How to…. It’s recruitment season 

So I’ve been asked a million times how to apply to schools abroad? What’s the best company? Where did you find your job? 

Let’s start with recruiting companies some are free and some cost a fee. 

Paid sites:

http://www.tieonline.com this is website I used to land my current job. The school actually contacted me. There’s a list of schools that are hiring around the world. These are all private schools. It’s $39 for the year and you can still stay on even after you land a job

http://www.iss.edu this is another paid site and they will have recruitment fairs. I can’t say your chances your better if attend a fair. It’s $195 for 2 years and $75 to renew your membership. Honestly I attempted to create a profile with them and got irritated just because it’s time consuming and so many steps. 

http://www.searchassociates.com is another paid site and they recruitment fairs as well. It’s $225 for one year and you have to pay the same few each year you renew and once you have a job your profile is no longer active. Again I attempted to sign up with them and got irritated. 

http://www.dodea.org  Yep I finally got that application filled out to work for government schools. Here’s hoping for the best. 

http://www.schroleconnect.com is free and they have listings of schools hiring 

http://www.esoleduction.com are ESOL schools in the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, and Hong Kong 

http://www.gemeducation.com they are located across the globe. They are considered top schools. Some follow the British curriculum and some follow the American curriculum. 

http://www.teachaway.com it’s free and highly popular for the UAE public school jobs. They have other job postings as well. It’s also free. 

You can always Google search and apply to schools directly or watch for postings on Facebook this will require you being in groups that will cater to teaching and living abroad or even education groups. 

There are many more options but I promise the same schools are on the same sites.  

I cannot give advice on teaching English as a second language because I am a certified teacher. 

Now once you’ve applied it becomes a waiting game. The sooner you get out there the better. Recruitment season begins in November. Most schools start handing out contracts in November and December. The schools post tentative positions first. Around January student begin enrolling for the next school year. 

Now this year I paid for http://www.internationalschoolreview.com when reading reviews take it with a grain of salt. One most people write reviews when they hate a place very rarely do they write a review when they love a place. Also some of the reviews are outdated. Remember contracts are for 2 years. Not everyone stays longer than 2 years. Teaching abroad is not for everyone. Every country is not for everyone. Some schools just aren’t a good fit. When researching a school ask Facebook lol. I am dead serious though. I have posted a school just asking a general question and people who are currently there will reply and give you the real deal. Also hard facts black experience are different from others. So please join various groups for your respective country of interest and teaching abroad groups. 

Helpful Facebook groups:

Black Americans living abroad 

Black Americans teaching abroad 

Brother and sisters working at international schools 

Black educators rock abroad 

Brothas and sistas of (respective country) 

Do not be afraid to ask any and all questions. 

Make a list of what you want from a school. Make a list of what you want from a country. Make a list of non-negotiables. If you coming with dependents ask questions concerning them to make sure the school will be a good fit. Also if you are married or dating find out the rules and laws for that country. 

Go ahead to grab those degrees and transcripts. You will need them to be authenticated. Be prepared to pay for authentication of documents. It can get costly. Some people give up and pay a company to do all the footwork. It’s time consuming. You will need an FBI clearance. Most schools cover the actual process of the visa but you are responsible for the getting the documents together to get to them. 

Standard packages will include: 

Paid Furnished accomdations (housing allowance is an option)

Paid utilities (allowance for utilities)

Paid flights to the country and summer vacation (yourself and dependents. This can be a toss up. Some schools will cover dependents and spouse free of charge or you have to pay the school back)

Insurance (yourself and dependents )

Tuition assurance for dependents (mostly free)

Visa assistance (ask will they sponsor dependents or spouse)

Sick leave 

Bereavement leave 

Tax free salary of course

Ask about the school calendar if it’s not posted on their website. If you receive a housing allowance ask how much and average cost of rent also will they assist with finding housing. Ask about transportation to and from school and getting around the city. Some schools will help with a car and license. 

Welcome to the wonderful world of teaching abroad. 

Egypt 

You are not gonna like what I am going to say but oh well visit and you might have the same thoughts. 

Egypt is about as African as Kuwiat is Asian. 

Here’s why I say that, yes Egypt is in Africa but if you want a true African experience Egypt is not it. Let me back up and Cairo is not it. I didn’t visit the whole country. 

Yes Cairo and Egypt itself is rich in history and it is a beautiful place. But it is not swimming in black African and Arabic is their language and Islam is popular.  

Now your dollar will go far. You can ball hard with 300 dollars 

Optional should not be optional 

If you have ever left your country of birth you realize some things aren’t as standard as you thought 

1. Traffic laws 

Turn signals, horn honking, driving lanes, speed limits, seat belts, brakes, eyes on the road, not texting or talking whole driving…..none of this matters 

I have learned one never sit in the front and two just don’t look while others are driving. 

Driving in a lane…yeah it’s nothing to see people using the shoulder as a driving lane. It’s quite normal to ignore the lines and just create your own lane or share a lane or two. 

Lord have mercy it’s nothing to see people standing on the side of the highway waving for a taxi….and a taxi will stop and pick them up. 

Turnabouts/roundabouts need to be outlawed and banned from the entire planet. This is a deathtrap waiting to happen. 

Talking while driving, texting while driving….. just stop you can’t even drive whole driving we don’t need additional distractions. 

Paved road are optional as well…..as a top heavy person I need a smooth rode.

2. Personal space

Just give it up. Be prepared to be closer to a stranger than you would like. You will know what they had to eat prior to coming in contact with them and you will know who takes hygiene seriously. 

3. Breakfast 

Here’s where I miss America the most. I miss grits, pork bacon, scrambled eggs, and biscuits. When you visit other places breakfast is not the same and I still haven’t gotten used to it. 

A cookie is not a biscuit. Who eats baked beans for breakfast? Why is this even an option? 

4. Seeing other black people 

Let’s face it and accept it, there are gonna places you visit and you will be the only black face. Be prepared for states, glares, looks and requests for pictures 

5. Education 

Wanna know if a country values its education look around you. America what is the problem?

6. Medical care 

This is more anger than anything. When I travel abroad I can walk into any pharmacy and walk out with medicine without producing medical insurance. America what is the problem? 

7. The weather channel 

This is probably more regional than anything.  For about 9 months out the year it’s hot, hell hot and it’s so hot even Satan and hell are disrespected. Bottom line after about 100°F no point in actually telling me. 

8. Standard unit of measure 

For a period if time in your life you learn Fahrenheit, inches, miles, am and pm, and all these other measurements that mean absolutely nothing once you leave America. 

You have to learn the unit measure the rest of world uses. I still haven’t figured out the fitted sheet size I need for my bed. 

I have learned over 40°c is just too damn hot 20°c is gonna be cool. 

24 hour clock is a real thing not just military time. 

9. Language 

America you have dropped the ball. It is common for people to know, speak, understand, read and write at least 2 or languages. 

10. Security

I’m not even sure what the police officers do abroad. I don’t even think they own a gun. I have seen cash drops during lunch hour rush and no one bat an eye. I habe seen more drinking tea and coffee than anything. 

11. Rushing 

I’m convinced this is an American thing. 

Not once have I been rushed to finish a meal. I always have to ask for my ticket to pay. Time is not a thing. It gets done when it gets done. Work stays at work. 

12. Hospitality 

America can learn a few things and can share a few things. 

I don’t know what it means to carry my own luggage. I don’t know what it means to dumb my own tray. I don’t know what it means not to be called madam or miss. I don’t know what it means to make a complaint and the issue is solved almost immediately. I don’t know what it means to open my own door. I don’t know what it means to pack my own grocery bags. This is everyday. This is not at the five star hotel only. 

 I’m sure more well traveled can add to this and those who have lived abroad longer than me and even those who have lived more than one place.