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by fine dude
Thu Nov 26, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: when they say they will consider you for future posts, will they?
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: when they say they will consider you for future posts, will they?

Recruiting has evolved for the worse and is more of a business transaction these days. Of course, there are a very few exceptions, but the excess supply of teachers where an increasing number of them are enrolling in EdD/PhD programs to look competitive. Not sure how many of them actually take these...
by fine dude
Wed Nov 25, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: when they say they will consider you for future posts, will they?
Replies: 9
Views: 336

Re: when they say they will consider you for future posts, will they?

That's like the lottery company saying, 'We are cheering for you to win big bucks next time." International schools are commercial enterprises, even the not-for-profit ones and everyone is dispensable. The sooner you realise, the better.
by fine dude
Sat Nov 21, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning
Replies: 15
Views: 642

Re: IB Certificate in Teaching and Learning

There are heads of schools who graduated from tier 3 schools in the US. It's your a nalytical skills, experience, creativity, and time-tested wisdom that will propel you forward, not your GPA.
by fine dude
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:56 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How much harder is it to get hired in Western Europe?
Replies: 11
Views: 1110

Re: How much harder is it to get hired in Western Europe?

If you are at a top notch school in Asia, moving back to Europe isn't much of a problem at all. SE Asia is more cut-throat (Bangkok, Singapore, KL etc.). You can find lower tier teachers in Asia moving to tier 1 in Europe.
by fine dude
Fri Oct 30, 2020 4:17 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Singapore Cost of Living and Salaries
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Singapore Cost of Living and Salaries

The top tier schools do offer international insurance excluding elective and planned treatments in the U.S. Aetna and AXA are the two major expat healthcare providers, and the former provides a far better service. Foreigners aren't eligible for the local subsidised 'Medisave' plan unless you gain pe...
by fine dude
Thu Oct 29, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Singapore Cost of Living and Salaries
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Singapore Cost of Living and Salaries

First off, you made a fine choice. Singapore is a great place to work and live. 10,000 - 12,000- SG dollars gross per month is a decent sum inclusive of housing allowance. That's what a tier 1 school pays for a mid-career teacher. You can make a bit more if you coach a sport or head a department. Th...
by fine dude
Sun Oct 11, 2020 6:54 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?
Replies: 18
Views: 1763

Re: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?

My philosophy is to work in Asia and retire somewhere decent, an hour or so from the coast and a big city (healthcare will be critical). Panama, Portugal, Thailand, and Vietnam sound realistic, but if money isn't a problem, it's gonna be South of France.
by fine dude
Wed Oct 07, 2020 7:26 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Your top 3/5/10 of favorite cities/countries to live
Replies: 15
Views: 1728

Re: Your top 3/5/10 of favorite cities/countries to live

Based on quality of life, although Chiangmai can be a bummer in the first 3 months of the year:
Basel, Switzerland
Chiangmai, Thailand
Rome, Italy
Singapore
Toulouse, France

All of these are doable and if you're a teacher couple, you'd save well, too even after splurging a bit.
by fine dude
Tue Oct 06, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Salaries in Bangkok
Replies: 17
Views: 1967

Re: Salaries in Bangkok

The problem with Thailand is its currency, which appreciated significantly against Western currencies, nearly 15%, over the past 5 years. Another reason why pensioners moved to Cambodia and Vietnam (of course, the ever-changing immigration rules being another reason). The golden ticket is to break i...
by fine dude
Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:12 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Top Schools In Europe
Replies: 32
Views: 3086

Re: Top Schools In Europe

Don't have Luxembourg on my list and I wouldn't work there. Lousy place and lousy people. I_B, please double check before you make sweeping statements.
by fine dude
Thu Oct 01, 2020 6:46 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Salaries in Bangkok
Replies: 17
Views: 1967

Re: Salaries in Bangkok

5 - 6K US plus housing & benefits at the top 2 schools, but extremely competitive to break into. Admin make 10-14K US per month.
Lower tier pay about 3-4K, but the cost of living in BKK has gone up significantly. Fine dining at high end restaurants is more expensive than the US.
by fine dude
Wed Sep 30, 2020 3:13 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Top Schools In Europe
Replies: 32
Views: 3086

Re: Top Schools In Europe

Look for tier 1 schools in these cities:
a. Bucharest
b. Lausanne
c. Sofia
d. The Hague
e. Warsaw

For more information, check this out.
https://www.state.gov/assisted-schools/
by fine dude
Sat Sep 26, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Take it or wait for a better one.
Replies: 16
Views: 2031

Re: Take it or wait for a better one.

Depends on how competitive the second school is. If it is one of the top 3 Sg schools, you may not get a job right after the first or second interview. You can ask them to reschedule, but if they refuse 8K is not a great salary as most school health insurance policies are sub-par and you'll be payin...
by fine dude
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: GRC
Replies: 17
Views: 2198

Re: GRC

GRC has more of a casual dating approach where the admin is just warming up before they finalise their choices in BKK and London. If you are an expert teacher and get hired, that's more of you being an outlier. A grass-is-greener approach applies to leadership teams, too.