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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.
|• Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus. |
|• What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations? |
|• Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.). |
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? |
|• 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? |
|• Are the expectations high of teaching staff? Are there extracurricular responsibilities? Describe workload details. |
|• Average class size for primary and secondary. Describe any aide support. |
|• 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? |
|• 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? |
|• What types of budgets do classroom teachers/departments get? |
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? |
|• What types of sports programs and activities does the school offer? |
|• Name some special things about this school that makes it unique. |
|• In general, describe the demeanor of the students. |
How is the students’ behavior at your international school?
|• Has the school met your expectations once you started working there? |
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? |
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. |
Which technologies are available at your international school and how are the staff using/not using them?
|• Details about the current teacher appraisal process. |
Has Your International School Appraised Their Teachers This School Year?
|• Is the student population declining, staying the same or increasing? Give details why. |
Student Populations at International Schools: Are they Increasing or Declining?
|• How have certain things improved since you started working there? |
How much are international schools actually improving themselves?
|• How is this school different or the same when compared to schools in your home country? |
|• What controversies have been happening lately? Please be objective. |
|• What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school? |
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.) |
How Much Curriculum Development Work are You Expected to Do? (Atlas Rubicon, etc.)
• How did this school handle the COVID-19 situation?
|• Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year? |
|• Details about the staff housing or the housing allowance. If there is no housing allowance, how much are rent costs and utilities? |
|• Average amount of money that is left to be saved. Describe the survivability for a family of four on one salary. |
How much can international teachers actually save?
|• Detailed info about flight, shipping and settling-in allowances. Any other benefits (e.g. free lunches, etc.)? |
|• Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals. |
Using Health Insurance While Teaching Abroad: Delightful or Nightmare?
|• Ways to make extra money (tutoring, after-school activities, etc.). |
|• Information about benefits for teachers with dependents. Describe the childcare in the area. |
|• Professional development allowance details. |
What is the dream Professional Development model at an international school?
|• Pension plan details. |
|• Describe your experience bringing pets. |
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?). |
|• How do the school’s benefits compare to other international schools in the area/city? |
|• How is the school calendar? Is there ample vacation time? |
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? |
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. |
Giving birth while teaching abroad: what are the maternity benefits like?
|• What is the process of getting reimbursed for things? |
|• Details about new teacher orientation. |
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? |
Why Are People Staying at or Leaving Your International School?
|• Details about the teaching contract. What important things should prospective teachers know about? |
|• Information on trailing spouses. Can they work under spousal visa (also availability of work) or is it possible to live only on one salary? |
|• Name your favorite restaurants, favorite places to go to and favorite things to do in the city. |
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.). |
|• Sample prices for food, transportation, average hourly rates for a housekeeper, etc. |
|• Detailed info about lifestyles: singles vs. couples, gay vs. straight, nightlife vs. quiet and big city vs nature. |
|• Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there. |
|• Sample activities that you can do around the city? Including ones that you can do with a family (children)? |
|• Describe the city’s weather at different times of the year. |
Which type of climate do you ideally look for when living abroad?
|• Places, markets and stores where you can find really good deals. |
|• Describe a funny culture shock moment that you’ve had recently in this city. |
|• Where did the school take you in the city when you first arrived? What were some staff outings/party locations? |
|• What is the best part of living in this city for you? |
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.? |
|• Tell your experience moving your items to this city. What company, insurance policy, etc. did you use? |
|• Tell about your experience with the local banks and dealing with multiple currencies. |
|• What are some locals customs (regarding eating, drinking and going out, family, socializing, etc.) that you find interesting for expats to know about? |
|• Tell about your experiences in the local grocery stores. What can you get or cannot get? Which ones are your favorites. |
|• What is the most challenging/difficult part of living in the city? |
• How progressive is the city with regards to recycling?
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?)?
|• Sample travel airfares from host city airport to destinations nearby. |
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. |
|• Popular travel websites to buy plane tickets or tours that are popular for expats living in the city and/or country. |
|• Places to travel to outside the city by bus or train. |
|• Are there many teachers that travel during the holidays? Where are they going? |
|• What are the airports like in this city? (arriving, departing, shopping, customs, etc.) |