November is shaping up to be a great month!
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve interviewed with four schools, and the international school hiring season is just beginning. I have one solid job offer from a good school in the Middle East and a verbal offer from a school in Moscow that I’m not too excited about. Things look promising, but I want to hold off on making any decisions until more places start listing their positions!
I have been busy applying to schools directly when I see that they have a position listed on TIE Online. I’ve applied to about 40 schools so far. I’ve been doing research on my own using websites like International School Community and International Schools Review. This system has worked for me in the past and you could argue that it is working for me now, but I wish I was progressing faster.
I didn’t foresee how long it would take for Search Associates to get activated! Even though I have six letters of recommendation on Search, including one from a current supervisor, Search won’t give me access to the database until my very busy elementary principal fills out a form for them. I hope it gets done soon.
On another note: I just paid off another student loan! I only have four more loans to go before my student loan debt is completely paid off! I’m not sure if I will have it paid off in January or February since I’ve already begun paying for my Christmas and Spring Breaks (Cuba and Chile respectively), and I’m now thinking of going to Panama for Carnival.
Finally, this weekend some friends and I escaped from Valencia to visit Los Cayos and my favorite beach in Venezuela: Cayo Sombrero. On the way there we stopped by a tiny beach that I’d never seen before called Cayo Los Pescadores. The water there was calm and clear.
At the beach, I was also able to experience what my friends called “la cava Bolivariana” which is a makeshift cooler made out of a box with ice inside a black garbage bag. It worked…and thankfully we had guys with us to help carry it for us.
I hope the excitement continues and that I keep getting more interviews. If you are reading this and your international school has an elementary teacher opening, let me know!