Reading a few of the threads that have come up lately it got me thinking. My experience of international teaching has been fantastic, and I am one of those that “will never go back”. I have however, had quite a few bizarre moments throughout my time abroad. I am not talking about the bad schools, rubbish packages etc, but the things that I now find completely normal, but would quite frankly, totally freak teachers out back home. The rules, regulations and laws that strangle the teaching profession back in the UK that really do not apply when working abroad. Here are a few things that I have experienced: · Watching a Spanish teacher lining up his students on the first day of back to school to kiss each one of them to welcome them back. · The mains electrical power cable sticking out of the middle of the playground that the primary kids tripped over every day. · Having my private mobile number published to the school community (parents and pupils) so they could contact me if they had issues turning up to sports I coached. · Not having a separate toilet for staff, and having to pee next to the kids. · Being sent on an international sports trip with ten 15 – 18 year old girls of my football team with no female chaperone, but with the other male coach of the boys team. Why would you, there will be female teachers at the host school !!! · Being actively encouraged to take photos and videos of the kids and post them on the Internet. No censorship here, happy smiling faces are a must. · Having the parents forcing alcohol on me, trying to get me drunk at a whole school “International Evening” with the kids there. · My sister, whilst working in Kenya went camping with the 20 kids, only to wake up with 8 lions sleeping by the campfire surrounded by the kids tents. Any other bizarre things out there?