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Is Getting to Work Dread or Joy: 23 Journeys to International Schools Around the World

March 13, 2022


The journey to work is indeed an important one.  The journey though is not so clear for international school teachers when they are looking for jobs at schools in cities/countries to which they have never been.

On the ISC blog, we have a blog category called The Journey to School. It discusses the ins and outs of how international school teachers get to work/school in many countries around the world.

Nobody wants a horrible journey to work. Long journeys can really waste away your day (if your journey is one hour each way, for example). In some schools you need to use public transport, other schools you need your own car. It is possible that some teachers actually can take the school bus along with the students at their school. Usually, that is free, so that can be nice. Also, it can stop teachers from working long hours as you need to be ready to go home when the school bus leaves!

In some countries and at certain international schools, your journey can be one that has very nice things to look at. How wonderful to have some beautiful scenery to look at as you get your mind ready for a day of work. On the other hand, it can be that teachers at some international schools are just going on a highway with views of boring high-rise apartment buildings with very little nature to look at.

Another way to get to work is to ride your bike or just walk. For teachers who’d like to get a bit of exercise in their daily routine, this can be quite a good setup!

We currently have 23 journeys listed in The Journey to School blog category. We have listed them all here:

On the way to International School Basel

International School Basel
Tarsus American College
Cheongna Dalton School
Jerudong International School
American Embassy School New Delhi
International School of Brussels

On the way to Anglo American School of Sofia

Anglo American School of Sofia
Xian Hi-Tech International School
Singapore American School
Leysin American School
American International School in Egypt
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok
Western International School of Shanghai
Chatsworth International School (Singapore)

On the way to Dulwich College Suzhou

Dulwich College Suzhou
Hong Kong International School
NIST International School
International School of Tanganyika
Copenhagen International School

On the way to The Bermuda High School for Girls

The Bermuda High School for Girls
Rasami (Thai-British) International School
American School Taichung
Al Hada International School

So what is your journey to the international school you work at? Earn one year free of premium membership to our website if you participate in this blog series – ‘The Journey to School’.

All you need to do is take a few pictures of what you see or do on your way to school and then write a description of your journey. ISC members will appreciate you sharing what you know as it gives an excellent insight (for prospective teachers) into what it might be like to go to work at your school each day.

Email us here if you are interested.

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Traveling Around

Traveling Around: Bermuda (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

December 14, 2014


Traveling Around: Bermuda

Can you relate?

• Having an international school teacher friend that moved to a tropical location that you were FOR SURE going to visit at some point.
• Realizing that Bermuda is indeed so close to the United States and only around 1.5 hour flight from JFK airport in New York.  Why did I wait so long to visit this country!?
• Staying at a friend’s apartment and enjoying the view from their balcony while eating breakfast every morning.

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• Finally understanding exactly what Bermuda shorts are and when the locals wear them.
• Taking the local public transportation (with a mix of locals and tourists) to one of the many beautiful beaches in Bermuda.
• Filming a 30-second movie on my smartphone at each of the beaches that I visited and posting them on Facebook for all my friends to see!
• Visiting the school that my international school teacher friend works at and getting a personal tour of campus.

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• Being a bit jealous of my friend’s less than five-minute walk to work.
• Going grocery shopping at a local grocery store and finding a paper bag (for bagging up your purchased products) that had a printed warning about the upcoming hurricane season on it.
• Checking out some the more popular caves in Bermuda and wondering whether I truly like visiting caves or not.
• Seeing animals that only a tropical island would have, but also finding animals that I thought an island wouldn’t have (e.g. cardinal birds).

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• Walking around a wooded area and finding a “secret spot” to swim, only to find that some other people were already swimming in this secret spot!
• Getting a nice ride on my friend’s moto to her most favorite beach on the island and finding it to be very worth the scariness of being on the back of a small motobike going at pretty fast speeds.
• Thinking I’m being all free and all by walking around the area around the beach in my bare feet only to find that I wish I would have worn my sandals because of the extremely rocky ground (sharp!).
• Taking lots of pictures of all the free-roaming roosters walking around everywhere on the island. Beautiful feathers!

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• Being in awe of the parrot fish. Finding it in one place and then finding it even up closer in another location the next day. So colorful!
• Eating some amazing local fish (wahoo anyone?) at a variety of restaurants.
• Getting the opportunity to go on my friend’s work colleague’s house sailboat for the day. He took us around the beautiful island to a secret spot to go swimming in the open ocean. It was a really nice, warm and sunny day too!
• Avoiding going to the more popular, very touristy, beach in Bermuda. I ended up going there though on my last day and I am glad that I did. There weren’t too many people there and it was fun to walk around the beach to enjoy the awesome views.
• Not getting burnt at all from being out in the sun too much. Still got some color on my skin, but I was very wise to not over do it and make sure to put on enough sunscreen.
• Shopping at the local “expat/imported” grocery store and being astounded by the VERY expensive prices there. I think a bag of cherries was 25 USD!!!

Currently we have 19 international schools listed in Caribbean on International School Community. Here are the ones that have comments submitted on them:

 Lucaya International School (Freeport, Bahamas) – 15 Comments
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St. Andrew’s – International School of the Bahamas (Freeport, Bahamas) – 7 Comments
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The Codrington School (Int’l School of Barbados) (St. John, Barbados) – 32 Comments
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Somersfield Academy (Devonshire, Bermuda) – 18 Comments
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The Bermuda High School for Girls  (Pembroke, Bermuda) – 41 Comments
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International School of Havana (Havana City, Cuba) – 15 Comments
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American school of Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – 6 Comments
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Saint George School (Dom. Rep.) (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – 4 Comments
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St. Michael’s School (Dominican Republic) (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – 11 Comments
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The Ashton School of Santo Domingo (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) – 21 Comments
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International School of Sosua (Sosua, Dominican Republic) – 9 Comments
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American International School of Kingston (Kingston, Jamaica) – 7 Comments
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International School of Curacao (Curacao, Netherlands Antilles) – 8 Comments
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Saipan International School  (Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands) – 13 Comments
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Guamani Private School (Guayama, Puerto Rico) – 16 Comments
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Caribbean School (Ponce, Puerto Rico) – 7 Comments
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International School St. Lucia (West Indies) (Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia) – 20 Comments
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International School of Port of Spain (Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago) – 17 Comments
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Cedar International School (Tortola, Virgin Islands, British) – 7 Comments•

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world, what you are seeing and how you are coping with any culture shock.  Once your Traveling Around experience is posted on our blog, International School Community will give you 6 free months of premium membership!

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The Journey to School

The Journey to School: The Bermuda High School for Girls (Hamilton, Bermuda)

July 19, 2014


The journey to work is indeed an important one.  The journey though is not so clear for international school teachers, when looking for jobs at schools and cities/countries to which they have never been.  So let’s share what we know!

One of our members, who works at the The Bermuda High School for Girls (Hamilton, Bermuda) described her way to work as follows:

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Streams of cars full of parents and students + family pets roar by as I take the daily two-minute walk to school along the road.  The majority of roads in Bermuda don’t have footpaths…therefore Bermudian drivers have become accustomed to avoiding pedestrians.  I can feel the humidity levels are rising throughout the month of June, and my already dripping wet hair will take an hour-long usual to dry.  A number of students call out to me from their car window, and they are calling out to me saying “Hi, Miss!”  It is customary in Bermuda to always greet people no matter how many times you have seen and greeted them that day.  I respond by reciprocating the gesture.

As I approach the school crossing, the space between the wall and the cars narrow to the point that the cars are brushing against my own hip.  Mr. Smith, the school-crossing guard, holds out his hand to stop the already snail-paced traffic into the school, allowing me to cross and enter the school grounds.  Of course, I exchange greetings with him as well and he normally teases me about what I’m wearing (like if I’m wearing pink).  I have now entered the school ground and I am safe from the cars. I am now protected by a hand railing on the sidewalk that I am now using.  At this point I can withdraw from the greeting ceremony and look up BBC news on my phone.  A number of fathers are walking towards me in the other direction, having just dropped of their primary-aged children off at school.  They are dressed in a manner that is typical of the finance industry here, which is the Bermuda shorts and long socks and a long-sleeved shirt tucked into their shorts.

There is another little crossing to make and I again hold up traffic to cross and get to the main building.  As I am crossing the road I hear “Miss, Miss!” from a window two stories up.  A number of year 7s are hanging out the window, arms waving madly as if they have not seen you for two weeks.  I climb the steps and I’m officially in the building.

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Currently, we have 36 international schools listed in Taiwan on our website.  18 of them have had comments submitted on them by our members. Check out which ones here by using our school search feature and ticking the box ‘schools with comments’.

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So what is your journey to the international school you work at?  Earn 6 free months of premium membership to our website if you participate in this blog series – ‘The Journey to School’.  Email us here if you are interested.

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