Our in-depth interviews with those living and working overseas have provided some fascinating insights for those considering taking the plunge themselves. This week we re-visit France, The Czech Republic and Burma – for those who haven’t been keeping up at the back!
France: the opportunities and challenges for Brits
In September 2011 we caught up with Dr Steffen Sommer , headmaster of the British School of Paris (BSP), who offered Eteach readers some fascinating insights about both his particular school, and about working in France generally.
The BSP is a co-educational British school based just outside Paris in a prestigious western suburb close to Versailles in Croissy sur Seine, on one of the most beautiful stretches of the Seine outside of the city centre.
“The crux is that we are very proud of the Britishness that we uphold here: we teach a completely British curriculum, and what you find at the BSP is exactly the same as you’ll find at any independent or state school in England, but the cohort we have is very international,” explained Dr Sommer. He said that while most of his staff come from the UK, it is very competitive because staff turnover is minimal.
“The reason is that it’s a fantastic place to work,” he said.
He also touched on the differences between working in a ‘British’ school, and other flavours of international school, and explained some of the advantages of working in France – one being that it’s ‘overseas’, but just a short hop from the UK.
• Dr Sommer will be speaking at this year’s Council of British International Schools’ (COBIS) conference on 13th May on the subject of ‘21st Century Skills’.
Click here to read the full interview with Dr Sommer, and register your interest in teaching in international schools in France via the Eteach France Talent Pool. You can also search for current European vacancies
The Czech Republic: plenty to offer, and near enough to sample
The Eteach team visited Prague for the Council of British International Schools’ conference in March 2011. During the visit Gerry Hillier-Manolas visited The English College to find out what makes it unique.
Gerry reported that while students come in on academic merit, parents only pay proportionally according to their salary: while the college only recruits the ‘best of the best’ access is not only limited to better off families.
Gerry also took a short break in Prague with her family to find out more about the city, and you can read more both about The English College and what she discovered about the city itself here.
Burma: a very rich cross-cultural experience
Burma, also known as Myanmar, has been in the news lately following Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to what was considered a pariah state, ruled by a dictatorship and with a poor record on human rights.
Cameron described recent multi-party elections as a “bright light”, and there’s talk of raising financial sanctions.
In February we interviewed Pauline Rosenblum, headteacher of the Network International School, which is situated in Yangon.
It seems the country remains, as Kipling once put it, “quite unlike any place you know about”, offering unique opportunities for cross-cultural experience for teachers. Pauline told us that the locals are friendly, and the former capital Yangon is a safe place to live, with technology such as mobile phones and internet cafés increasingly visible.
Click here to read the full interview with Pauline Rosenblum, and register your interest in teaching for future posts at the Network International School when they become available. You can also search for current vacancies in Asia here.
To browse more international teaching jobs, just click here and choose the region that interests you most.
Have you already lived and worked in any of these countries? Why not tell other Eteach readers what it’s really like? Just comment below or send us an email.