Expat Exchange – Making The Move Abroad: Where Do You Start? – Moving Abroad, Moving Overseas, International Relocation

Making the decision to relocate was one of the biggest, and most exciting, choices of my life. I was offered a job in Johannesburg and it was an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse, so I accepted in a minute. Literally, 1 minute. Once the initial excitement died down, I found myself in a bit of […]

How to Get a Teaching Job in an International School: From Registering with a Recruiting Agency to Attending a Job Fair

Admit it. You’d love to live and work overseas. You’re passionate about teaching and just adore that grade 5 class of yours, but you’re not inspired anymore and you often find yourself daydreaming about living in an exotic desert land, a tropical paradise or a chic European city. Perhaps you want to take a sabbatical […]

Coming Home from Study, Travel and Living Abroad

Relationships, Roots, and Unpacking By Jim Citron and Vija Mendelson Cross-cultural reentry—what happens when you come home from living abroad—has interested researchers for more than 50 years. Early writers saw reentry largely as a set of problems or challenges that returnees suffered. One, Asuncion-Lande, even compiled a list of 50 types of reentry difficulties, ranging […]

Telling Your School Goodbye

Telling Your School Goodbye Breaking the news that you’re planning on going recruiting should elicit supportive responses from your school admin. Most likely they’ll wish you luck and ask which schools or locations you’ve set your sights on, effective Directors are happy to help you in any way they can. Many schools even provide paid leave-days […]

Highlighted article: Which languages are the hardest to learn?

Originally posted on international school community:
A look at which languages are easiest and most difficult for English speakers to pick up. “The foreign service institute of the United States Department of State compiles learning expectations for many languages based on the amount of time it takes a native English speaker to achieve speaking and…

Culture Shock, Transitions, the Slump

Originally posted on LIFE AS A TEACHER:
I have been so focused on creating lists of things to do, reading all I can about the countries I am interested in moving to, and thinking about what to sell and what to keep, that when I read the chapter in “The Expert Expat” about culture shock,…

Teachers International Consultancy: Advice from International Teachers on Moving Overseas

Originally posted on international school community:
Over 10,000 teachers will this summer be packing their suitcases, finalising their visas and saying goodbye to their families and friends as they start a new life teaching overseas. They will be joining 293,000 other qualified, English-speaking teachers already working in international schools around the world. For the new…


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