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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Helena Handbasket, Jan 13, 2011.

  1. Helena Handbasket

    Helena Handbasket New commenter

    Does anyone on here work in the Bahamas. The school I am interested in gives a list of how much things cost but no mention of salary. Is it high enough to have a decent standard of living?
    Obviously money isn't everything, but it does come into it if you can barely afford to get by.
  2. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    This was where my brother worked and one of the better ones. I think it is founded by Methodists and had (has?) some fairly Christian principles (though you don't have to go to church to work there).
    He lived on-site which is where he was burgled/had his car broken into. He was also threatened by some ex-pupils one day when he was out on the playingt field teaching.
    There were 'no-go' areas on the island where the poorer Bahamians lived. We went there drinking, but accompanied by a rather large Bahamian friend of my brother as minder.
    Don't get me wrong, it was great to live there, lot's of socialising and great opportunities to travel. Some opportunity to save if you are careful.
    One thing you would definitely want clarification/update on is this kind of thing (personal security, level of crime, what areas you might live in).
    If I were you, at your age I would definitely still go for this job, pending how you feel once you have been interviewed and have opportunity to ask questions.
    Good luck.
  3. Hi,
    I too am thinking of applying for here - I am married with a young son. Would it be suitable for me? What is it like to work at the school??
    Any further info would be gratefully received. Many thanks and good luck to you all XX

  4. I lived in the Bahamas recently and it is not as dangerous as it was in the 80s. There is still a lot of crime for such a small island but I didn't feel scared when I went out. There is a no go area called Fox Hill on Nassau which you shouldn't stop in at night time but there was a female teacher at the Scottish School who chose to live there and I think she is still there today.
    The government schools are not the best in terms of money. It is very hard to save as a single person in most school but we did save as a couple. Mind you we never really ate out much as this was very expensive but we did go out socialising quite a bit.
    The Scottish School and the one in the west of Nassau (Key) are the best paying schools in Nassau. The Key School pays more than the Scotish school the last time I checked but it isn't so well established. Single people can save in the Key school.
    By the way we lived in the west on the beach and didn't have bars on our windows.


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