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American International School Gaza, Palestine

Dates covered: 20xx – 20xx
Average Score of all Reviews: 8

School Website: http://www.aisgaza.com

Review 2) 20XX – 20XX
Academic integrity of school (10 is top score)
8
Effectiveness of administration
9
Academic and disciplinary support provided
9
Director’s involvement in academics
9
Fair and equitable treatment by board and director
9
School has adequate educational materials on hand
8
Attitude of local community towards foreigners
5
Cost of living in relation to salary (10= most favorable)
10
Satisfaction with housing
8
Community offers a variety of activities
1
Availability and quality of local health care
6
Satisfaction with school health insurance policy
8
Family friendly / child friendly school and community
8
Assistance with visas, shipping and air travel
9
Extra curricular load is reasonable
8
Security / personal safety (10 = very safe in and out of school)
5


Comments:
In Gaza I continually haunted internet news sites to answer the ever present question, “Is it safe to go outside?”. There was an effort by the Board to welcome new foreign staff, to include dinners and a $200 settling in allowance. The problem is, the Board does not control the purse strings. An entity called the Palestine Investment Fund does. Unfortunatly, the present manager of the fund views AISG as a financial burden rather than an investment in Palestine’s future. We were paid late on several occasions, but in the end all contractual obligations were met and I managed to save a good portion of my salary.

During the course of the 2005/06 year four foreign teachers were kidnapped (all released unharmed that same evening) and the school was the subject of a militant attack resulting in a gun battle. If you like this kind of excitement you will love Gaza. Politics here make the wild, wild, west seem tame. The foreign staff enjoyed their evacuation to Cairo, but only about half decided to return.

I resided in a three bedroom air-conditioned apartment with big picture window views of the Mediterranean. I had a choice of about 300 satellite channels to watch. This was good because we were restricted to the apartment building the last two and a half months. Trips to a local restaurant were organized once or twice a week with heavy security escort by the Presidential Guard. We traveled to Israel on most week-ends where you can shop, swim, drink, and take in a movie. Be prepared for long waits at the crossing between Israel and Gaza. Other than a couple of good restaurants and magnificent sunsets there is nothing for foreign staff to do for entertainment in Gaza. We used to be able to go to the UN Club, but it was blown up in December. Too bad, as I was becoming quite good at snooker.

The school is well designed with good support equipment. The kids are hyper but most care about their grades and are willing to work. Class sizes were reasonable and I had plenty of planning time during the work day. Transportation was provided but I felt more like a Marine in a truck convoy than a teacher going to work. The relationship between foreign teachers and local staff is excellent. I felt a great amount of empathy for their situation. Most Gazan’s appreciated our being there.

A different funding source for the next school year is presently being looked at. The school will have an entirely new administration. Only two foreign teachers have opted to remain. Most have decided to leave due to security and the question of funding for next year. I personally would return if the question of funding could be guaranteed.

Review 1) 20XX – 20XX
Academic integrity of school (10 is top score)
9
Effectiveness of administration
10
Academic and disciplinary support provided
10
Director’s involvement in academics
10
Fair and equitable treatment by board and director
10
School has adequate educational materials on hand
9
Attitude of local community towards foreigners
9
Cost of living in relation to salary (10= most favorable)
10
Satisfaction with housing
9
Community offers a variety of activities
5
Availability and quality of local health care
9
Satisfaction with school health insurance policy
8
Family friendly / child friendly school and community
8
Assistance with visas, shipping and air travel
10
Extra curricular load is reasonable
5
Security / personal safety (10 = very safe in and out of school)
5

Comments:
AISG is now in its 6th year. This in itself speaks volumes considering the troubles Gaza has experienced. The financial backers of the school have made a long-term commitment to the schools success. It is a non-profit school which means the school is not subject to a grades for profit mentality. Plans are in the works to add a swimming pool and auditorium.The present Director is in his first year here and has made considerable progress in a short time to give direction for curriculum and the future of the school.Gaza is not a place for the feint of heart. In my short time here I have experienced sonic booms day and night, distant artillery explosions, the possibility of violent political struggle, demonstrations, and all the things that might be expected in a new emerging nation. If you cannot handle this type of pressure then stay away. On the other hand, if you have a sense of adventure, enjoy week-end trips to nearby countries, want to be a part of history in educating the future leaders of an emerging nation, then come.Restaurants are reasonably priced and the food is good. Other than that leisure activities in Gaza are limited. Apartments are spacious and modern with views of the Mediterranean. Certain items are not available in Gaza but can be bought in Israel on week-end shopping trips arranged by the school.

UN Security guidelines presently recommend that westerners not walk the streets but the school will pay for any taxis used by teachers. Cable television with about 500 channels helps to compensate for the lack of leisure activities.

Good behavior is expected as the norm from students at the school. The administration and parents support this attitude. Ample opportunity is provided throughout the school day to prepare lessons. The pay is very competitive and we have been paid on time every payday. The opportunity to save money here is significant. At present no shipping allowance is offered but a $200 settling in allowance is. I was given this within 30 minutes of my arrival at the school.

It takes a special kind of person to want to come to Gaza. I am personally enjoying the experience. Staff are sophisticated and worldly. The hardships are factors that anyone coming to Gaza should expect and realize they are unavoidable and have nothing to do with the school itself.

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