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Teaching in Cyprus.

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by unfoggingblogger, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. unfoggingblogger

    unfoggingblogger Occasional commenter

    Hey everyone!

    Has anyone got any contacts in international schools in Cyprus?

    I know it's quite niche, but my family have a property there and the thought of teaching on the beautiful island appeals to me very much.

    Please forgive the shameless request, but I've hit a brick wall!

    I've taught both English and history. Also, I have HOY experience.

    Warm regards to you all :)
  2. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

  3. unfoggingblogger

    unfoggingblogger Occasional commenter

  4. tica

    tica New commenter

    I also have a home in Cyprus (Paphos area) but found it impossible to get an English teaching job there. So few vacancies and even to do supply for one school in St Georges I was required to jump through so many hoops by the Ministry of Education that I simply gave up!
  5. unfoggingblogger

    unfoggingblogger Occasional commenter

    I'm finding that I'm getting a similar experience.

    Despite the fact:

    1) I have teaching experience across three subjects

    2) I am a Head of Year

    3) I have taught an in international school before

    4) I have written for the TES' subject genius

    5) I have a fairly lucrative set of resources on the TES

    All I'm getting back is 'no vacancies at this time' but that they will 'keep my details on their system'...

    I guess it's such a niche market, it's almost impossible.
  6. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    I got drunk with the Chief Inspector of Schools of Cyprus once. Hilarious guy. Smoked like a chimney.

    Lots of Greek Cypriot British teachers looking to return to Cyprus from the UK. I'd imagine that they'd get priority.
  7. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    Agreed. There is a lot of crossover between the UK higher education and Cyprus: lots of Cypriots have UK qualifications and UK teaching experience.
    JL48 likes this.
  8. unfoggingblogger

    unfoggingblogger Occasional commenter

    I hadn't thought of that.

    Well, hot diggidy, looks like my dream move is not going to materialise any time soon!
  9. makhnovite

    makhnovite Established commenter

    Anyone have current info on Larnaka?
  10. tica

    tica New commenter

    On the plus side: the wages are so awful you would have difficulty surviving on them anyway!
  11. unfoggingblogger

    unfoggingblogger Occasional commenter

    What do they pay?
  12. ejclibrarian

    ejclibrarian Established commenter Community helper

    Just beware of the "Ancestry" school. Reviews are bad. I have past history with this school and for well over 25 years it's never been a good place to work.
  13. Penny10p

    Penny10p Occasional commenter

    Any more thoughts/experience on Cyprus?
  14. naokal

    naokal New commenter

    Any more feedback?
  15. briancant

    briancant Occasional commenter

    I’ve worked in three Paphos schools so it isn’t that niche! They are very much businesses set up more to make the owners money rather than to provide a good quality of education. If you’re a well qualified secondary teacher it may be counting against you because well qualified competent secondary teachers fall out with the owners very quickly and leave. The result is the owners like to employ unqualified inexperienced teachers. The requirements from the ministry are that you have your qualifications approved at their offices in Nicosia. They don’t require teaching qualifications for secondary teachers just degrees largely in their subject (hence unqualified teachers can still teach). It is fairly farcical but there is no reason why if you are qualified you won’t get approval. The Cyprus international school scene is starting to look like the shabbier end of the Spanish one with a captive market of ex pats who are never going to learn the native language willing to believe the outrageous claims made by the school owners so they can live in the sun with a beer in their hand....

    To give yourself the best chance of getting a job in one of these schools play down your experience and qualifications and praise the schools and Cyprus. Good luck.
  16. laurie000

    laurie000 New commenter

    Oh... I forgot to mention ISOP are advertising for teachers at the moment. I really enjoyed working there.
  17. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    I can't imagine they pay at all well. What were you on if you don't mind me asking

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