Comparing the Schools and Comments

Comparing the Schools and Comments: Working in Morocco

November 21, 2021


Around the world, there are countries (like Morocco) 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.

The big question always is…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 country.

Morocco

Currently, we have 10 schools listed in Morocco on International School Community.

7 of these schools have had comments submitted on them. Here are some that have the most submitted comments:

American School Fes (18 Total Comments)
American School of Marrakesh (29 Total Comments)
American School of Tangier (10 Total Comments)
British International School of Casablanca (37 Total Comments)
Casablanca American School (39 Total Comments)
George Washington Academy (108 Total Comments)
Rabat American School (16 Total Comments)

Amount of Money Left to be Saved

“Single teachers can save up to $15000 a year and teaching couples up to $30000. The saving potential is high…” – Rabat American School

“Easily saved about $10,000 without living particularly frugally. The cost of living is generally quite low…” – American School of Marrakesh

“With a working couple, you can easily save one salary. That said a family of four would have to watch their budget as costs of things such as car hire can add heavily to expenditure…” – British International School of Casablanca

School Campus

“Nice open feeling to central campus areas. Able to take class outside and read a book under a tree. Limited facilities – no pool, etc…” – Casablanca American School

“A quiet area by the ocean, walking distance to a tennis club and a few local places to eat and shop. The school has two cars you can borrow to run errands, but the cars are manual only (fyi)…” – George Washington Academy

“Next to the campus there are many trees and low rise residential, shops and restaurants nearby…” – Rabat American School

Housing Information

“Housing is provided in an apartment complex. Utilities within reason included. Apartments have basic furnishings and wifi. There is a cable TV package or something similar, but few channels in English…” – American School of Marrakesh

“Furnished housing is provided. The school also pays for your utilities…” – American School of Tangier

“Accommodation is provided in a modern golf complex. Bills are to be paid by the teachers…” – British International School of Casablanca

Benefits for Teachers with Children

“If two parents are working for the school then the kid gets in free but if one parent is working for the school there is a fee that would need to be paid…” – George Washington Academy

“Free tuition for two children; half tuition for additional children…” – American School of Marrakesh

“Free child places. It is possible to hire a nanny for around 4000 MAD a month if needs be…” – British International School of Casablanca

Are the Expectations High of Teaching Staff?

“Having come from one of the big high pressure schools, I can honestly say the workload is not hard. Classload is light with only 2 or 3 classes per day, and extra curriculuar are optional and paid. The work day ends at 3:45 and only the new teachers with limited experience consider the workload “tough”. I’m home every day by 4 to cook dinner for my family, that is something I have never been able to do before in my professional career, and I think that is a real blessing of GWA…” – George Washington Academy

“In addition to teaching duties, you are expected to run one extra curricular activity and participate in one school committee. For most grades, there is a reasonable amount of prep time (entitled to 4 periods, but most people have at least 8 per week, some even more). You are also required to do 1-2 duties per week…” –American School of Marrakesh

“The expectations are high but not over demanding. Timetables are no different to other international schools although the day is long. Clubs are taken by staff, currently once a week…” –British International School of Casablanca

(These are just 5 of the 66 different comments topics that are on each school profile page on our website.)

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Surveys

New Survey: What type of housing do you currently live in?

November 11, 2014


A new survey has arrived!

Topic:  What type of housing do you currently live in?

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The home should be the treasure chest of living.

– Le Corbusier

What a great quote!  Indeed your home is super important, especially when living abroad.

IMG_6934Your house is some many things. It is a place where you can relax and recollect yourself each day. It is also a place where you can hang up your favorite pictures and memories. Additionally, it is a place where you can spend time with your loved ones and friends. And the list goes on…

Because you most likely spend half your day in your own home, it is important to find the right place that fits your needs and requirements. But it isn’t all that cut and dry as an international school teacher of course…

Working at international schools around the globe, your housing can indeed be quite varied. Sometimes the type of home you end up living in is almost completely out of your control.  For example, some schools mandate that you live in staff housing (e.g. a compound, school apartments, etc.). Maybe even because of the political situation or government rules for foreigners, you need to live in specific housing areas.

Other schools provide a housing allowance which allows you to find an apartment or a house to rent somewhere in the city. Hopefully, your housing allowance provides you enough money to rent a place that meets your needs and requirements.

There are though many international school teachers that own the place that they call home (a place in their host country). These teachers most likely have lived there awhile or plan on living there awhile.

All international schools handle their housing benefits differently, so let’s share about the international schools we know about. It is interesting seeing how other international school teachers are living and what they call home in their host country.

Go to the homepage of International School Community and submit your vote today on What type of housing do you currently live in?  

You can check out the latest voting results here.

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We actually have a comment topic related this to this issue. It is called: Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance.  If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities? 

Right now there are over 748 individual comments (about 100s of different international schools) in this comment topic on our website.  Here are a few of them:

“Some people have nicer housing than others. If you’ve been there awhile you can get a nice place. Teachers live in school apartments. Things don’t work every once and awhile. There are three housing blocks, most of the apartment are very spacious. There are bigger ones for families, but there are only 4 of those. They are definitely adequate.” – Kampala International School (Kampala, Uganda) – 27 Comments

“Some places in the Twiga apartments are very nice. 2-3 bedroom apartments, very spacious. With the right decoration, living there is quite cozy. The furnishings and appliances are of a nice standard. You need to get a water cooler here as you can drink the tap water.” – International School of Tanganyika  (Dar es salaam, Tanzania) – 60 Comments

“Housing is provided in an apartment complex. Utilities within reason included. Apartments have basic furnishings and wifi. There is a cable TV package or something similar, but few channels in English.” – American School of Marrakesh (Marrakesh, Morocco) – 29 Comments

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