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by Fstop
Sat Feb 08, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: The Job Search is Not Going Well...
Replies: 13
Views: 11153

Re: The Job Search is Not Going Well...

Do you have IB experience? If not, then you're not going to get many (if any) offers, I'm afraid. Thailand is a highly competitive country. I also teach English. A few years ago, when I left my international teaching post in Phuket, my principal said that there were hundreds of applications for my p...
by Fstop
Mon Dec 16, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How hard is it for an American to teach in Australia?
Replies: 8
Views: 7664

Re: How hard is it for an American to teach in Australia?

Hard but not impossible. I looked into it a few years ago. Got my teaching cert. recognized (which took 3 months and a load of expense) but went no further. It's very expensive to even apply for the visa, and you need to make sure you have enough points and that your job is on the needed list.
by Fstop
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Feeling like I want to move my family back home
Replies: 29
Views: 6405

Re: Feeling like I want to move my family back home

^California definitely has something similar. Salary scale pages usually have a note at the bottom about crediting years of experience, and yes, it needs to be from an accredited school in order to count. Not sure about the forms; I figured if I just got letters of rec from the school before I left ...
by Fstop
Mon Apr 22, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Feeling like I want to move my family back home
Replies: 29
Views: 6405

Re: Feeling like I want to move my family back home

To the OP: I'm in a very similar situation. I have been teaching internationally for 15 years (English Literature), 10 in IB. I now have a wife and 2 young children and have been feeling to pull to go back to the US. I'm originally from Sacramento, California, so would probably return there or close...
by Fstop
Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Exodus from Germany
Replies: 41
Views: 17725

Re: Exodus from Germany

My school in Germany did not give any relocation allowance (although they did offer some shipping). Deposits and furnishing are not tax deductible, I'm afraid (I tried). Shipping costs are, however. Most teachers I know who came in spent around 8-10k on housing deposits, furnishings, etc.
by Fstop
Thu Jan 25, 2018 3:06 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Exodus from Germany
Replies: 41
Views: 17725

Re: Exodus from Germany

2-3 months rent is normal here. Also, when you move into a place, it's usually completely unfurnished (they even take the lightbulbs out). Sometimes the kitchen is furnished, but not always.
by Fstop
Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Exodus from Germany
Replies: 41
Views: 17725

Re: Exodus from Germany

I currently live and teach in Germany but we are leaving after this academic year. The reason? It's very very expensive here! Housing is not a benefit that most schools give so nearly half my salary is taken up for rent. If you are single with no dependents or a teaching couple then you should have ...
by Fstop
Sat Mar 12, 2016 9:58 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Teaching in Maldives
Replies: 6
Views: 4279

Re: Teaching in Maldives

I'd be careful about taking a position in a holiday location (Maldives, Seychelles, Phuket, Bahamas, Jamaica, Cayman, etc.). The schools at these places tend to have an "island culture" that creates laziness and unmotivated students, as well as parents who are retirees and millionaires on permanent ...
by Fstop
Sat Feb 13, 2016 4:10 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Shipping Personal Items from China to Thailand. Suggestions?
Replies: 4
Views: 3083

Re: Shipping Personal Items from China to Thailand. Suggesti

When we moved to Thailand from China we just shipped everything via the post office. China has some insanely stupid rules regarding shipping. We could only ship 2 boxes every 2 weeks, and no electronics. But it was very cheap. A colleague of mine used FedEx. More expensive but they come to your hous...
by Fstop
Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:49 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: List of Schools for TS and Dependents
Replies: 20
Views: 7755

Re: List of Schools for TS and Dependents

There is no list. It completely depends on the needs of the school and how much they want you. There are schools that will not hire people with dependents (ISHMC, NIST) but they usually put this on their Search profile.
by Fstop
Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:32 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Search – Bangkok Dates: Jan 8 - 11
Replies: 8
Views: 4979

Re: Search – Bangkok Dates: Jan 8 - 11

tdaley26 wrote: > Why would you have a skype interview if you are at the fair? Not all the administrators are at the fair. Usually it's the head of school and perhaps one more, especially if there is a lot of travel involved to get to the fair. So a second interview might be with the program princip...
by Fstop
Mon Jan 18, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Search – Bangkok Dates: Jan 8 - 11
Replies: 8
Views: 4979

Re: Search – Bangkok Dates: Jan 8 - 11

It's been a week or so, but I'll share some of my experience. Although this is a "rockstar" fair, it surprised me how many people there did not have IB experience. There were plenty of teaching couples and other teachers with trailing spouses and dependents. As for myself, I teach in a non-competiti...
by Fstop
Wed Oct 21, 2015 7:55 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Search BKK in January: Am I qualified or wasting my time?
Replies: 13
Views: 13731

Re: Search BKK in January: Am I qualified or wasting my time

You'll get something. How many students at your 3rd-tier school? I'm also English A. I've got 5 years of IB experience (12 overall) + 3 years as an examiner for Lang & Lit. But I've got a trailing spouse and a non-school aged child. I still got invited to the BKK fair but I'm not optimistic about my...
by Fstop
Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:26 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Issues and solutions of IT's with non-teaching dependants.
Replies: 7
Views: 3565

[quote="Yantantether"]Fstop: Could you expand on why and how you mentioned her in the cover letter? Was this for jobs specific to Thailand and did it change anything or provide any pluses? Cheers. [/quote] I think it was someone on here who recommended mentioning your non-teaching spouse in the cove...
by Fstop
Fri Jul 05, 2013 7:24 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Issues and solutions of IT's with non-teaching dependants.
Replies: 7
Views: 3565

^Kind of agree. I also have a non-teaching spouse. She's from Thailand. When I was applying for jobs earlier this year, I mentioned her in the cover letter I sent out, but I would never think of negotiating for less benefits because she isn't a teacher, and no reputable school would agree to such te...