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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Geographyteacher939, May 10, 2019.
How will I know?
Just trust your feelings ...
Many decent schools will fly you out for an interview, so you'll get a chance to visit, speak to staff and students, and judge for yourselves. I imagine this isn't the case for some school more than 4 or 5 time zones away though.
Also, facebook groups can be a good place to research - find an expats group for the area that the school is in and post a few questions there about the school you are interested in.
I've never known a school do this, apart from for SLT roles.
I know of a school in Far East Asia that does this for all teachers who have been short listed for an interview.
I have to disagree with the first item on your list. Many of the best Latin American schools are almost exclusively 'local' students with a percentage of foreign nationals. There are not the huge expat communities you find in the ME or China but in my experience they are great places to work with some of the best students I've worked with.
I've also heard some horror stories about a Dubai school that has a large percentage of UK students so the make up of the school population can be misleading.
Been flown over to the country 3 times for interviews. All were standard teaching roles in large well known schools. All were over ten years ago though, when, although there was Skype, it wasn't as used for interviews so widely.
Last job hunting round all interviews were Skype.
Does your school happen to give the same package to both local and overseas hires? I tried to start a private conversation with you, but it seems as if I don't have the ability to do that right now.
I'll send you a message.
Maybe it's more of a Europe thing then - I've been flown to Germany, the Netherlands and Spain for interviews, all for standard teaching jobs. Though other posters seem to think it happens beyond Europe too.
In my limited experience some of the better schools still want to meet candidates for teaching roles in person. Shortlist of two or three. They want to see candidates teach a lesson. Certainly not the norm though.
I would change one of blueskydreaming's comments to "schools that want you to live on site without offering a useable housing allowance as an alternative." There's nothing wrong with being on site, and in some locations it has its advantages, but you need to have the flexibility to live elsewhere if you want to.
You know nothing, Jon Snow ;-)
My last school did, most of our staff were recruited from the UK so the heads fly to London in February each year for face to face interviews.