Having spent six years teaching at a leading international school in South-East Asia, Matt Tighe was delighted to be appointed International Link Coordinator at Farlingaye High School in the UK. A central focus of his work now is developing an international mind-set that is both meaningful and practical for a school in semi-rural Suffolk.
The International Experience
Meeting a need in Ho Chi Minh City
Expatriate life can be challenging with a young family. Having worked in Ho Chi Minh City for two years as an International teacher, then spending the following three years as a full-time mum and occasional supply (substitute) teacher, Jessica Gosling knew the learning needs of her own young family were not being met locally. In the tradition of other international teaching pioneers, she took the initiative and decided to do something about it herself.
The importance of home languages
Much has recently been written highlighting the importance of a child’s mother tongue (or “home language”). Susan Stewart, of the International School of London (Surrey), describes the advantages of putting home languages at the centre of a school’s curriculum.
Developing an EdTech portfolio
Educational technology has long been acknowledged as a valuable learning and teaching tool. Many teachers are highly skilled in this field but failure to document these skills often means their achievements go unrecognised. Matt Harris, Ed.D suggests a way forward.
TANZANIAN DIARY, PART 3
During September 2016, Matias Hynynen, an IT teacher from Helsinki working as a volunteer in Arusha kept a blog during a two week training visit to his school by 2016 Global Teacher of the Year Finalist, Maarit Rossi. Here Matias looks back at the visit and considers how things had changed.
The Naiyobi Women’s Project
Born and raised in northern California, environmental educator Kim Laizer has recently been working on a new project with Massai women in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This article is the first of two highlighting her story and collaborative efforts to provide education, training, and development opportunities for Maasai women in Naiyobi, Tanzania.
Java sea adventure!
Catherin Lorenzen was medical officer at the British School, Jakarta in the 1980s and 90s. In the second of three articles, she describes how her life opened up with a series of adventures in the Java Sea on board her family’s yacht, Rolling Home, which also became a teaching resource at school . . . .
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.
Tales of the sea, PART 1
What’s a young family to do? Travel of course! In the first of three articles, the intrepid Catherine Lorenzen tells how she got caught up in the whole business of international education as a nurse, married to a marine engineer, with three children in tow. Part 1 of her adventures takes us from revolutionary Iran to Yemen and on to Jakarta, where the family learn to sail.
Cornish to Kiwi
Roz O’Shea had already taken the plunge to “go international” when she left the UK to teach in SE Asia. Moving on she found what she considers to be her true calling – teaching Health Education based on a completely different set of cultural ideas in New Zealand.
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.
From Principal to Balinese ‘Basil Fawlty’!
David Knott retired from the role of Principal at Bangkok Patana School in 2012, after 12 happy years. Whilst he knew he would miss his colleagues, students and their parents, he was looking forward to the absence of the 05.00 alarm call or the frustrations that often accompanied the role. Was now the time to try something new? David takes up the story.
Making the big leap!
Having helped numerous families settle overseas including finding good schools for their children, Elaine Stallard knows the joys and pitfalls of relocating abroad is well qualified to offer advice on how best to ensure a successful outcome.
Relocating overseas is one thing. Coming home another
Living overseas and travelling can, at times, be exhilarating, fascinating, confusing or even daunting, but at all times it has a vibrancy that may be difficult to replicate when one returns ‘home’. Brianna Hill Kastler gives her personal perspective on going back to her homeland of Colorado after three years in Asia.
Old Principals die hard; newcomers have a blast
Forget the Olympics. This is where international teachers want to play. In 2016, five new golfers helped the XXIInd iteration of the Foreign Administrators and Retirees Tournament of Sports (the acronym is probably fairly obvious to you?) to a robust 20 golfer tournament, held at the Country Club of New Hampshire in July, reports Gail Schoppert.
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.
Thinking about that Spring vacation?
An escape from family for a few days?
Accommodation that’s just a little bit different?
Being at one with nature but in the lap of luxury?
Waking up to birdsong?
Read about three very different types of accommodation that offer all of the above in the Counties of Cork, Kerry and Fermanagh.
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.
For most of us the mention of Afghanistan will conjure up images of conflict, terrorism and suffering – a land that has become a no-go zone for those able to leave or observing from a distance. In a series of articles, Elly Tobin looks beyond the war-torn Afghanistan; seeing the people, the challenges they face and country they love.
The featured image shows Hong Kong International School’s spectacular new campus in the Tai Tam area of Hong Kong Island: the current expansion of international education means not only more schools being started, but established schools like HKIS (founded in 1966), growing and building new, state of the art facilities. Anne Keeling explains why growth in the international sector shows no sign of slowing down.
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.
A land of treasures
More developed countries, such as Kenya and South Africa, often overshadow Tanzania; however, clients of Dusty Roads Tours and Safaris, many well travelled in other parts of Africa, comment on Tanzania’s unique ‘African-feel,’ which several other African countries have lost over recent years.
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.
Teaching overseas, particularly for the first-timer, is a thrilling prospect that can also be a little daunting. A myriad of new cultural experiences await as one leaves the safe home port and ventures forth to a new country, new home and new school. “Teaching Overseas: An Insider’s Perspective”, by, Kent M. Blakeney, is packed with information that will help alleviate any lingering anxieties and is a very entertaining read. Tony Richards reviews this new publication.