I have volunteered to help a former student set up a non-profit, IB, boarding school in a developing nation. This is the first of a series of discussion topics which, I hope, will generate useful suggestions and comments from international teachers that will help us set up the school. I do wish to pick the brains of all the talented and experienced teachers out in TESland. My first issue is with the equality of faculty salaries. My former student is determined that local staff (nationals and locally hired expatriates (permanent residents)) and internationally recruited teachers should be paid the same for the same qualifications and positions. This is certainly fair and would remove the often divisive atmosphere of many international schools. The problem is that at present internationally hired faculty receive nearly double the salary of a local for the same position. Thus, I am a bit worried about the sustainability of the school’s finances. It would also play havoc with the established system of salaries for local teachers (perhaps, not such a bad thing). I have come up with a tentative salary scale that I hope would attract international teachers while still being fairly reasonable in the national economy (the locals would jump at it). For a teacher with 3-6 years of IB experience and a BA, the salary would be USD 27K , for 6-10 years of IB experience it would be USD 30K, and for 15+ years it would be USD 45K. Aside from the usual benefits of healthcare, air transportation, etc., housing would be provided as would 3 meals a day (if desired) for the teacher and their family (tuition would be provided for up to two children). Teachers could expect to save 25% of their salaries without too much effort. The country is a pleasant place to live and most TESers who have worked there, judging from their comments on this site, have liked it. Aside from a rigorous academic program, teachers would be expected to participate in extra-curricular activities and be involved with pastoral care: probably working a total of 45 hour weeks including the occasional nights and weekend (it will be a boarding school). So, I have four specific questions: 1. Is it fair to have equal salaries for locals and expats? 2. Is it really practical? 3. Are the salaries and work expectations realistic? 4. If you think the international salaries are too low, are there any ways of jacking up international salaries without being unfair to the locals? I am looking forward to your comments and to any advice that will help us move forward.