Hi all, I'm seeking advice from anyone with experience or knowledge in International Schools.
I've been reading this forum with great interest, trying to ascertain if the teaching abroad life is for me.
I'm a qualified high school teacher with three years full-time experience in Australia. English is one of my teaching subjects. I'm looking at getting TEFL qualified this year.
I have often thought of getting TEFL-qualified and travelling around exotic countries teaching English. In theory, the idea really appeals to me. However, now that I'm a bit older and wiser (particularly after having read this forum), I'm still not sold on it. I don't know if the hassle of dodgy companies, low-paying schools, difficult visas and high-risk is for me - particularly since I would be doing this solo. And female.
I can't help but feel that an International school is a safer way to go. From what I have read, my qualifications are good enough to give me a chance, at least, at high-end positions like this. I don't have IB qualifications, which i imagine would be a bonus. But, I'm not sure how to go about starting?
*I've visited a few different internationals schools as a student, and my understanding is they operate generally the same as Western private schools - where are you are teaching your specialised subject area to native English speakers. Is my impression correct?
*Am i correct in thinking that they're a safer, more legitimite option?
*What has people's experience been like as a teacher/administrator/parent there?
*Where do i hunt for jobs? Should I contact schools directly, or are there reputable organisations that gather job notices together?
*Is TEFL/TESOL a general requirement at internationals schools?
I appreciate any help or advice you are able to throw my way!
Thanks in advance.