5 Tips for Surviving International School Job Fairs

Attending international school job fairs can be a harrowing experience, but are an efficient strategy to incorporate into your hunt for a teaching job abroad. All international teachers have a few stories to tell about their experiences at these job fairs.

I was sharing job fair stories with a colleague today and I was surprised at his take on the whole process. He nearly made a choice that would have cost him the job that he is currently enjoying here in Thailand.

We were talking about the initial job fair session – the sign up. During the sign up session schools are set up with a desk in one or two rooms at the venue. Teachers then come along and sign up for interviews with the schools that interest them. Depending on which job fair you attend, this can be a real cattle market of pushing and shoving. At the very least it’s going to involve standing in line.

My colleague didn’t want to wait in any lines, so he initially approached only schools with short ones. The line for our current employer was one of the longest in the room and put him off. Finally he decided to join the line after reading some of the literature the school had with them for prospective teachers. During the 25 minute wait he nearly gave up and left several times, but didn’t. Which is just as well because the position he currently holds is one that really suits him and he’s enjoying living and working here in Thailand.

I approach the sign up session with a plan. I have several copies of my application pack already prepared and spend the time waiting in line talking to the teachers around me to get insider information on schools and positions.

What is your plan?

Check the international teaching job fair organiser’s website the evening before the sign up session for changes in vacancies. International school vacancies are fluid and can change from day to day, especially once the job fairs start. When you go into the sign up session take with you an up-to-date list of schools with suitable vacancies. This will enable you to line up in the lines that are going to get you the best result.

Look at the international schools’ websites prior to attending the sign up session. If possible look at the school’s websites to find out what programs they offer, whether they are in the center of the city or in the suburbs, what extra curricular activities they offer, what accreditations they have. This can assist you in deciding whether they are going to be a suitable employer for you.

Take extra copies of your application pack to give to school recruiters. Your application pack is your ticket to getting interviews. If you’re following the strategies I give you in The Complete Guide to Securing a Job at an International School, you should have emailed your application pack to the attending schools that have relevant vacancies prior to the commencement of the job fair. In
addition to this, take extra copies with you to the job fair, and especially the sign up session, to give to schools that suddenly put up vacancies that interest you.

Be prepared to wait in line to talk to the international school recruiters. When you attend a job fair, remember that a long line could indicate a school where teachers want to work, and vice versa. To help you make the decision about whether you stand in line and wait, go to the front of the line and see if there’s any literature on the table that you can take away and read.

Use the time you stand in line to gather information. International school teachers attend these teaching job fairs and they are a vital source of information. Use the time you are standing in line waiting to talk to recruiters to elicit information about different schools, programs and conditions. Ask them all the questions you have because they’re the best source of information you’ll find and while you’re all standing in line, what else can you do?

International Schools in Samui – What Are the Advantages of Schools in Samui?

International Schools on Samui are plentiful. The large community of expats living and working on the island and the process of globalisation has led to the development of a number of seriously high quality international schools on the island that follow the British National Curriculum.

These schools on Koh Samui take children from all kinds of backgrounds, races, cultures and religions and use a British-led international syllabus to educate students with a global perspective. If you want to provide your children with the highest quality of education, and provided you can afford to pay for it, then sending them to an international school on Samui is a must-do. These institutions have highly qualified teachers (the true international schools requiring fully-qualified teachers with teaching degrees) and their subjects follow internationally-recognised accreditation standards from education authorities like the University of Cambridge.

When compared to the local Thai schools, Panyadee, Bluewater and Samui Centre of Learning are significantly better-funded and as a result can offer your children:

  • Fully qualified teaching staff
  • Cutting-edge science and computer labs
  • Well-funded libraries and resources
  • Interesting and exciting school trips
  • Engaging after-school and extra-curricular activities
  • First class facilities and classrooms

These organisations provide students with a unique blend of internationalism and local culture. As such, expect to find your kids learning Thai language and culture, eating Thai food and learning Muay Thai in P.E. lessons.

If you are considering an schools on the island of Koh Samui, take a look at the websites of Panyadee, Bluewater and Samui Centre of Learning. Each website has a unique feel and style to it, and speaks volumes about the way in which the school is managed and run. Furthermore, it will put you in touch with key staff members who can help you to choose a school that suits you and your children.

Choosing an International School For Expat Kids? Things to Watch Out For

So, you’ve recently moved to Bangalore. You want your child to experience the same educational standards and enjoy the same school atmosphere that he is accustomed to, back home. Then, you should opt for an international school in Bangalore. Here are a few things to consider while choosing the right international for your child.

International in the school’s name doesn’t always mean international standards:

Just don’t go by the word ‘international’ in the school’s name.. It is common for many schools across India to use the word international in the name but offer local standards of education. So, it’s advisable to look beyond the name to see if the school really stands up to international standards in all aspects – right from infrastructure to quality of teaching staff to management policies and ethics

Is the curriculum international? Check to see if the school offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) system of education. Most schools in USA and Europe follow this model, so it would be easier for your child to adapt to this curriculum. Also, IB international schools follow a holistic approach to education with equal emphasis on academics and extra-curricular activities. So, there’s a focus on the all-round development of your child.

World-class facilities or just local fare? Check to see if the facilities provided are world-class. In terms of infrastructure, check if the classrooms are air-conditioned, the labs well-equipped. Check to see if the faculty is internationally-trained? Some international schools in India even have faculty members of different nationalities. Take a walk around the campus to make sure that it’s look, feel and appeal is truly international – a place where your child will surely feel at home.

Hot tip: Check out the cafeteria to see if the school’s truly global. One great way to find out if the school is truly international is by just visiting the cafeteria and tasting the food over there. If you can find some cereal for breakfast and spaghetti for lunch, you can be sure that you’re child will feel right at home in the new school. After all, you’re child needs to love the food and be well-nourished in order to enjoy the whole learning experience, isn’t it?

International Schools Are The Only Choice When Living Abroad

International Schools are your ONLY choice if you live Abroad.

If you have a child and really really love them, you might want to consider moving abroad just for the chance of sending your child to an international school –Your child, will be surrounded by children of the best, brightest and most successful of that country. All the most successful local people will send their kids to the international school and all foreign dignitaries, foreign representatives and foreign business elite will send their children to the international school all along side your own child!

Giving your child the best teachers, the best programs, the best structures, the best technology to learn and grow! And your child ends up with the best contacts from around the world! The friends your child makes will become the Ambassadors, tycoons, and world leaders of tomorrow! This is truly a marvelous gift for any child, they’ll learn that he or she can and should make a difference in the world because all their friends’ parents already are! It really is such a marvelous gift that if you have a choice of raising a child overseas, you should do it for the international school experience alone!

However, if you live overseas as a refugee seeking low paid work and that takes priority in your life over everything else, then hopefully you don’t have children. Because if you do and you attempt to justify a local public school because it’s free, then you’ll be ruining your own child’s life forever.

At a public school your foreign born child will be completely different from all the other children, leaving them isolated and bullied but heck, you get rid of your kid for 8 hours a day! Free baby sitting!

Also, if your kids are below 8 years old when they start this degrading process they’ll soon learn to only speak the foreign language that they use in school, because any other language makes them stand out for ridicule and embarrassment which I promise you, no little kid wants. So soon, always within 2 years of local schooling you won’t be able to communicate with your own child at all, even at home!

There is NO choice of private or public schools for parents who live in a foreign country. If you can’t afford an international school then move back or send your child back to your home country where your child will fit into a free public school setting.

Thousands of parents come to Japan every year, (where I live), to work, and stick their kids into local public schools and lose them forever – Not sometimes but always! This isn’t a matter of a child’s personality, it’s a matter of survival, ALL children will subliminally attempt to become what the other kids are to survive, and will end up with neither family nor national identity. If you live abroad, then send your child to an international school or back home where they fit in. Those are your only two choices.

My family has set up scholarships here in Tokyo to try to help all these foreign born kids get free tuition to any international schools they live close too. If you’re a foreign parent there is always a way to get your child into one of these amazing schools.