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• St. Constantine’s International School Tanzania 8/31 evaluation 5
Top down administration. Very negative atmosphere among staff…

• Greengates School Mexico 8/31 evaluation 24
Our third week of school and the bus transport to and from school which was promised to teachers has still not materialised…

• Colegio Jorge Washington Cartagena Colombia 8/30 evaluation 4
Cartagena is a tourist town so cost of living is high and often times housing allowance is not enough to cover rent let alone utilities…

• Skagerak International School Norway 8/30 evaluation 2
Skagerak is a lovely school to work at, with challenges of course…

• American International School Cairo Egypt 8/30 evaluation 44
There is professional development but 2 years of PD allowance will not pay for one course with accommodation…

• Orchlon International School Mongolia 8/29 evaluation 3
You will find yourself frustrated at feeling like you’ve stepped into a time machine, into prevailing outdated philosophies and attitudes…

• British School Bahrain 8/29 evaluation 13 Rubric Only

• British School Kathmandu Nepal 8/26 evaluation 5
The school swims in policy documents and ticks boxes yet it still has awful staff satisfaction…

• Lincoln International School Argentina 8/26 evaluation 9
I loved my time in Argentina and at Lincoln…

• Emirates National School Al Ain UAE 8/26 evaluation 17
There is a reason they pay what they do, because of the way people are treated…

• Magen David Academy Panama 8/26 evaluation 3
The school has hope but it will take a major change in leadership from the top down to bring it back to its glory days…

• Matrix International School Malaysia 8/25 evaluation 4
If you are prepared to do as you’re told and put your educational beliefs to one side, then this is the ideal school…

• The International School Macao China 8/25 evaluation 16
I have taught for over 30 years and TIS is the best school I have ever taught at…

• Jakarta Intercultural School Indonesia 8/25 evaluation 14
The school has good infrastructure, pays on time and reasonably well and it’s administration will largely leave you to do your own thing…

• Internationale Schule am Rhein Germany 8/24 evaluation 8
I was required to attend two weeks of orientation. This involved learning the SABIS system of teaching, as well as school procedures…

• American Creativity Academy Kuwait 8/24 evaluation 36
Hindsight 20/20 has put a lot of my experiences in prospective and helped with figuring why certain events occurred…

• Nile Valley School Sudan 8/24 evaluation 2
Everyone does their own thing, which is little of nothing. It is too bad that the students are not given a good education because they are hungry to learn…

• International School Seychelles 8/23 First time reviewed on ISR

• Halcyon London International School Great Britain 8/23 First time reviewed on ISR

• Qatar Canadian School 8/23 evaluation 13
The school has now officially been taken over by Blyth Academy…

• Korea International School Jeju Campus 8/23 evaluation 11
The school does have some positives but those have mostly to do with the community and not the school itself…

• British School Bahrain 8/22 evaluation 12-1
It wasn’t me that wrote review #12…

• Nanshan Chinese Int’l College China 8/22 evaluation 2
Little is said about the tax that occurs on everything at the school when you are being interviewed. Even the red packet you receive at CNY is taxed 25%…

• Ruamrudee Int’l School Bangkok Thailand 8/22 evaluation 49
An admin suggested I make a public apology to a student because I caused them to “lose face” by noticing her assignment was identical to…

• American Academy Casablanca Morocco 8/22 evaluation 11
Morocco is amazing. Weekends are great to see the amazing country and its people. Moroccans are wonderful…

• American Creativity Academy Kuwait 8/19 evaluation 35
The school is clean but it is not fancy…

• Wuxi Taihu International School China 8/19 evaluation 5
Things looked brighter and people could foreseeing an amazing school coming because of the new investors, however, the school has turned into a circus…

• British School Kathmandu Nepal 8/18 evaluation 4
Kathmandu was not always easy but I thought the school went way beyond the normal call of duty to keep us informed, safe and happy…

• Fairview International School Malaysia 8/18 evaluation 8
Many teachers simply run away & are replaced by the next group who believed the lies about training and getting a masters degree through the school…

• International School Myanmar 8/18 evaluation 28
The salary is great for Myanmar. As a teaching couple you can live well, travel, and still save 15 or 20k each per year…

• American International School Cyprus 8/18 evaluation 11
I worked harder at AISC than any other school in my lengthy international career…

• Buena Vista Concordia Int’l School China 8/17
First time reviewed on ISR

• Nansha College Preparatory Academy China 8/17 evaluation 9
Overall, there were many more positives than negatives, but the negatives were big ones. A great school with tons of potential…

• Dukhan English School Doha Qatar 8/17 evaluation 12
When I first started at the school it was a breath of fresh air, unfortunately people turned up and tried to transform it into something it didn’t need to be…

• World Academy Tirana Albania 8/16 evaluation 4
Nicest people you will ever work with. Tirana is fantastic. 25 minutes to beach, great cheap restaurants, good wine, friendly people…

• Lyford Cay International School Bahamas 8/16 evaluation 6
We worked here for 7 years as a teaching couple. Very generous PD budget from my perspective. Nice students. Supportive parents…

• GEMS Sheikh Zayed Private Academy UAE 8/16 evaluation 6
Students often seen throwing garbage at the cleaners’ feet rather than putting it in the bin themselves…

• Heritage Private School Cyprus 8/16 evaluation 5
Behaviour of most children is better than state schools in the UK and the climate is quite nice…

• Victoria Int’l School Sharjah UAE 8/15 evaluation 11
It’s hard to imagine a worse run school than VISS, but it will be getting worse in the academic year starting August 2016…

• Int’l School Bangkok Thailand 8/15 evaluation 7
The school isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty great in lots of ways…

• Changchun American Int’l School China 8/15 evaluation 11
One of the hardest parts of working in this school is the lack of thanks that comes with accepting a role here…

• British School Caracas Venezuela 8/15 evaluation 12
The culture of the school is one of openness and transparency…

• Cambridge Int’l Centre DaQing No.1 China 8/12 evaluation 6
You will work like a cow. Foreign teachers never stay long…

• British School Bahrain 8/12 evaluation 12
I did interview staff to replace the teachers leaving in my department. Most of them declined after an offer was made…

• St. Joseph’s Institution International Singapore 8/11 evaluation 4
A school with very good, well motivated students…

• British School Beijing Shunyi Campus China 8/11 evaluation 6
I really enjoyed my time there. The kids are great. It was the pollution that drove me away…

• Heritage Private School Cyprus 8/11 evaluation 4
It would have the potential to be a an excellent international school, but it has quite a high turn over of staff…

• Cambridge International Curriculum Centre Beijing China 8/11 evaluation 3
Not a bad school to work at for teachers looking to gain some experience teaching in China…

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 8/10 evaluation 15
Stated in our contracts we were given 10 sick days/year, then we found out we must ask for permission one day in advance if we needed to use a sick day…

• Nord Anglia Intl School Pudong China 8/10 evaluation 11
The employment engagement survey results were overwhelmingly negative and simply brushed under the carpet…

• Modern English School Egypt 8/10 evaluation 22
Teaching resources and budgets are not really adequate to maintain international standards…

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 8/9 evaluation 14
The school does nothing to help and provide comfort for new teachers. It is crazy how bad they are at supporting teachers in a new country…

• Kuwait National English School Kuwait 8/9 evaluation 14
If you accept a job here, know that the students are all ESL so read up on teaching ESL students – it will benefit you…

• TASIS The American School in England 8/9 evaluation 3
There doesn’t seem to be a set curriculum and also there is no collaboration among teachers…

• Aldar Academies UAE 8/9 evaluation 5
Beware of the contract, at the end it says very clearly the company has the right to change this contract, so in the end the contract is non- existent…

• KL International School Chengdu Bashu China 8/8
First time reviewed on ISR

• American International School Guangzhou China 8/8 evaluation 17
AISG was a great school to be at. The pay, lifestyle, and school culture were all above average…

• Busan International Foreign School Korea 8/8 evaluation 13
The overall salary and benefits package is very good and I saved approximately 20,000 USD each year as a single teacher…

• Bahrain Bayan School Bahrain 8/8 evaluation 6
The spirit of the staff was deflated and we were not proud to work for this school…

• EtonHouse Int’l Preschool Chengdu China 8/5
First time reviewed on ISR

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 8/5 evaluation 13
If you decide to accept a position, you will learn the true meaning of the phrase “money doesn’t buy happiness” very quickly…

• Myanmar International School Myanmar 8/5 evaluation 6
The school has been steadily growing and improving…

• American International School Niamey Niger 8/5 evaluation 5
Spending two years here was a wonderful experience for me, though it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea…

• Keystone Academy China 8/4 First time reviewed on ISR

• World Academy Tirana Albania 8/4 evaluation 3
The package that the school offers you is very basic. Not all teachers are paid according to their education and experience…

• European Azerbaijan School Azerbaijan 8/4 evaluation 3
Simply changing and moving personnel around is not the cure for what ails this school…

• Guangdong Country Garden School China 8/3 evaluation 12
They broke their WRITTEN hiring commitment given during the Search Associates fair of Bangkok 2016 (Spring)…

• Access International Academy Ningbo China 8/3 evaluation 33
Play the game, massage a few egos, pretend you love it and you’ll do well here…

• Al Sahwa Schools Oman 8/3 evaluation 17
Expect your planning to be scrutinized on a daily basis by multiple (yes, multiple) members of the middle management…

• Stamford American International School Singapore 8/3 evaluation 19
The school leaks its best teachers…

• British School Kathmandu Nepal 8/2 evaluation 3
Physical condition of school is one of disarray. Much of the mold & mildew in some classrooms was simply painted over…

• European Azerbaijan School Azerbaijan 8/2 evaluation 2
The school spends a good deal on teacher training. The school is growing and many changes have occurred in the last year and a half…

Myanmar Internat’l School Yangon Myanmar 8/1
First time reviewed on ISR

Director & Principal Reports

• Dinah Hawtree 8/29
First time reviewed on ISR

St Dominic’s International School Portugal

• Tarek Razik 8/29 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Beijing-Shunyi China

• Felix Lee 8/29 (Principal Report 3)
Matrix International School Malaysia

• Kathleen Naglee 8/26 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
International School Estonia

• Mary Ostrowski 8/26 (Director Report 3)
Magen David Academy Panama

• Yousef Said 8/25 (Director Report 2)
Nanshan Chinese International College China

• Felix Lee 8/25 (Principal Report 2)
Matrix International School Malaysia

• Mathew Neal 8/24 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American Creativity Academy Kuwait

• Nicolas Puga 8/24 (Principal Report 2)
Global Jaya School Indonesia

• Paul Schofield 8/22 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
St. Andrews Int’l School Sukhumvit 71 Thailand

• Gary Odom 8/19 (Principal Report 3)
Daegu International School Korea

• Felix Lee 8/19 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Matrix International School Malaysia

• Euysung Kim 8/18 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Asia Pacific International School Korea

• Walter Piovesan 8/17 (Principal Report 4)
Canadian Int’l School Kunshan China

• Jon Zurfluh 8/17 (Director Report 5)
Anglo-American School Moscow Russia

• Davina McCarthy 8/16 (Principal Report 2)
HELP International School, Malaysia

• David Edwards 8/16 (Principal Report 4)
Gems World Academy Singapore

• Dean Pyrah 8/15 (Principal Report 4)
Victoria International School Sharjah UAE

• Yasir Patel 8/15 (Director Report 3)
British School Caracas Venezuela

• Selena Dumble 8/12 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Shanghai United International School China

• John Benson 8/12 (Principal Report 2)
Guangzhou Nanfang Int’l School China

• Shannon Ramaka 8/10 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
American School Kosova Kosovo

• Andrew Webber 8/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Fairview International School Malaysia

• Thila Nava 8/9 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Fairview International School Malaysia

• Jim Leahy 8/8 (Director Report 5)
International Programs School Saudi Arabia

• Charles Wall 8/5 (Director Report 2)
British School of Bahrain

• John McGrath 8/4 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Thai-Chinese International School Thailand

• Graham Salzer 8/4 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Saint Paul American School Philippines

• Malcolm Kay 8/3 (Principal Report 3)
Stamford American Intl School Singapore

• Todd Combs 8/2 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Albanian International School Albania

• John Eastwood 8/1 (Principal Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Myanmar International School Yangon 

• Ethan Van Drunen 8/1 (Director Report)
First time reviewed on ISR
Myanmar International School Yangon 

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