John's story resonates with the current trends in global education, where international teaching positions are in high demand. The conversation underscores the need for educators to adapt to diverse cultural and educational environments. It also highlights the value of continuous professional development and networking within the international education community.
Ultimately, the interview serves as a compelling narrative of the transformative potential of international teaching and the diverse paths that educators can pursue. John's journey offers valuable insights and practical advice for aspiring international educators, making it a worthwhile listen for anyone considering a career in global education.
This interview was recorded originally on May 5, 2023. Since then, Anna and her husband have moved and settled into UNIS in Hanoi. Her website has been published!
https://www.enhancedwellbeing.org/teachers Click on the link and browse her site while you listen to this fantastic episode. You can thank us later for introducing her to the world of International Education! Really! This is one to share out!
Anna, a certified psychologist hailing from Ireland, is currently making a significant impact in the realm of international teaching while residing in Sri Lanka. Drawing from her own life as the wife of an international teacher, Anna intimately understands the challenges faced by educators in this unique lifestyle. As an experienced psychologist, she seamlessly blends her corporate world expertise with her passion for supporting international teachers, creating a safe and empathetic space for clients to discuss and navigate the diverse issues they encounter. Anna's commitment to providing a purposeful and goal-oriented approach reflects her firsthand knowledge of the intricacies of the profession, making her an invaluable resource for those seeking guidance in the dynamic world of international education. Having experienced her own crisis during her time teaching overseas without a mentor, Anna is uniquely positioned to fill the void she once faced, offering much-needed advice and support to others in similar situations.
You will want to stick around until later in the show when she shares the ultimate, scary police story!
This is an episode you will want to share with teachers in your life.
James Joubert is the Head of School at the Curaçao American Preparatory School on the beautiful Caribbean island of Curaçao. He is originally from South Africa, so Greg asks him to verify the rumor of why elephants are on the Amarula Bottle - elephants get drunk off the ripe amarula fruit. (Don't believe it? Watch this! We googled it right after recording this episode. Funny, but actually just an entertaining myth.)
All this talk about alcohol required us to list this as *explicit content. Ahem. We are all educators so we have don't need the kiddos listening to the fact that teachers and administrators are actually "human" and "partake" once in a while.
James is an inspirational educational leader that has been overseas for over two decades and has the stories to prove it. This is a candid discussion full of laughter and joy. Join us and listen to James explain why international educators should always wear pajamas to bed and what it's like to meet incoming expatriate teachers at the airport arrivals.
“Young man”, he said “I have traveled 5,000 miles to give you possibly the opportunity of a lifetime. If you have those to squander, more power to you!”
In 1977, Keith Boniface left for the “beaches” of Tripoli to teach overseas. He is now on his seventh official retirement after 39 years overseas. Keith, “his excellency”, had to actually write a list of the positions he’s held because it’s so varied.
Not only was he a teacher, Keith was a Principal for 12 years in multiple international schools and traveled to schools all over the world as an School Accreditation team member.
Here are the important links from topics Keith mentioned in this episode:
PTC -The Principal Training Center- https://www.theptc.org/
Some of the Accreditation Organizations International Schools Seek
We have discussed this before, but now we have added a bright new cohost. Jacqueline of JPMint joins our team with many years of overseas experiences, not only with a woman's perspective, but as a Canadian, a veteran international teacher, an administrator, a recruitment coach, and a consultant for international teachers.
JP starts off by quizzing the boys on what makes a great candidate but doesn't hesitate to join in with Kent making fun of Greg.
JP has pushed us into the old world of FaceBook with our new group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/itpexpat and Kent promises to join his cat on an ITP TikTok.
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Sybil Hall has is a mother, wife, International Teacher, financial freedom advocate, consultant, and brand new author. Visit her website at www.sybilhall.com while you listen to this episode. Teachers, both overseas and in the USA will learn so much from her! Burn Bright, Not Out is a brilliant new book from Sybil Hall. We talk about the book to light your candles!
Join us as we go behind the scenes of the Diversity Collective. Alan Phan and Aparna Sundaram, cofounders of the Diversity Collective, have each spent more than twenty years in international schools around the world. Navigate to their website as you listen: https://www.diversityfair.org/https://www.diversityfair.org/
The best written words to describe this dynamic duo are their website header: A Recruiting and Consulting Agency that Advances DiversityThe Diversity Collective, a POC-owned and operated organization, works to place exceptional leaders and educators in schools. As a facilitator between educators and partner schools committed to strengthening their leadership, we work to bridge the current diversity gap seen at schools around the world.
Beyond those meaningful words, listen to this episode and hear their voices.
Mary Noble is the Middle School Principle at American Community School of Beirut (ACS) in Lebanon. Her message is for teachers not to "burn out". Don't leave the career of teaching unless you have explored the benefits of the overseas experience. Mary has taught in Alaska, Thailand, Oregon, Egypt, Dubai, and now in Lebanon. She was a single mom for some of the time and moved between the USA and overseas several times. Listen to this episode and learn from this amazing educator.
This is the first episode of a series focusing on Dillan and Valerie, a teaching couple new to international. They began their journey back in 2022 when they began their research and signed a contract. Once they arrive in their new country and have taught a bit through the 2023-24 school year, they will record another episode with us and check in about their experiences. We hope you enjoy hearing about the beginning of their journey.
In this episode, meet Dian Seidel. She is a newly published author of Kindergarten at 60: A Memoir of Teaching in Thailand. You can pre-order her book on Amazon now, or after you hear this exciting interview. Imagine at age 60, after retiring from Governmental Science career, you decide you want to give back to society by teaching adults. Then add a twist and decide to teach somewhere outside of the comfort of your own country. Finally, when you arrive to teach, your students are the exact opposite of adults. Listen in.
"Teacher Dian" and "Teacher Steve" are the epitome of ACTIVE RETIREMENT.
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