Blogs of International Teachers

Blogs of international school teachers: “Gringo writing a line at a time in Ecuador”

June 9, 2011

Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?

Check out the experiences of another teacher from the moment they signed the contract to what they are writing about after a few years working abroad.

Our 3rd blog that we would like to highlight is called “Guayaquil Writer Blog.”   It has some great insight to what life is like living in Guayaquil, Ecuador and working at Colegio Americano de Guayaquil.

Entries we would like to highlight:

Back to School:
“International teachers generally sign on for two-year contracts so international schools generally have a high turnover. I’m looking at my fourth year and I feel like an old man at times. There are lots of teachers that need settling in and shown how everything works.”

It is quite interesting as an experienced teacher at an international school watching the new teacher settle-in each year.  It is so important for an international school to have a good “welcoming committee” and orientation week.  If the school doesn’t have that, many times that responsibility ends up on the other teachers to show the new teachers the ropes informally.

It’s Mango Time in Guayaquil:
“We live in Guayaquil, Ecuador and it should have claims to being the mango capital of the world. In our back yard we have one stately mango tree spreading its shading leaves over us. Our neighbors to both sides also have massive mango trees that spread above the walls and their heavily laden branches intermingle with ours.”

Let me just say that I love the idea of having your own mango tree.  Definitely one of the perks of living in Guayaquil!  I also love the different times of the year when different fruits come into season.  For sure, these times are special and unique for different areas of the world.  Is this a factor in your decision-making when deciding on which international school to go to next?

*The author of this blog also has another one here.