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Teaching Jobs in International Private Schools
In any graduating class of educators there is generally a small percentage of grads drawn by the lure of teaching in a far away land. As a young graduate I considered the idea of teaching in what was then known as Canada’s Northwest Territories. I had chosen Pangnirtung, an Inuit hamlet in what is now know as Nunavut, for my first teaching position thinking with the mindset of a missionary, bent on converting the natives with my gospel of modern science. However local job offers came my way and my dream of teaching in the frozen north was never realized.
Fast forward 40 years and the landscape for educators has radically changed. International opportunities abound as the economies of developing nations expand. Demands for goods, services, and especially educational services have soared in countries like China, Mexico, Columbia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and many others. Just starting to ramp up is the African Continent where demand for educators is expected to rise dramatically over the next decade.
Overlay this expansion of educator demand with a contraction in the number of university trained educators and we have a reasonably predictable outcome; a shortage of teachers. It’s a predicament that schools in the US and the UK are currently experiencing. What this means for qualified and effective teachers, is higher salaries, increased opportunity, and more international choices.
“How much money can a teacher save working at an International School ?”
At a recent job fair held at a prominent Canadian University, recruiters from over 50 schools gathered to interview recent education graduates for positions at International Private Schools. Many jobs were up for grabs with schools offering a variety of incentives to gain favour with candidates. What struck me was this metric; how much money can a teacher save over the course of the year long contract? Of course the amount is a function of several variables but it is a data-bite not lost on job seekers. Other perks include full medical coverage, free accommodations with transport to school, return airline tickets, bonuses based on performance and skill-set.
SchoolAdvice, providing services to families, schools and educators, is now expanding its Career Network to include International Education Opportunities. Individual job posting will soon be available on the Network. The new service currently includes over 40 International Independent and Private schools with links to the school’s employment/career page. Educators seeking opportunities can access the links to view the most current jobs available. Four schools are shown below:
Michael Hayes, CEO SchoolAdvice
Contract Info: – 2 YR
Salary Range: – 25,000-30,000 CDN (before deductions)
Currency Paid: – Mexican Pesos
Average amount teacher can save: – 3,000 -7,000 CDN
Major Benefits: * Housing near the school including an inventory of basic furnishings * Holidays – 3 weeks at Christmas and 2 at Easter, 4-5 weeks in the Summer (185 day school calendar) * One round-trip flight from a major airport in US or Canada to Mexico per teaching year. * Professional development * Special card for groceries, department stores * Support for visas: The new hire sends or brings notarized documents, the school pays the documentation process for temporary residence visa (FM3) and the necessary working papers. * Two medical insurance plans available with the option of including family members or international coverage at an additional cost. * Full tuition for your first child and 75% tuition for other children. * $1000 CN dlls for relocation expenses * Performance bonus of up to CN$400 per semester
Contract Info: – 1 or 2 YR
Salary Range: – 24,000-78,600 USD
Currency Paid: – 30% Korean Wan, 70% USD
Average amount teacher can save: –
Major Benefits: 100% Tax Free Salary Fully furnished accommodation close to school Annual return flights to your country of origin for you and your family Medical coverage for you and your family iPad, MacBook Pro and other necessary teaching tools Use of school facilities for fitness and leisure activities One meal a day, lunch or dinner
Contract Info: – 2 YR (1 Year for Interns)
Salary Range: – $23,000-$31,500 US
Currency Paid: – US$ and/or BGN
Average amount teacher can save: – $7,000
Major Benefits: We offer free housing and utilities as well as medical, dental, long-term disability, and life-insurance with worldwide coverage. Airfare and shipping allowance is paid for transport at the beginning of the contract and at the end of the contract. Additional round-trip upon renewal of the contract after 2nd year. Incentives are offered for contract extensions. Close proximity to choice European, Middle-eastern, and Northern African travel destinations.
Contract Info: – 2 YR
Salary Range: – 25,000-31,000 USD
Currency Paid: – Columbia Pespos
Average amount teacher can save: – 20%
Major Benefits: Free Housing Water and Electricity Paid Up to Community Avg. Employee Savings Plan Health Plan Drug Plan
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