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by buffalofan
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: thai police clearance cert
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: thai police clearance cert

If your new employer hasn't requested it, don't bother. It's a hassle. The cert itself is dated and addressed specifically to the country you specify, so you can't reuse it later either. I've had to get it multiple times for work visas in other countries. The official way (pre-Covid) involves a big ...
by buffalofan
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: new EU ban on travellers from the US
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: new EU ban on travellers from the US

Any word on if the ban is strictly passport-based? What if you are an expat who hasn't been to the US since Covid hit?
by buffalofan
Thu Jun 18, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Malaria
Replies: 13
Views: 671

Re: Malaria

Malaria meds are not really feasible long term. Too many side effects. Doxy would mess me up, and one of the other meds can make you hallucinate. I don't know any expats who took malaria meds long term (except maybe daily doses of gin & tonic...) As shadowjack mentioned, the key is to never ignore s...
by buffalofan
Thu Jun 11, 2020 4:05 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How long do you stay at your 'dream school'?
Replies: 15
Views: 1558

Re: How long do you stay at your 'dream school'?

I believe it was the great philosopher, Mike Tyson, who said "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth". That works well when talking about planning for a long stay at your dream school. You can plan all you want, but there will eventually be a change of leadership, be it principal o...
by buffalofan
Fri May 15, 2020 4:51 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Staying for the Summer, or flying home for a visit?
Replies: 13
Views: 1661

Re: Staying for the Summer, or flying home for a visit?

Still plenty of countries where international flights are not operating and may not be for some time. Fairly easy decision then...
by buffalofan
Tue May 05, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Unemployment
Replies: 9
Views: 2625

Re: Unemployment

mamava wrote: > I know that some international schools are quite American--I believe > friends who taught at Taipei American School, for example, paid into the US > social security system. There might be a few cases where you could claim, > but not as a general rule. I was just going to post this. F...
by buffalofan
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:26 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Utah's Associate Educator License - new option?
Replies: 13
Views: 3066

Re: Utah's Associate Educator License - new option?

chemteacher101 wrote: > Totally agree. I'm just wondering how good (or bad) option this would be > for say an experienced teacher with no actual teaching license. It would > seem easier to get than the MS route, for example. But I don't know if the > fact that it is specific for charter schools woul...
by buffalofan
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:16 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Can I force Majeure?
Replies: 52
Views: 8731

Re: Reply

Heliotrope wrote: > A contract has been breached by the IT by not showing up for work. The > school sues. The IT's defense will be that it's FM, pointing out the FM > clause, but since you can't make a claim like that without specifying it > and supporting it properly, the IT will have to prove why ...
by buffalofan
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:29 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Getting Thai Tax Refund
Replies: 8
Views: 1948

Re: Getting Thai Tax Refund

I got mine back for the last year I worked in Thailand, but this was well over a decade ago so who knows what it is like now. My school organized it, but I had to go back to Thailand in person to collect the refund check from my school. No other way was possible. I then walked across the street and ...
by buffalofan
Sun Apr 12, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Utah's Associate Educator License - new option?
Replies: 13
Views: 3066

Re: Utah's Associate Educator License - new option?

Wow, I clicked on that link and was initially surprised to see that it appears you can qualify for a teaching license by just having what would barely qualify you for a substitute teacher permit in many other states. Then I noticed it was Indiana, and I was no longer surprised... https://www.salon.c...
by buffalofan
Fri Apr 03, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Job Cuts
Replies: 12
Views: 6436

Re: Job Cuts

I don't think a blended model is a "want to", but more of a "have to" at least for the start of 20-21. There are still likely to be travel/visa restrictions in place for nationals of hard hit countries (Americans) for some time. You may see classrooms where say 50% of students are physically there w...
by buffalofan
Mon Mar 30, 2020 2:21 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Job Cuts
Replies: 12
Views: 6436

Re: Job Cuts

I can see the elite/tier 1 schools staying open and maybe committing to a blended model for 20-21 as the situation normalizes. These schools generally have resources to ride things out, maybe faculty have to take a pay cut for next year, but massive layoffs are probably unlikely. Tier 2 schools will...
by buffalofan
Wed Mar 25, 2020 4:33 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Can I force Majeure?
Replies: 52
Views: 8731

Re: Can I force Majeure?

You would probably have to consult a labor lawyer in your location to get a definitive answer. In my experience (working in a volatile location many years back) you as an employee cannot claim Force Majeure and just leave - that would be the same as breaking contract. It is the employer who declares...
by buffalofan
Sun Mar 22, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Admin: will you post your true feelings and predictions re: covid-19 and schools?
Replies: 3
Views: 2725

Re: Admin: will you post your true feelings and predictions re: covid-19 and schools?

I like this idea for a thread, but I expect that will you get zero responses here from admin. At my current school, I am somewhat concerned at this point about a call for "Force Majeure" which would effectively leave teachers with a small payout and unemployed. And if you lose your job now, you are ...
by buffalofan
Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:38 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income
Replies: 11
Views: 9906

Re: Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income

Sorry, but NO. Does your "tax expert" have knowledge about USA expat tax issues? Because most of them that are based in the USA do not. You can't fund an IRA unless you either (1) make more than the FEIE threshold of 105,000 after the standard deduction (good luck with that if you are a teacher), or...