Comment Topic Highlight

New Comment Topic: How Progressive is your Host Country with Regards to Recycling?

July 29, 2021


Let’s hope that all of our host countries recycle in some way. If they do, then certainly the ways they do it will be different and interesting, and also affect the international school at which you are working.

Many international school teachers are interested in living a sustainable life in a country that supports that lifestyle. Not all countries are the same, of course, and they are unable to put their current focus on recycling. For some international educators, this might be a deal-breaker.

If your new host country does recycle, figuring out how your host country recycles is another thing. If the directions or letters you receive are in a language you can’t read and understand, then it can definitely be a challenge. But asking around your international school, and maybe even calling on your neighbors can help.

What will you be able to recycle when living in your new apartment building or house? Will you be able to recycle plastic, metal, batteries, glass, bio waste, carton, paper, etc.? If you can recycle these things, how easy will it be to do just that?

Maybe you pay some sort of a deposit when you buy something at a store that comes in a plastic bottle. Then you need to find the place where you can return these bottles and get your deposit back (sometimes it is the same store). In other countries, you don’t pay a deposit and thus all your plastic bottles might just go into one big garbage bag. In both cases, there might also be people going around to different dumpsters and garbage cans around the city looking for those recyclables and doing the recycling for you.

Then again, there might be an easy way to recycle most of the things you are using, but you just haven’t figured it out yet. Years can pass with you not recycling the best way that you can in your host country. Once you find out the way, then you might feel a bit stupid that you haven’t been doing it that way since you first moved there!

The ways your host country recycles might be a bit inconvenient for you (or really easy!), but once you get it to be part of your new routine of living there, then it is typically a snap to recycle all the time.

At ISC, we are really curious to see how progressive your host countries does with recycling. Login today and share what you know. The new comment topic is located in the City Information section of all school profile pages.

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The New All-in-One Search Bar: Comments, Members and Schools

September 20, 2014


Why not make things easy?

The all-in-one search bar has arrived on our homepage!

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Just enter in your keyword, select either Schools (to search our School List page), Members (to search our Members List page) or Comments (to search ALL 11500+ comments on our website), and then press the Search button.

It is all super slick and fun to use. Who knows what results you will find on the different results page?  So, search away!

We are still super excited about our newest search feature, the Comments Search. To our knowledge, it is something no other review website offers right now.

With the Comments Search, you can get straight to the comments that you are interested in reading the most (example keywords for the Comments Search: salary, teaching couple, daycare, masters, etc.) UPDATE – now you can just search a school name (e.g American School of Barcelona) in the Comments Search bar.  If that school has had comments submitted on it, ALL the comments will show up in the Comments Search results. So cool!

We’ve also updated the rest of our homepage’s design.  We have rearranged a few things to have a fresh new look and make it easier to navigate.

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Thanks to all our members for their feedback and advice on our the new all-in-one search bar. Your request has now become a reality! This new search bar will definitely come in handy as recruitment season starts this coming October. Exciting times for International School Community!

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Check out the new and improved school profile page + 26 more comment topics!

August 2, 2014


We are excited to unveil the new and improved school profile page!  The school profile pages are arguably the most important pages on our website; for they are where you can read and submit useful and informative comments.

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Based on member feedback, we have designed a better interface for submitting the comments and also an easier, more intuitive way to submit the comments.

1. The “Show all # comments” link.  Simply click here to view the rest of the comments in this comment topic; which will show up almost instantly right below the three most recent comments. No more pop-ups!  This part of our website really sets us apart from other comment/review websites because it puts all the information about a specific comment topic all in ONE place!

2. The “Edit/Delete” links.  Made a mistake on a submitted comment?  Want to delete a previously submitted comment? Only the comments that you have personally submitted will have these Edit/Delete links.

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(Taken from the American School of Barcelona school profile page – 119 Total Comments.)

We’ve also add another major update to our school profile pages.  Now there are 26 more comment topics!  Members can now submit comments on over 65 comments topics in total.  The new topics are the following:

School Information:
– Has the 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?
– Describe the technologies available at the school and how people are/are not using them.
– Details about the current teacher appraisal process?
– Is the student population declining, staying the same or increasing? Give details why.
– How have certain things improved since you started working there?
– 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?

– How much curriculum development work are you expected to do? (Atlas Rubicon, etc.)

Benefits Information:
– Details about the maternity benefits of the host country and school.
– What is the process of getting reimbursed for things?
– Details about new teacher orientation.
– In general, why are people staying at or leaving this school?
– Details about the teaching contract. What important things should prospective teachers know about?

City Information:
– 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 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?

Travel Information:
– 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.)

One more update to mention though, on the new and improved school profile pages, is the “jump links” we’ve added.  Now you can get to the topics that interest you faster by clicking on these “jump links”.

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Example “Jump Links” on the Benefits Information tab on the school profile page

Log-on today and check out all these school profile page updates.  Also, please take a moment to test them out by submitting your comments in one or all of these new comment topics on the school you work at now or on the schools that you have worked at in the past.

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