Dr. Spilchuk: Let me respond to the second question first. If you do no have a signed contract or letter with specific obligations/responsibilities, you do not have a job. Reputable schools don’t do this. This kind of behavior in a school is a HUGE RED FLAG that you are about to be abused by an unethical, exploitative organization. Immediately send them a letter declining their verbal offer, then keep looking until you find a real school and a real job.
The IB details confirm this somewhat. Hiring a teacher to teach IB without training is sometimes done when specific training is actually arranged in the first year, and this is usually mentioned in the contract. But as above, you have no contract. And while Dr. Spilchuck states correctly that the IBO has a regulatory effect on its subscriber schools, that often takes a few years to kick in. If this school has only recently adopted IB, it could be exploiting the IBO name just as it exploits teachers, and this will take a couple of years to surface. Don’t be naive. Scream and run.
The best advice you could give this candidate is to look elsewhere for work. If the Director does not have the professional courtesy to a. give you something in writing in the first place and b. keeps you waiting for a week or more (and still nothing), be very wary of the place! Funny how many schools expect prospective and incumbent teachers to be 101% professional in all they do, yet completely lack a sense of professional reciprocity when it comes to their obligations.
It seems a bit over-reactive to suggest that this teacher take a contract (I assume it was acquired at a job fair) to a lawyer for review. The trusted person should be one of the fair advisors. If this was not acquired via a job fair, then certainly I agree with the other responders…do not accept the contract. Or thoroughly ask for other contacts at the school to talk to.
Interestingly, guess what? At university level, we are routinely told the contract will be waiting for us on arrival! Well, when the airline ticket arrives, I get on the plane and voila! They do come through! The major universities in the Gulf region also usually provide a salary advance and help with transportation until you’ve settled in. (I’ve worked in Yemen, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi)