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International School Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Describe language abilities of students at this school and what is the "common language spoken in the hallways"? Is there one dominate culture group?

"Students not particularly proficient in academic English."

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Name your favorite restaurants, favorite places to go to and favorite things to do in the city.

"Uetliberg is a great place with a spectacular viewpoint above the city. (ETH Zurich also has a nice position for looking over the city.) Students and young people are always gathered on the banks of the Zurich Lake."

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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?

"Building is infested with rats."

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Sample travel airfares from host city airport to destinations nearby.

"It is relatively expensive to travel from Beirut to other cities. The cheapest destinations continue to be Istanbul (around 250 USD) and Cyprus (around 200 USD). "

The Village School

Houston, United States

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Are the expectations high of teaching staff? Are there extra curricular responsibilities? Describe workload details.

"The workload is pretty mild. There are in-class visits twice a month."

Orchlon School

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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What insider information would you give to a teacher considering working at this school?

"Before considering this school, ask for the email addresses of ALL the foreign teachers. Ask each one about the school. If the administration only gives you one email address and not everyone's, then that should be an indication they are hiding something from you."

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Recent things that the school has taken on (i.e. new curriculum, specific professional development, etc.).

"MYP authorized this month."

Lycee International de Saint Germain-en-Laye

Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

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Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?

"Salaries are paid in Euros. Taxes are 30-35% of your salary. "

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Average monthly salary after taxes and in what currency (explain taxation situation). How often do you get paid throughout the year?

"It varies. "New incoming" teachers with 10 years experience and a master's degree make something close to 45,000 a year EUR pre-tax, which amounts to maybe 2400/month after tax.

Teachers with less experience make less money. As of a couple of years ago, inexperienced teacher salaries started in the low 30s, which was ..."

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What does the school do to create a harmonious state of well-being and high morale amongst its staff?

"lots of events/gettogethers; We always meet for coffee in the morning on PD days, the heads team is also rather flexible
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In general, describe the demeanor of the students.

"Great to be with"

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What types of accreditation does this school have? When is the accreditation up for renewal? Any religious affiliations?

"ISHR is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and belongs to the Association of German International Schools (AGIS)."