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Discussion in 'Teaching overseas' started by SUPER.SUPPLY, Jan 23, 2011.

  1. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    i've been teaching for 10 years. I left full time work to do supply being led to believe that i'd easily find a job. I'm into my 3rd year of supply and am finding it impossible to find a full time job here. I have always wanted to teach abroad and about to break up with my partner it is nigh on impossible to live on 10k per year. I am desperate to leave here and make a clean break but need to find the best place for me to go to. Anywhere in europe would be great, Germany has appealed to me. Moscow is advertising at the moment. Do I apply? I think i need some reassurance and a boot up the backside in order to find the courage to send off my c.v. What are your thoughts guys for this primary teacher who desperately needs a job.
     
  2. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    i've been teaching for 10 years. I left full time work to do supply being led to believe that i'd easily find a job. I'm into my 3rd year of supply and am finding it impossible to find a full time job here. I have always wanted to teach abroad and about to break up with my partner it is nigh on impossible to live on 10k per year. I am desperate to leave here and make a clean break but need to find the best place for me to go to. Anywhere in europe would be great, Germany has appealed to me. Moscow is advertising at the moment. Do I apply? I think i need some reassurance and a boot up the backside in order to find the courage to send off my c.v. What are your thoughts guys for this primary teacher who desperately needs a job.
     
  3. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Oh just apply anywhere that looks interesting. It has got to be better than 10k a year.
     
  4. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    I have just started to register with Search Associates. Do you know what they are like? There is an International fair next weekend so will aim to try and get to it. OMG the blinking form is a nightmare when they ask you about your preferences. It's all American speak and with no options for primary Ks1 and 2. Instead they put Elementary, middle general???????? eeeekk way too complicated.
     
  5. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    By the way Macdonalds seems a better option than supply at the moment
     
  6. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    Search is good and will help you search for openings and research school packages. Int'l School review is also excellent for getting feedback from teachers on their experience with a school (but must be taken with the obligatory grain of salt).
    You will be hard pressed to get through the Search procedure in a week to try and make one of their fairs. Lower Elementary is grades 1-3 and Upper elementary is grades 4-5. Middle school is 6-8. Think years and subtract 1.
    There are many, many jobs with British based schools on TES right now. Update your CV and start applying.
     
  7. Follow up Search Ass. They are good .I have heard the form is a bit of a nightmare but get it done.
     
  8. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    Thanks for your responses. I've been trawling through the application process and got to the references section on search associates. i'm having a brain break from that one for a bit. My C.V is up to date and ready to go anyway. However, the little matter of the covering letter too sets me back because it is a sort of re wording of my C.V.
    I'll have to get going on the letter of application or whatever you call it.
     
  9. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    Your cover letter should be individual to each school that you apply to.
    Naturally the broad outline will be the same but you will need to look at each school individually and see what they are looking for, and then flavour your C.V. with what you feel you can offer in that direction.
     
  10. hazcard

    hazcard New commenter

    If you're interested in a school is this where you go to find out if it is any good? Where do you start your research about a school? As you can't really ask on TES.
     
  11. What subjects do you teach and at what level?

     
  12. wrldtrvlr123

    wrldtrvlr123 Occasional commenter

    Yes, they have a free forum where you can name schools and if you pay the $25.00 for a year there are hundreds of anonymous reviews from teachers and former teachers.
     
  13. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    I did post a reply to lost in middleeast but it didn't come up??? I'm just getting to know this forum. I teach primary age range Yr1-6. Majored in English specialist in teaching MFL French and Spanish. I love teaching P.E and art.
     
  14. I'm doing the same as you, super.supply. Broken up with my partner and have always wanted to teach abroad. I'm in the process of registering with Search Associates, have got to the biography bit and am now trying to figure out what to write.
    I'm also registering with CIS, after searching this forum for advice.
    I'm afraid I don't have any helpful suggestions as to what to do, just wanted you to know there is someone else in the same position!

     
  15. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    It is reassuring Adularia. Not that you're breaking up but we can gain valuable advice hopefully from here. I won't give up with search Associates but clearly won't make it to the weekend fair in london. Will look at CIS now.
     
  16. I am in a similar position to you, broke up with my partner 18 months ago and have nothing to tie me down here now, am in my second year of teaching and need to get out of my school. I have always had a burning desire to work abroad particularly Europe and so think they may be an option for me now.
    I didn't really know where to start apart from lookin for jobs on here. I will check out Search Associates now as it sounds good.
    The only thing is that the main reason I am leaving my school is that the management of my department is terrible and I have received little or no support during my NQT year and this year. I have really struggled and am still struggling. I feel that being at this school has caused me to now be a worse teacher than when I started. I have heard before that International Schools will just expect you to get on with it and may be lacking in the support department, do anyone know anything about this? I think I need a little bit of help to get back on track.

     
  17. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    If i was in your position i.e. career stage, i would try and find another job elsewhere at the moment in the u.k. If you have had problems in your NQT year and this year then you need to feel confident in your ability and address the problems you've had before going abroad. If international schools leave you to your own devices then is it what you need at the moment? What problems have you had?
     
  18. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    Do go ahead and try search, but they tend to deal with the better schools (with the odd exception) and the usually require three years experience. Stick to applying to the jobs in the TES for now.
    There's all sorts of qualities internationally, you may find that this is the case with the weaker schools, but you need to avoid those schools if you want to keep out of the international spiral of doom.
     
  19. MisterMaker

    MisterMaker Occasional commenter

    I recommend the OP to try Nigeria.
     
  20. SUPER.SUPPLY

    SUPER.SUPPLY New commenter

    I would feel safer in Europe I think!
     

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