Blogs of international school teachers: “(My Life in) México” (An international school teacher at American Institute of Monterrey)
September 25, 2013
Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?
Our 33rd blog that we would like to highlight is called “(My Life in) México” Check out the blog entries of this veteran international school educator who currently works at American Institute of Monterrey (24 Total Comments on our website) in Mexico. He also has worked at private school in Bucharest.
A few entries that we would like to highlight:
“So, my dad wanted me to walk around my neighborhood and take a video because I guess that’s interesting, but I had a feeling that it would come off as creepy to my neighbors, which was totally true. I took photos, instead.
Ok, so normally I get the usual stares from people when I walk around Monterrey, but I got a lot more this time. I think my neighbors got the impression that I was a stalker or something, but I’m seriously not. I mean, who has time for that shit? And I think that I’m interesting enough for it to be the other way around…”
It is a great idea! I mean the people you know back home want to know as much as they can about the life that you are now living. Also, walking around to make a video or take pictures will potentially get you to do a little bit more exploring around your neighborhood.
We can all relate to the local people staring at you! Many times international school teachers will be living in a country where the majority of people don’t look like them, so of course the local will tend to stare at you. We have an article on our blog about staring. Check it out here.
“A few weeks ago, my boss took us to some places. First, we went to some church in Monterrey. At first I was like, this is stupid, but then we got closer, and I was like, wow, this building is actually really pretty. He also took us to Chipinque, a mountain park basically. I went inside this time, too! There was a playground and a hotel at the top. On the side of the mountain was a viewing deck where I took quite a few pictures. When we were leaving, we saw a black bear walking across the parking lot. Of course I wanted to get a good photo of it for this blog (I bend over backwards for you people), so I chased it. In retrospect, it probably wasn’t a good idea. I chased it into the hotel grounds after getting a photo. Now they can deal with it. Haha.
After Chipinque, my boss took us to a Mexican restaurant called Casa Grande. After two glasses of white wine, a black corn soup, some other Mexican dish that I can’t remember, and some strawberry ice cream, I was loving life. Very tasty…”
There is nothing like having a boss that will organize an outing for the teachers (most likely paid for by the school)! It is a necessity really. The director/principal’s job at an international school not only involves helping making sure the school itself is running smoothly, but their job is also about making sure their expat teachers are being taken care of. Part of that is helping out to give them opportunities to feel like they belong in this new part of the world. Organizing outings and taking staff out to eat can really help new/old teachers feel like they belong in their new community at school and their new city.
We have a blog article about this topic on the International School Community blog as well. Read this article here.
Want to work for an international school in Monterrey like this blogger? Currently, we have 6 international schools listed in this city on International School Community. Here are a few that have had comments and information submitted on their profiles: