Sometimes it is fun to just see what life is like at all the international schools in the world. Even if you don’t have the slightest interest in working at a specific international school or in a specific place in the world, you still might be curious to see what the benefits there are (for example). Maybe you are curious about how the weather is there or what the city life is like. We are also always curious to know what it is like to work at the school itself and how the campus really is.
In turn, the ‘Browse All Comments‘ page.
Right now we have a total of 42002 comments and information on 1184+ international schools listed on our website (out of a total of 2221 schools listed).
There are four comment sections on each school profile pages:
• School Information – Total Comments = 19481 (up 2369 comments from June 2020)
• Benefits Information – Total Comments = 13061 (up 1678 comments from June 2020)
• City Information – Total Comments = 6695 (up 895 comments from June 2020)
• Travel Information – Total Comments = 2765 (up 316 comments from June 2020)
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Have fun taking a look at all the comments and information that have been submitted by our over 22376 members.
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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 38000 comments that have been submitted on over 1400 international schools from around the world. Basic and Premium Members can access all of these 38000 comments for free on our Browse All Comments page.
After almost 10 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.
|• Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus. (1668 Comments)|
|• What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations? (1253 Comments)|
|• Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.). (830 Comments)|
|• 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? (1591 Comments)|
|• Describe 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? (1512 Comments)|
|• Are the expectations high of teaching staff? Are there extracurricular responsibilities? Describe workload details. (868 Comments)|
|• Average class size for primary and secondary. Describe any aide support. (900 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? (1270 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? (1314 Comments)|
|• What types of budgets do classroom teachers/departments get? (545 Comments)|
|• PARENTS ONLY – General comments from parents of students that go to this school. How was your child’s education and socialisation at the school? (187 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. (719 Comments)|
|• In general, describe the demeanor of the students. (641 Comments)|
|• Has the school met your expectations once you started working there? (370 Comments)|
|• What does the school do to create a harmonious state of well-being and high morale amongst its staff? (430 Comments)|
|• Describe the technologies available at the school and how people are/are not using them. (511 Comments)|
|• Details about the current teacher appraisal process. (325 Comments)|
|• Is the student population declining, staying the same or increasing? Give details why. (492 Comments)|
|• How have certain things improved since you started working there? (253 Comments)|
|• How is this school different or the same when compared to schools in your home country? (192 Comments)|
|• What controversies have been happening lately? Please be objective. (325 Comments)|
|• What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school? (479 Comments)|
|• How much curriculum development work are you expected to do? (Atlas Rubicon, etc.) (300 Comments)|
|• Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year? (1379 Comments)|
|• Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities? (1386 Comments)|
|• Average amount of money that is left to be saved. Describe the survivability for a family of four on one salary. (740 Comments)|
|• Detailed info about flight, shipping and settling-in allowances. Any other benefits (e.g. free lunches, etc.)? (1211 Comments)|
|• Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals. (1062 Comments)|
|• Ways to make extra money (tutoring, after-school activities, etc.). (502 Comments)|
|• Information about benefits for teachers with dependents. Describe the childcare in the area. (807 Comments)|
|• Professional development allowance details. (596 Comments)|
|• Pension plan details. (644 Comments)|
|• Describe your experience bringing pets. (292 Comments)|
|• Explain how salaries are decided (e.g. is there a pay schedule? extra step for masters degree? Annual pay raises? Bonuses?). (606 Comments)|
|• How do the school’s benefits compare to other international schools in the area/city? (377 Comments)|
|• How is the school calendar? Is there ample vacation time? (572 Comments)|
|• 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? (316 Comments)|
|• Details about the maternity benefits of the host country and school. (161 Comments)|
|• What is the process of getting reimbursed for things? (216 Comments)|
|• Details about new teacher orientation. (255 Comments)|
|• In general, why are people staying at or leaving this school? (382 Comments)|
|• Details about the teaching contract. What important things should prospective teachers know about? (243 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? (86 Comments)|
|• Name your favorite restaurants, favorite places to go to and favorite things to do in the city. (663 Comments)|
|• Locations in the city geared towards the expat lifestyle (grocery stores, bars, etc.). (554 Comments)|
|• Sample prices for food, transportation, average hourly rates for a housekeeper, etc. (563 Comments)|
|• Detailed info about lifestyles: singles vs. couples, gay vs. straight, nightlife vs. quiet and big city vs nature. (460 Comments)|
|• Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there. (582 Comments)|
|• Sample activities that you can do around the city? Including ones that you can do with a family (children)? (419 Comments)|
|• Describe the city’s weather at different times of the year. (613 Comments)|
|• Places, markets and stores where you can find really good deals. (292 Comments)|
|• Describe a funny culture shock moment that you’ve had recently in this city. (135 Comments)|
|• Where did the school take you in the city when you first arrived? What were some staff outings/party locations? (190 Comments)|
|• What is the best part of living in this city for you? (290 Comments)|
|• What advice can you give on how to set things up like internet, phone, experience dealing with landlord, etc.? (248 Comments)|
|• Tell your experience moving your items to this city. What company, insurance policy, etc. did you use? (101 Comments)|
|• Tell about your experience with the local banks and dealing with multiple currencies. (251 Comments)|
|• What are some locals customs (regarding eating, drinking and going out, family, socializing, etc.) that you find interesting for expats to know about? (169 Comments)|
|• Tell about your experiences in the local grocery stores. What can you get or cannot get? Which ones are your favorites. (216 Comments)|
|• What is the most challenging/difficult part of living in the city? (280 Comments)|
|• Sample travel airfares from host city airport to destinations nearby. (431 Comments)|
|• Describe proximity of major airport hubs to the city center and give sample taxi, train, subway and/or bus fares to get there. (564 Comments)|
|• Popular travel websites to buy plane tickets or tours that are popular for expats living in the city and/or country. (279 Comments)|
|• Places to travel to outside the city by bus or train. (519 Comments)|
|• Are there many teachers that travel during the holidays? Where are they going? (347 Comments)|
|• What are the airports like in this city? (arriving, departing, shopping, customs, etc.) (382 Comments)|
It is hard to imagine that our website now has over 15000 comments!
Here is a bit of history about how many comments that we have had on our website since our website started back in January 2011:
0 Comments – January 2011
71 Comments – May 2011
939 Comments – September 2011
2147 Comments – January 2012
4578 Comments – May 2012
5965 Comments – September 2012
6767 Comments – January 2013
8004 Comments – May 2013
9109 Comments – September 2013
10018 Comments – January 2014
10689 Comments – May 2014
11455 Comments – Sept 2014
12981 Comments – Feb 2015
15023 Comments – Nov 2015
We would like to formally thank our community of members (now at over 6500!) for submitting all of the comments on our website. The more comments there are, the more informed our members will be. Being well-informed is especially important when you are recruiting and really needing to know specific information about the international schools you are considering. International School Community’s goal is to be the ‘go-to’ website for international school teachers!
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