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by aburr
Tue Feb 11, 2020 9:34 pm
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: 9345

Roth IRA and Foreign-Earned Income

I've been doing tons of research on this topic and, long story short, found out that foreign-earned income cannot be used to fund a Roth IRA. For those who somehow don't know, a Roth IRA is one of the best investment vehicles for your retirement. Sadly, this I think is only available to US expats. I...
by aburr
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How many people are hired before the fairs?
Replies: 12
Views: 9129

Re: How many people are hired before the fairs?

Hi Shopaholic, Really, in order to discuss hiring practices, we need to break it down by best schools vs. worst schools, not location-based. Generally speaking, the best schools are organized and hire as early as possible in order to get the best candidate before other jobs have chances to make thei...
by aburr
Sun May 28, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: British and American International Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 12329

Re: British and American International Schools

@psyguy Like I said, I totally understand the flip side to the argument. It's a complicated issue and, not to be evasive, I'm not here to offer solutions. The main point I was trying to make was that government-mandated tests are seen as creativity-killers in the states whereas in the UK, at least i...
by aburr
Thu May 25, 2017 2:49 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: British and American International Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 12329

Re: British and American International Schools

@psyguy It's definitely possible. You bring up some good points. Personally, I don't think the debate was as a result of constant change, even though there was much consternation within the workplace when things were going to change. I think, and any other American teachers can correct me if I'm wro...
by aburr
Wed May 24, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: British and American International Schools
Replies: 13
Views: 12329

Re: British and American International Schools

The main problem I've had working in British schools as a Yankee is that I don't even feel like there is a push from British educators to get away from being solely focused on exam results. For example, in my time in the US, every single time admin brought up in a faculty meeting anything about stat...
by aburr
Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Visa Issues
Replies: 5
Views: 6257

Visa Issues

Hi ISR Community, So my wife and I recently accepted a dream job in India. We're super excited about it! A few issues we're having, though, that I'm hoping everyone here can help with. We're currently employed by a school in China and are coming to the end of our 2-year contract. In order to get an ...
by aburr
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:05 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Part 2 - told the kids
Replies: 18
Views: 16645

Re: Part 2 - told the kids

It sounds like you are great parents and you have nothing to feel terribly about. Just remember all the reasons why you chose to take the job and morale will improve. Give your kiddos a few days, maybe weeks, hopefully not months but possibly, and everything will start improving. Best of luck to you...
by aburr
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Telling the kids
Replies: 42
Views: 41465

Re: Telling the kids

Hi CanChi4, I will take Thames Pirates approach and not tell you what TO say, but what not to say/do. I don't have any first-hand experience with this, but second-hand through my wife who moved from the States to China as an 8th grader and unequivocally her parents handled it the wrong way (this is ...
by aburr
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: filing taxes question
Replies: 30
Views: 21477

Re: filing taxes question

Another question for this thread: Are you allowed to contribute to a Roth IRA while teaching overseas? I can't seem to get a clear answer from this when I try to research it online. My salary is within the amount that I would be allowed to contribute in America, and of course I file my taxes every y...
by aburr
Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Search Associates Shrinking?
Replies: 24
Views: 29331

Re: Search Associates Shrinking?

I don't know if they are indeed shrinking, in terms of numbers of schools registered, but as far as I can tell they still have most of the top schools in Asia, Europe, and Africa. I'm not too familiar honestly with South America, but you can see which schools are registered with Search here: https:/...
by aburr
Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:31 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Cost of living in Qingdao
Replies: 9
Views: 9715

Re: Cost of living in Qingdao

Hi Splendid, Again, if each contract is around the $40,000 USD mark for a family of 4, you should be able to sustain a happy life. So you and your spouse's contract need to be near $40,000 totaling to about $80,000 a year. Keep in mind that a "happy life" is highly subjective and if your definition ...
by aburr
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:34 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Cost of living in Qingdao
Replies: 9
Views: 9715

Re: Cost of living in Qingdao

CanChi4 wrote: > aburr wrote: > > Hi Canchi 4, > > > > In order to give a very good answer, I'll need a little more info. When you > > say "some traveling" do you mean traveling around SE Asia or > > Europe. Most salaries in Qingdao will not be enough to be sending you first > > class to Rome every ...
by aburr
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Cost of living in Qingdao
Replies: 9
Views: 9715

Re: Cost of living in Qingdao

Hi Canchi 4, In order to give a very good answer, I'll need a little more info. When you say "some traveling" do you mean traveling around SE Asia or Europe. Most salaries in Qingdao will not be enough to be sending you first class to Rome every break, but if you simply want to travel to Thailand an...