Hi all, I am a special education teacher with my MA and have taught in the US public school system (high poverty, inner city districts) for 15 years. I am taking my first leap into the international school sector! I am excited although a bit daunted as I took a position in Scandinavia and the taxes/rent/costs are high. I am realistic about the fact I won't save much money but am also curious about a few things, hoping some forum members with more experience can help. 1. What can I expect for the first few weeks of school? I am new to the PYP program and I know that special education in the international sector will be much different than what I have done in the states. Any advice on fun activities or first weeks of school activities for the students that might align to this curriculum? 2. I've been a little disturbed to read on these forums that when you return to US or UK the schools there do not view this experience abroad as a positive? I would think this would look great on a resume but I guess I might be mistaken. Thoughts? 3. I am very nervous about the high taxes in Denmark and want to make sure I am not being double taxed, any US residents have any advice on this? Obv I will be hiring a professional to do my taxes this year so I don't make any mistakes. 4. I have been a strong union member here in the US as a teacher and I consider teaching to be a very important social justice issue. I know things will be a lot different in the international sector ($$$$$) and wondering if anyone has advice on dealing with potentially difficult parents, and wondering if the parents, due to money have a lot of control on how the school is run. How often are teachers let go since there are fewer protections in the IS community? I had tenure through my union and we had a lot of protections so just curious how this works in different places and what can I expect as far as worker support and protection. I'm excited and would love any advice about general things like settling in or to the specific concerns above! I found my job through Search and they were very helpful through this whole process. Thanks!