March 26, 2012
A new survey has arrived!
Topic: How much does your current school pay for your housing benefits?
What is possibly the biggest expense you have in life? Housing. Your bill usually comes in the form of a mortgage payment or rent. On top of that bill, most people also have to pay utilities, not just one utility, but all of them. Some heating or electricity bills can reach very high amounts during the winter in some areas of the Northern Hemisphere. All of these bills add up and you find yourself with very little money left over for other things in life (like the other most popular expense of international school teachers: travel!).
Now imagine a life when you don’t have to worry about paying your rent. Even better, try to imagine a life not having to pay for your rent or even any of your utilities. In the international school community that life can be a reality. For many of us in Asia, SE Asia and in the Middle East (and Africa, Eastern Europe, etc…) that reality is a welcomed event in our lives. Without having to worry about paying your rent, many other opportunities present themselves. For once in your life you don’t see your bank account go down to its last $50. For once you see yourself saving money without even trying to save. For once you can literally go out to eat every night if you wanted to. With your “extra” money in hand, you might even decide that getting a massage one or two times a week in now within your budget. You might now decide that you can afford a more expensive trip that would have otherwise been out of your budget.
With all that being said about the “good life”, having to pay for your rent isn’t automatically a bad thing. If your salary is quite high, you might just be making the same amount of money even after you deduct the amount you are paying towards your rent. Though the cost of living might be higher than the place you once were with the “free rent”, you still might find that you have a similar budget for traveling and extra expenses. Clearly it is very important to note exactly how much money you will be netting each month and how much your apartment will cost you at the international school you are considering.
On www.internationalschoolcommunity.com we have a topic under the Benefits section that is specifically about sharing information about the housing situation at the school. It is called: Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities.
There have been 100s of comments and information already submitted in this topic on numerous school profile pages on our website. Log-on today to check out the latest comments related to housing about the international schools that interest you most. If you currently work at or have worked at an international school, please also log-on and share what you know about the housing situation.
Additionally, the Educatorsoverseas website also has a page about different housing situations at international schools that you might want to check out.
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