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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by VaniliaGirl, Nov 7, 2008.
Hi! Did you get there eventually?
I lived in Dhaka as a kid and my mum taught at the school there. (1988 - 1992... or something like that.) My main memories are the shocking poverty and the uncomfotable climate. Also there was a lot of political tension at the time. My mum quite enjoyed the school in a funny kind of way, but I don't think she took it very seriously!
I was there about thirty five years ago; from what friends who've visited more recently tell me, not a lot has changed. And it was definitely a hardship post, in diplomatic parlance.
I thaught there from 2002 to 2004 but now all my colleagues as well as the management I worked with at the time have left so I can't say much about the school. But it's mostly local kids and I know that for older expat kids it was sometimes hard to fit in. if it's your first experience at an IB school, it will be very good on your cv. Most of my friends are now teaching in top tier IB schools after their time at this school.
Personnaly, I really enjoyed my time there. I arrived as a single female and left with a husband and 7 month pregnant with our first. Social life is great if you like being member of a club and end up seeing more or less always the same persons. If you like tennis and swimm it's the best place. Kids have a blast playing in the pools of the different international clubs. But if they are older than 10 and if they do like playing sports and do different activities. Dhaka will prove very limited for them. Now my older daughter is 7 , I would not go back there because I want her to have a chance to experience more challenging activities that what is on offer in a place like Dhaka. I don't know there, where I could teach my youngest to ride a bike, unless you like the locals stare at you in parks!
But as I say i love the social life and partying side of it. Much easier to meet people and have a laught than here in Switzerland.
The main concern is health. I was lucky i had an uneventful pregnancy because there is only one place to go for medical conditions : Bangkok ! This is where i had to go for my 3 months check up because the ultrasound facilities in Dhaka weren't good enough. and all of my colleagues would fly out there as well.
For me Dhaka did not come as a shock as I worked as a single female in Ethiopia and Beirut before moving to Dhaka! If it's your first experience in a hardship country,you will either love it or hate it. But you will meet great people as you need to rely on each other on places like that.
And to conclude, if i had to go back there? hum...no...now i'm a parent, i'm a bit worried about the political climate in this kind of countries. I was there when Irak was bombed the second time and all the security procedure we had to face as well the animosity from the local vs the Brits and America was not pleasant and thus vs our school was not pleasant.
Good luck with your decision.
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<font size="3"> I have not worked or travelled there, so my opinions should be taken with a grain of salt. I looked closely at ISD when job hunting earlier, the school has a strong reputation, but the country is very hard to work in by all accounts. What I did notice looking at other schools was that a disproportionate number of SLT people in some of the top schools have spent time there and obviously come away the better for it.</font><font size="3"> It was not for my wife and I, but it is certainly a school to consider if you think you can handle the hardships that go along with living there. I think the country is what will dissuade most people.</font><font size="3"> MoC</font>
I was just googling teaching posts in Dhaka, and your post came up on the TES website for google search. I'm 22, and have just completed my PGCE in Post 16/ Further Education, specialising in Law. During my placement year, I taught A Level Law, and some BTEC Business. I have now secured a Graduate Coach position at a school, for GCSE English and Maths to students aged 14-16.
I am considering of moving abroad in the next year or so, preferably Dhaka, so I can live with my partner. Your post has interested me. I am already of Bangladeshi origin, and I am aware of the intensity of the heat/ living conditions, which would not be great.
I was wondering if you could advise me on where I can look for teaching posts in schools in Dhaka? Preferably to teach English.