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Check out the new ‘Where Our Members Have Worked’ feature on International School Community!

March 21, 2013

Our 2149 current members work at or have worked at 404 international schools!

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 10.08.32 PMHow amazing is that?!  In just two years, our “international school community” has grown into an excellent network of international school teachers.  With so much experience and knowledge about life working at over 400 international schools on our website, the other members are able to stay updated and the most informed about schools in which they are interested.  Additionally, now it is even easier to find the right members to contact for networking purposes and for gathering more information about the specific questions you may have about working at a certain international school.

Our new feature page lists all the international schools that either our members currently work at or have worked at in the past.

We have organized this list of schools alphabetically by country, all on one page.  But for faster access to the country you are specifically looking for, just click on the letter that the country starts with at the top of the page.

Which international schools on our website have the most members you ask?  Here are just a few of the international schools that currently have five or more members:
Graded School Sao Paulo (5) members
Shanghai Rego International School (10) members
Suzhou Singapore International School (5) members
Copenhagen International School (9) members
International School of Kuala Lumpur (6) members
International School Manila (5) members
Brent School Manila (5) members
British International School Moscow (5) members
Canadian International School (Singapore) (6) members
American School of Barcelona (9) members
Seoul International School (5) members

So take a moment to have a look at our new “Where Our Members Have Worked” page. Maybe you will find that we have some members who know about the international school about which you are looking to gain more information.

 

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International Teaching Predictions for 2012 #1: Western Europe

March 11, 2012

#1: International Schools in Western Europe

“Europe has been very slow this year in terms of growth of international schools and I expect this to continue.  I predict that barring any further economic disasters in Euroland, many teachers in European schools will stay put and schools will not contract but continue to hold off expansion plans so opportunities will be very limited.  We can expect teacher salaries to remain flat with little competition to force them up, and in many parts of western Europe tax rates will probably increase.

For those with a right to work in the UK, public sector funding will limit the amount of supply jobs. However, London is a transitory place and therefore usually a vibrant market for resilient and flexible supply teachers who can teach successfully at challenging inner-city schools.  In the rest of England, however, Agency Worker Regulations are reshaping the landscape and teachers with a lot of experience will often be disadvantaged if they try to land long term supply jobs. We are renewing our partnership with Randstad Education so any teachers with a right to work in the UK wanting to work in London or Manchester areas should contact us.”
Taken from the “Teach the World with Teachanywhere” blog written by General Manager by Diane J48 acoutot.
Currently (as of11 March, 2012), on www.internationalschoolcommunity.com, we have 194 international schools listed in this region of the world.  That’s 35 more international school than the region of the world with the next highest number which is in East Asia.  I am not for sure what that exactly means though as there just might be more international schools in Asia than in Europe or in the Middle East.  But what it does mean is that there are what would seem to be many options for people wanting to work in Western Europe.
Out of the 22 countries we have listed in Western Europe, the top four countries with the highest number of international schools listed on International School Community are the following:
1. Germany (32)
2. Italy (22)
3. Spain (21)
4. Switzerland (15)
Some more facts about these Western European international schools:
• 36 teach the American Curriculum, 61 teach the U.K. curriculum and 18 teach the IPC curriculum.
• 61 are less than 15 years old, 91 are between 16 and 50 years old and 42 are more than 51 years old.
• 48 are For-profit schools and 146 are Non-profit schools.
The following schools have had comments and information submitted on them:
There are many more!  Check out the rest of them here.
Many of our members currently work at international schools in Western Europe:
Natasha Marsoner (Munich International School)
Jeff Shaw (International School of the Hague)
Alex Lianne  (École Internationale Académie de la Capitale International School)
Cory Greenberg (Copenhagen International School)
Ian Lally (John F. Kennedy School Berlin)
Josselyn van der Pol(Berlin Brandenburg International School)
There are many more! Check out the rest of them here. If you are interested in working at an international school in Western Europe that one of our members currently works at, feel free to send these members a private message with the questions and concerns you would like first-hand account answers too.
So, we will just have to wait and see then how the “International School Community” in Western Europe actually pans out for the year 2012.

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Comments and information about salaries on International School Community #2 (Harbin No. 9 School, Int’l School of Helsinki & Cph Int’l School)

January 28, 2012

Comments and information about salaries at international schools on International School Community

Every week members are leaving information and comments on the salaries that teachers are making at international schools around the world.  Which ones pay more?  Which ones do you have to pay very high taxes?  Which ones offer tax-free salaries?  All important questions to think about when job searching, but where to find the answers to those questions?

Why do some international schools keep their specific salary information so secret?  Even at international school job fairs, you don’t really get to see the exact amount of your yearly and monthly salary until you see the contract paperwork.  Even then sometimes you don’t know what will be your exact take-home pay each month.  At International School Community, we want to make the search for salaries easier for international school teachers. In the benefits section of the school profile page, there is a section specifically for salaries.  The topic is: “Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?

Here are 3 out of the many comments and information related to salaries that have been posted on our website:


Harbin No. 9 High School International Division (Songbei Campus)
“18000RMB per month 2000RMB taken out in taxes each month. No receipt of this transaction is given as would be the regular accounting practice for a well run school. YOu may need a record of this when you leave the country.”


Copenhagen International School
“The taxes are around 40-45%. You get paid in 12 month installments. You always get paid on time. There are also payslips which are sent to you via email the day before you get paid. It is important to note your first year that your July salary will be severely reduced because of the vacation pay deduction. You will get this money back though if and when you decide to move on.”


International School of Helsinki
“The salary is paid in Euros. The taxes taken out are around 35%. The tax rate in Finland would make it difficult for a couple on a single salary.”

Check out the other comments and information about these schools on our website: www.internationalschoolcommunity.com

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Teaching and living in “The World’s Happiest (And Saddest) Countries” – According to Forbes

January 4, 2012

According to this Forbes article, the top 10 happiest countries are: “Joining Norway and Australia in the top 10 are their neighbors Denmark, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. Equally small and civilized Switzerland and the Netherlands are also up there. Rounding out the top 10 is the United States at 10th and Canada (sixth).” There are many international schools in most of these countries, offering many opportunities for international school teachers to live very “happy” lives, or so it would appear…

Imagine a beach, warm white sand, water blue and transparent, a nice cabin right by the water’s edge, maybe a nice cabana boy or girl, serving you cool drinks and then some… It’s like a picture perfect postcard, and it just might exist out there in the international school teaching world, all included, semi-secluded, your own private paradise. Happiness among happy people. Perhaps the happiest people of the world, living daily life happily.

Maybe you should scratch that, because according to the Legatum Prosperity Index of 2011 that place is so far from the description above, because that place is Norway; yes the place of cow bells, handball, snowy hills and cheese, the recipe for happiness. Or perhaps more accurate, Norway scored big in the combined ingredients that are: economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety, personal freedom and social capital.

So the people of Norway have a good economy (this of course is thanks to a Danish minister who gladly gave away the Danish oil, but then again according to rumor he was drunk so…). They have good ideas and know how to transform them to reality, and of course cash in. They have a government freed from scandal and corruption. They’re highly educated, have good health, feel safe and feel free. They’re social and solidarity. All combined a happy people.  Who wouldn’t want to live there and work at an international school there? There are currently 9 international schools listed in Norway on International School Community.

You really can’t disagree that those ingredients listed might make you happy, if you can cross check all of them, you’re successful, rich, and smart and have enough surplus to care about other people. But defining happiness is more than just looking at the bank account or how healthy you are. How about values that can’t exactly be calculated or an international community somewhere that is very warm and supportive to you living there?  What defines personal freedom and social capital? What’s the percentage of divorces? How often do you go to church? What about culture?  And for international school teachers, what about the amazing professional community at an international school somewhere (anywhere) that is very rewarding for you? Having an amazing professional community at your work can definitely make most teachers extremely happy no matter where you at living…you do spend most of your time at work (most of the time).

Besides the international school itself, if you have to move to another country would you look at the economy of that specific country or is it the more soft values? Are the happiest people really happy people, and does that guarantee happily ever after? Of course things aren’t that black and white, which of course makes list like the one mentioned above quite redundant. So what’s really point?

Is there anything to learn from a list like this Forbes’ article


It’s maybe just following that gut feeling, and try experiencing it yourself. Otherwise it’s like wanting to read a book and then watching the movie adaptation instead, it’s not your vision.

There are different definitions of happiness, from happiness being a sweet little puppy, delicious chocolate, so maybe it’s all in between, it’s education, it’s economy, it’s Ferris Wheels and ice cream on a Sunday, it’s love and freedom, it’s good ideas and sleeping late after New Year’s eve. Maybe it’s a cabin or the beach or a small wooden house in the Norwegian Alps? Maybe it’s the people you meet and the chances you take, experiencing life yourself, instead of being blindsided by some list.

These are the things we look for as international school teachers, and we are definitely looking for happiness in our lives, especially when we can be quite far away from old friends and family.

If you want to know what life is like working at an international school in the “Top 10″ become a member of International School Community.  International School Community members represent the following international schools: The International School of Helsingborg, TASIS The American School in Switzerland, International School of Stavanger, Copenhagen International School, American School of the Hague and The British School of the Netherlands.

As a member you are able to send these members a private message and get the answers to the questions you may have about life as an international school teacher there. Networking made easy!

Discussion Topics
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School profile highlights #4: Int’l School of Havana, Copenhagen Int’l School and Int’l School of Curacao

May 29, 2011

Members of International School Community have written some new and informative comments on the following schools:


International School of Havana
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New Comment: “Due to the complicated situation in regard to support for teacher visas, the school encourages candidates with Canadian citizenship or German citizenship to apply because the Cuban govt. makes it basically impossible to hire US citizens.”


Copenhagen International School
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New Comment: ” The school definitely uses Skype as a means of interviewing. Sometimes there are 10 staff members in the Skype, accounting for many people in different positions throughout the school. They seems to make it a joint affair, hiring new staff.”


International School of Curacao
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New Comment: ” You basically need to get a car here. Even though the island is like only 10 Km wide, you still need a car. The roads on the island also are not the best, so using a motorcycle is not recommended, especially when there is bad weather.”

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