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by mamava
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:34 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Search, China, and Reneging
Replies: 18
Views: 7432

Re: Search, China, and Reneging

Those of us that were in China during SARS and/or H1N1 know that things on the ground are not always as they seem on the news--a number of friends in Beijing (including those with small children) right now are confirming that. You can play for more, time, but this particular event isn't going to blo...
by mamava
Mon Jan 27, 2020 5:13 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Situation in China
Replies: 37
Views: 17341

Re: Situation in China

A friend in Guangzhou was told to report back on Feb. 3 and they'll work on trying to implement some sort of virtual school until students come back (right now set for the 17th). We were in Beijing during H1N1 and lots of schools were forced to close and lots of quarantines because of the mishandlin...
by mamava
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Forum 2. Ask Recruiting Questions, Share Information. What's on Your Mind?
Topic: Skype Interview Advice
Replies: 5
Views: 2317

Re: Skype Interview Advice

I also considered the background--what people would see behind me. And, I practiced having the computer high enough so I could have another computer next to or slightly lower where I could look at notes or check the school's website as needed.
by mamava
Sat Jan 11, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Negotiating and Accepting an Offer with a Pregnant Wife
Replies: 14
Views: 5230

Re: Negotiating and Accepting an Offer with a Pregnant Wife

It's a tough question. For what it's worth--we were denied by 2 schools on a job search when we had 3 kids (one was going to be a senior) and we had stated we didn't need any benefits for him for that 1 year. Both schools said that their dependent policy (we are both teachers) meant just that--they ...
by mamava
Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Secrecy around salaries
Replies: 7
Views: 2896

Re: Secrecy around salaries

Obviously, schools want you to go through the full process because, in the event that the salary is not what you're aiming for, you'll be persuaded by the pitch to make concessions in your salary wants. Likewise, as a job-seeker, you want to know the salary straight-up, but that information might de...
by mamava
Sun Dec 01, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How to apply to International Schools without experience?
Replies: 6
Views: 1145

Re: How to apply to International Schools without experience

I'm always interested in people who seem really casual about entering international teaching and low-ball themselves. International teaching can be really competitive and you need to be able to sell yourself well at whatever point you're at. It's OK to be realistic, but don't settle--a bad tier 3 (o...
by mamava
Thu Nov 28, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: A contract with a car?
Replies: 6
Views: 1398

Re: A contract with a car?

My current school provides a car to principals and upper admin.
by mamava
Tue Nov 26, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Schools that pay for flights up front?
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

Re: Schools that pay for flights up front?

The "red flag" issue is definitely worth paying attention to. I would definitely know the reputation of the school. We also asked our HR how soon we would be reimburse (interest costs) and then double-checked their information with a couple teachers we had contacts for. The teachers verified what HR...
by mamava
Mon Nov 25, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Schools that pay for flights up front?
Replies: 11
Views: 1918

Re: Schools that pay for flights up front?

In my previous schools, we paid for visa and medical costs up front (and then submitted receipts) but our flights were booked ad paid for by the school. At my current school, all costs, including incoming flights, were paid for by us and then everything was reimbursed. It really does add up--I think...
by mamava
Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Teaching International Schools in China
Replies: 11
Views: 2156

Re: Teaching International Schools in China

At most decent schools, the license matters. The schools require it because it (ideally) demonstrates a level of proficiency and capacity professionally-speaking. It's also often needed in order to get a visa to work in a country. You'll be far more marketable in the long run with the teaching certi...
by mamava
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Halloween as an Indicator
Replies: 34
Views: 33178

Re: Halloween as an Indicator

I've heard this--at the elite school I worked at there was no Halloween celebrations at school and at the next school (which was not good) Halloween was huge. At my current school, it's very good, but we do go all out on the day, lots of photos on social media of that day on that day--then it's back...
by mamava
Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How to know if the school teaching well?
Replies: 9
Views: 3350

Re: How to know if the school teaching well?

The quality of teachers with respect to my kids is one of the most important factors. Of course, I want to teach with good quality teachers, but let's face it--if I had to, I could teach in a crummy school, but not if it impacted my kids. It's one of the reasons we left our school in the ME. Two yea...
by mamava
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:11 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Substitution Survey
Replies: 6
Views: 2717

Re: Substitution Survey

We have a sub pool, but it's all locals. Once in awhile we've had an expat parent who's subbed.
by mamava
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Rio and EARJ
Replies: 13
Views: 4576

Re: Rio and EARJ

You have to check the cost every week sometimes! I currently live in Brazil--we lost 50% of our salary in our first year because of the currency devaluation. It crept up and has done pretty well, but it's recently tanked again. That means prices fluctuate in country, too. If you have no outside expe...
by mamava
Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: changing schools, same city
Replies: 5
Views: 2566

Re: changing schools, same city

You should be able to to change jobs within the same city--unless there is some national law that prohibits it...and you may need to leave the country and re-enter on your new work visa sponsored by your new school. Keep in mind, though, that you may be considered a local hire--even top tier schools...