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New Survey: How many more years do you expect to keep teaching abroad at international schools?

A new survey has arrived!

Topic:  How many more years do you expect to keep teaching abroad at international schools?

Now is the time of the school year already when you need to decide whether you are going to move on or not.  Maybe you are planning to stay for another year or two, maybe three or four years.  Maybe this is your last year and you are already planning on heading on to new adventures working at another international school.  Maybe, just maybe, this is your last year teaching abroad.  Due to foreseen or unforeseen circumstances, your time working at international schools is either over or temporarily put on hiatus.

It is difficult to predict the future of your life and your career, especially when you are an international school teacher.  One moment you are saying to people that you are going to stay a minimum of four years at your new school that you just moved to, a few months later you find yourself telling people this might be your last year.  One moment things are going really well at your new job and you are learning tons and growing as a teacher, yet another moment there are things happening that are telling you it is not truly a good fit for you anymore.

You might find yourself falling in love with your host city, making you want to stay longer.  You also might be finding yourself second-guessing whether you see yourself in your host city long term; there are other expat teachers at your school that have made your host city their home, but that future does not seem to be a reality in your life.

Us international school teachers go through many emotions while working abroad.  We use these emotions as indicators on whether we should continue on in our current post or not.  Unfortunately, all these emotions can sometimes be confusing to interpret.  We also get influenced by the other expat teachers that we are working with.  How long are they staying?  What are the reasons they have for deciding to stay or to move on?

Many prospective teachers are very keen to know the staff turnover rate at an international school.  Even though turn over is actually quite common at international schools, there might be a correlation between an overly high turnover rate and your fate at that school if you indeed sign a contract to work with them.  It is important to remember though that everyone is different and can have very different experiences working at the same school.  Ask around though; contact people who currently work there or have worked there in the past on International School Community.  The more information your know, the better indicators you will get about a school’s turnover rate and reasons teachers move away from that school.  Could your current international school be the last one you work at?

But when is it all over for you, this wonderful time that we enjoy working abroad at international schools? For many of us, there is eventually a time when something is telling you it is over.  It is definitely a challenge to continue on for years and years as an international school teacher.  Could we really work at six, seven, eight different international schools in our teaching career?  Even though we love the challenge of living abroad in a foreign land and experiencing a new culture firsthand, to continue in this lifestyle choice could have it limits.

So, how many more years do you expect to keep teaching abroad at international schools?  Go to the homepage of International School Community and submit your vote today!  You can check out the latest voting results here.

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