Professional development allowance details.
"Teachers get 500 Euros/year to use for professional development opportunities. "
Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?
"The contract is 1 year and renewable. Monthly salary is around 2750 (quoted in USD, paid in local currency). No taxes are paid for by the teacher."
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?
"The school is basically on top of a mountain. It takes about 45 minutes to get there from the city center. Most teachers though live in the suburbs which makes getting to the school a lot quicker. There are public buses that you can get that go up to the school."
Pension plan details.
"Retirement plan contribution is 2%."
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Detailed info about flight, shipping and settling-in allowances. Any other benefits (e.g. free lunches, etc.)?
"The school gives you 1500 USD to use as a moving allowance. You do get an annual flight allowance of 2000 USD."
What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations?
"WASC, CIS and IB Accreditation"
Ways to make extra money (tutoring, after-school activities, etc.).
"Teachers may sign up for after school coaching which the school pays for. Tutoring after school, which pays really well, is common although technically not allowed."
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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?
"Staff turnover is immense. People are out the minute their contract ends and then, go on to bigger and better things. Staff range from AU/NZ/UK, and EU, wide ranging Arab nationals for Arabic and Islamic studies. Most have taught in International schools prior and all have Teaching qualifications. Some have Masters already, others in the proces..."
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Popular travel websites to buy plane tickets or tours that are popular for expats living in the city and/or country.
"Vietjet has pretty cheap domestic flights. Better to book as early as possible."
Sample travel airfares from host city airport to destinations nearby.
- Prishtina to London - from 89 Euro
- Prishtina to Rome - from 99.99 Euro
- Prishtina to Vienna - from 99.99 Euro
- Prishtina to Athens - from 215 Euro
- Prishtina to Miami - from 569 Euro "
Places, markets and stores where you can find really good deals.
"Yuyuan market and the market underground the science museum metro station are good places to find first quality and knock-off goods. Haggling is a must."
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Languages of the host city and the level of English spoken there.
"You will be fine with just English. A few Bahasa words here and there are helpful, but most people speak English"