Where did you get that idea??? Int schools offer the opportunity to explore the world, teach interested nice children and experience a new culture. Online forums attract negativity and complaints. When was the last time you got all worked up because something went well As for timing Nov/Dec last year was best time to start especially in shortage subjects as schools seem to snap up applicants earlier as less choice. Now it seems to be warming up as resignation dates coming up. I saw four jobs in my target country come uprecently and none before. I've got my job for August via TES which seems the best place to look. I joined Search, but late for there jobs where I wanted to go. Also I think agents are best for subjects where supply exceeds demand more.In shortgae subjects you don't need an agent.