There has been recently a spate of threads about people having a bad time in schools or countries abroad. I felt it could be a nice change to share my experience to show that teaching overseas can, in fact, be pretty amazing. Like many people I originally worked in a so called 'international school' that was really little more than a shoddy business led by a bunch of mentally unstable pompous blowhards. All the horror stories you've heard about working abroad I have experienced and then some. But eventually I managed to leave this hole and got where I am today. The school I work in is not first tier. It would probably be generous to call it second tier. But professionally it still is miles better than anything I have experienced before, whether abroad or in the UK. I work with lovely students, got most of the resources I need, and can usually order what I don't already have. The workload is fairly light, the hours very nice (I finish teaching at noon three times a week) and maintaining a healthy life/work balance is easy. It is pure luck, but even the management is good. They have high expectations of the staff, but we are given the means to meet them, and they are genuinely open about suggestions. Outside of work, the country I live in is your typical third world country I guess. It's messy, stinks and anything takes ages to get done. Just going out to do your grocery shopping is an adventure But I love it! The people are warm, laid back, genuinely surprised that you are interested in the local culture. The food is amazing and getting an excellent meal rarely costs more than three pounds. The salary I'm getting (although much lower than in other local international schools) allows me to go out often, and travel in the neighbouring countries (two in the past month, and a third one coming up soon). I don't know if my experience of teaching overseas is common or not. But at least, I can say that it does happen. Sometimes the grass actually is greener on the other side.