Bangkok, Thailand is a vibrant city where I have only spent about a week in total. It is humid and sticky in August and pleasant during the school months. I mostly used it as a travel hub, but it is so much more! Before you read any further you should probably know that ISB is considered by many international teachers to be one of the top international schools in the world. If I were offered a job here I would stay for a long time!
I give this school a 10/10!
1. What type of school is it?
Non-profit, US accredited, offering an IB diploma
2. Student population:
On the school website it says there are 1,900 students and 60 nationalities. The school website breaks down the student population as, “Students from the United States account for 30% of enrollment, with students from Thailand (22%), Japan (11%), and Korea (10%) forming other major nationality groups. Students from Taiwan, India, the United Kingdom, Canada, The Netherlands, and a variety of other nations around the globe account for the remaining 27% of the student population.”
3. Class size:
It says the student to staff ratio is 10:1. That is incredible for such a large school! The school website says that each class has an assistant too.
The school website says that, “each Elementary School classroom is equipped with a surround sound system, a digital projector, a SMART Board and wireless Internet.” It also says that there are multiple mobile laptop carts!
Not mentioned on the school website. However, I read a comment in a forum that said it was 15% which is really nice!
6. Overall package:
This school is so well known in the international teaching scene that they must feel like they don’t need to list any benefits on their website. On the forums and blogs I’ve read, I’ve seen ISB frequently listed as having one of (if not the) top package in SE Asia. I once read in a forum that the average teacher at this school makes $70k plus housing and other benefits!
7. City Profile:
I love the mix of the old and new in this city! The shopping, food, and Thai massage, is great and so is the lightrail. While driving can be a little slow sometimes, it is always an adventure! The airport in Bangkok was clean and efficient every time I visited, and this makes for a great travel hub. While English is not super common in this city, many signs are written in English so you can get around fine. Also, Thais are some of the friendliest people I met while in Asia.
8. Salsa Dancing:
This site lists 7 nights of salsa dancing per week! Bangkok even has Cuban Salsa which I love the most!
The school website lists the school as having 220 teachers. It says that the average years of teaching experience is 18 years. This makes me think that the teachers are mostly middle aged.
Who doesn’t love Thai food? Over the years I’ve spent about a month in Thailand and whenever I go there I feel like I should be gaining so much weight because I can’t stop eating. However, the small portions and healthy meals (plus a good dose of walking in the summer heat) manage to keep me healthy.
Please comment! Have you been to Bangkok? Would you want to work there? Have you or someone you know worked at the International School of Bangkok? Can you add any info to what I’ve listed above?