I’m responding to your email forwarded to me by the Editor ISR. I understand that it is difficult to work in a relationship that starts with these circumstances; however, I would suggest that you hang in there for the rest of the school year at the very least. You would not be doing yourself any justice by cutting and running so soon into the year. My suggestion is that you lie low, do your teaching and make friends with the staff in the school. Take time to enjoy the country your school is located in. Make school only one part of your life and travel the other. If you can diversify, you will find that this problem will minimize in your life over time. If at the end of the year, you still feel the same way, you can reconsider at that point.
The problem with breaking contract is that your reputation often follows you in the International teaching world. A reputation of ‘breaking contract’ when things get tough could minimize your choice in schools in the future. If you received this contract through a hiring agency, you will also be responsible to pay back a large bond set upon your hiring to that agency. The school might even sue you for failing to fulfill your contract. The list of issues goes on and on.
I have learned over time that while I love teaching, I should teach to travel not travel to teach. By reversing my priorities, I am less likely to give up a job that will keep me exploring what lies beyond the shores of safety in my home country because of a conflict at work. Here’s a metaphor you might want to think about:
Eagles fly long distances to explore the world; sometimes they crash as a result of their explorations but what they see is amazing! When they crash, eagles take time to recover then get back up there and fly again. Sparrows stay at home and twitter on the telephone lines. It’s a safer experience and they never crash, but it is an experience filled with much less excitement and adventure. Decide if you want to be an eagle or a sparrow.
It’s always nice to know there is a friend out there tracking your experiences, listening to your stories and helping you make wise choices. All the best and stay in touch to let me/us know how things are progressing for you. I am here…ISR is here for you.
All the Best,