The International Experience
The Year of the Pig
Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world and in 2019 the festival falls on February 5th when we welcome the Year of the Pig (the twelfth zodiac animal). Jan Homden has compiled resources to use in your classroom to celebrate this colourful ‘Spring Festival’.
The International Award and university application
For Nick Chaddock, a student’s life skills are as important as academic achievement when it comes to making a university application. He also thinks that the International Award for Young People or “Duke of Edinburgh Award” has a profound impact on both.
The Top 10 destinations
The demand for international teachers is growing rapidly around the world. With so many countries to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to look for a teaching job. Andrew Wigford has put together his top ten teaching destinations for 2019.
British Scouting overseas
There has been a long standing association between international schools and the Scout movement. Jon Gill, the Growth and Development coordinator of the British Scouting Overseas (BSO) Area wants to hear from schools who would like to find out more about working with them to set up a scouting unit.
The first international school with a Scottish connection opens in China
Andrew Hunter, recently retired Headmaster of Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh, reflects on the appeal of a British boarding school education, and the establishment of an international branch of his school in southern China in 2018.
Nominations for the International School of the Year open until 25th September
International schools throughout the world will be celebrated this school year at the first ever International School Awards evening, to be hosted in London by ISC Research. The awards have grown from the the popular British International School Awards, and are now open to all English-medium, K-12 international schools.
Advice for young travellers
Growing numbers of school graduates and their parents are enquiring about having a gap year between school and uni. Annabelle Fee offers 6 travel tips to share with families, showing safe travelling can not only be fun, but need not cost the earth.
2017 – 18: an evolving market
The growth in international education in 2017 – 2018 has, once again, been fast moving and substantial. Many new international schools opened and student enrolment increased globally by 7%. Several countries and sub-regions are experiencing notable change right now. Continued growth brings new opportunities for teachers, investors and schools looking to build international partnerships, writes Richard Gaskell of ISC Research
New Facebook and LinkedIn groups for British teachers
The expansion of British international education is now a global phenomenon. International educator, Andy Homden, looks at two new ways in which this growing community can share opportunities, news and ideas with each other.
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.
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.