As you can see from the job sites I talked about, there are thousands of schools calling themselves international schools all over the world, but how many fit the following criteria:
- A curriculum in use from other than the home country
- An international teacher body from different parts of the world
- A student body from different parts of the world
- International accreditation ( e.g CIS, Wasc etc)
- Transferability of student to other international schools anywhere in the world with same curriculum
- Multilingual student body
Do your homework on the above and if you want to teach in a truly international school, make sure the school has most if not all of the criteria I mentioned above.
A truly global citizen would probably have the following qualitites:
- A belief in the universal values of social justice, human rights, religious pluralism, rule of law, and humanitarianism.
- An identification of being a part of the world community
- A belief that individual actions can make a difference
- A sense of the “other” to be treated with respect and dignity at all times
- A belief in individual accountability and responsibility for the world
Read the mission and vision statements from the schools before you even think of applying. If you just want any job, apply to any school , but if you want to make a difference, do you homework before you apply and look for the criteria outlined here. Good luck and please let our small community know when you have found the jackpot. These schools are few and far between and we all want to teach there.