The journey to work is indeed an important one. The journey though is not so clear for international school teachers when they are looking for jobs at schools in cities/countries to which they have never been. So let’s share what we know!
One of our members, who works at the Hong Kong International School (Hong Kong, China) described her way to work as follows:
Leaving my apartment (which is very downtown near to the Causeway Bay MTR stop), I need to take an elevator down to the ground floor. Many people live above the 20th floor in the apartment buildings here. They are so tall! Luckily, in my building, there is an express elevator that skips a lot of the lower-numbered floors so I can get to the ground level faster.
I get on the MTR Island line and go to the end of the line which is Chai Wan. The journey can take around 15 minutes or so. There are definitely may other people on the metro, all with heads down, of course, looking at their smart phones.
Once I get to Chai Wan, then I hop on a small bus. From there it is a quick transfer down the escalator to Bus 16. It is on its way to Stanley, but makes a stop at Tai Tam Reservoir Road which is right by Hong Kong International School. It is a windy ride, so everyone on the bus has to hold on to the handle of the chair in front of us. This part of the journey takes around 10 minutes.
From there I just walk down the hill to the front gate of HKIS. These pictures show me looking back though towards the bus stop, which is going UP the hill (the journey back to my apartment, after school is over-with for the day, definitely gets your heart pumping a bit…though it’s not that steep). On this road down to the school entrance, you can also see the apartments of many staff members. They can just walk to work in a minute! At the end of the road, you see the school…the huge school campus. But first, you need to scan yourself in through the security gates.
The campus is super cool with many nice views to be had. On a nice day, the trees, the mountains and the sea all look so beautiful!
Currently, we have 31 international schools listed in Hong Kong on our website. 20 of them have had comments submitted on them by our members. Check out which ones here by using our school search feature and ticking the box ‘schools with comments’. Hong Kong International School is a popular school profile page on our website. It has 83 total comments on it. It also has eight members that either currently work there now or have worked there in the past.
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