Beyond the Headlines
News headlines – especially in the era of “breaking news” and social media profoundly affect our decisions about where we choose to work in an international context. Cyrus Carter who lives and works in Istanbul reflects on this age old issue, and explains why he is choosing to stay in Turkey.
An international educator’s dilemma
As an international educator, the “world is your oyster” as there are so many international schools spreading globally. One of the great dilemmas that educators may encounter is the decision to take on a “hardship position” in a country or region that may be difficult for a whole host of reasons.
Andrew Hallam, author of Millionaire Teacher looks at the application of a simple rule that will help structure your savings as you plan for retirement. You have to be disciplined, but you can still be comfortable, live well and then retire well. The sooner you start, the better!
Swimming with sharks?
Andrew Hallam is an ex-teacher and author of the Global Expatriate’s Guide to Investment. He suggests that we should know what we’re getting into when investing hard earned money, and offers some suggestions about where to look to find the financial dolphins!
And do what?
Like many, as committed and successful international school teachers, John Chapman and his partner Sue Beebe anticipated following career paths into senior management. A casual conversation with friends whilst holidaying in Bali changed everything.
After successful careers in education and law, Natalie and Michel’s love of France, French culture and wine took them in a new direction, leading them to embark upon a exciting adventure they now share with others. Natalie explains how it all began and what has since developed.
In 2010, Brian Nolan was one of many young, newly qualified teachers unable to find a full time contract in his native Ireland after the crash of 2008. Unwilling to wait for the world to come to him, he went to the world, and found what he was looking for in Dubai, where he started his international teaching career.
The wonders of Thailand are emblazoned across travel agent websites and shop fronts and they are plentiful and spectacular. Living amidst them is different to visiting fleetingly, however, Catherine Piper provides a detailed and heartfelt account of teaching in one of the less visited and publicised areas of this marvellous country.
Sarah Curran is a primary school teacher from Rhigos in South Wales. This summer she moved to Vietnam with her family to begin teaching at The British International School in Ho Chi Minh City in September. Writing about her new experience of living and teaching overseas, Sarah reminds us of the thrill such a venture can provide.
For the last fifteen years, Alison Mollel has been teaching EAL in international schools in Germany, Thailand, China and now Tanzania. She is currently at the International School Moshi – Arusha Campus. Her husband is also a teacher but is currently investing his time and energy into his safari company.
Those working overseas, as teachers or in other roles, always feel genuine concern for the welfare of family and friends “back home”. The distances involved and not being on the doorstep to offer immediate help sometimes intensify this concern to the point of an anxiety that can blight the individual’s overseas experience. Nathan Brown (Bluebird Care Community Liaison Manager for West Kent in the UK), offers sound advice to ensure this does not happen.
How two CPD specialists designed a new curriculum
You leave the training enthused, revitalised, even inspired; you can’t wait to put into practice the ideas you have gleaned from it. Sadly, on your return to school, the demands of the over-crowded curriculum, the daily routines and your seemingly infinite pastoral responsibilities result in those fresh ideas being mentally filed “for another time” that never seems to arrive. It is a scenario experienced by many teachers and recognised by Amanda McCallum and her colleague Karen Green who set out to create a different approach to professional learning, and carved out a new career as a curriculum designer in the process.
In this article, fully updated for the start of the new school year, Peter McCartney explains, that as a British national working overseas, it is wise to review your financial house keeping now. If you are taking up a position after working in the UK in 2016, you may also be entitled to a very handy UK tax rebate just as you need it most after setting up your new home.
One of the main objectives of working overseas is to build up savings for the future – but do international teachers always have the self-discipline to start this in the proper way. Author of best selling book, Millionaire Teacher, Andrew Hallam suggests that getting into the right habit is important when moving overseas. Then, if at some point you land a job in one of the better paying schools, you are ready to take advantage, while still enjoying the overseas lifestyle to the full.
As the tragic consequences of the earthquakes in Nepal slip from the news pages and public consciousness, it is heartening to know the victims have not been completely forgotten. Isaac Robinson from The British School of Kathmandu provides an update on some of the very valuable relief work that continues unflaggingly.
The Nepal earthquakes and their tragic impact on the lives of so many were broadcast around the world and touched us all. Such appalling disasters capture short-term headlines, but often the long journey of recovery and rebuilding continues unseen and forgotten by all but those involved directly in it. International schools and their communities can play a vital role in ensuring continued support for those who have lost so much.
From Asia to Europe:
In 2010 Jo & Steve McArthur decided it was time to move closer to home.
Moving within a country can be stressful. Moving one’s family half way across the globe, to a contrasting environment – new jobs, schools, lifestyle and climate, is for many a step too far. Steve and Jo McArthur highlight the importance of in-depth research and the significant benefits, for the whole family, to be gained by taking that step .
Ralph and Dawn Gosling headed off to Bangkok as a young teaching couple in 2003. Three children later, the Goslings are now very much an International School Family, about to start their next adventure in Bahrain. Like so many others when first venturing overseas, they had no intention of being away for so long.
Not so long ago, becoming an international teacher was like joining a club, or so it seems now. Membership was small and quite exclusive. In the 1980s Primary or Elementary international schools outnumbered the high schools and the term “Ïnternational School” tended to be associated with schools which had strong links to the United States (ISKL, HKIS, ASJ), or were part of the United World College organisation. The IB Diploma was entering its third decade and just beginning to win its battle for worldwide recognition.