The 4 most common questions teachers ask about international schools

Published on 16th October, 2015 by Andrew Wigford. Published in

Find out the answers to the most frequently asked questions about international school jobs

The four most common questions teachers ask about international school teaching jobs are:

1. Is this TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) or something different?
2. How do I know the best schools to apply to?
3. Do I have the right qualifications and experience?
4. What are the typical pay and benefits offered?

The answer to the first question is ‘it’s something different’. International schools are schools that teach all subjects in English, often follow the National Curriculum of England, and employ fully qualified teachers, mostly from countries such as the UK.

All of these questions and many more will be answered at the forthcoming TIC seminar for teachers in London.  The seminar takes place on Saturday, 28th November at the Hilton London Paddington Hotel, conveniently located at Paddington Station in London. The seminar is free to all qualified and training teachers.

TIC’s team of skilled international school recruiters and advisors will all be attending the seminar to share their expertise and to answer any questions you may have about teaching internationally. There will be two seminar sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

TIC’s London seminars are always extremely popular and places are limited so tell your friends right away and book your places now. The seminars are completely free to qualified or training teachers and school leaders considering international teaching options.

Teacher, Sarah Curran was teaching in a state school in Wales this time last year. Now she is teaching in Vietnam at The British International School in Ho Chi Minh City and loving life there with her husband and daughter.  Sarah describes the benefits of working with TIC:

“When I started my search, I’d look at the TES (Times Education Supplement) and didn’t know which school was good or not.  I needed someone to give me advice, and confidence that I was selecting the right school; however much you do a Google search, you really won’t know the schools, plus there were cultural issues I needed to understand. It’s a huge commitment if you don’t know what you are letting yourself in for and I very quickly realised that I needed an expert to help me.

The service TIC gave me was completely outstanding. They helped me to shape my CV; to put things together in the right way to highlight the skills and experiences that mattered. They helped to prepare me for my first ever Skype interview!

I worked with several members of the TIC team. They got to know me well enough that they were able to match me with the right school. They knew the school well and had visited it recently. That gave me great confidence that the school we were talking about was real. It gave me a sense of security that was very important.  This job is perfect for me; it fulfils everything I wanted.” 

You can read more about Sarah’s experience in Vietnam here. And now book your place at the London seminar – while places are still available!

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Andrew Wigford

Andrew is Managing Director of TIC. He has been involved in international education both as a teacher and Headteacher for over 25 years and has worked in Germany, Colombia and Austria. He set up TIC recruitment in 2005 to help teachers find great jobs in great international schools.