5 Tips for Surviving International School Job Fairs

Attending international school job fairs can be a harrowing experience, but are an efficient strategy to incorporate into your hunt for a teaching job abroad. All international teachers have a few stories to tell about their experiences at these job fairs.

I was sharing job fair stories with a colleague today and I was surprised at his take on the whole process. He nearly made a choice that would have cost him the job that he is currently enjoying here in Thailand.

We were talking about the initial job fair session – the sign up. During the sign up session schools are set up with a desk in one or two rooms at the venue. Teachers then come along and sign up for interviews with the schools that interest them. Depending on which job fair you attend, this can be a real cattle market of pushing and shoving. At the very least it’s going to involve standing in line.

My colleague didn’t want to wait in any lines, so he initially approached only schools with short ones. The line for our current employer was one of the longest in the room and put him off. Finally he decided to join the line after reading some of the literature the school had with them for prospective teachers. During the 25 minute wait he nearly gave up and left several times, but didn’t. Which is just as well because the position he currently holds is one that really suits him and he’s enjoying living and working here in Thailand.

I approach the sign up session with a plan. I have several copies of my application pack already prepared and spend the time waiting in line talking to the teachers around me to get insider information on schools and positions.

What is your plan?

Check the international teaching job fair organiser’s website the evening before the sign up session for changes in vacancies. International school vacancies are fluid and can change from day to day, especially once the job fairs start. When you go into the sign up session take with you an up-to-date list of schools with suitable vacancies. This will enable you to line up in the lines that are going to get you the best result.

Look at the international schools’ websites prior to attending the sign up session. If possible look at the school’s websites to find out what programs they offer, whether they are in the center of the city or in the suburbs, what extra curricular activities they offer, what accreditations they have. This can assist you in deciding whether they are going to be a suitable employer for you.

Take extra copies of your application pack to give to school recruiters. Your application pack is your ticket to getting interviews. If you’re following the strategies I give you in The Complete Guide to Securing a Job at an International School, you should have emailed your application pack to the attending schools that have relevant vacancies prior to the commencement of the job fair. In
addition to this, take extra copies with you to the job fair, and especially the sign up session, to give to schools that suddenly put up vacancies that interest you.

Be prepared to wait in line to talk to the international school recruiters. When you attend a job fair, remember that a long line could indicate a school where teachers want to work, and vice versa. To help you make the decision about whether you stand in line and wait, go to the front of the line and see if there’s any literature on the table that you can take away and read.

Use the time you stand in line to gather information. International school teachers attend these teaching job fairs and they are a vital source of information. Use the time you are standing in line waiting to talk to recruiters to elicit information about different schools, programs and conditions. Ask them all the questions you have because they’re the best source of information you’ll find and while you’re all standing in line, what else can you do?

Learn English Free – Constant Feedback Is Key (part 3)

The Big Brother Factor: How you can get feedback 24/7

Just like the contestants of the TV series you, if you are in an English course in Dublin or any English speaking city, your teacher, and classmates are cooped up together for long periods of time with only each other to talk to and bounce ideas off. How you view that time with others could mean the difference between success and failure. So if you don’t want to get voted off after the first week, have a think about the following example.

Picture the scene. You’re trying to tell a group of foreign people you’ve just met about your weekend. You want to tell them you went to the beach but you just cannot think of the word for ‘beach’. You freeze and feel terribly embarrassed because you just cannot spit the word out. There is one core factor causing this feeling.

You are afraid people might view you as stupid

Let’s analyze the implications of this cognitive barrier to rapid advancement through the stages of language learning.

1. The belief is “cognitively disadvantageous” (meaning your attitude or mental set in this particular moment and situation is not to your benefit)

2. Either your teacher or another student is going to know the word. This is a positive thing – you are going to learn faster.

So, remember it’s just a belief. You do not and will never know other people’s thoughts and beliefs – only your own. So it makes sense to change those beliefs if they stop you achieving the key milestones and goals in language learning. Pause for a minute and consider the following

Try to think of one sentence you can repeat to yourself to overcome this disadvantageous belief
Stop reading. Write it down.

Upon hearing this technique I must share with you that my learning took off quite suddenly and I was more relaxed. I began to enjoy my classes and my learning much more. If something is fun we will learn more. Fun is central to just about everything here. It has to be fun – otherwise why would we keep doing it? By the way, here’s the sentence I used to repeat before going into learn a foreign class

“The next time I am with people and I and I do not know the answer I will be happy because they are going to tell me the answer – they are helping me to learn faster and more successfully.”

Imagine yourself now in all types of situations – going shopping, a dinner with friends who are all native speakers, playing Frisbee in the park, even visiting the dentist can result in a language learning opportunity. Do you know already know the word “toothache”? Remember:

Top Nine High School Tips

When you are first starting high school, getting used to all the changes from previous schools can be daunting. Fortunately, keeping in mind a few simple things can alleviate most of the stress that comes with attending high school. I wrote this article less than a year after I graduated high school to pass on some of the most important lessons I learned during my schooling experience.

9. Life isn’t fair

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably been warned that life isn’t fair. The saying is uttered so much that everyone begins to forget exactly what it means, and nobody stops to consider its meaning. Is life not fair when you’re passed up for that promotion for which you’ve worked for months? Is life not fair when your neighbor can afford to buy a more expensive car than you can? Or, is life not fair when a close friend or relative is stricken by a serious illness but you are left unscathed?

In all of the above circumstances, life certainly isn’t fair, and this statement applies to high school as well. Life isn’t fair when you’re rejected from the National Honor Society because you participated in more out-of-school activities than in-school. Life isn’t fair when someone sitting next to you can solve an equation in two seconds, while you ponder over it for two hours. Life isn’t fair when athletes receive all the recognition while other clubs and activities are forgotten.

Not only is life not fair, but no matter what you do, you can’t make life fair. Most of the important decisions are completely out of your control and you have no power whatsoever to change them. There are those who are gifted in every respect, and there are certain people who fail utterly even though they’ve tried their hardest. And finally, even though several teachers told me that they disagreed with many of the school’s policies, their efforts to change them were in vain.

So therefore, in such an unequal world, how can one strive to succeed against all the odds? Some people would say to “try hard,” but sometimes trying hard is not enough in such an unforgiving environment. As long as you’ve tried your hardest, however, what does it matter to everyone else? Sure, you could worry about what happened, but as an English professor once told her class, regret is an empty emotion. If things don’t go your way, there’s only one action you can take:

Accept defeat, and try again.

8. Take a wide variety of courses

Whereas many of the top ten on this list were prompted by my regrets or by experiences that I didn’t have, one of the positive decisions I made during my high school career was to take a variety of courses.

I would recommend that everyone take a wide range of courses, regardless of intended college major. For example, my parents and I were browsing through the course catalog in eighth grade and we stumbled upon a woodworking course. Even though I had no intention of becoming a carpenter when I graduated, I had enjoyed “industrial arts,” as it was then called at the Upper Moreland Middle School. While I was nervous on the first day of class as to whether I would benefit from the course, by January I had produced several pieces, all of which are still in use in our and other family members’ homes four years later.

I was also hesitant about putting AP Government on my roster at the end of my junior year. Again, I didn’t know whether I would benefit from taking a government class when I could have taken any number of easier courses. While I had some luck in that I took the course during what could have quite possibly been the most eventful presidential election in history, I enjoyed the class thoroughly and learned much general knowledge about political systems that will help me in the future as an American citizen and voter.

AP courses are also a great benefit. Through these courses and the related tests, I was able to accrue 18 credits before attending college and will be able to graduate in seven semesters. With the exception of one course (which didn’t even count for college credit at Penn State), I would recommend highly all of the AP courses that I took. Be cautious though – some of these courses do require quite a bit of work, and those who don’t think they can keep up would probably be best with a lighter schedule.

In conclusion, if you see a course you might enjoy or think might be of benefit in the future, take a chance and schedule it. AP courses are also a great chance to earn college credit in high school, so take advantage of these opportunities!

7. Keep your grades up in 9th grade

The Upper Moreland School District has a very good “transitional” program for helping students succeed in their freshman year of high school after attending the middle school for three years. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the high school, I didn’t have any idea of how difficult the workload would be.

For reasons that escape me now, I somewhat slacked off during 9th grade, earning a B average. While some of the courses I took were very difficult, I should have been able to earn better grades if I had tried harder. After I was ranked 59th in the class (in about the 22nd percentile), I decided to pull everything together and work harder, eventually graduating in 10th place. While a final GPA of 99.59 wasn’t bad by many standards, it wasn’t good enough to earn scholarships at Penn State or (even though I had decided against it before I received their final decision) to attend the University of Pennsylvania.

Most likely, I was misled into believing that 9th grade wasn’t important because of what some seniors said at an orientation day the year before I began high school. On the contrary, a poor performance in your freshman year will haunt you for the next three (or possibly even seven) years. Therefore, treat each course as if it could determine the rest of your life.

Depending on your goals, it could.

6. Ask around before taking courses

One of the worst mistakes I made in the past four years was not investigating the courses I was taking. Having no information on what a course was actually like or how it would benefit me in the future, I was blindly thrown into situations for which I could have been better prepared.

Three courses in particular come to mind when I look back at experiences I may have been better off without. While I won’t go into details, I will say that I gained little or no lasting benefit from these courses and could have better spent my time doing something else. However, looking at the past, I now realize that courses in which teachers attempt to “prepare students for college” are most likely not worth taking.

Throughout high school, I continuously heard certain teachers state their goals to “prepare students for college.” As far back as 9th grade, I took a class where the teacher asked students in the class to define hundreds of terms in a single weekend. While I spent hours completing the assignments and “preparing myself for college,” I remember very few of the terms now and have realized that college is actually easier than those teachers would have students believe. College teachers don’t require students to define hundreds of terms for homework credit.

I encountered the last and worst class of my high school career in my senior year. At times, the teacher of this course assigned over 10-15 hours of homework in a single weekend, and I received the lowest grades of my twelve years of school. In short, what I didn’t know was that most colleges, including Penn State, didn’t accept the AP credit for this particular course (even though I scored a four on the test), and that scholarships were awarded for higher grades as opposed to tougher courses. Therefore, my work was in vain – but I could have discovered all of this information by simply doing a little research before creating my schedule.

Therefore, while I’d like to say that the attitude of the teacher of a particular course shouldn’t have an impact on whether you roster the class, there are certain courses that simply aren’t worth the effort. Becoming an informed student is another step on the road to success.

5. Don’t be intimidated by college planning

In today’s world, successful people plan well ahead of the times. The typical retail chain, for example, begins ordering Christmas inventory in early January. Look at any celebrity’s success story and you’ll discover a hidden story where someone was outstanding in some activity at a very young age. Therefore, it’s not surprising that high school students are flooded by college propaganda. Somewhere in a pile of old papers I have a college admissions “road map,” which details how students can prepare for college as early as seventh grade!

Obviously, such a flood of information can be overwhelming. Between preparation for the SATs, decisions about which college to attend, and the pressure to keep the grades up, those I know who were inundated with this information took one of two paths of action: began their college search as early as tenth grade or put off the process until the last minute.

First, don’t check the box on the SAT’s which gives you the option of receiving information directly from colleges. Not only will you receive a thousand useless pamphlets that will require hours of your time to review, but you’re probably more likely to make the wrong decision because of a nice looking picture or an unsubstantiated promise.

Believe it or not, you probably already know where you want to continue your education. As early as the beginning of eleventh grade, my dad first brought up the idea of my attending Penn State. I pushed it aside, figuring I would look through all the pamphlets, attend visitations, and eventually make a grueling decision in crunch time. As a result, I visited ten colleges and spent a hundred hours or more of my time writing nearly twenty essays, having them proofread, and completing application after application.

In the end, I decided to attend Penn State anyway, which required no essays, and from which I had already received a decision before I even began applying to the other colleges.

I also took an SAT preparation course, but in truth, statistics agree that SAT preparation programs rarely, if ever, improve a student’s scores. Finally, as I discovered, attending an ivy league school doesn’t assure success in the real world – as I’ve heard from stories involving those who attended such schools. In most cases, a more reasonably-priced university will be as good as, if not superior to, the education offered at an ivy league school. One of my teachers at UMHS once told his students that the only reason private high schools appear prestigious is because they can afford to reject those who won’t succeed no matter how much guidance is offered. The same applies to ivy league universities – they appear exceptional because their reputation allows them to reject less capable students from their larger pool of applicants.

So, in essence, the college admissions process is simpler than you might think. Ignore all the rhetoric and decide where you think you would succeed and be happy, and stick to your decision.

4. Learn to drive at 16

The headline for this tip is somewhat misleading. Let me state that if I were the dictator of the world, the legal driving age would be 18. Since the driving age in Pennsylvania is 16, however, I have to include advice to learn to drive as soon as reasonably possible.

With the enaction of the new six month wait laws, however, I waited until I was 18 to learn how to drive. It wasn’t until after I knew how that I realized how important the skill of driving is to everyday life. It had never occurred to me how many seemingly insignificant tasks that would normally require days to be completed could be finished in a short time when one has the ability to drive to obtain whatever is needed. More importantly, I discovered that many of the commonplace activities in which many young people participate frequently (such as going to the movies), while not all that difficult before, become infinitely easier with the freedom to come and go as I choose.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that everyone obtain a license to drive back and forth from school every day. Driving to school is one activity I strongly recommend against. However, if you have the money to hold a license after you are 16 1/2, then do so. While it might not seem important in the beginning, having a license earlier rather than later will save a lot of hassle when you really need one.

3. Don’t be afraid to pursue romantic relationships

Of all the tips I’ve included in this feature, this one is by far the most difficult to comprehend. Not only is it an awkward topic to discuss, but you probably won’t listen to what I have to say anyway. Hey, I didn’t listen to what anyone else had to say either.

While a number of experiences shaped my opinion on romance, one that stands out occurred during the fall of my senior year. Someone with whom I was enamored suddenly began making idle conversation and showing all the traditional signs of flirting. As the person in question was quite possibly one of the most “popular” students at UMHS, had won about every award imaginable, and most importantly had at least two other guys I knew swooning over her, I figured that what was happening was impossible. For weeks, I battled within myself as others attempted to convince me to ask her out, but eventually decided to give up because the embarrassment of rejection would be too great because of her “social status.”

It wasn’t until well after these events (and a conversation with some fellow students) that I was able to remove the dust from my eyes and realize what had actually been happening. Contrary to my belief, I wouldn’t have died had I decided to take a chance, and so-called “popular” people aren’t any different than anyone else. A girl doesn’t stare at a guy throughout an entire AP Government class for no reason!

On a side note, I was never very enthusiastic about attending school dances. While I had danced somewhat in the past, I ridiculously assumed that dancing was a laborious task that required years of practice to master. Therefore, I was nervous that by dancing, I would make an idiot out of myself. To make a long story short, since I hadn’t danced much before the senior prom, I believed that my lack of experience would be painfully obvious. As you can see by the picture of me that somehow made its way into the 2001 yearbook to be preserved for all eternity, it wasn’t that hard after all.

I should also note that I know someone whose parents “strongly recommended” against dating until the junior or even senior year of high school. This person was forced to reject four girls’ questions during his freshman year and not attend the annual dances and formals. As a result, this person was completely unprepared for later experiences when many of his peers had been associating with members of the opposite sex since they began high school.

And finally, one last tangent – if you’re stuck in a bind and a major dance is approaching, ask a friend. I made an entire weekend out of the senior prom to meet old friends, and I can say (as my “date” probably can as well) I had much more fun doing the things with the group that weekend than I would have looking across the table and smiling at a first date.

So in conclusion, if you’re in doubt, just ask. This statement applies to a number of life’s lessons, and it applies to relationships as well.

2. Be your own person

College, like many universities boast in their propaganda, is a place where you will meet people with a variety of interests. In high school, by contrast, everyone is (or appears to be) startlingly like each other.

Peer pressure is referenced constantly by the media. For example, parents are urged to talk to their children at a very early age to prevent them from being talked into taking drugs by their peers. All of this attention is given for a simple reason: peer pressure plays a huge role in high school life.

In college, however, the pressure vanishes overnight. There aren’t any popular “cliques” that are exclusive to certain people, nor is there a group of forgotten academics who put their grades above everything else. Whereas a student who sits alone at a cafeteria table in high school preparing for the next day’s classes would be labeled “weird” by those who care more about sports during high school, college students make no such divisions because there is one purpose to attending a university – to get good grades and graduate.

A fellow student and I joked about the state of the world’s affairs one day during my senior year. The premise was simple: one day, the jocks, who were the most “popular” kids in the school, would be the average joe, while the “nerds,” scorned by a large number of people for their studiousness, would be running the world.

At your fiftieth high school reunion, nobody will remember who was the most popular or who was involved in the most activities. Even Mr. Daher recognizes the impact of these social “cliques” when he said that each class tends to “pull together” around the time of the senior prom. It’s true – the social divisions vanish, and everyone is left with a realization that the “in” group wasn’t much different than everyone else who was trying to be accepted.

In short, if someone thinks you’re “strange” because you are unique among everyone else, it’s not the end of the world. Just because you aren’t part of the group that everyone looks up to doesn’t signify that you’re any less intelligent, attractive, or “cool” than they are. Be your own person and do what you want to do.

1. Get involved

“That’s the number one tip?” you ask. That’s right – my number one pointer is something that your teachers, parents, older siblings, and just about everyone else says every day. I must have heard this phrase at least a hundred times during my high school orientation process.

Unfortunately, I didn’t listen, at least in the beginning.

One of the biggest changes I swore that I would make when starting college was that I would become involved from the beginning. For some reason or another, in 9th grade I limited myself to the school orchestra. What high school orchestra, you ask? Actually, the orchestra fell apart at the end of the year, leaving me out of the loop in tenth grade.

During that summer, I had a revelation that I was missing one of the most important parts of high school life. As a result, I came back sworn to become involved, and that was one of the best decisions I ever made. I discovered an entirely new aspect to high school life. Why is it important to become involved early? Most of the upper positions in clubs are chosen from those already involved in the clubs, as one would expect. If you want to be the captain of the football team, join the team in 9th grade. If you want to be class president, join class council in 6th (!) grade. In short, as is true in the working world, the important positions are reserved for those who have been with an organization the longest.

I should note, however, that while I joined activities that I enjoyed, I also joined a few organizations for the sole purpose of being accepted to colleges. Attending meetings of these clubs was a chore that I didn’t enjoy, but I persisted because I believed that my résumé would look more impressive to college admissions officers and employers.

I found out too late that most admissions officers would prefer a fewer number of activities toward which a prospective student dedicates him- or herself rather than participation in every club imaginable. And even though I participated in so many activities, I still was unable to obtain a paying job during the summer of my senior year. Therefore, I recommend participation in activities that you enjoy to add a new dimension to your life, but don’t join clubs because some college in Indiana told you to “participate.”

Also, becoming involved in out-of-school activities isn’t a bad idea either. Myself, I was involved in more out-of-school activities than in-school organizations, and I enjoyed both equally. However, don’t expect to be nominated as Student of the Month or be accepted to the National Honor Society if you’re involved in out-of-school activities, simply because many of the awards at UMHS are given to those closely associated with school clubs.

Speaking of the NHS, however, I should add a word of caution. In eleventh grade, I was rejected from the society because I had concentrated on my out-of-school involvements. I immediately decided that I would get involved in so many clubs that they couldn’t possibly turn me down the following year. Surely enough, I was accepted, but into an organization that met once a month for five minutes and held one event during the entire year. Universities, for some reason, boast of the NHS as a club for the best of the best, while in reality the only goal in which it succeeded was to provide another means of further separating the all-around students from those who were more reserved in their participation.

In conclusion, get involved early. If you don’t, you’re missing out on exciting experiences that could never be had otherwise. But be involved because you want to be involved, not because you want to satisfy an admissions requirement.

Enroll in the Best Speech Therapy Schools

For those who would like to start a career in one of the healthcare services, and who may also enjoy teaching and working with children and adults who require assistance in overcoming language or communication issues, a job as a speech therapist could be perfect.

Also known as speech-language pathologists, these practitioners work with patients of all types who exhibit learning, speech and communication problems for a number of different reasons.

It is a growing profession and demand for qualified graduates of speech therapy schools has increased in recent years, so there are many employment opportunities available.

Earning an attractive salary as well, making it a great career choice for anyone who is patient, detail oriented, and likes working with patients of all kinds who are dealing with some personal challenges.

Working as a Speech Therapist

As with many jobs in the therapeutic and rehabilitative fields, therapists may work with many different types of patients.

One of the more common positions for therapists is working for regular schools, or special education schools, to help teach students of all ages – even through to the college level – who may be having difficulty with their speech, or other aspects of their ability to communicate well with people.

Schools and educational organizations make up the largest percentage of employers of speech-language pathologists other than skilled nursing facilities. Additionally, those who have advanced their educations may can find employment at various schools as instructors or clinical supervision of these programs.

Those employed by skilled nursing facilities may work with both children and adults who are disabled, have some kind of developmental delay, or have experienced some kind of brain injury or stroke that has affected their ability to speak or communicate well.

This can be especially significant with elderly patients, which is why speech therapists work just as much in geriatrics as they do with children and child learning. Besides these places, they are also employed in specialty private practice, by regular hospitals, local health departments, research agencies, home health agencies and even as consultants in corporate business for bilingual or linguistics assistance.

Getting an Education in Speech Therapy

In the US and Canada, although there are programs that start at the Associate’s degree level, students must graduate from a Master’s degree program in order to become certified as a speech-language pathologist.

Currently, there are over 300 schools in the US and over 15 in Canada, most of which offer programs to graduate students who have already earned a general Bachelor’s degree.

In the UK there are nearly 20 educational programs offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech-language therapy, both of which qualify graduates for registration with the national heathcare council as speech-language therapists.

To achieve their best results, both with their education and in their ability to easily enter the workforce in their new career, students must be sure they enroll in an accredited program.

Through accreditation, students and employers alike can be sure that students have had access to the most current ideas in therapy. It will ensure they have completed a curriculum that has been approved by professionals working in the field as providing the most necessary teachings for student success.

Students who have not graduated from accredited schools are also ineligible for certification or registration, so this is a very important consideration for those researching schools.

Finding Approved Speech Therapy Schools

The easiest way for interested students to find the best programs in their country, and the ones that will make them eligible for certification and registration, is to contact their country’s professional organization on speech-language pathology.

These groups typically either oversee or partner with accreditation councils to ensure that educational programs being offered adhere to strict standards including providing an up-to-date curriculum and instruction on the most accepted and necessary methods.

Students seeking information about speech therapy schools, or to confirm accreditation of a program, are recommended to contact these organizations; they all offer a list of approved schools at their websites. Finding the best college or university program is important when considering a career in speech-language pathology.

Choosing the Type of International School That Is Right for You

So you are looking into teaching abroad? Teaching at an international school can be a very rewarding experience. It is important to understand, however, that there are many different types of international schools and so it is important to choose the type of school that best fits your needs and that you would be most comfortable teaching at. Because after all, you will be spending the majority of your time here, so where you end up can make or break your international experience.

Regardless of the type of school you choose to teach at, the expectations placed on you by the administration will be very high. On top of your regular teaching, you will be expected to take part in a wider scope of school activities, usually providing some kind of extracurricular activity on a regular basis and taking part in occasional evening and weekend events. These events are designed to promote the school within the community.

Most international schools are independent non-profit establishments run by a board of trustees or something similar. There are for-profit schools as well, but at many of these schools profit is more important than the calibre of education. Although most international schools are multi-cultural, some privately run schools cater more towards wealthy local students. So before choosing a school, you should look into their student body population.

Another option is to teach at a US Department of State Affiliated School. These schools were set up to educate the children of Americans living and working overseas, and are often located in capital cities. The student bodies of these schools are not exclusively made up of American citizens though, which result in many of these schools having a more multicultural population.

If you would prefer to teach at a school that has a religious affiliation, there are a number of international schools that do. You can find information through your church and also on the internet. If you want to work in a school with Christian affiliations, you should look into the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). They have a network of affiliated schools that covers the entire planet.

You also have the option to teach through either the UK or US Department of Defence (DOD). In order to work for the US Department of Defence schools, however, you must be a US trained and certified teacher in order to be considered. You can visit either of their websites to see what vacancies are available and the terms and conditions of service. They both have central recruitment offices and the terms for the positions are the same for each DOD school.

As you can see, there are many different options available to teachers wanting to teach in an international school setting. No matter what your preferences, there should be an international school that will be the perfect fit for you. Just remember that in order to ensure that the school you choose is the perfect fit for you, it will require you to do some research and dig a little deeper into what the school has to offer.

Seven International Educational Qualifications That Matter

The Internationalization of Education has meant that even in the more remote regions of the World, Students can take an internationally recognized Test. A Test that allows them to qualify and compete on an equal level, with other students, Internationally.As the World gets smaller with online educational tools and testing, this trend should continue, standardizing an International Education for anyone, no matter were they live.

1. CIPAT
 
CIPAT is a Primary Education program launched by Cambridge from the UK. This program Internationalizes basic primary qualifications in the Sciences, English and Mathematics. Cambridge in recent years are continually expanding their testing centers to many Countries outside the UK.
 
2. CHECKPOINT

CHECKPOINT is a secondary Educational program launched by Cambridge for Secondary students. CHECKPOINT primarily offers an International qualification in the Sciences, English, Mathematics and other subjects.
 
3.  IELTS

IELTS is one of the more popular English programs for Students who want to study in an English speaking Country at College level. IELTS covers standard, ongoing subjects that Students in a College may have to cover in their studies. IELTS does not offer a passing grade, only a score based on a Test conducted in your home Country. This score is often a compulsory requirement to enter certain Colleges, and Universities around the world.
 
4.  TOEFL iBT

TOEFL iBT is an International Test that American based Educational Institutes recognize, which is score based. TOEFL iBT Test Centers are located throughout the World, and the Test itself is online. In recent years students prefer IELTS, citing more Countries recognize it as an International qualification.
 
5   IFB Courses

In many cases students outside English speaking Countries who are accepted into an English speaking College or University, still have to take a compulsory Foundation course before they start their first year at University. Many internationally recognized IFB courses are available in their home countries, as many Colleges and Universities expand Internationally.
 
6. TAFE

Australia is one of the more popular Countries for qualified Immigrants. TAFE is an Australian based Trade rather than academic qualification. TAFE courses have expanded outside Australia, and qualify skilled people for non- academic jobs.
 
7. GMAT

In order to qualify to take an MBA in some Countries, Students need to take a GMAT course to ‘qualify’ for entrance to a traditional University or College. GMAT is score based, and the score determines what College could accept you.Many of these International qualifications have expanded through the years to become net based, and even based in emerging Countries around the World.  Education has globalized, and with these qualifications creates an International standard in Education.

A standard that allows students in emerging Countries to qualify on the same footing as students in more developed Countries, creating an emerging Internationalization of traditional Education once only based on local Education, rather than internationally.

Competition for Expat English Education in Global Cities Heats Up

For expat workers with families, suitable education can be one of the most costly and frustrating hurdles to navigate when transferring to a foreign assignment. To insure that children are able to transition back into their home system at the end of the assignment, move on to a top university or to another international assignment it is preferable for them to have been following an international school curriculum with English language instruction.

For comparison we’ll look at the cost and some of the considerations in finding an international school in two popular expat destinations: Zurich and Hong Kong.

Cost of Living and Cost of Education Don’t Always Match

As a baseline we’ll use a London, England private international school such as the ACS International School in Egham or Kings College Wimbledon and compare that to both Hong Kong and Zurich.

While overall Zurich and Hong Kong (HK) both rank in the top 10 most expensive cities for expats while London sits well back at #17, education is a different story. It provides a relative bargain for private international education with school fees 7.7% lower than London while Zurich area international schools are more than 20% higher. If you had school aged children then taking an assignment to Hong Kong over Zurich would seem like the cost conscious choice but fees don’t paint the whole picture.

Hong Kong

Since the establishment of the English Schools Foundation (ESF) in 1967 for the education of expat children, there has been a strong international school presence here. There are over 100 international schools, mostly teaching in English but the increasing popularity of international schools among permanent residents, the HK equivalent of citizen, has created on overwhelming demand.

While Hong Kong recognizes both English and Cantonese as official languages and officially at least, English is an important component of government run schools, the reality is different. Even if you are a parent who would like your child to experience a “local” education in this city, a recent survey by the Native English Speaking Teacher’s Association in HK found that even though government policy allows public schools that teach in Cantonese to accept English-only speaking children, they do not.

In addition to demand, several other factors are putting upward pressure on international school fees in Hong Kong. The 20 schools that are operated by the ESF have lost their subsidy established under the original 1967 government ordinance. Starting with the students entering kindergarten in 2014, the subsidy has been eliminated. In the past year ESF has already raised their fees more than 5%.

At the same time its education bureau is trying to expand educational options by making a handful of development sites and two empty schools available by bid to interested international schools. Among the interested schools is the prestigious British boarding school, Malvern which is looking to open a campus catering to elementary level education. They plan to reserve 90% of their available placements for students that hold foreign passports. While private international schools do not receive subsidies from the Hong Kong government, they are offered preferential lease terms and access to a designated green space.

Still, the lack of space in the city makes it extremely difficult to open new international schools so the demand for spots at the existing schools continues to grow. The Hong Kong education bureau estimates waiting lists for most international schools are several years long forcing parents to consider other options.

Zurich

In 2011 the education department for canton Zurich moved to bar permanent residents from attending international schools in the area. Residents of Zurich must put their children in German speaking public school unless they can prove they are only temporary residents or that their child will complete their education in a non-German speaking jurisdiction. Widely viewed as a regressive policy, the stated aim was to better integrate foreigners living in Zurich permanently or over the long term into the local community. So far this has been the only Swiss canton to implement this kind of policy but the move highlights some of the difficulties surrounding the availability of an international curriculum with English language instruction.

While it would seem that this move would increase the number of spots open to temporary expats it also puts the responsibility on parents putting their children in school for the first time to prove that they intend to move at some point in the future or that their children will complete their schooling elsewhere. The rule does not distinguish based on the passport that a child holds or their mother tongue.

Competition Spawns an Industry

The complexity of finding an appropriate school and increased competition for spots at English language schools has even spawned its own consultancy industry. People like Ruth Benny head of Top Schools Hong Kong amongst other, have leveraged their personal experience as expat parents and professional experience as educators to assist other parents struggling with finding the right school for their children. These professionals offer one on one consulting for expat parents struggling to find the right solution for their school age children in a hyper competitive environment.

Xpatulator provides school fee data for comparable schools in more than 700 cities worldwide. In Hong Kong, they collect enrollment fee data from schools such as the Hong Kong International, American International and King George V Schools and in Zurich from the Zurich International and Swiss International School.

Be Game for International Study Grants

Education is a necessity. There was a time when education was regarded as a luxury, but now it is not so. The need for quality education is a must and this goes without saying. Everybody wants to get admitted to good institutes.

However the cost of education is elevating every day. You cannot get yourself educated at the rate of peanuts. However everybody cannot afford such expenses. Therefore grants are extremely important for students who are being able to get proper education because of financial constraints. These grants have also paved the path for getting international education.

You can get various international study grants that can help you in fulfilling your dreams. All that you need to do is put in a little bit of effort in searching for the correct grant program that can benefit you. The internet is the best place to search for all these grants. you will find various scholarship programs for international education. You can narrow down your search according to your preferences.

You can search with respect to the degree, which you would want to attain. It might also happen that you want to study in any particular country such as UK, US, Canada, Australia and so on. Thus you can search for the international study grants that are available in those countries. in this way your search procedure will become easier.

For getting information about various scholarship programs, StudyAbroad.com can be a good site. Here you will get a lot of information about various international study grants. Graduate women can have an edge if they want to study in the United States of America.

This is because the American Association of University Women supports aspiring scholars around the world. It is also the largest source of funding for women. British Council also gives information of various funds and scholarship programs for studying in the United Kingdom.

It is not that at StudyAbroad.com you only get information about scholarship programs in the above-mentioned countries. At this site you will get detailed information about international study grants in other countries as well.

Homeschooling – Why Would You Want To Homeschool Your Children?

There are almost as many answers to the question of why you should homeschool your children as there are parents undertaking homeschooling.

Some parents wish to remove their children from a public school system which they see as failing, or as being positively harmful to their children. Other parents wish to school their children at home for religious reasons, or to instill certain values into their children. Whatever the reason, there can be little doubt that most parents choose homeschooling because they believe that it is the best educational choice for their children.

For many there are two sides to homeschooling comprising those things that it brings to the child and those things that it removes from the child’s environment. Peer pressure and bullying are rife throughout the public school system today and can place children under considerable pressure and, at times, even place them in danger. Homeschooling your children allows you far greater control over just who your children do and do not come into contact with and how they are influenced.

In terms of a child’s growth and academic development there can be little doubt that, in the majority of cases, homeschooling produces superior results and this is evidenced in such things as home schooled children winning the National Spelling Bees and the number of home schooled children attaining degrees (in many cases Master’s degrees) at some of our finest universities, often at remarkably young ages.

Of course many people will claim that such children are simply gifted and that their success is due to their natural genius rather than to homeschooling. However, if this were the case then we are certainly blessed with an abundance of geniuses in our younger generation. The simple fact of the matter is that the numbers do not support this view.

The numbers, produced not simply by advocates of homeschooling but by bodies such as the US Department of Education, clearly show that home schooled children do far better than their publicly schooled peers with home schooled children a grade ahead by the age of 12 and as much as four grades ahead by the time they reach the equivalent of the 8th grade.

Homeschooling is certainly not an easy option and is certainly hard work for most parents, especially in the early days, but there is little doubt that it works and the rewards for both children and parents are well worth the effort.

Cultural Heritage Collaborators

Introduction

Cultural Heritage includes the tangible items that are considered worthy of preservation for the future due to their reflection of a society’s identity. It also encompasses intangible values and customs that are passed from one generation to another. Cultural Heritage Collaborators work to preserve knowledge by making sure appropriate tangible items are retained for the future and that intangible information is identified and recorded. Everyone has the potential to be a Cultural Heritage Collaborator. This article explores the reasons we would want to become one and how we can participate.

The focus of the discussion is on archives. Archives form the foundation of what we know about society and are found in every home and institution in the civilized world. Archives are records that should be kept permanently because of their long-term value. Unique among other materials created by humans, archives are the original documents made by the participants in an event of activity. Also referred to as “primary sources,” archival materials include manuscripts, ledgers, diaries, photographs, original recordings and digital material. They are not mass- produced. They are not necessarily old and are not always produced by well-known people. Because of archives’ common character, every member of society has the potential to support cultural heritage through our archival foundation.

Cultural Heritage Collaborators

Cultural heritage collaborators include professionals such as museologists, librarians, and archivists who care for the materials humans create that reflect history. Though only archivists specialize in retaining historic records, all of these professionals manage items that are vital to our cultural heritage. In fact, they all use archives in their daily activities to help support their specialized cultural knowledge and collections. The collaborators also embrace clerks, secretaries, records managers and others charged with retaining a specific history. Finally, there are “Citizen Archivists.” These are people who may or may not know much about cultural resources. They may have some interest in collecting or preserving materials. Or, they may not be conscious of any personal interest in retaining cultural items, but possess records that hold importance for historical memory. Working with diverse people across society, we can properly identify and protect the resources that should be saved for our future.

You are likely a “Citizen Archivist,” retaining family papers and documents that tell about individual life stories. The records you keep in your home — letters, diaries, account ledgers, calendars — reflect your life and who you are. These materials are important to you because they help you define your own identity, ensure your legacy when you pass them down to the next generation, and help you preserve your own cherished memories of family, friends and community. However, every individual story helps make up a larger community history and your personal records have a broader appeal. Many professional repositories, such as historical societies, build a large portion of their collections on personal papers. It is important for people to realize that the documentation that preserves their memories and reflects their family history often has importance in a larger context that relates to neighborhoods, states, or nations.

Why Value Cultural Heritage and Archives?

Valuing a common heritage allows us to better understand our place in the world, boosting self esteem and a sense of belonging. Cultural heritage appreciation fosters a sense of community and strengthens civic pride based on a shared and documented history. There are even more concrete reasons to value and preserve our documented community history:

1. Archives provide primary information about society’s activities to help everyone recognize and evaluate events for themselves. Primary sources allow us to go to the source of information so we can try to discern truth and reality from fiction and biases without relying on secondary opinions. Original documents have the potential to give us multiple perspectives so we may contemplate diverse ideas that develop due to people’s different ways of thinking and different environments.

2. Records ensure administrative continuity as organizations and businesses function and evolve. They help ensure a smooth-running society governed with order and efficiency. They allow us to hold public officials accountable through organized public records that can be viewed by citizenry, also ensuring our rights and freedoms. Archives allow us to hold liable those who stifle more, repress societies and otherwise degrade human rights. They provide evidence against those who break laws.

3. Recorded materials allow us to plan for the future by reviewing past mistakes and successes. They allow us to evaluate society and distinguish trends from more permanent traits of diversified culture.

4. Historical records can be used to market a community and promote tourism using a deep knowledge about the community’s history and strengths. They can serve to promote the value of an area to researchers, encouraging them to study and write about local history.

Archives also support education and lifelong learning, preserve memories, provide fodder for programming and entertainment, and help ensure our legacy. Due to all these roles, archives should be valued and protected.

What Can You Do?

– Learn what organizations in your area collect archives. Support their efforts by becoming a member of their institution, visiting, serving on a board, or spreading the word about their work.

– Examine the materials in your possession and make note of what cultural items you keep. Properly care for them by preserving and organizing

– Educate yourself about culture and archives by noticing cultural heritage resources all around you. Your knowledge will help you become an informed supporter.

– Become a cultural heritage collaborator by directly reaching out to a professional cultural heritage collaborator at your local historical society, public library or museum. Talk to a special librarian or archivist about your own materials. Learn about their collections and donate items in your possession that are valuable to community history.

– Help create a collaborative that focuses on gathering and preserving documentation that will preserve community memory.

A community of collaborators has a greater opportunity to raise awareness, increase enthusiasm, build support, boost goodwill, fully document a community or place, and encourage pride than any one of us working alone. Valuing your history, learning about the resources upon which we base our history, and actively promoting the preservation of these materials. This will help us sustain our communities and the things we value while propelling us successfully toward the future.