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schools in SEYCHELLES

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by Michelangelo, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Has anyone heard any good or bad news about schools in Seychelles.Seems like a great place to work!etc etc
  2. Has anyone heard any good or bad news about schools in Seychelles.Seems like a great place to work!etc etc
  3. Personally I have never taught there, however a friend of mine did teach at the international school and said it was the best place she had worked at or lived in. She was recommending it as a place for me to teach, she still has a friend working there who is enjoying it. If they had an appropriate vaccancy I would definately apply...unfortunatley they don't. I think that the teachers tend to stay which says a lot in itself.
  4. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    The Seychelles is undoubtably a stunning place but I am currently working in a beautiful holiday type country and I would advise you go into it with your eyes open.

    Think of what you would do to occupy yourself after the novelty has worn off.

    I love my job and never get bored here as my life centres around family type things and I just never get bored in general.

    There are however, a lot of bored people (expats) living here, whinging and whining about how the country is ****e and the locals are this, that or the other.

    I don't fit into the typical expat type lifestyle but it is also difficult to break inot the local community.

    Most island type places are also third world outside the resorts.

    I would definitely go for it with an open mind as to how things might be.

    Good luck.
  5. Where are you yasimum?
  6. I receivd yesterday different feedback from a good friend who just came back from the Seychelles. She told me that it is difficult to get by as the shopping basket is VERY expensive. She also said she felt cut out because she was well away from the UK. Most schools there are Tier 3 anyway and they do not really worth the hassle of working for them.
  7. migratingbird

    migratingbird Occasional commenter


    I'm also interested in any info, and wondered if I could just clarify a few things with you lovely people who are happy to share your thoughts and experiences. 123asd - was it your friends first placement away from home? Also, did your friend usually buy western products and was this why the shopping basket was expensive? Was it possible to live cheaper if you're not spending money on flights to the UK and Western goods? I'm really sorry if that sounds quite judgemental towards your friend, I really don't mean it to be, I'm just trying to see if it's s a completely unviable option for myself. Yasimum - what kind of things do you do to entertain yourself? I can completely see the dangers of being sucked in to a group of moaners, but, as a single person, are their limited options regarding friends and activities?

    Thanks, the advice given in these forums is always extremely helpful!
  8. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    Migrating Bird

    I posted nearly four years ago about island life and I am no longer there. I certainly wouldn't want to put anyone off what might be, for them, a wonderful experience and as a single person you are in a different boat to what I was. I hasten to add here that I was in the Pacific, not the Seychelles but in a very lovely tropical island. Tourism is the mainstay of the economy and although there are some beautiful places to visit, the rest of the country was third world.
    The cost of living was high and the salary low. I used to spend hours on my precious weekends traipsing from market to market and shop to shop to get what we needed for the coming week. Yes it is cheaper to live and eat like a local but I didn't fancy buying fish that had been sitting in a roadside stall, in tropical heat for god only knows how long. Walking into the meat section of the local supermarkets was also enough to turn even the most avowed carnivore into a vegetarian.
    You then have your tropical diseases. Dengue, filiarisis, and other wondrous things that none of your doctors in your home country will know anything about. I came home with dengue, Cytomegalovirus and a delightful dose of 'Coral Ear' which I still cannot completely get rid of.
    There were a couple of decent bars where I was and then there are the resorts. We used the resort pools at the weekend but I have a daughter so was rarely out socialising. The locals tend to view the expats with suspicion and always keep you at arm's length and also you have the constant feeling that they are out for what they can get from you as everyone there was so poor and they see all expats as wealthy.
    I would NEVER take such a posting again. There are only so many times you can go to the beach or cruise around the island and it gets old very quickly. We also felt rather trapped as cars were super expensive to buy and run and although the taxis and public transport wasn't super expensive, it does mount up when you are using it every day. Crime was high as well and we had an electronic gate and a security guard overnight. One of the mothers from our school, wandered a bit too far up a well known beach and was raped by a local guy.
    I know that sounds incredibly negative, but that is how it was. I was really shocked and was terrified quite frankly that my daughter would fall ill or hurt herself (which she did, knocking her teeth out resulting in numerous expensive trips back home to get it fixed.) You do not want to fall ill in these places or have an accident as the medical and dental services are primitive. I also very much doubt that you would have provision in your contract for evacuation in case of illness and that is something I would now view as essential.
    I reckon it is best you consider these things before you go. At least then you are taking a considered risk if you go rather than getting a nasty surprise once you are there.
    A student teacher who was an intern at my school has just taken a job on another small island off the coast of Indonesia. I will get in touch with her and see how she is going and report back.
  9. migratingbird

    migratingbird Occasional commenter

    Thanks, Yasimum, your experiences pretty much confirmed the doubts I had in my head. I know everyone is different and will approach and view experiences in different ways, but I appreciate your honesty. I think, for me, it's the vision of living in a tropical island paradise (which I do actually do now, but a much bigger, more populated, more developed island) that I love, rather than the reality! I actually think I's find it quite lonely, and, not being a diver/snorkler, I think you're absolutely right about getting bored of boat trips pretty quickly. Think I'll save it for a holiday destination, rather than a full time life.
  10. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Further to Yasimum's comments, I would agree with much of it.
    My brother lived in the Bahamas for around 7 years as a 20 something. He had a great social life (if you call getting blind drunk twice a week a great social life) played rugby for the local team, toured around S. America and America, learned how to sails and scuba dive and did lots of beach 'stuff'.
    However, it was far from being the paradise many think.
    Crime was rife. He was burgled about 8 times, including once when he was in the house and he could hear the burglars in his living room, drugs were prevalent and there were many 'no go' areas. He and many of his colleagues regularly had to get off the island because they were going cabin crazy on such a small place. His car was broken into so may times that he just left in unlocked to save costs on smashed windows and locks.
    So, yes it's not as straightforward a decision as one might think. Obviously the Seychelles may be different but much of the issues of living on an island will apply.
  11. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    Yes Migrating Bird, that is another thing I didn't anticipate when I took that job; the loneliness. On a small island your social circle is very small. From my experience, you can forget about the locals (which I found very sad) so then you are confined to the expats. In a small community, they are usually the parents of your students. Tricky. I did make a couple of friends with whom I stay in touch but you are always pre-censoring your conversation and they will put it on you to talk about school matters in a social situation which is awkward. I always remember one night, one of my colleagues had an engagement party and I let my hair down for once. I was up dancing, and one of the mothers was taking a photo of me which immediately put a dampener on my evening. Most of the parents were downright nutters as well. It is a rare breed that take postings on small islands, usually people who are insecure and want to be big fish in small ponds because they can't make it in the lake at home!
  12. Busstopjen

    Busstopjen New commenter

    I agree with Yasimum.

    I'm also teaching on a 'paradise' island. It'd be great for 2 weeks, alas, I'm now 6 months in and an itching to leave.

    It's very small- a trip to the beach is no longer exciting, but everything else is geared for tourists (and tourists' wallets).
    It's very expensive- think London prices (and maybe add a bit), but the wages don't reflect this CoL. Tax is fairly high.
    Resources are hard to get at school- whatever you need can take months, and everything gets moldy in the humidity.

    I'd never work on such a small island again.
  13. Funny how missed opportunities can sometimes be a good thing. I once applied to a school in the Seychelles 'on a larf'. I initially didn't hear anything. When I was offered a job in Cambodia I took it. Eventually a few months later I was pretty much offered the job in the Seychelles. Had I been offered it first I would have taken it. But I felt duty bound to keep on the job I had accepted initially. For a while I regretted it and I couldn't help wondering what it would have been like to lay on perfect paradise beaches. Well, as it turns out, I love living where I do now, much more than I expected. And I realize with the benefit of those posts that I probably would have been quite the unhappy bunny in th Seychelles. So here's to the path not taken!
  14. You would never know unless you try! I believe in FATE I have been to Seychelles a few times and have friends living there (not in Education). It is beautiful and really where ever you go its up to you to have fun/make fun - there are way worse places to be isolated (as many middle east places are)
    I would try it and go with the attitude of its only a year to start with - and what an experience it would be. Something you would remember into your old age.
    Reality is yes it is expensive, there is crime but it is exotic. Mixing with locals would be limited by social status there are some very poor people there. :) What ever doesnt kill you could make you stronger!
  15. Anyone else had problems with getting promised interview expenses from jobs located in this neck of the woods? The whole process seemed fairly legit at the time (last year) but now I'm not so sure.

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