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Fishing for schools

December 2016 I feel like we are fishing for schools! There haven’t been too many job postings on ISS. It’s early though. Most teachers do not need to let the schools know about their intention to leave until after the holiday break. I am surprised at how many openings there are in places we have essentially ruled out. Everybody keeps asking which countries we want to go. We decided NOT to choose a specific place because…

Navigating an ISS iFair

November 19, 2016 Greg set his alarm for 6:00am to see if his ISS rep responded to his request to join the iFair. There was no reply, so we continued to sleep in. A few hours later I got up to learn more about the database. Greg’s email was still up from the night before and I noticed that his ISS rep replied to him just after 7:00am. Now it was nearly 10:00am! The fair…

My new role as the “Dependent”

November 10-11, 2016 Earlier this week Greg (finally) submitted his ISS application! Even though I knew this was the first step toward finding an international teaching position, I admittedly expected the application to be our biggest hurdle. Ha! #naive. Applying as a single teacher is one thing, applying as a teaching couple is preferred, but applying as a married teacher with a non-teaching spouse is a pretty daunting task. Thats me, the non-teaching spouse, and…

Where to begin: How to Find International Education Positions

The go-to professional resources you wish you had when you started your international education position search: Once you finally make the decision to “take the next step” toward finding an international teaching job, where do you go next? The internet has a seemingly endless number of sites which tend to provide bits and pieces, but I found it frustratingly difficult to find a single resource with the majority of information for which I was looking. If you are a…

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