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Re: [teacherartexchange] Finding Art Teaching abroad


From: Melissa Enderle (melissaenderle_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Feb 20 2011 - 02:09:28 PST

Maggie has given some good advice.This is my 11th year teaching overseas - 3rd in India. Recruiting fairs (and recruiting in general) is going on right now, with many of the major fairs having taken place in January and Feb. You will have already missed a number of opportunities, so if you are truly interested in a position for next year, get right on it! Having traveled overseas before is a definite plus - they want to know youíre not going to hightail it out of there on the first instance of challenges, culture shock, etc. Flexibility is key not only to being happy in a job & new country, but also in finding a job. Know what things are important to you - for me, safety, freedoms as a female, and cultural opportunities are important.
There are some countries that have hiring restrictions at 60 and above. I donít recall seeing any lower than that. Salary might be less than what youíre making currently, but you also must consider benefits (i.e. housing, utilities, airfare) and cost of living. In some countries, you can save well over half of your salary, while others you nearly have to dip into savings to teach- particularly so in Western European schools.

All the best, and if you have further questions, feel free to contact me.


On Feb 20, 2011, at 4:51 AM, wrote:

> Hi, there (aren't you Eileen?),
> You need to start immediately. There are openings available but the recruiting season has already started. Register with an organization like Search Associates, ISS, or TIEonline to have access to their databases. I've been searching for a new position myself, after teaching English for three years in Ecuador; I would love to teach art again! I was actually offered the position of department head at a school in Bahrain, but I don't think that's the country for me (no, it had nothing to do with the protests; I'm an outdoorsy kind of person and just not into shopping). I thought I had nailed a position in Malaysia but they hired someone else. Don't count on Europe; everyone wants to go there! Eastern Europe might work, and there are openings in Asia and the Middle East. You have to be willing to be quite flexible geographically.
> I'm registered with Search and have liked their database; you can search by country, grade level, or teaching subject. Each school's page details the salary, housing, insurance, benefits, etc. There are currently 35 positions available for art teachers.
> Our fellow listserver Melissa Enderle has been teaching internationally for ten years or so, but in the tech field.
> Good luck!
> Maggie
> ---- PrimaryE wrote:
>> Does anyone have any advice or experience about getting a job teaching Art
>> in Europe or other places for next September? I only speak English. What's
>> the job market like? Are jobs open for people in their 50's and 60's? If
>> you want to email me directly, please do..... With
>> cutbacks I'd like to check out my options.
>> Very appreciatively yours....
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