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After Australia, Europe is the smallest continent in the world, but the third most populous representing over 8% of the world’s population. Despite its small land area compared to other continents, Europe has had outsized influence in global history and world affairs. In fact, Europe was once the epicenter of Western civilization and has exerted political, economic and cultural influence on the rest of the world for centuries.

Perhaps no other continent conjures up more iconic landmarks than Europe – from the Eiffel tower in Paris to the Tower Bridge in London – many of these images are indelibly etched in our minds and imagination. Whether you dream of exploring the majestic castles of Bavaria or the ancient ruins of Athens and Rome, all of these destinations are home to some of the world’s oldest and most established international schools.

Europe has consistently been ranked the most popular tourist destination in the world and it should come as no surprise that Europe is also a top destination for first-time international teachers. For those who are new to expat living, Europe feels like the most familiar and safest choice for their first foray into international teaching.

There are many benefits to teaching in Europe, but you may find that due to its popularity, and the laws of supply and demand, this dynamic is reflected in the compensation packages offered to international hires compared to other regions.

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The Question Behind the Question on 27-Oct-21

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Conversations with an International Teacher of Colour: Kam Chohan, ECIS on 27-Oct-21
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This second series explores how international schools, international organizations, and international recruitment agencies are making systemic changes with regards to racial equity.

International Athletic Directors “State of the Industry” Survey 2021 on 27-Oct-21

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Leaders as Coaches: Empowering Professional Growth in Schools on 27-Oct-21

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Vickie Swann on 01-Jul-19

Editor Meadow Hilley talks with Vicki Swan, a Middle School Principal in Panama City, Panama. Before moving into a leadership role, Vickie taught middle school science for 10 years. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, her previous appointments brought her to Hungary and Vietnam.

Mohammad Saleh on 28-Jul-19

Editor Meadow Hilley talks with Mohammad Saleh, who teaches IBDP Biology and Chemistry in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has also taught in Lebanon, where he’s originally from. Mohammad began his international teaching career in Jeddah seven years ago.

Shannon Keane on 28-Jul-19

Editor Meadow Hilley talks with Shannon Keane, a Grade 2 Teacher, Team Leader, and Social Studies Subject Leader K–5. Currently working in Brazil, Shannon’s previous position brought her to Qatar. She has been in international education for eight years.
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