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New York’s Common Core Standard Ignites Dubai

Ignite School of Dubai, U.A.E. has announced that it will be following the New York State Common Core learning standards when it opens its doors for the first time in September 2018, making it the third new school in Dubai to align itself with New York curriculum. <img alt="ignite...
Date: 14th Dec 2017 Comments: 5

China Week-Why you should consider teaching in China

This week is China Week at Edvectus where we spend a week sharing cultural insights, fun facts, teacher experiences and interesting job opportunities. Why? Because China as the second highest number of international schools in the world, and this trend is showing no signs...
Date: 5th Dec 2017 Comments: None

A Travel Junkies Guide to Teaching in China

Teaching in China- A Travel Junkies Diary One of the reasons teachers work abroad is to travel and...
Date: 4th Dec 2017 Comments: 1

Teach and Travel in Colombia Latin America

Colombia – teaching and travelling We have some great opportunities to teach in Colombia that offer great salaries and benefits but we find that most people don’t understand how Colombia has changed over the past 10 years. Below we interview Hannah who has recently...
Date: 6th Nov 2017 Comments: 8

Before you go

Taking a job in an international school is not as simple as changing schools at home. You are starting two new ‘jobs’ at the same time – one as a teacher in a new school and one as an expatriate abroad. No wonder it can seem so overwhelming at times.  <h2...
Date: 14th Jul 2017 Comments: None

Leadership jobs

Leadership jobs Below are the key leadership jobs open at the moment. All require previous relevant Principal/Vice Principal experience, as per our standards HERE.  If you are interested please contact...
Date: 16th Jun 2017 Comments: None

3 Factors that affect your finances abroad

3 hidden factors that affect your earnings abroad   One of the main reasons teachers work abroad is to save money. But I find that teachers who have not yet worked abroad sometimes lack the knowledge to fully evaluate one job against another and so they fall back on...
Date: 2nd Jun 2017 Comments: 5

Anda's Top Location Picks in China

You might be looking to switch up your routine or you may have heard about the savings potential, either way, you are now one of many international teachers looking to relocate to China for their next big career move. Moving to China, however, is no small feat – it is a huge country...
Date: 11th May 2017 Comments: 2

A Glimpse of Expat Life in China

Put simply, I love China, it is a country that has so much to offer, amazing food, wonderful sights, incredible career opportunities, interesting people and most of all it gives you the chance to experience a culture and country like no other. I moved to China in 2010, planning to say for six...
Date: 10th May 2017 Comments: None

Schlepping around the universe

Schlepping around the universe. Apologies for the delay in posting. I’ve been travelling for all but 2 of the past 6 weeks.  Since my last newsletter I’ve been to see clients in Hong Kong, Shenzhen China, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and the UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and...
Date: 4th May 2017 Comments: 1

Calculations

In a corner of the Scottish lowlands in the quaint town of Wigtown there is a studio apartment named The Open Book that is let out for only £28 a night on Air BnB (<a...
Date: 7th Mar 2017 Comments: 4

Their Way is the Highway

Few people do well in life when they try to live by the credo “My Way or the Highway.” And, arguably, doing “well” by this precept could include only parochial or narrow experience. Those who, instead, choose a life rich with experience and learning will take...
Date: 25th Nov 2016 Comments: 5

What city is 76% cheaper to live than London?

  Can you guess what International City is 76% cheaper to live in than London? According to Expatisan, the cost of living index, its Cairo that  is that much cheaper to live...
Date: 18th Nov 2016 Comments: 2

4 Considerations for Teaching Overseas in January

So you’ve been thinking about teaching overseas for a while and you’ve finally decided that you definitely want to do it. Now you’ve decided, you want it to happen right now, if you wait any...
Date: 5th Nov 2016 Comments: 9

Attest-what? Simplifying the attestation process

You were interviewed and have been successfully hired to teach in an international school, CONGRATULATIONS! But, before you finish dishing out high fives and start planning your going away party, your school sends you a list of required documents. This seems easy enough: diplomas,...
Date: 19th Oct 2016 Comments: 2

Wise or Grumpy- Neil looks back

I started to write my autobiography; six years later it is still a work in progress. Author’s block, long working days, a busy family life, old age, a waning enthusiasm, or the realization that it will never spotlight me in literary circles beyond a workshop session with a group of Year...
Date: 13th Oct 2016 Comments: 2

Breaking Contracts - How & Why to Avoid It

When searching for a teaching job overseas, it's difficult to know who to trust or what to believe. While there are very reputable schools in the international market, there are others that will not hesitate to falsely  advertise or renege on contractual obligations after...
Date: 2nd Sep 2016 Comments: 24

Jumping on a plane 5 minutes before class starts

Summer is waving its goodbyes, children are getting ready to return to their school desks and mornings are getting chillier. This is an exciting time for many teachers who are about to start their international teaching contracts abroad. These teachers are on their way to completing induction...
Date: 1st Sep 2016 Comments: 2

Taking the plunge to teach in Moscow - Clara's story

Three years ago, I decided that I was in need of an adventure. Having just completed my B.Ed I was eager to begin teaching full time. Ireland had too many teachers and not enough jobs. Piles of paperwork and the prospect of relentless rejection were my worst nightmare.  I was open to...
Date: 12th Aug 2016 Comments: None

Advice from an international teacher

This is an exerpt from a blog called 'Landing Gear Down' written by Matt Preston. Matt and his wife are British teachers who embarked on their life abroad with their twins 2 years ago. You can read about their adventures on Matt's blog <a...
Date: 5th Jul 2016 Comments: None

My life is a journey and it took me to China

In 2008 I packed up and left my country with a one way ticket to China. I had no idea what to expect and had not done much research about the city I was about to move to. I had reached a point in my life where I needed to change something and landing a job at a kindergarten in Shaanxi...
Date: 22nd Jun 2016 Comments: 1

My top 5 hilights of travel in China

Every so often, Edvectus likes to have a theme week; one where we can really focus on a particular country we recruit to. We spend a week talking about the culture, fascinating facts and the professional opportunities available for teachers. This week it is ‘China week’. Talking...
Date: 15th Jun 2016 Comments: None

Getting more flexible

I was awoken every morning last week by the sun coming up at 5am. I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand it’s a sure sign that summer is almost here in England –we get more than 16 hrs of daylight at times, which makes me happy. On the other hand, I hate waking up at...
Date: 1st Jun 2016 Comments: None

Teaching in Kuwait

Kuwait Week Every now and then we like to have a bit of fun at Edvectus (while still doing our jobs) and we have dubbed next week Kuwait Week. We all feel that Kuwait languishes in the shadow of its more famous Gulf neighbours Abu Dhabi and Dubai, yet for teachers...
Date: 5th May 2016 Comments: 22

What's beautiful to you? How living abroad might change your viewpoint

For the past 2 weeks I’ve been travelling visiting clients in Asia. I started out in Abu Dhabi with the Oil Company schools, the IB schools group in Abu Dhabi, and the Abu Dhabi Education Council government schools, and then it was on to Beijing for school visits and an international...
Date: 18th Mar 2016 Comments: None

5 things that might stand in your way when teaching abroad

It's easy to imagine yourself teaching abroad but knowing the obstacles in your way will help you get there. Below are the top 5 things that might prevent you from getting the job you want.  1. Age and experience.  Many popular countries have...
Date: 21st Jan 2016 Comments: 12

Flatpack: Don't panic when moving abroad

The decision to move abroad can sometimes take minutes, or it can take years. But the act of moving abroad usually takes months.  The preparation needed to move abroad should not be underestimated, nor should it be feared. I was reminded of this rollercoaster of emotions this weekend....
Date: 1st Dec 2015 Comments: None

Flatpack

The decision to move abroad can sometimes take minutes, or it can take years. But the act of moving abroad usually takes months.  The preparation needed to move abroad should not be underestimated, nor should it be feared. I was reminded of this rollercoaster of emotions this weekend....
Date: 24th Nov 2015 Comments: 1

3 Things Not to Say During an International School Job Interview

There are over 7000 international schools, worldwide with 500 new schools added each year. You would like to try living and teaching abroad and now you are one step closer – you have been asked for an interview for a job in a great location.  How can you ensure you <img alt=""...
Date: 21st Jul 2015 Comments: 2

7 Things to Pack when Teaching Abroad

We’ve all packed for holidays and most of us have moved house at one point or another at least once. But moving internationally to an international school job requires a different type of packing that sits right between the two. Here's a list of 7 things you might want to bring with...
Date: 22nd Jun 2015 Comments: None

Ramadan and the International Teacher

Ramadan and You  The Holy Month of Ramadan will start on 18th of June 2015. If you are headed for a job in the Middle East, Central Asia or Southeast Asia it is important to learn about Ramadan and how it may affect you.  What is...
Date: 5th Jun 2015 Comments: None

Broken Promises

Broken Promises  It’s election time in many countries across the world.  In the US  the election campaigns are kicking off more than a year ahead of time and...
Date: 15th Apr 2015 Comments: None

East and East: Comparing schools across the regions

I have just returned from a whirlwind trip to the Far East and SE Asia where I did some presentations at conferences, spoke to Principals, visited schools and met with Edvectus' Hong Kong based staff. Then today, across my desk came <a...
Date: 24th Mar 2015 Comments: None

Webinar- Oil Company Schools in Abu Dhabi

If you missed our webinar covering the opportunities at Oil Company schools in Abu Dhabi, you can watch it now! 
Date: 4th Mar 2015 Comments: None

Words

I write today with one eye on the BBC website, watching events unfold in Paris. It makes me, as someone who believes in tolerance and respect, really think about the impact of words and actions on others.   I find that internationally bound teachers sometimes have anxiety...
Date: 9th Jan 2015 Comments: 1

Where in the world should I teach?

When teachers are looking for a job at home, it's relatively simple - you generally know when schools hire, where they advertise and what they look for. You can drive by the school and get an idea of the neighborhood and the commute. You might even know someone who is at the school so you...
Date: 16th Dec 2014 Comments: 17

What you need to know about teaching abroad for the first time

Many people think about teaching abroad.. here's what you need to know before you go What kind of job can I get? Most foreign countries have educational requirements based on the kind of school that hires you. If you are teaching English as a Foreign Language...
Date: 25th Nov 2014 Comments: 54

Understanding the Middle East

It was announced today that the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is passing control of the...
Date: 8th Oct 2014 Comments: None

Kazakhstan Week and the Overlooked Neighbour

In England, a 71 year old grandmother earned a black belt in karate after being attacked by a neighbour after a row about cat poo. That's...
Date: 6th Oct 2014 Comments: None

Learn, Share, Teach and Earn-How to Network for Success

After a 48 hour tweeting marathon we have successfully hit our target of 300 Retweets, which...
Date: 1st Oct 2014 Comments: None

Police Checks and the International Teacher

Police Checks and the International Teacher Protecting children from harm is the job of every parent and teacher, and recent cases of child protection...
Date: 22nd Sep 2014 Comments: 1

En Francais

There has been an ongoing debate in the UK about the teaching of foreign languages. On one hand the government has funded and...
Date: 8th Sep 2014 Comments: None

What personality is best for teaching abroad?

Do you have the right personality to teach abroad? In Germany, a one-a rmed cyclist was fined 25 euro for breaking road safety...
Date: 16th Jul 2014 Comments: 21

The Deal with China

The Premier of China was in the UK this week and signed a deal with the UK worth £14 billion. That’s more than the entire GDP of Bahrain.   ...
Date: 19th Jun 2014 Comments: None

Ni Hao

I listened to a very interesting podcast this week. It was an interview with the author of a book that explores the tension between old...
Date: 6th Jun 2014 Comments: None

US Terminology and Curriculum

US Schools Terminology and Curriculum Like every educational system, the US system has its own...
Date: 23rd Apr 2014 Comments: None

How to Successfully Chart the Seas of an International Teaching Career

So you’ve slogged your way through hellish teaching placements...
Date: 7th Apr 2014 Comments: None

Is Uniformity the Best Policy?

The US is currently in the throes of a major educational debate: should it nationalise its curriculum or retain...
Date: 7th Mar 2014 Comments: None

The Travelling Teacher's Toolbox

Every educator knows just how important it is to have a tool box that is replete with the tools needed to...
Date: 15th Feb 2014 Comments: None

Ground control to Major Tom: We have Website Liftoff!

Through our unique Learning Portal you will be able to access over 500 resources...
Date: 10th Jan 2014 Comments: None
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