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by sid
Thu May 17, 2012 3:10 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Pre-Existing Medical Conditions/Extended Medical Leave
Replies: 25
Views: 14323

I'm sure there are exceptions, perhaps in the well-regulated EU for a start, but mostly I think that if you had a serious long-term medical issue, you would eventually lose your job. Schools would have the option of granting you a leave of absence, but this is much tougher in an independent school t...
by sid
Sun May 06, 2012 6:10 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: How do you like your health insurance?
Replies: 4
Views: 4204

Ours is lovely. 100% coverage with a long list of approved providers for all normal medical stuff. 80% if you go outside the list of providers, but the best doctors are on the list, so that would be a silly move. No deductibles, very high annual limit. 80% coverage on eyes and teeth with approved pr...
by sid
Sun May 06, 2012 5:11 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Diplomatic Privileges?
Replies: 13
Views: 17532

I concur with other posters. In a limited and decreasing number of schools, you can get commissary privileges. Nice perk. I have no personal knowledge of anyone getting a diplomatic passport for working in an American school. You're not a diplomat, you're not working for the US government, why would...
by sid
Sun May 06, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Needed: Advice for troubled teaching couple
Replies: 14
Views: 8976

This is a really tough situation, and I feel for you. Much of the job scenario comes down to the contract. If you were hired as a single, your job should be there for you regardless of what happens with your BF. If you were hired as part of a couple, it is as you've been advised: up to the school. B...
by sid
Wed May 02, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Psyguy: Open Letter #2
Replies: 52
Views: 32273

Re: Ann

[quote="PsyGuy"] the presumption is that they are, [/quote] No, "your" presumption is that they're true. "The" presumption, or at least "my" presumption, is that they may or may not be true. I have great difficulty understanding how there can be a general pres...
by sid
Tue May 01, 2012 6:28 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Psyguy: Open Letter #2
Replies: 52
Views: 32273

Re: A reading from the second letter of Psyguy to the newbie

[quote="PsyGuy"] there is no greater affirming and relevant evidence then my own experience.
[/quote]

Wow. Explains a lot.
by sid
Sun Mar 11, 2012 11:40 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: shipping and housing and stress. . .Oh My!
Replies: 32
Views: 18787

Just as a general note, it's fairly common that shipping costs twice what your written estimate is, and takes twice as long to get there as they claim. I wish these things weren't true, but they often are. Deal with a reputable company, get things in writing, and then expect to double the time and c...
by sid
Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:51 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: open note to ISR - why two ISR forums?
Replies: 16
Views: 11949

open note to ISR - why two ISR forums?

Is there any chance we could merge the two ISR forums into one ISR forum? I've never understood the difference between the two. While it's a small inconvenience to navigate between the two forums, it is an inconvenience, and for no reason that I can figure out. Or maybe I'm a bit dim. If there is a ...
by sid
Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:10 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Rating Qatar
Replies: 39
Views: 46178

Re: Too each their own

[quote="PsyGuy"]If your home life is bad, then the only thing you have going for you at best is your work life, and i dont want my world to revolve around work.[/quote]

If your home life is bad, everything else sucks. Fix it.
by sid
Sun Mar 04, 2012 12:29 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Rating Qatar
Replies: 39
Views: 46178

I spent two years in one country, not really liking it, but then looked around some different corners and down different alleys, and discovered I loved it. Spent three more years there. I subscribe to a theory that one shouldn't make any decisions about liking or not liking a place until after livin...
by sid
Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:02 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Rating Qatar
Replies: 39
Views: 46178

Psyguy does seem rather uninformed here. There are dozens of schools in Qatar, so how could the top 5 be the bottom 5? American School of Doha and Qatar Academy are probably the best two schools. Doha College used to round that group out as it was relatively equal, but I think lately that ASD and QA...
by sid
Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:50 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: question about teaching credential
Replies: 15
Views: 16865

Mathman hits some valid points, but visa only covers part of the issue. Schools' policies usually have some bits in there about teachers needing to be 'qualified'. Different schools can define that differently. Many American schools define it as having active US certification. Other schools, US-base...
by sid
Tue Feb 28, 2012 3:04 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: question about teaching credential
Replies: 15
Views: 16865

You really want to have and maintain an active certification. It'll make it easier to get jobs. After all, you won't just be looking for a job now - you'll probably do it several times over the course of your career. And point two, no matter what a school might tell you at hiring, if something bad h...
by sid
Thu Feb 16, 2012 3:59 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Health insurance for dependents
Replies: 8
Views: 6191

In my experience, spouses and minor children are generally covered. There are limits which are different to each school. Mysharona's report is the first time I've heard of uni-aged children being covered. Schools typically stop covering when kids graduate high school, turn 18, or stop living with you.
by sid
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Recruited by schools I didn't apply to
Replies: 14
Views: 8645

Almost every school I know sends out invitations to people they're interested in. All tiers. Take it as a compliment, do a little research, and figure out how you feel about the school and location. The few schools I know who don't bother, are a couple with such fantastic locations that they will be...