Blogs of International Teachers

Blogs of international school teachers: “Chris Chow Fun” (An international school teacher at the Western Academy of Beijing)

December 4, 2013


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

Our 34th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Chris Chow Fun – A Foodie Hipster’s Journey to the Far East”  Check out the blog entries of this international school educator who currently works at Western Academy of Beijing (30 Total Comments on our website) in China.

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A few entries that we would like to highlight:

Winning at International Job Fairs

“I know this has been done before, but everyone has their own unique experiences when attending international job fairs, so I figured I’d share some tips, based on MY experience at the Search Associates fair in Cambridge in February 2012. It was my first job fair, I was single, and I didn’t have a stable, full-time job in the States, so if you’ve been to fairs in the past, are married, and/or love your current position, things will most likely be very different for you.…”

Well this type of sharing, about the intense experience of attending an international school recruitment fair, is always welcome and very needed in our international school community.  

It is great to mention that a single person’s experience would most likely be very different from a teaching couple’s experience.  And all the other factors as well that differentiate us from each other.

Want to learn even more about the international school fair experience?  We have a blog series about the 9 Lessons Learned Regarding Intl School Hiring Fairs.  Check it out here.

Moving Overseas: Selling Your Stuff

“Well, I just sold my 61″ Samsung TV, and surprisingly…I’m okay with it.

Inevitably, when accepting an international teaching assignment, we (international educators) are also implicitly agreeing to put our present lives, everything that is safe and comfortable and “normal,” aside indefinitely to begin a whole new life in a place where we don’t know anyone and hardly anyone speaks our language. It’s like jumping off a cliff into the dark, hoping there’s water below, but not being 100% positive it’s there. You can hear the waves crashing beneath you, and you’ll probably be alright because you’ve jumped into water before, but it was nothing like this.

And it’s scary as hell.

I feel fortunate that I do not have a house to sell, a dog to euthanize (just kidding), or children that need to say goodbye to all of their friends, like a lot of my counterparts do. I can’t imagine what they’re going through right now. Though I have very little here that’s holding me back, I do have a lot of “things” that I have grown to love, which I will not be able to bring to China with me…”

Getting ready for your first move abroad is a stressful one, yet also very exciting. When you have lived in your home country for such a long time, you tend to acquire many, many things.  A big tv is great, and almost an expectation when living in the United States,  but once you move abroad you might just find you don’t need a big tv anymore.

There are many things that you would like to bring with you to your first assignment, but of course you can’t bring everything (even if you get a really nice shipping allowance).  It is nice to know ahead of time though if you actually should have brought something that you had.  Luckily we have a topic in the Benefits Information section of our school profile pages.  The topic is: What are some things that you need to buy/pay for when you first arrive at the school that you didn’t know about beforehand?  Currently, we have 46 total comments submitted in that section topic.

Want to work for an international school in Beijing like this blogger?  Currently, we have 23 international schools listed in this city on International School Community. Here are a few that have had comments and information submitted on their profiles:

If you are an international school teacher and would like your blog highlighted on International School Community contact us here.