Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?
Our 11th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Tim Woods.” This international educator has much experience in the international school community, having worked at international schools in Canada, Costa Rica, Bahrain, England and Belgium. Check out the blog entries of this international school teacher who is now working at Overseas Family School Singapore in Singapore.
Entries we would like to highlight:
“My wife and I were recently grounded by ash from Iceland’s infamous volcano. The name of that beast, Eyjafjallajokull (sounds like “AY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul” if you’re brave) is much funnier than the reality of it, I assure you. In our case, what should have been a short 2-hour flight from Helsinki to Brussels turned out to be 4 days of pacing in a cold airport and then a 47-hour combination of ferries, buses, taxis, trams and trains.
I mention this only so you can understand why it is I appreciate this clip so much: the feeling of traveling, without having to actually leave my dining room. Perfect. If you liked this, you might also enjoy Singapore and Back in 5 Minutes.”
This photo journey idea is a another great idea! We all can relate to the traveling experience of going back and forth, back and forth to our home country. The feeling going back and then the different feeling of returning to your host country. Sometimes the journey goes smoothly, sometimes not! A journey of 4 days sounds like a nightmare indeed!
“Your job is not perfect. Me neither. We have hidden gifts you and I. First instinct, especially in the heady days of early January, is to re-evaluate and consider massive life changes. Have we in fact missed our calling? In a word: yes. But it’s an easier fix than you might think.
Have you ever heard the expression: “When you’re doing what you really love, it doesn’t feel like a job?” Do you know why this is true? It’s because when you’re doing what you really love you probably aren’t at work. Day jobs are sometimes less-than-totally fulfilling. They don’t normally appreciate or honour our full greatness. They normally can’t. (Because that’s not their job). They are not designed with us in mind, but rather with our clients in mind. But their imperfection doesn’t mean they are wrong for us. We accept their imperfections as they accept ours. And that’s not bad.
Non-jobs are an antidote to less-than-completely-fulfilling careers. They offer a fulfilling ‘third place’. A place, that is not our job and not our home-life, where we grow in the ways we crave.”
Yes, international school teachers are very keen to find the perfect job at the perfect international school at the perfect school so that they can feel a sense of meeting their goals with their career. If any of those things are not perfect, then you are more prone to thinking you have a job instead of a career at that school. Then it is true coming hiring season it just might be time to re-evaluate.