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We now have over 1000 members on International School Community: Membership Promotion of 50% off all subscriptions!

It is a time of celebration for International School Community as we now have over 1000 members on our website!

International School Community’s website launched back in February 2011.  When our first newsletter came out in May 2011, we only had 49 members!  Lately, during the past 3-4 months, we have been getting over 100 people signing up to become members each month.  We hope this trend continues!  The more members we have, the more people we have sharing what they know about life working at international schools.

International School Community’s goal is to be the largest online community for international schools educators.  Our website provides a useful, informative and celebratory environment for networking with other international school teachers and learning about different international schools around the world.

We wanted to create a website that would highlight the ins and outs of the international school educator profession and working at international schools (the benefits, the school itself, the city and travel information, etc.). Most of us got into this field because we strive to explore and experience different parts of the world firsthand.  However, we also got into this field for a multitude of other reasons: career, money, love, etc.

Another major goal for this website is to provide experienced teachers the platform to share what they know so that prospective and seasoned international school teachers can make more informed decisions as they venture out to a new international school.  Making connections and gathering information about international schools in our community has never been easier!  Whether you are looking to make new friends, network with other international school teachers or learn more about the wonderful world of teaching at international schools, International School Community is the place to be.

We want members to provide real information that is specific; information that is related to all the different topics we need to know about before signing a contract. International School Community offers more up-to-date information in a highly organized, easy-to-use manner.

You can search our vast collection of international school profile pages to find that specific international school you want to know about. You can also search our member profiles and be able to find a contact to send a private message to so that you can get firsthand information about a school that member has worked at. We also offer a vast amount of information and links related to the world of teaching at international schools and education in general via our blog.  While the focus of the site is to serve the international school teaching community by providing real and useful information about international schools, we have specifically organized our website to promote our members to leave comments and information that are useful for everyone.  Enjoy being an active member on this website and help yourself and others to continue on in the international school community.

We strive to have the largest collection of resources and services for the international teaching community.  International School Community really wants to take writing reviews and comments about international schools to the next level.  So, give us a chance! If you really have an interest in what this community has to offer, we promise you will not be disappointed with us!!

Here are what some of our current members are saying about International School Community:

“It’s really useful…it’s a really good way to find out practical info about schools when you’re looking for jobs. If you are interested in particular schools, you can just contact any member from that school to find out insider info! It’s also good if you just want to find out what life is like for teachers in other cities! Really unique idea!” (An international teacher in China)

“International School Community is a great resource for international school teachers. Whether you are doing research for a new job, or just connecting with other teachers, this site is has a plethora of great information. I especially love that this site has a positive feel to it, rather than a place for teachers to vent. I really recommend registering to be a part of this great idea.” (An international teacher in South Korea)

“You have an amazingly wonderful website and seeing these comments is extremely helpful to me.” (A teacher looking to teach abroad at international schools)

As we move forward making International School Community the website to go to when looking for information about working at international schools, we are currently working on our new website.  It is filled with many updates and new features!  Here is a sneak peak of our new homepage:

Join us today and receive 1 month free of premium membership.  If you are already a member enjoy a 50% off coupon when you renew your current subscription: HALFOFF912.  Just log on to your account, click on the My Account tab, then click on the “renew your subscription” link, enter in the code and you will get 50% off of the subscription you choose.  So, that is only $5 for one month, $10 for six months and only $15 for one year!  (This coupon code and promotion will expire on the 22nd of September, 2012.)

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Which 203 international schools do International School Community members represent? (Update!)

At International School Community, networking and gathering information is very easy.  Get answers about schools that you are interested in by clicking on the school profile page link and sending a message to one of the Members of that school on our website.  It’s a great way to get firsthand information!  Currently, International School Community members work at or have worked at the following 203 international schools (last updated on 22 June, 2012):

Afghanistan
American Int’l School of Kabul

Andorra
Collegi Internacional del Pirineu

Argentina
Lincoln, The American International School

Austria
Danube International School
Vienna International School

Azerbaijan
Baku International School

Bahrain
Naseem International School (Bahrain)

Bangladesh
International School Dhaka

Barbados
The Codrington School (Int’l School of Barbados)

Belgium
Shape American School

Brazil
Graded School Sao Paulo
International School of Curitiba
St. Nicholas School Sao Paulo

Cambodia
Cambodia International Academy
Northbridge International School

Canada
École Internationale Académie de la Capitale International School

Chile
Santiago College

China
Access International Academy (Ningbo)
American International School (Hong Kong)

Beanstalk International Bilingual School

Beijing BISS International School
Canadian International School (Hong Kong)
Changsha WES Academy
Chinese International School
Disney English
Etonhouse International School Suzhou
Harbin No. 9 High School International Division (Songbei Campus)
Hong Kong International School
International Academy of Beijing
International Montessori School of Beijing
International School of Beijing
The International School of Macao
Nanjing International School
Qingdao Ameriasia International School
Shanghai American School – Pudong
Shanghai American School – Puxi
Shanghai Community Int’l School

Shanghai Rego International School
Shuren Ribet
Suzhou Singapore International School
Taipei European School
Victoria Shanghai Academy
Western Academy Beijing
Western Int’l School of Shanghai
Wuxi Taihu International School
Xiamen International School
Yew Chung International School (Hong Kong)

Colombia
Colegio Bolivar
Colegio Nueva Granada
Colegio Panamericano 

Columbus School Medellin

Costa Rica
Lincoln School (San Jose)

Cyprus
American International School of Cyprus

Czech Republic
International School of Prague

Denmark
Copenhagen International School

Dominican Republic
Carol Morgan School Santo Domingo
International School of Sosua

Ecuador
American School of Quito

Egypt
Cairo British School
Egyptian British International School
El Alsson British and American International School
International School of Elite Education
Misr American College

Ethiopia
Sandford (British) International School

France
Cite Scolaire Internationale de Lyon
International School of Paris
LYCÉE-COLLÈGE KONAN DE TOURAINE-FRANCE

Georgia
QSI International School of Tbilisi

Germany
Berlin Brandenburg International School
Bonn International School
Heidelberg International School
International School of Dusseldorf
John F. Kennedy School Berlin
Leipzig International School
Munich International School

Greece
International School of Athens

Guatemala
American School of Guatemala (Colegio Americano)

Honduras
American School Tegucigalpa
Happy Days Freedom School

Hungary
American International School Budapest

India
American International School Chennai
Dhirubhai Ambani International School
Mercedes-Benz International School
Olive Green International School
Pathways World School

Indonesia
Bina Bangsa School
Jakarta International School
Mount Zaagkam International School

Italy
Ambrit-Rome International School
American Overseas School of Rome
QSI International School of Brindisi

Japan
AI International School
ABC International School (Tokyo)
American School of Tokyo
A’takamul International School
Aoba Japan International School
Horizon Japan International School
Nishimachi International School
Seisen International School
Yokohama International School

Jordan
The International Academy

Kazakhstan
Haileybury Almaty
QSI International School of Astana
Nazarbayev Intellectual School of Astana

Kenya
Aga Khan Academy Mombasa

Kuwait
A’takamul International School
Ajial Bilingual School

American Bilingual School
American Creativity Academy
American International School of Kuwait
American School of Kuwait
Fawzia Sultan International School

Malaysia
Cempaka International School
Dalat International School
Garden International School

Kolej Tuanku Ja’afar
Nexus International School

International School of Johor
International School of Kuala Lumpur

Mexico
American School Foundation of Guadalajara
American School Foundation of Mexico City
Instituto San Roberto

Morrocco
George Washington Academy

Myanmar
International School of Myanmar

Nepal
Abraham Lincoln School (Nepal)

Netherlands
American School of the Hague
The British School of the Netherlands
International School Hilversum
International School of the Hague

Nigeria
Day Waterman College

Norway
International School of Stavanger

Paraguay
Pan American International School

Peru
Colegio Roosevelt Lima (FDR) [The American School of Lima]

Philippines
Brent School Manila
Cebu International School
International School of Johor

International School Manila
Noblesse International School
Singapore School Cebu

Poland
American School of Warsaw
Wroclaw International School

Puerto Rico
Caribbean School

Qatar
Newton International School
Qatar Academy

Romania
British International School Bucharest
Olga Gudynn International School

Russia
Atlantic International School
Anglo-American School of Moscow

British International School Moscow
The International School of Moscow

Saudi Arabia
American International School of Jeddah
International Indian School Jeddah
Jeddah Knowledge International School

Serbia
British International School (Serbia)

Singapore
Australian International School
Canadian International School (Singapore)

Chatsworth International School
International School Singapore
Stamford American International School

Spain
American School of Barcelona
Benjamin Franklin Int’l School
El Plantio International School Valencia
King’s College – The British School of Madrid
Mar Azul International School
Sunland International School

Solomon Islands
Woodford International School

South Korea
Korea International School
Seoul International School

Sudan
Khartoum American School
Woodford International School

Sweden
The International School of Helsingborg

Switzerland
International School Basel
TASIS The American School in Switzerland

Syria
Icarda International School of Aleppo

Tanzania
Savannah Plains International School

Thailand
American School of Bangkok
Hampton International School
KIS International School (Bangkok)
Lycee Francais de Bangkok
New International School Thailand (NIST)
Ruamrudee International School Bangkok

Trinidad and Tobago
International School of Port of Spain

Tunisia
American Cooperative School of Tunis

Turkey
Adana Gundogdu College
Mef Int’l School Istanbul

Uganda
International School of Uganda

United Arab Emirates
Al Ittihad National Private School
American Academy for Girls (Dubai)
Cambridge High School Abu Dhabi
SRS Dubai
Universal American School (Dubai)

United States
International Community School (Kirkland)
International School of Indiana
Riverstone International School
Washington International School

Uruguay
Uruguayan American School

Venezuela
British School Caracas
Colegio International de Carabobo

Vietnam
Acg International School, Vietnam
American International School (Vietnam)
Systems Little House
United Nations International School (Vietnam)
Vietnam American International School

The Wonderful World of Int’l School Hiring Fairs: Lesson #6 – “Remember to research.”

“Nine Lessons Learned” taken from The Wonderful World of International School Hiring Fairs article by Clay Burell’s blog Beyond School.

6. “Remember to research.

“I’m sure I blew one interview by expressing my desire to get experience in a program they didn’t offer, and expressing my distaste for the one they did. Oops. I’d mistakenly thought they did offer that program.”

When interviewing at an international school recruitment fair, it is indeed a difficult task to be 100% knowledgeable about each international school you interview with.  You do some final researching the night/morning before the interview, but even then some facts about the school might slip your mind when you are possibly in a nervous state trying to answer their questions.

On June 15 2006 the term, or more correctly the transitive verb, “to google” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It seems like that term has been around for ages, and although derived from the eponymous search engine, it has simply become a common use for when you need to look up something, or research something. It is kind of strange to think that only ten or fifteen years ago, if you needed to look up information, phone numbers or directions, you had to have an encyclopedia, a phonebook or a map, today everything can be found by a simple click on google. And with the second coming of the smart phones, there really is no reason to be ignorant when interviewing with an international school director.

With the daily flow of new information, we often need to research to get updated or learn about something new, either for work and for our own pleasure. If we need to give a lecture somewhere, we need to set the facts straight, and double-check that what we are actually saying is true. If we’re writing something like a blog or a book, we research.

One place where research is very vital is when we are looking for a new job; especially true if you are looking to secure a job at an international school halfway across the globe. We research the international school itself, the location that the international school is located in, and we research what it is like to work at that international school. It’s important that we know as much as possible before applying for a position at an international school, not just to see if we’re right for them, but if they’re right for us. Most work places today have a website that gives away so much information, but sometimes it just isn’t sufficient enough, and that’s when you have to contact the place and people that have worked at that place in the past (or if you know somebody who knows somebody who has worked there) and ask detailed questions. Researching the job at an international school is half of applying for a job.  Unfortunately, doing hours and hours of research on not just one international school but 5 of them can definitely put you into a tired state.

Being an international teacher only means that your research has to be very thorough, because then you’re not just researching the job, you’re also researching a country and a city. It’s important that you know what you want (career, money, love, travel, location, etc…) and what you’re capable of, because starting out some place new, with a different language and a different culture, can be hard. But doing your homework and researching might make the transition easier, well on the surface that is.

When you research most of the things you stumble on are interpretations, a subjective view of the whole. A kind of second-hand experience. So while researching is vital, you have to be somewhat skeptical and always remember to have an open mind. Google is, after all, just a small piece of the grand reality.

One excellent way to gather and share information and comments about 1000s of international schools around the world is by being a member at International School Community.  Each international school has its own profile page, and on each school profile page there are four sections: School, Benefits, City and Travel.  Members of internationalschoolcommunity.com are able to read about and submit their own comments and information in those four sections, all in a very easy to read and organized manner.  It is a great way to get a better glimpse into what could be your future life as you venture out into the world to work at your next international school!

American Overseas Schools Historical Society website

The overseas education of more than four million American children and youth since World War II is an unwritten chapter in the history of American education and represents the schooling of several generations under circumstances unique to human history.

Today the U. S. departments of Defense and State operate or assist more than 300 schools in over 100 foreign countries.  Additionally there are more than 600 private American owned or supported schools abroad.

The mission of AOSHS is to collect, record, and preserve the unique history of educating American children and youth abroad; and to enhance public knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the contributions made by American educators and their students in the advancement of democracy around the world.

The American Overseas Schools Archives (AOSA) was first established on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff in 1989. The AOSA is dedicated to preserving the history and memorabilia of the kindergarten through grade 12 education of an estimated 4 million American children who attended more than 900 American overseas schools over the past 150 years.

In 1995 the American Overseas Schools Historical Society (AOSHS) was incorporated as a non- profit IRS 501(c)(3) organization.  The AOSHS office and archives are located in Wichita, Kansas.

They even have a section called: Overseas Educator Information.  There is much information about the teachers that work at these schools.  There is a picture on this page showing a reunion of some overseas teachers in Japan.  How cool to be reunited with the colleagues that you worked with in another country a long time ago perhaps.  I know after being at my third schools now, I am already starting to lose touch with the teachers that I worked with at my first international school.


Antwerp, Belgium

One part of their website has all the American Overseas schools and their alumni associations listed alphabetically.  Some of the schools listed are:
American International School in Vienna
Asociacion Escuelas Lincoln
American International School of Kabul, Afghanistan
Antwerp International School (AIS)
American Cooperative School of La Paz

There are many, many more schools listed on their website here.

Most of the schools listed on the American Overseas Schools Historical Society website are also found on International School Community.  Some of the schools listed on our website can be found here (the number of comments and information submitted by our members is also listed next to each school’s link):

There are many, many more American international schools listed on our website which can be easily searched on our schools list page.

International School Community Newsletter v2012.01 – 07 January, 2012

v2012.01 – 7 January, 2012:

The Wonderful World of International School Recruitment Fairs: Lesson #5 – “Check your ego at the door.”

“Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent.” Sigmund Freud.

The greatest sports legends, the inventors of things we rely on today, great actors and actresses, all of these people must seem to have a big ego. Maybe it comes with their achievements or our projections of them? Then there are the great dictators, the generals of war or just some average Joe that just won the biggest-ever on his lottery ticket. Ego comes in many shapes and forms, and albeit some are seemingly more attractive than others. It’s a hard task to know when to enhance or down play your own ego.

We’re constantly told to either just stand in line or be like others, that we don’t really deviate from the mass, that we’re just one in a million, that perhaps we’re not as special as we think. Then we’re told we need to stand out, make a difference, show our true colors, let the ego steer and victory will come our way.  So, how are you to act at the international school recruitment fairs?

Ego is an ambivalent thing, you could say that it’s both our chance and our fall. It’s the chance to express ourselves, to enhance our personality to make it clearer how we stand out from the masses, what makes us special, what we’re capable of; how we’re the best of all of them. But there is a line, and if that line is crossed, our personality becomes too big and a bit desperate, we express ourselves in a way so superior to others that we make them feel small, we become way too special, maybe even too good for our own good; we are the best of all of them, no question there, there’s “me” and no one else.

It’s often in job interviews we’re left with the difficult task of being the best and out-shining the competition, but in such a manner that we don’t let our own ego get the better of us, and suddenly instead of standing out positively in the round-robin session or in the administrator’s hotel room during the interview, we stand out negatively instead. It’s practically a game of ego vs. humble. It’s pointing out the things you are good at and how you are the best for the position, but it’s just as much being humble, being likable, charming, sitting straight, smiling, having eye contact, being interested, letting your ego shine from time to time, but not letting it consume the space.

“There’s nothing like rejection to make you do an inventory of yourself.” James Lee Burke.

And every so often your ego takes a blow during your experience at a recruitment fair. When you venture in life, there’s always the risk of rejection. Sometimes it feels like there isn’t any international school out there that wants to hire you. It’s basically the same whether you open your heart for someone you love or you are at a job interview, getting that “no” is a sour sting to your ego. And that’s when the inventory begins: should I have? or could I have? Would it have? And so on and so on…

Every mountain we climb in this life should probably have two gates: “for exit hurry” or “in risk of rejection”. We can’t go through life (and through international school recruitment fairs) without getting a little hurt sometimes, without bruising our ego. It’s all part of living as they say; the smart and clever ones. So maybe you didn’t have enough experience, maybe the connection just wasn’t there, or maybe, just maybe someone was just better than you. You know, you shouldn’t take it personal. It just means you get a few more rounds through the “in risk of rejection” gate. And who knows, just one week after the fair, where you weren’t offered any contracts to sign, you might receive in your email inbox the offer from the international school you have been dreaming of working at!  Believe us, it is happened many times in our International School Community.

Go ahead and send a private message regarding hiring and fairs to one of our members. International School Community’s current members work at or have worked at 92 international schools! Check out which schools here and start networking today!


Recently updated schools:

· 07 Jan  Harbin No. 9 High School International Division (Songbei Campus) (36 new comments)
(Harbin, China)
“Furnished apartments are in a conglomerate of high rises about 15 minutes walking distance from the school. Housing is free and part of the contract. You must pay utilities… We had an apartment which was adequate for our needs. It was well heated and lots of light…”· 07 Jan  International School of Penang (Uplands) (9 new comments)
(Penang, Malaysia)
“Moving allowance is $920 for a single teacher, additional money for dependents & long-service. Settling-in allowance is $320 in cash for singles and $400 for couples. Annual flight home – Start & end contract for family + mid contract for employee…”· 06 Jan  Colegio Menor San Francisco de Quito (9 new comments)
(Quito, Ecuador)
“There are around 127 full time staff (30% North American, 70% Ecuadorian). 47% of the faculty has Master’s degrees. (60% from U.S. Universities)…”

· 06 Jan  Canadian International School Beijing (5 new comments)
(Beijing, China)
“There is an annual flight allowance, return trip to Canada or equivalent…”

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06 Jan  Berkeley International School (Bangkok) (8 new comments)
(Bangkok, Thailand)
“As for the location, it’s very convenient opposite Bitec, close to BTS, Central City Bangna, and to other International Schools such as St Andrews, Patana, CIS and the Mega Bangna super mall…”

(Click here for the last 40 schools to be updated with new comments)


Recent blog entries:

· Using the School Profile Search feature on International School Community: Search Result #2
“Only on International School Community will you be able to search for the perfect international school for you.  The possibility to search (using our unique search engine) for international schools based on the type of school that best fits your criteria…”

· Survey results are in – How many countries have you traveled to so far this year? (in 2011)
“The survey results are in, and it seems as if most visitors and members of International School Community have been to 1-3 countries in 2011.  We were thinking that people would have traveled to more countries as a typical international school teacher travels many times throughout the year…”

· Video highlight: St. Stephen’s International School (Bangkok, Thailand)
“How great to start off each day with the flag ceremony and the Thai National Anthem! Being that the majority of their students are Thai, they have a strong focus on honoring and respecting Thai and Asian cultural values…”

· Highlighted article: India’s most admired international schools
“Within the hearts and minds of the uninformed, there is considerable prejudice against India’s small but growing number of new genre international schools. Left intellectuals and fellow travelers who dominate Indian academia and have considerable influence in the media, naively dismiss them as elitist and expensive…”

· Comments and information about hiring policies on International School Community #2 (Beijing, Seoul and Beirut)
“This school went to the Search Fair in Boston in 2011. The interview was 1 on 1 with the principal. It was quite informal, but he also asked some important interview questions. After the first interview, I receive an offer on contract in my mailbox, so they for sure want to hire at the fair. They were able to allow for a few a day to decide as well which I think is important…”


Recently added schools:


Requested schools to be reviewed:


This last month we have had visits from 71 countries around the world!

Site Stats:
Current members:
224 ( 29)
School profiles
: 1056 ( 71)
Blog entries
: 179 ( 27)
Posted comments & info
:
2147 ( 460)
Twitter followers: 237 ( 31)


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Teaching and living in “The World’s Happiest (And Saddest) Countries” – According to ForbesAccording to this Forbes article, the top 10 happiest countries are: “Joining Norway and Australia in the top 10 are their neighbors Denmark, Finland, Sweden and New Zealand. Equally small and civilized Switzerland and the Netherlands are also up there. Rounding out the top 10 is the United States at 10th and Canada (sixth).”

There are many international schools in most of these countries, offering many opportunities for international school teachers to live very “happy” lives, or so it would appear…

Highlighted blog of an international teacher:

International Teaching Fair 2/2010“International Teaching Fairs are the traditional way to connect prospective schools with teachers.  I believe technology will be changing this practice more each year as it is less costly to interview via Skype than to send a hiring team around the globe.  Skype misses that element of personal connection which can be critical in creating a good fit between staff and school, although some principals with extensive international teacher hiring experience may not see that as a priority.  Online portfolios allow the applicant to upload files, photos, even videos and the administrator can choose what they would like to review.  If different documents are needed, a quick email to request and a few moments to transfer, is all that is required.  In my case, my use of rubrics was of interest and I was able to share specific lessons, rubrics I created and student work samples in several content areas.  The ability to upload immediately demonstrated my ability to respond to requests quickly as well as my organization and technology skills. The job offer that I accepted was the one where the process was all online, except for the one concluding phone call.  At the time of the fair, though, I had only sent this school my CV and resume…”

“I woke up later than I anticipated, but really was taking my time, I think, to feel in control.  I didn’t want to be one of the first to arrive and the days schedule was long.  By the time I walked across the parking lot to the conference rooms I was nervous again.  There was so many people!  Going into the candidates “lounge” where the rooms walls were covered in sheets of paper listing the school, country and positions available, I noticed that most people had an intensity that I wanted to resist.  The tables were covered in laptops and I started to regret not bringing Brett’s, but I travel light.  I did end up using the hotels business center at a cost of $5 for fifteen minutes and calling Kelina to go online for me quite a bit…”
*If you are an international school teacher and would like your blog highlighted on International School Community contact us here.

Video highlight: Introduction to International School of Brescia

International School of Brescia in Italy.

Looks like a great, small international school.


What great classrooms in the video.  They look so inviting.  With Smartboards and every students having access to I-pads, teaching at this school wouldn’t be that bad at all!

Blogs of international school teachers: “Viewpoints”

Are you inspired to start up a blog about your adventures living abroad?

Check out the experiences of another international school teacher who starting their international school teaching career later in their life.

Our 7th blog that we would like to highlight is called “Viewpoints.”  This teaching couple seem to be quite experienced in the international school community, having worked at more than 3 international schools.  The part of their blog that we would like highlight is about their experience living in China working at Dalian American International School.

Entries we would like to highlight:

What is Viewpoints?
“Viewpoints is a blog that stimulates discussions about collective cultures, ideas, fears and hopes. As an American educator living in China, I have a unique opportunity to focus on the world from a different perspective. Through Viewpoints, relevant issues are explored. I’m a 59 year old educator leaving the US this August for China.”

What an interesting point of view this international educator must have!

Linear or Circular?
“I became a new teacher, beginning a new life in my late thirties to be closer with my children, and though I was unaware at the time, I was just starting a metamorphosis. My new life in teaching had become my sanctuary, as it began spinning out of control, and sending me on a lifelong journey to new worlds. I was learning to teach day by day, and discovering the how challenging teaching really was. As a teacher I’ve always felt that I have been evolving on a daily basis, always experiencing and learning something new, about teaching, about people and most important about myself.”

How great to view teaching as a sanctuary.

China
“First there was the issue of money, China would be the farthest trip taken and the issue of family finances was a concern. Another reason was that I was meeting my son Matthew, who had been in China teaching and Kay felt that it would be a great father son time. the final reason was that Kay really was not interested in traveling China, since it was well beyond her comfort zone. China was so different from anything she had ever experienced, and I was soon understand her concerns.”

We all have been in this situation; having family members not being able to visit us because of financial constraints or because that visiting would be very much outside their comfort zone.

*If you are an international school teacher and would like your blog highlighted on International School Community contact us here.