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Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by natalieruth, Nov 17, 2017.
Hi, any tips for moving to Bahrain to teach? Would really appreciate any advice! Thanks
There are only three decent schools in Bahrain, two British style, one US style, don't touch any of the others.
hey know it all, can you give us a bit more info like whereabouts they are or what they begin with
As you ask so nicely - No!
Is one named after the patron saint of travellers?
Yes it is. Using your imagination the other is named after the fact the it is a British School and it is in Bahrain
It gets as hot as hell in the summer!
But pleasant enough to sit outside in winter!
Certainly not everyones cup of tea. Has been described as a lot of drunks clinging to a rock. Has neither the desert beauty nor the culture of Oman and, to be honest, none of the schools are that good any more. The main one, is neither one thing nor another. It offers IB and A-Level neither of which very well, is incredibly top heavy management wise mainly with males the principal is a mythical beast who seldom leaves his office.
The Island itself has very little to recommend it, Saudi men drive across every weekend in order to get drunk and "play" in the hotels. Hypocrisy abounds. However, people at the right school can make a lot of money, if you have a family you can live in a villa with a pool and block out the fact that there is a constant undercurrent of oppression and fear from one side of the community towards the other.
لسلام عليكم أهل دار قوم مؤمنين
You can enjoy sitting outside during Ramadan and watch the carnage on the roads. Find a safe place at least 5 floors above the road with a good view of a busy road junctions. During Ramadan start your viewing half hour befor sunset and wait for the action to happen.
and they don't "play" in the hotels in Shenzen, HK, Shanghai, Hanoi, HCMC, BKK, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Brussels...............????
'the principal is a mythical beast who seldom leaves his office'
If its the principal I think you are referring to he retired last year and has just been replaced. I have to say I would disagree with much of what you say. I enjoyed my time there both at work and at play. But each to his own.
Be very careful when seeking employment in Bahrain and specifically the 'British School'. It is far from it. Contracts are never honoured. HR is incompetent. The school has been bought out by a new 'company'. The aim is to make lots of money at the expense of the staff. Class sizes have risen dramatically. Staff run off overnight as the conditions are terrible.
There is a toxic climate of fear amongst the staff. This has been reinforced by the sacking of the old Head teacher and various other staff. The Juniors Assistant Head teacher was not paid his last month salary.
Warning.. Do not approach this school, you will regret it.