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by heyteach
Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:33 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Choosing the right fair..
Replies: 31
Views: 19556

Re: Choosing the right fair..

It's not the fair that's so important, but whether the schools you're interested in have openings you're qualified for. Seek out a number of schools, note which ones have a job for you, and then figure out which fair the majority of them will be at. Don't get sucked in by all the supercilious rhetor...
by heyteach
Fri Jun 03, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Police Check for Jobs and Work Visas
Replies: 10
Views: 6651

Re: Police Check for Jobs and Work Visas

I would not bring it up at an interview or on an application. Of course he shouldn't lie, he knows that. If the question "Have you ever been convicted?" comes up, your husband can truthfully say no. I doubt a foreign country would be able to access U.S. FBI files. When I was interviewing, I had a po...
by heyteach
Mon May 16, 2016 8:24 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Middle East Beaches
Replies: 11
Views: 4781

Re: Middle East Beaches

Never went to a private beach when I was living in Muscat, but Qurm beach is quite lively with footballers every afternoon, women sunbathing in bikinis, families (on weekends) grilling and picknicking, people jogging and walking, me--walking and birding along the corniche. Majan beach is very small,...
by heyteach
Mon May 02, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 17
Views: 7116

Re: Alcohol

I think part of it is an expat thing, and also what mamava said about being thrown together with your colleagues more. I lived in Ecuador for several years, which is touted as a retiree paradise for North Americans. I met quite a few of those expats or potential expats, and they often expressed bein...
by heyteach
Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Cayman Schools
Replies: 3
Views: 2710

Re: Cayman Schools

As an avid diver I looked into the school on Grand Cayman and did some research about living there. Being an island, everything is very expensive, and goods somewhat limited. And as a very small island, there's not a lot to do but dive and/or drink. The school's package at the time wasn't very good,...
by heyteach
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Staying Sane
Replies: 16
Views: 9847

Re: Staying Sane

At a previous school, we used a program called Peer Coaching in which you ask a colleague to come and observe you in action, then provide feedback. There was a specific format for pre- and post-observation discussions. When I had problems with a difficult class (how is it--two badly behaved students...
by heyteach
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:56 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Best neighborhood to live in Quito
Replies: 3
Views: 1933

Re: Best neighborhood to live in Quito

FCAQ does assign buddies; AC, at least at that time, left you to your own devices. Don't know about any others. But certainly the schools will let you know.
by heyteach
Sun Feb 14, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Best neighborhood to live in Quito
Replies: 3
Views: 1933

Re: Best neighborhood to live in Quito

Congrats on your new job in Quito. I lived there several years and loved the city, the school, and the country. I lived in Batán Alto, on the eastern slope a little above the flat part of the city. I liked having the enormous Parque Metropolitano almost in my back yard; it was a ten-minute walk to a...
by heyteach
Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Schools during Ramadan
Replies: 10
Views: 3778

Re: Schools during Ramadan

My school in Oman didn't start the school year until after Ramadan. So it really does vary by school/country.
by heyteach
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:10 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: UNI Fair
Replies: 3
Views: 3002

Re: UNI Fair

Those negative comments all come from the same, uninformed source. There are a number of good schools that recruit at UNI. I found that schools were actively hiring, not just fishing. I came away with several offers and chose a good one. I have met experienced teachers there who prefer UNI to the bi...
by heyteach
Sun Jan 24, 2016 7:51 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential
Replies: 21
Views: 7178

Re: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential

Okay, Oman's laws are different from Abu Dhabi. You have to have your "ration book" to make a purchase at a liquor store in Oman. It's not just a card. It is issued on the spot when you submit your documents at the agency that grants them. It has your picture in it, and pages where the store notes e...
by heyteach
Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:09 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential
Replies: 21
Views: 7178

Re: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential

Vandsmith, you may have misunderstood by what I meant by having a liquor license--it's simply for purchasing alcohol at the stores (what my UK colleagues called "bottle shops"). You didn't need it for buying drinks at a bar.
by heyteach
Thu Jan 21, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Life on a Compound with Kids
Replies: 8
Views: 3054

Re: Life on a Compound with Kids

I have a good friend on a compound outside of Jeddah and she loves it. She has three kids and a trailing spouse and they live in a 4-bedroom villa. The kids can play outside freely and safely and there are other kids to play with. She can drive within the compound and do her shopping easily.
by heyteach
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential
Replies: 21
Views: 7178

Re: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential

I hadn't thought of pork as a big draw, but you can buy it in Oman in the large groceries like Carrefour and Al Fair. And you don't have to drink alone; the big hotels and a few nightclubs serve alcohol. Keep in mind that driving off the island that is Bahrain means driving to Saudi, and women will ...
by heyteach
Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:04 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential
Replies: 21
Views: 7178

Re: Middle East - Options, Lifestyle and Savings Potential

Oman can't be beat. I really liked the more "human" scale of Muscat--none of the buildings is over 6-7 stories tall. It is pretty liberal; alcohol can be purchased once you get your license for it (looks like a WWII-era ration book). Omanis are incredibly friendly and helpful. Loved being able to sw...