Do you have a question about a specific international school that you are considering interviewing with? Do you have experience working at an international school and have information and current news to share?
Besides being able to check out and read 22600+ submitted comments on our school profile pages, we also have the school profile page walls. Similar to a forum, there is a wall on each school profile page. If you don’t see an answer to your question in the submitted comments and information area, then the wall is the place to ask your question. Also, if you have some information to share about an international school (that you presently work at or have worked at in the past), then we encourage you to also start up a discussion or share some important information on the school’s wall as well.
The wall is located under the map feature and basic school stats on a school profile page’s Overview tab.
You can also check out the latest discussions on all of the school profile page walls on our Latest Wall Discussions page. On this page you can check out the last 40 comments that have been submitted on all the walls.
International School Community would like all the discussions on the school profile page walls to follow our Community Guidelines for our website. Please take a moment to check out our Guidelines for posting on a school profile page wall.
Guidelines for posting on a school profile page Wall:
• Ask questions that you have about this school that haven’t already been answered on the Comments and Information page.
• Start up a topic about this school related to the School, the Benefits, the City it is in and what it is like to Travel from the city it is in.
• If you know about this school, make sure to respond to previously submitted questions and topics to which you know the answers.
• If you currently work at this school or have worked there in the past, leave a helpful comment or positive statement about the school that would be informative and useful for potential candidates interested in working at this school.
• Stay positive. This wall is not a place to complain or say hurtful things about the school, administration, teachers or the students.
• Keep the topics constructive and non-subjective. It is not a place to talk about your unique and negative personal experience at the school.
Finding information about what it is like to working at international schools can sometimes be a challenge. On other international school forums, it can get a bit tiring and cumbersome to find the information you need. In other words, those forums can be too complex and unorganized. Now if you want to know about a specific international school, you can just go directly to check out their profile page on our website. If the answer your looking for hasn’t already been submitted, then make sure to utilize our wall feature. All the information discussed on this wall will only be about that specific international school. The mission of our school profile page walls is to be convenient, useful, and organized. All information discussed about that school will be in one place…saving you time in your search for answers!
We encourage all members to actively participate on the school profile page walls, so that we can all stay the most up-to-date and informed about our international school community!continue reading
International School Community is full of tens of thousands of useful, informative comments…22211 comments (12 Sept. 2017) to be exact.
Members are recommended to keep their comments objective on our website and share what they know about what it is like working at a specific international school.
We scoured our database of comments, and we found 12 that stood out to us as being some of the most interesting and useful ones related to the “excellent” parts of working at international schools from across the globe.
12. Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.
“Currently, insurance is through Scholars International. Coverage for medical care in the United States is something like 70% (not great) but outside of the US, coverage is great. Local hospitals are excellent and many teachers have surgeries, medical treatments (including cancer treatments), ect here in Korea. Our school is close to an amazing International Hospital, Severance Hospital at Yonsei University. Many other hospitals in the area are also well-known and provide excellent care!” – Seoul Foreign School (South Korea, Seoul) – 133 Comments
11. Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus.
“Keystone was built in 2013/14 as a purpose-built school. It looks like a New England or UK boarding school. It’s facilities are excellent. There is a fabulous performing arts centre, lots of meeting areas and tons of classrooms. The sports facilities are also top-notch. The grounds are well-kept. The staff apartments are spacious and well-appointed. There are separate primary and middle/high school buildings as well as the sports hall, residences and the performing arts centre. The management is also upgrading and maintaining facilities as needed. The surrounding area is very suburban. This is not downtown Beijing. There are grocery stores close by as well as a couple of small shopping malls. There are stores catering to expats nearby too.” – Keystone Academy (China, Beijing) – 54 Comments
10. Name some special things about this school that makes it unique.
“Since 2010 there have been 2 Head Teachers, 2 Primary Heads and 2 Deputy Heads due to overarching management cost cutting and general incompetencies. As well as massive staff turnovers. People see out their contracts and don’t renew because money, housing and work life balance are better at other schools. However that being said, the teachers at the school both primary and secondary are excellent teachers. Very social, helpful and happy. They bind together and get along well. The teachers that have left have gone into fantastic things, probably because of the chaos that comes from management, has built these people to make it in the real world. Lasting friendships between the teachers and everyone looks after everyone. I did enjoy the comradary here.” – Jumeira Baccalaureate School (United Arab Emirates, Dubai) – 104 Comments
9. How have certain things improved since you started working there?
“The Academic Registrar for the past two years has done much to review, simplify and streamline processes. She has also maintained – latterly when support has been lacking – almost single-handedly excellent relations with staff, parents, students and the expatriate community when helping to market the school.” – The International School of Sanya (China, Sanya) – 29 Comments
8.Describe the different aspects of the school building and the school grounds. Also, describe the surrounding area around the campus..
“The school has a wonderful multistory building with fully equipped Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science laboratories. There is a gymnasium and multi cuisine food court as well. The auditorium of the school is excellent with a seating capacity of around 800.” – Gandhi Memorial International School (Indonesia, Jakarta) – 6 Comments
7. What types of sports programs and activities does the school offer?
“Football is the main sport and both boys and girls are involved in football. Also basketball is popular, The school has excellent facilities.” – Colegio Los Nogales Bogota (Colombia, Bogota) – 33 Comments
6. In general, describe the demeanor of the students.
“Generally, excellent. 2013’s comment still stands; Wells is fortunate to have students from not the “richest” families of Bangkok, so a degree of humbleness still exists in most.” – Wells International School (Thailand) (Thailand, Bangkok) – 55 Comments
5. Health insurance and medical benefits. Describe your experiences using these benefits and going to the local hospitals.
“Health insurance provided. Taiwan has excellent and affordable national health insurance.” – Ivy Collegiate Academy (Taiwan, Taichung City) – 41 Comments
4. What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school?
“This is a good place to be in. The working atmosphere is excellent and as teachers we can do and suggest many things in order to help with the school’s normal development. We have reached to a point were we are stable in terms of foreign staff and locals do everything they can to help foreign teachers to feel as comfortable as possible.” – Changchun American International School (China, Changchun) – 71 Comments
3. Describe proximity of major airport hubs to the city center and give sample taxi, train, subway and/or bus fares to get there.
“Hong Kong has excellent public transport. You can check in at IFC in Central or Kowloon half a day before the flight and then take your time shopping, eating, or sightseeing. The express train to the airport is quick, comfortable, and inexpensive. There are numerous buses and the MTR. As well, taxis are readily available, as are hire cars.” – Canadian International School (Hong Kong) (China, Hong Kong) – 111 Comments
2. Describe what kinds of teachers work here (local vs. expat, nationality, qualifications [or lack there of], etc.) and staff turnover rate.
“More local teachers than expat. There are approximately 15-20 American teachers working at the school. Local teachers speak excellent English and are great colleagues.” – American School of Belo Horizonte (Brazil, Belo Horizonte) – 46 Comments
1. How is this school different or the same when compared to schools in your home country?
“Compared to teaching in the UK this is a dream, as long as you are prepared for the culture shock of living in a small village of thirteen million. Small classes, good behaviour and a genuine interest in study, excellent resources, great quality of life. Admin is less than in the UK although it is creeping up. Some of it good, some of it of limited value (just like the UK). I enjoy my teaching and the travel opportunities this place offers.” – Wellington College International Tianjin (China, Tianjin) – 54 Comments
If you have an interesting and useful comment to add related to the excellent parts at your school that you would like to share, log in to International School Community and submit your comments. For every 10 submitted comments, you will get one month of free premium membership added to your account!continue reading
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 21535 comments and information on 963+ international schools listed on our website (out of a total of 1972).
There are four comment sections on each school profile pages:
• School Information – Total Comments = 10636 (up 2253 comments from July 2016)
• Benefits Information – Total Comments = 7090 (up 904 comments from July 2016)
• City Information – Total Comments = 2712 (up 694 comments from July 2016)
• Travel Information – Total Comments = 1097 (up 293 comments from July 2016)
Want to see all these comments in ONE spot? Now you can!
The ‘Browse All Comments‘ homepage will always be a random selection of 12 comments from our database of school profile comments. To view the next 12 comments, just click on the ‘Browse next 12 comments’ button. Continue clicking on that button to view all 21535+ comments on our website!
Have fun taking a look at all the comments and information that have been submitted by our over 10511 members.
Who knows? Maybe you will see a useful and/or interesting comment that will catch your attention. If you find one, just click on the school’s name to go to its profile page where you can read even more comments that have been submitted on that school (available to premium members only).
Maybe you will be so interested that you will take a look at the school’s website and find a position vacancy that fits you perfectly. We can only dream that would happen to us (never too soon to start networking for your next position)!
What are you waiting for then? Browse away!continue reading
A survey that we did a few years ago made it clear what information that international school teachers want to find out about when recruiting; and that is Salary Details.
What if you are only considering working in Shanghai? Or maybe you are only interested in working in Germany and flexible about the city in which you would live. It would be invaluable information if you could access details about the salaries of all the international schools in that area of the world. Once you are able to take a look at the different salary details of a number of international schools, it could help you make a better decision on whether to accept an offer or not or which school you should put most of your focus on.
Compare School Salaries page: A unique feature on International School Community
Currently, we have over 932 individual comments about international school salaries that have been submitted on our website (June 2017). The specific comments and information about salaries have been submitted on 639 different international schools (June 2017).
The topic related to salaries (that members have left comments on) is on the Benefits tab which can be found on each school profile page. The comment topic is called “Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?” Members are encouraged to leave informative details on a typical teacher’s monthly take-home salary at that school.
When you first visit the School Salaries page (premium membership access is needed), you will find that all the international schools (that have comments about salaries on their profile pages) are listed in alphabetical order. You can have a browse though all the schools there. But if you want to just view the schools from a specific region, country or city in the world, then make sure to use the Filter button on the right. The filter feature allows you to filter the schools listed here and narrow down the list. You can more quickly find the specific schools at which you are most interested in checking-out.
For example, let’s say you are only interested in working at an international school in Eastern Europe. Just click on the Select Region tab and select Eastern Europe. After that, press the green Search button and voila…only the schools matching your criteria show (currently 29 comments from 18 different schools).
To see the exact salary comments, just click on the school. Here are some examples:
You could say that international schools like to keep their exact salary details secret. Rarely do you find specific information about take-home salary on their websites. Even on other websites where international schools display their vacancies, specific salary details are sometimes hard to find. In turn, our Compare School Salaries page is quite special, useful and unique!continue reading
Our Comments Search feature is what makes our website unique.
One major goal of our website is to help our users get to the comments (specific to the topic they want to know about) easier and faster!
Here’s how it works:
Let’s say that you want to read some comments related to the topic of “teaching couples“. Simply enter in the keyword/s in the Search Bar at the top of our homepage (or at the top of any page of our website) or go directly to the Comments Search page on our website to search your keyword directly there.
Then it will take you to our Comments Search results page. There you will find all the comments (out of over 21391+ comments on our website) that have that keyword/those keywords in it. You can also just search by school name here as well, which will show all the comments about that school in one list!
You will find your keyword/s in bold as you browse through all the comments that fit your criteria.
When we searched the keyword “teaching couples” we got 94 comments that had those keywords; ordered by the date they were submitted.
As you scroll down, if you find a comment that interests you and you want to learn more about that school (i.e. check out the other comments about that school), just click on the school profile link to the left of the comment.
Other keyword search results (performed on 25 June, 2017):
• Retirement – 217 comments
• PD – 226 comments
• Save – 339 comments
• Relocation – 49 comments
• Housing Allowance – 269 comments
• Gay – 44 comments
• Singles – 60 comments
• Salary – 795 comments
• Canadian – 368 comments
• Tuition – 325 comments
• Happy – 111 comments
Search your keyword here!
We are so excited about this Comments Search feature on our website as it really makes finding and reading comments easier for our members. It is one of the many unique features on International School Community that makes us stand out when compared to other international school review websites.continue reading