The Journey to School
When choosing a new school, one of the things to consider is where the school is located relative to where you might end up living. If the school is far from the city you might have to choose between a hellish commute each morning and living far from the action of the city. On the other hand, if your school is centrally located, you could have a lovely walk or bike ride to school. Or, maybe your school is far from the city and that’s just the way you like it!
In Beirut, I loved that my school was located in Hamra which is also a great place to live. I lived a short 10-minute walk from school which not only made “commuting” easy by not having to deal with the Beirut traffic but allowed me to go home for lunch occasionally! Here in Budapest, my school is a way out of the city but it’s not too far that it makes living in the city center undesirable.
The website International Schools Community has a series called “The Journey to School” where teachers share their morning commute for the very purpose of helping teachers who are looking for a new school to get a sense of what it might be like to live and work in various places. Since I only have three months left living and working in Budapest (!!!), I thought now would be a good time to contribute a post about my own journey to school each morning. As I start to think about living and working in Bangkok, I’m really looking forward to changing things up again and having a short walk to school. (Fingers crossed I find just what I’m looking for in an apartment within walking distance of my new school.) You can read my post on the ISC blog here.
On a side note: I love this website for getting information about international schools. Unlike the very popular ISR (I’m not linking it because I’m not a fan) which tends to get reviews from mostly unhappy teachers that post long rants (and has a very negative vibe overall), the International School Community website asks teachers to post “comments” answering very specific questions about all aspects of the school (pay, benefits, curriculum, new teacher orientation, city life, travel opportunities, etc.). This also helps as a job seeker because you can narrow in on exactly the information you are looking for. If you are looking for a new school, I highly recommend that you check it out. And if you’re not looking for a new school but you’re an international teacher, please head over and leave some comments about your school!