Around the world, there are cities (like Vienna) that have more than one international school. Many times there is an American school, a British School, and an international school that uses an international curriculum.
Some cities, though, have MANY international schools! When that is the case, how do the comments about each school compare to each other?
This blog series looks at comparing some of these comments, all coming from international schools in the same city.
Currently, we have 5 schools listed in Vienna on International School Community.
4 of these schools have had comments submitted on them. Here are some that have the most submitted comments:
AMADEUS International School Vienna (76 Total Comments)
American International School Vienna (81 Total Comments)
Danube International School (14 Total Comments)
Vienna International School (29 Total Comments)
“You don’t save that much working here, but on average a single teacher could save around 2500 Euros a year.” – Vienna International School
“If you are smart with money, you could save around 2-4 Euros a year.” – Danube International School
“This will vary greatly depending on spending habits and situation. As a single, and putting aside 15% toward retirement, living alone in a decent flat, traveling occasionally, I’ve saved about 9000 euro each year. Even with more travel and going out to eat more, it seems reasonable that one could save 2500-5000 each year.” – American International School Vienna
“The buildings have undergone several renovations, some of which weren’t really necessary in my opinion, but nice to see that the owners care about the facilities.” – AMADEUS International School Vienna
“The campus is next to very large Prater park, housed in an early 20th century building, next to Danube Canal.” – Danube International School
“Overall, there are more than 70 classrooms, seven science labs, art studios, music rooms, four computer labs, two libraries, a theatre, two gyms, a cafeteria, health unit, and a separate sports hall (which houses three indoor tennis courts or two basketball courts or ten badminton courts). There are various offices for counseling, the International Baccalaureate program, division offices, technology, and faculty departments. The exterior facilities include a soccer field, a running track, an elementary playground, an outdoor tennis court, and an outdoor amphitheatre.” – American International School Vienna
“Not everyone receives housing allowance.” – AMADEUS International School Vienna
“Housing and living expenses are high for single teachers with dependents and for families with non-teaching spouses.” – American International School Vienna
“The school offers a loan to pay for your housing, you need to pay it back within the first year. They help out with rental agency fees.” – Danube International School
“You get a housing allowance for the first few weeks of your placement. Around 1000 Euros.” – Vienna International School
Health insurance and medical benefits
“Local medical insurance is provided.” – Vienna International School
“Expat teachers just get health insurance through the local social health care system in Austria. No dental.” – Danube International School
“Outpatient is not covered, you can reimburse 85% of bills up to a maximum of 2,500,000 per year.” – American International School Vienna
“Vienna has excellent hospitals, the AKH (General Hospital of Vienna) is close to school and has a good reputation. Waiting time can be long though. However, the doctors are great” – AMADEUS International School Vienna
(These are just 4 of the 65 different comments topics that on each school profile page on our website.)
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We all hear about the big possibility of saving money while working at international schools, but the reality is that many of us don’t save much of any money. So, why aren’t these international school teachers saving money?
How NOT to save money when working as an international school teacher #2 – Go out to eat all the time!
When you are on a trip, it is easy to spend lots of money going out to eat. I mean most likely you are staying at a hotel or in a room at some hostel and not able to cook a dinner for yourself there. So you can justify going to a restaurant for both lunch and dinner when traveling. It is a luxury, that’s for sure, because you wouldn’t normally being going out to eat for lunch and dinner where you are living. Not unless you are an international school teacher though!
In some locations in the world, you can indeed justify going out to eat for most meals during the week. I mean it could be that you are living somewhere where the food is really ‘cheap’. Even if you are making a lot of money (and have your housing, etc. all paid for), it is always nice to get a bargain for your meal and you would be a fool to not take advantage of this supposedly cheap and good-tasting food while you are living in your host country.
You could also justify going out to eat a lot in your currently location because going out to eat is more convenient than going somewhere to buy groceries, and then going back to your home to cook them (for maybe 1-2 hours let’s say…maybe you are short on time as well).
Some international schools in Shanghai have deals with nearby restaurants which allows for easy ordering if you want to buy a lunch from them. It is a nice perk if your school is waaaaay out in the suburbs somewhere. And because it is cheap, why not go for it?
But even in these types of locations where many international school teachers eat out a lot, it can start to get a bit excessive. All your pocket-money might start to dwindle away. Additionally, in locations where there is cheap food and you are also making a nice salary, there are also going to be more expensive places to choose to eat at as well. It is nice to live it up and take advantage of the expat life in most cities in the world, but there is a price to pay for that kind of lifestyle and you must be mindful of the amount of money you are actually spending! At some of these ‘expat-priced’ restaurants you pay a premium to get the style of food that expats like. Problem is that you most likely would NOT pay the same price for that same food in your home counties. A ‘you deserve it’ attitude comes into play and your wallet pays the cost.
Now to the locations where it is ridiculously expensive to eat out, let’s say Norway. What is an international school teacher to do then? Going out to a restaurant in these expensive cities will really take a toll on our bank account. Some people though still choose to do it. I think it is related to the idea that they are still ‘traveling’ in their host country. Like I said before, when you are traveling, you go out to eat all the time. Not all teachers do it in these expensive cities, but some do and it can get out of control real quick. Gotta be careful so that you are saving some money as well.
To save you some money, we do have a comment topic on our website related to this theme. It is in the city section of the comments and information tab on the school profile pages. It is called: Name your favorite restaurants, favorite places to go to and favorite things to do in the city.
‘Spanish Stairs is the great place to hang out. It has many nice shops, restaurants and a beautiful view, especially in the sunset. For restaurants, I recommend Pastaritto-Pizzaritto in Via Quattro Novembre. Prices are decent and the food is delicious.’ – Marymount International School (Rome) (Rome, Italy) – 7 Comments
‘I like “Witwe Polte”. It’s a small restaurant in the 7th district. It’s called the Spittelberg area, where you can also find a beautiful Christmas market in winter.’ – AMADEUS International School Vienna (Vienna, Austria) – 13 Comments
‘There are some great places to eat near and in the main market, Mahane Yehuda. There are always people around there and it is very lively. Though it can be a bit touristy, there are also a lot of locals that are here as well.’ – Jerusalem American International School (Jerusalem, Israel) – 8 Comments
‘It is a bit touristy, but there are many restaurants around the Dam tram stop. Just a short 5-7 minute walk in many directions you can find some cozy restaurants to eat at. There are Christmas markets already set up right now, it is nice to walk around during the evening.’ – International School Amsterdam (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – 26 Commentscontinue reading