One thing about teaching internationally that I didn’t know while I was still working on my masters is that international teachers are frequently required to host after school activities. Some schools pay you for hosting them outright (especially for sports), other schools will give you a bonus, and some others just include it as a duty without pay.
I’ve always been lucky to be able to lead something I genuinely find interesting such as Latin Dance Club, Scrapbooking Club, Stretching and Fitness Club, and even a Geography Club. These are great because I genuinely love doing these activities so I don’t mind staying the extra hour or so. They are also helpful for students and families who are looking for ways to involve their students in using English outside of the classroom or just having something to do besides homework once school is out for the day.
Another cool thing about international schools is that they organize events for teachers. It is more difficult in the past couple of years in Venezuela because we can’t have night time events, but today is a perfect example of a fun activity the school organizes for the teachers: a Faculty Auction. Even though it is on campus, it is fun to be able to hang out with the whole faculty and NOT discuss school work.
So far the best faculty even was at the beginning of the year when the school organized a trip to Cayo Sombrero (in Morrocoy). This is my favorite island after many days spent exploring other options, but new teachers might not know about the awesomeness that is Cayo Sombrero and a free trip to Paradise never hurts either. I love my school!
Does your school require you to host after school activities? Does your school create fun events for teachers too?