationalEducators.com 2016
  14. When you teach abroad, you don’t want to burn your bridges back home. Most people don’t spend the rest of their lives teaching in other countries. Eventually, they decide to come back home. At that point they want to still have good relations with their friends, family members and past employers. That way, they can get back into things and find new work with as few challenges as possible. So, while exploring your new culture and getting connected to your students is important, you also need to make sure that you keep in touch with people back home and don’t let your relationships slide. Here’s some general advice on how to make that happen. • Set up regular times to talk to people who are important to you. You’ll be in different time zones so, you’ll have to plan this in advance when it’s convenient for both of you. Set the frequency based on how close you are. For example, you could agree to talk to your mom once a week, and your best friend once a month or every two weeks. • Get Skype on your phone and laptop. Skype is not the most reliable way to connect, but it does have many, many users so your friends and family will have it and be able to use it. • Get FaceTime if you have an iPhone. This is a much more stable application than Skype, and doesn’t cost any money to use as long as you are connecting through Wi-Fi. The video and audio quality is much higher than Skype. • Ask about getting a land line package with your Internet. If you are getting Internet installed in your apartment, many providers will throw in a land line you can use for free to make calls to America. In America, it costs money to call abroad – but if you can call people for free, you’ll look generous and have the most stable voice connection of all. • Set up WhatsApp. This is a free text messaging service that lets you also send pictures and audio messages. Being able to hear your voice when it’s convenient for them will help you stay close and be really appreciated. • Install a Wi-Fi Hotspot finder on your phone. This will automatically alert you when you can get service so you don’t end up hunting around for a connection when you want to talk to someone. • Create a special Facebook group for the people you want to keep in touch with and invite them to it. This will be much more likely to come up in their feed than regular posts from you. • Keep updating your LinkedIn profile with the stuff you are doing so the people and potential employers in your network know what’s going on with you. • Let people know that you do plan to come home at some point, and keep them up to date about it, so they don’t feel like you are gone forever. That should get you started! We’ll update this post with more tips as we hear from our members! cc InternationalEducators.com 2016
  15. Ryan International School murder: CBI says Class XI student killed Pradhyuman to delay exams, parent-teacher meet. http://www.firstpost.com/india/ryan-international-school-murder-cbi-says-class-xi-student-killed-pradhyuman-to-delay-exams-parent-teacher-meet-4199271.html What a truly sad story.
  16. BURMESE police have launched an international manhunt for Scottish teacher Harris Binotti who fled the country hours after a colleague was found dead in his apartment following an alcohol-fuelled night out. The battered body of Gary Ferguson, 47, a British colleague of Binotti’s at the Horizon International School in Burma’s capital, Yangon, was found by his distraught Thai wife, Supatchaya Sichompoo, on Sunday morning. He had wounds to his head and chest. The government’s ministry of information said Binotti, 25, and believed to be from Dumfries, had taken a Thai Airways flight out of the country on Saturday evening. Burmese officials declined to give further information about his intended destination and a spokesman for the Thai Royal Police told The Daily Telegraph that they had not been asked to launch an investigation. For more information: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/06/burma-police-looking-for-british-teacher-after-colleague-is-foun/
  17. I have friends who work in Kenya and love the country. This is a sad piece of news. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-20/australian-teacher-gabrielle-maina-shot-dead-in-nairobi/9068580
  18. michael

    Expat Egg Intro

    Wow. A great deal of experience. Welcome!
  19. Yantai Huasheng International School (YHIS) in Yantai, Shandong Province, is under heavy criticism for the alleged cover-up of the deaths of two Korean students during a field trip. The students, surnamed Cho and Choi, drowned while swimming in the Moei River in Thailand during the school trip on Mar. 24. The school has avoided investigating the incident and refused to pay compensation to the bereaved families. About five people a year drown in the river but the school did not properly educate the students, according to the families. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/04/251_228331.html
  20. One question that pops up from time to time when I talk to other educators and potential educators is whether they should get Google Education certifications. It's a fair question. After all, there are multiple ways for teachers to get certified, certificates and endorsements. Isn't the TOEFL enough, for example? Why get a Gifted and Talented Certificate? Why spend time learning about how Lucy Calkins teaches reading and writing? My response is always this: If you want to be competitive and become the best teacher you can be, these days getting at least one Google Education certification is essential – and you probably want to get more than one. The truth is that most traditional certification programs are based on old teaching models and technology. But if you've even been near a classroom lately, you know those are outdated. These days, up-to-date technology is at the heart of engaging with students and making the most out of your time with them. Employers know this, and the best schools are always looking for people who understand how to use that technology to improve the classroom experience and the overall reputation of their school. I cannot think of one interview I’ve had where I haven’t been asked how I incorporate technology in the classroom. Every school wants to know how you use technology to enhance student learning. This means that having Google Education Certification will make your resume or CV stand out. You will be known as someone who can provide the school with an understanding of the modern technology of teaching, and help other educators get up to speed as well. You'll also feel comfortable with the technology itself, which makes your working day considerably easier and your methods much more effective. Many schools rely on Google for Education as part of their daily life. Teachers use Google Classroom to make assignments, grade tests, communicate with parents, etc. These things have a learning curve and the best way to learn is from Google itself and from other education professions. Once you get certified, you can encourage your co-workers to get certified as well by demonstrating the advantages to them. This will help your school grow in technological knowledge. It will also help to create a learning environment that supports collaborative networks. Creating small communities of learning is important in creating a school environment that grows together. You have many options to get Google Certification. Google has classes and videos that aid in this certification. Check out: https://www.google.com/edu/training/ Also, many teachers find that weekend workshops are a great way to learn the newest and most advanced technology. Check to see if a Google Summit is going to be in your area: http://www.appsevents.com/ Overall, there is no reason not to get Google Education Certifications, and many compelling reasons to achieve them. Why not get started now, and help yourself grow your professional future? cc 2016 InternationalEducators.com
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    Morgan Nichols Introduction

    Once you make a first post in the Intro forum, you can post anywhere you wish at any time.
  22. michael

    Morgan Nichols Introduction

    Welcome. I love Costa Rica. It is simply beautiful. I don't know of many international schools there. We are happy to have you here to share your experiences!
  23. South Korean immigration officials are forcing the closure of an international school that teaches the B.C. curriculum and ordering 14 B.C.-certified teachers to leave the country, according to the B.C. government. The Canada B.C. International School (CBIS) was suddenly ordered out of South Korea on April 11. Immigration officials have ordered it to stay out for a year in the first phase of a crackdown on international schools. B.C.'s Ministry of Education posted an update on the school on April 27. It confirmed that "the school recently confirmed to the ministry that it did not have appropriate local licensing." http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/offshore-international-school-south-korean-cbis-1.4087304
  24. At the Bourbon Street Cafe at 8:00 PM on Friday, June 2, we drew from a post that included all posters who had written a review since the contest started. The winning person is Gypsy who wrote a review of The World Academy in KAEC, Saudi Arabia. Congratulations Gypsy! I have spoken to the poster and made arrangements for the transfer of money. I hope your summer is better because of the 4k!
  25. For many international educators, the place to go is China. Not only is the pay often great, allowing you to save, but the country itself is becoming more influential on the global stage. This means that having experience in China can help you build a more impressive resume or CV for future positions. That said, just like anywhere else, some schools are better than others. And, some locations are more desirable. In China, the best overall city to teach in is Shanghai – where you can be part of an international community and gain great experience. We talked to some people who have taught in Shanghai, and did our own research, to come up with a list of 10 of the best schools to teach at in the city. This list isn't in any particular order – and remember, even a great school isn't right for everyone, because we're all looking for different things from our experience as an international educator. 1. Shanghai American School. For over 100 years, considered the gold standard of international schools in Shanghai. It offers an American-based prep school education, but students can also go for an International Baccalaureate. 2. Shanghai Community International School. The first school in the city to receive accreditation from the National Council of Curriculum and Textbooks. Run by a non-profit group in Michigan, SCIS works to provide an American educational experience in China. 3. Yew Chung International School of Shanghai. An unusual school. It takes many aspects of a traditional UK education, but then adds in role play experiences of real-world challenges students might encounter in their adult lives. Some people describe it as a holistic learning environment. A bi-cultural learning environment is at the core of the school's mandate. 4. The British International School. A traditional British international school with a twist: Each class gets a volunteer “Room Parent" who helps with classroom needs. The school says, "We believe passionately in learning, and our modern approach to education continues to help our students shine. Great teachers, committed students and a community spirit that emphasizes the rewards from hard work and engagement have consistently delivered world class results at every level in the school." Teachers at the school often stay for long periods of time. It is part of the Nord Angelica Network of schools. 5. Concordia International School. A Lutheran school designed not only to educate but also nurture the mind, body and spirit. In just 16 years, it grew from 22 students to well over a thousand because of its growing reputation. Friends that work there love the school and say the pay is great and the apartments are amazing. Students at the school believe their education is top-notch and the school participates in sports around the globe. 6. Dulwich College of Shanghai. This is a very selective school; there are entrance exams and interviews for the student candidates. They put a high preference on children who can demonstrate artistic or athletic excellence. 7. Western International School of Shanghai. The place to teach in Shanghai if you are interested in the arts. A huge amount of emphasis is put on creative activities and helping children understand the humanities. From one teacher, "I would add that there is a lot of emphasis on community building (Being an arts based school definitely helps define that). Everyone gets along (admin, teachers, parents, students). Was really a great group of people to work with. The schedule and workload can get demanding for core subject teachers. Makes Friday night drinks with your team all the better however. Highly recommend working there if you want to be working at a school where you feel like you are a part of the family." 8. Britannica International School. British-owned and managed, the school is invested in STEM classes as well as making the students bilingual in Chinese and British English. 9. Shanghai Livingston International School. Founded by former Louisiana Senator Bob Livingston. All of the classes are based on creating real-life projects in this school, and follows California education standards. 10. Shanghai SMIC. This school offers a decent package and great students. The school keeps growing and is always filled to capacity with many on the wait list. They have one of the highest pass rates for AP classes than just about any other school. You will work your butt off here, but it is a good experience for most teachers. cc InternationalEducators.com 2017