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ISC’s Job Vacancy Feature Update: Find the Job of your Dreams!

October 23, 2022


Our Job Vacancies feature (premium membership required) was launched just over two years ago, but its popularity already exceeds all our expectations. With our members submitting these job vacancies, each of their submissions helps another teacher find new and interesting positions at international schools worldwide. Every job vacancy submission helps schools around the globe reach new people who might just be the perfect fit for the position.

We would hereby like to thank the ISC Community for all of their 4900+ submissions (Oct 2022)

Check out this video from our Youtube Channel that highlights our job vacancy page.

Submit the job vacancies you know about today at your international school and earn free premium membership! You get one week of free premium membership for every job vacancy you submit.

Looking at all the submitted job vacancies so far, we would like to share a few statistics that we found.

So far 4916 job vacancies have been submitted in just over three years.

We have designed the job vacancies page to keep all of the submitted job vacancies on one page, even if they have expired.  We wanted our members to see which job positions have shown up for a school over time, and how many times a certain job position has shown up over time as well. For example, maybe if the school has just posted about the job position you are looking for last month, that position probably won’t show up the following month or the following year or two for that matter. Or if the position keeps showing up for a school, one might wonder why they are consistently having that job available each year. The expired job vacancy postings are clearly marked, so it is clear which ones are active or not.

There have been job postings submitted in a number of countries from around the world:

• Singapore
• India
• Indonesia
• China
• Spain
• Japan
• USA
• Hong Kong
• Italy
• UAE
• Turkey
• Uganda
• Thailand
• Malaysia

and many more…

There have also been job postings submitted for a number of school positions:

EAL Teacher: Around 100
Science: Around 380
Maths: Around 400
History: Around 60
Classroom Teacher: Around 140
PE: Around 90
Business Teacher: Around 80
Design Teacher: Around 110
Art Teacher: Around 380
Principal: Around 130

and many more…

We are so glad that we have added this feature to our website. If you have a good story of how our posted job vacancies led to you getting an interview and eventually an offer, let us know by writing to us via our Contact Us page.

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24000 Members Milestone: 25% off Subscriptions and Renewals!

October 1, 2022


It is a time of celebration for International School Community as we now have over 24000 members on our website!

To celebrate our 24000+ members, all members can get 25% off of all premium membership subscriptions from 1 – 7 October, 2022 (ending 23:59 PST on 7 Oct, 2022).

The 25% off coupon code is: OKT2225O

Even if you are a member with Premium Membership already right now, you can still add more premium membership during this promotion. Just login to our website and go to the Manage Subscription page, choose the membership option that you’d like and then enter this coupon code (OKT2225O)Next click on the Make a Payment button to pay either with your PayPal account or without logging in to PayPal and just paying with your credit card.

Once you have premium membership access, please take this time to submit some comments on the schools you know about on our website. For every 10 comments you submit, your account will automatically be updated with one free month of premium membership. There is no limit, too. So if you submit 40 comments, then you will get four months of premium membership added to your account for free!

International School Community’s website launched back in February 2011.  When our first newsletter came out in May 2011, we only had 49 members!  On average, we have been getting over 300-400 people signing up to become new members each month.  We hope this trend continues!  The more members we have, the more people you have to network with.

International School Community’s goal is to be the largest online community for international schools educators.  Our website provides a useful, informative and celebratory environment for networking with other international school teachers and learning about different international schools around the world.

We created a website that would highlight the ins and outs of working at international schools (the benefits, the school itself, the city and travel information, etc.).

Another major goal of this website is to provide experienced teachers the platform to share what they know so that prospective and seasoned international school teachers can make more informed decisions as they venture out to a new international school.  Making connections and gathering information about international schools in our community has never been easier!  Whether you are looking to make new friends, network with other international school teachers or learn more about the wonderful world of teaching at international schools, International School Community is the place to be.

We want members to provide real information that is specific; information that is related to all the different topics we need to know about before signing a contract. International School Community offers up-to-date information in a highly organized, easy-to-use manner.

We also offer a vast amount of information and links related to the world of teaching at international schools and education in general via our blog.

You can search our vast collection of international school profile pages to find that specific international school you want to know about. You can also search our member profiles and be able to find a contact to send a private message to so that you can get firsthand information about a school that member has worked at.

While the focus of the site is to serve the international school teaching community by providing real and useful information about international schools, we have specifically organized our website to promote our members to leave comments and information that are useful for everyone.  Enjoy being an active member of our website!

We strive to have the largest collection of resources and services for the international teaching community.  International School Community really wants to take writing reviews and comments about international schools to the next level.

Here are what some of our current members are saying about International School Community:

“It’s really useful…it’s a really good way to find out practical info about schools when you’re looking for jobs. If you are interested in particular schools, you can just contact any member from that school to find out insider info! It’s also good if you just want to find out what life is like for teachers in other cities! Really unique idea!” (An international teacher in China)

“International School Community is a great resource for international school teachers. Whether you are doing research for a new job, or just connecting with other teachers, this site is has a plethora of great information. I especially love that this site has a positive feel to it, rather than a place for teachers to vent. I really recommend registering to be a part of this great idea.” (An international teacher in South Korea)

“You have an amazingly wonderful website and seeing these comments is extremely helpful to me.” (A teacher looking to teach abroad at international schools)

“I am very impressed for a website to take the time to do this. You have a great resource that I certainly could have used when I first set off overseas teaching in 1998!! The site works well and it is nice to get a good background on almost every school I’d wish to work in. You are doing a fantastic job with your website, keep it up!” (A veteran international school teacher)

“I truly love being an international educator and researching and comparing schools, as well as discovering great schools that aren’t as well-known. I am grateful for ISC having a platform that makes it all so easy.” (Another veteran international school teacher)

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How many comments are there in each of the 68 Comment Topics on ISC?

August 28, 2022


We have 66 comment topics on our website in 4 main categories: School Information, Benefits Information, City Information, and Travel Information.

ISC now has over 44800 comments that have been submitted on almost 1200 international schools from around the world. Basic and Premium Members can access all of these 44800 comments for free on our Browse All Comments page.

After almost 11 years since our inception of ISC, which of the 66 comment topics are our members submitting into the most? Take a look below at all of our comment topics with the total comments submitted in them at the end of each one. Some of our most popular topics that have over 1000 comments are related to: School building, Accreditation, Hiring policies, School location, Language abilities of the students, Kinds of teachers/staff, Salary, Housing, and Allowances.

School Information Comment Topics (25):

• Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus.
(1939 Comments)

• What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations?
(1444 Comments)

• Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.).
(1003 Comments)
Back to School Initiatives and New Demands: Welcoming or Stressful?

• Describe their hiring policies and procedures. Share your interview experience. Any hiring restrictions? is there a particular curriculum experience required? How about single parents/number of dependents sponsored?
(1780 Comments)

• Describe the school’s location in relation to the city center and to the teacher’s housing. How do staff get to school before and after school?
(1707 Comments)

• Are the expectations high of teaching staff? Are there extracurricular responsibilities? Describe workload details.
(1019 Comments)

• Average class size for primary and secondary. Describe any aide support.
(1067 Comments)

• Describe the language abilities of students at this school and what is the “common language spoken in the hallways”? Is there one dominant culture group?
(1421 Comments)

• Describe what kinds of teachers work here (local vs. expat, qualifications [or lack there of], etc.) and staff turnover rate. Is there a native English speaker or nationality requirement? Is it LGBT friendly country/school?
(1482 Comments)

• What types of budgets do classroom teachers/departments get?
(649 Comments)
What type of classroom/department budget do you get at your international school?

• PARENTS ONLY – General comments from parents of students that go to this school. How was your child’s education and socialisation at the school?
(232 Comments)

• What types of sports programs and activities does the school offer?
(733 Comments)

• Name some special things about this school that makes it unique.
(841 Comments)

• In general, describe the demeanor of the students.
(738 Comments)
How is the students’ behavior at your international school?

• Has the school met your expectations once you started working there?
(461 Comments)
Has Your International School Met Your Expectations Once You Started Working There?

• What does the school do to create a harmonious state of well-being and high morale amongst its staff?
(546 Comments)
Teacher well-being and high staff morale at int’l schools: How to get there.

• Describe the technologies available at the school and how people are/are not using them.
(628 Comments)
Which technologies are available at your international school and how are the staff using/not using them?

• Details about the current teacher appraisal process.
(391 Comments)
Has Your International School Appraised Their Teachers This School Year?

• Is the student population declining, staying the same or increasing? Give details why.
(616 Comments)
Student Populations at International Schools: Are they Increasing or Declining?

• How have certain things improved since you started working there?
(315 Comments)
How much are international schools actually improving themselves?

• How is this school different or the same when compared to schools in your home country?
(239 Comments)

• What controversies have been happening lately? Please be objective.
(405 Comments)

• What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school?
(572 Comments)
What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at your school?

• How much curriculum development work are you expected to do? (Atlas Rubicon, etc.)
(369 Comments)
How Much Curriculum Development Work are You Expected to Do? (Atlas Rubicon, etc.)

• How did this school handle the COVID-19 situation?
(71 Comments)

Benefits Information Comment Topics (20):

• Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?
(1572 Comments)

• Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities?
(1570 Comments)

• Average amount of money that is left to be saved. Describe the survivability for a family of four on one salary.
(858 Comments)
How much can international teachers actually save?

• Detailed info about flight, shipping and settling-in allowances. Any other benefits (e.g. free lunches, etc.)?
(1343 Comments)

• Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.
(1214 Comments)
Using Health Insurance While Teaching Abroad: Delightful or Nightmare?

• Ways to make extra money (tutoring, after-school activities, etc.).
(615 Comments)

• Information about benefits for teachers with dependents. Describe the childcare in the area.
(914 Comments)

• Professional development allowance details.
(704 Comments)
What is the dream Professional Development model at an international school?

• Pension plan details.
(747 Comments)

• Describe your experience bringing pets.
(363 Comments)
Allowed or no way: Bringing pets to another country

• Explain how salaries are decided (e.g. is there a pay schedule? extra step for masters degree? Annual pay raises? Bonuses?).
(701 Comments)

• How do the school’s benefits compare to other international schools in the area/city?
(462 Comments)

• How is the school calendar? Is there ample vacation time?
(686 Comments)
How is the school calendar at your international school? Is there ample vacation time?

• 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?
(379 Comments)
Surprise Purchases You Need to Buy/Pay For When You First Arrive at Your New School

• Details about the maternity benefits of the host country and school.
(211 Comments)
Giving birth while teaching abroad: what are the maternity benefits like?

• What is the process of getting reimbursed for things?
(261 Comments)

• Details about new teacher orientation.
(320 Comments)
What are some events your international school is planning during New Teacher Orientation?
How Is The New Teacher Orientation at Your School?

• In general, why are people staying at or leaving this school?
(497 Comments)
Why Are People Staying at or Leaving Your International School?

• Details about the teaching contract. What important things should prospective teachers know about?
(294 Comments)

• Information on trailing spouses. Can they work under spousal visa (also availability of work) or is it possible to live only on one salary?
(164 Comments)

City Information Comment Topics (17)

• Name your favorite restaurants, favorite places to go to and favorite things to do in the city.
(826 Comments)
Favorite Restaurants, Places to Go to and Things to Do in Your Host Country

• Locations in the city geared towards the expat lifestyle (grocery stores, bars, etc.).
(659 Comments)

• Sample prices for food, transportation, average hourly rates for a housekeeper, etc.
(654 Comments)

• Detailed info about lifestyles: singles vs. couples, gay vs. straight, nightlife vs. quiet and big city vs nature.
(525 Comments)

• Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there.
(663 Comments)

• Sample activities that you can do around the city? Including ones that you can do with a family (children)?
(492 Comments)

• Describe the city’s weather at different times of the year.
(697 Comments)
Which type of climate do you ideally look for when living abroad?

• Places, markets and stores where you can find really good deals.
(341 Comments)

• Describe a funny culture shock moment that you’ve had recently in this city.
(168 Comments)

• Where did the school take you in the city when you first arrived? What were some staff outings/party locations?
(243 Comments)

• What is the best part of living in this city for you?
(358 Comments)
What is the best part of living in your host city?

• What advice can you give on how to set things up like internet, phone, experience dealing with landlord, etc.?
(308 Comments)

• Tell your experience moving your items to this city. What company, insurance policy, etc. did you use?
(121 Comments)

• Tell about your experience with the local banks and dealing with multiple currencies.
(310 Comments)

• What are some locals customs (regarding eating, drinking and going out, family, socializing, etc.) that you find interesting for expats to know about?
(200 Comments)

• Tell about your experiences in the local grocery stores. What can you get or cannot get? Which ones are your favorites.
(266 Comments)

• What is the most challenging/difficult part of living in the city?
(332 Comments)

• How progressive is the city with regards to recycling?
(41 Comments)
How Progressive is your Host Country with Regards to Recycling?

• What is the process of getting a work permit for this country, to get permanent residence and also to get citizenship (is dual citizenship even allowed?)?
(10 Comments)

Travel Information Comment Topics (6):

• Sample travel airfares from host city airport to destinations nearby.
(539 Comments)
How Much Do Flights Actually Cost from Various Cities Around the World?

• Describe proximity of major airport hubs to the city center and give sample taxi, train, subway and/or bus fares to get there.
(641 Comments)

• Popular travel websites to buy plane tickets or tours that are popular for expats living in the city and/or country.
(347 Comments)

• Places to travel to outside the city by bus or train.
(599 Comments)

• Are there many teachers that travel during the holidays? Where are they going?
(442 Comments)

• What are the airports like in this city? (arriving, departing, shopping, customs, etc.)
(459 Comments)
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Become an ISC Mayor and Get Unlimited Free Premium Membership

April 17, 2022


Our mission for the International School Community website is to have the most updated information about what it is like to work at the numerous international schools around the world. One way to help us achieve that mission is to have Mayors.

Being a Mayor is super easy, and the best part is that you get unlimited free premium membership to our website!

And ANYONE can be the Mayor of their school. Most of our active Mayors are just regular teachers at their schools, but we also have heads of schools, HR representatives, principals, etc. as Mayors as well.

Mayors are commenting on the school and the benefits information, but they also comment on the city and travel information of the country as well. Mayors also don’t need to represent all aspects and perspectives of the school. They are recommended to just share their experience and perspective on living and working at that international school and in that city/country.

Mayor Responsibilities:

• Submit at least 3-6 new comments on your school every 1-2 months (on the 68 different comment topics). It takes like 5-8 minutes of your time to do this. It will take a Mayor 2 years to submit one comment in all 68 comment topics.

• Make sure to check on your school’s Wall and occasionally post updates about their school (any big changes to the school that are happening, good tips to know about, recent events at the schools, etc.)

• Make sure that your school has the most updated and correct information (e.g. basic info, links, Facebook page, Youtube video, etc.) on the Overview and Social Media tabs.

• Submit job vacancies that are currently available at your school.

Here are just a few of the almost 700+ schools that have or have had a Mayor on our website:

Western International School of Shanghai (Shanghai, China) – 547 Comments

NIST International School (Bangkok, Thailand) – 304 Comments

Tarsus American College (Mersin, Turkey) – 278 Comments

Canadian International School (Hong Kong) (Hong Kong, China) – 168 Comments

American School Foundation of Monterrey (Monterrey, Mexico) – 129 Comments

Concordia International School (Shanghai) (Shanghai, China) – 180 Comments

Yongsan International School of Seoul (Seoul, South Korea) – 145 Comments

Copenhagen International School (Copenhagen, Denmark) – 414 Comments

Seoul Foreign School (Seoul, South Korea) – 223 Comments

American International School Dhaka (Dhaka, Bangladesh) – 130 Comments

International School of Kuala Lumpur (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) – 135 Comments

Tsinghua International School (Beijing) (Beijing, China) – 193 Comments

Hong Kong International School (Hong Kong, China) – 157 Comments

The more Mayors that we have on our website means the more our members will be informed; as there will be more up-to-date information on the schools they want to know about!

Become the Mayor of an international school that you work at today!

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Please note that being the Mayor of a school is anonymous and that all comments and job vacancies submitted on our website are also done so anonymously. Posting on the school profile page wall though is not anonymous.

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The Unique ISC Compare Schools Page: Which International School Will Win??!

March 27, 2022


It has been a couple of years since we launched this unique ISC premium feature, the Compare Schools page!

Our members are always looking to compare one international school to another. Using the 43464+ comments that our ISC Mayors have also helped to submit, we are excited to have an ISC page where you can compare two international schools based on eight pre-selected comment topics. Maybe the results will help you make the important decision of signing a contract with one of them!

So, here is how it works. When you select two schools from the drop-down menus, you will be able to compare the following eight comment topics:

  1. Salaries
  2. Savings
  3. Housing
  4. Retirement
  5. Professional Development
  6. Health
  7. Workload
  8. Staff Morale

Additionally, once you have selected two of the listed schools (here is an example), you can see a point score that each school received for each of the 8 comment topics.  The total score for each school is also displayed, clearly showing the “winner” with the most points.

Of course, the score is based on teacher-submitted comments/reviews, therefore it is subjective. But having in mind that multiple teachers are submitting comments, we believe that this unique ISC page reflects the realistic situation at a specific school.

At the moment, we have 145+ schools available to be compared. We usually add a new school to the list every two weeks or so. If your school is already listed, please have a look at each displayed comment and assigned score. If you would like us to improve some of the comments or scores, write to us here.

However, if your school is not listed yet, we need your help to get it added! Please write to us by contacting us via our Help and Support page with the details for each section and your suggested score for each comment topic. Or just submit some new comments on your school profile page and we will add your school to our Compare Schools page.

Thank you in advance for your feedback and support in making this feature the best it can be. It is truly a unique feature to help people gather information and analyze it so that they can make the best decisions for themselves when working in the international school community.

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