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Latest News from the Global Recruitment Team

Welcome! We're the ISS Global Recruitment Team (GRT), the people helping educators find their dream teaching jobs in international schools. There's always something happening in our recruiting corner of the world, so this blog is where we share everything from event recaps to candidate dashboard tricks. Meet the team on our bio page! And if you have any questions as you read, just email us at

Happy Summer Reading

June 08, 2018


Congratulations! You’ve voyaged through another school year full of the triumphs, challenges, and sweet surprises of international life. Thank you for all your hard work – you deserve to completely enjoy this summer. 

But what’s a good summer without good books? We've gathered the ISS staff’s top recommendations to get your reading list started:

  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones 

  • Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan 

  • Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate 

  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien 

  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Journey by Alfred Lansing (especially the Simon Prebble audiobook version!)  

  • Exit West by Mohsin Hamid  

  • The Alice Network by Kate Quinn 

  • The Lost City of the Monkey Gods by Douglas Preston 

  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 

  • The Outsider by Stephen King 

  • The Sellout by Paul Beatty 

  • The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve 

  • This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Anne Patchett,  

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly 

  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

  • New Media Reader edited by Nick Montfort and Noah Wardrip-Fruin 

  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 

  • Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult 

Whether you’ll be enjoying these books at beaches, backyards, or international airport terminals, we wish you happy summer reading! 

Posted By: Aliisa Lee

Collaborative webinar with The Black Expat

May 13, 2018

This week, ISS is proudly partnering with The Black Expat to bring you a webinar on careers in international education. On Wednesday, May 16 at 7pm ET, join Amanda Bates (founder of The Black Expat) and Laura Light (Director of ISS Global Recruitment) to explore how you can take your passion and work in education around the world. Space is limited, so save your seat here


About The Black Expat: The Black Expat is a multimedia platform that focuses on the intersection of black identity and international living. Founded by (adult) third culture kid, Amanda Bates, TBE develops content, shares resources and engage discussion on all things related to black expatriate life. Learn more at

Teacher Appreciation Day 2018

May 08, 2018


Happy Teacher Appreciation Day! We can't say enough to thank our educators around the world. ISS has worked alongside international teachers and administrators for many years, but we are still constantly awed by the ways you embrace adventure, adapt to classrooms and communities, and find creative ways to inspire your students, wherever you may be.

You dedicate so much to the young global leaders of our future. From everyone here at ISS, thank you for making a world of difference!

Posted By: The Global Recruitment Team

Webinar: 6 Steps before moving overseas

May 02, 2018

What should you do after accepting a position teaching abroad, but before the first day at your new school? At our April 25 webinar, we discussed the important steps to take in that exciting transition period. Enjoy!

ISS Alumni Tips: Moving abroad!

April 25, 2018

In anticipation of our April 25 webinar, we asked some fantastic ISS alumni to share their own tips for the international transition. Enjoy their teach abroad wisdom! 

Thanks to (left to right) Anthony, Tracy, Kisha, Idrissa, and Leticia for sharing!

"Make sure to bring things that may not be available in the host country-medication, fun niche things like games, certain sports equipment, etc. Also, make sure that the shippers offer insurance and also offer the best rate compared to competitors." --Anthony Kiddey

"Be sure look into the airline’s baggage policy and number of bags allowed to avoid any surprises at the check in counter. And prices will be different and so will the sizes! In China, for example, the average sizes for apparel and shoes are smaller. I gave up on shoe/clothes shopping and buy when I am home." --Tracy Bane

"Research the area where you are going. When I moved to China in 2014 I knew I going to be the only black person at my school. Before arriving I researched and found out about a WeChat group called Black Life China. There were black and brown people in these groups all over China. It was great to help me find out what areas specialized in black hair care and products. That group enabled me to have friends before I got there and to know what to expect as a person of color. Research and make connections before you go. Also, bring cooking spices and seasonings. I was so glad that I brought all my Jamaican food seasonings so I could cook my native dishes in each country I moved to. I was even able to do a pop up restaurant and introduce my host country to Jamaican Food." -- Kisha Monique; also, check out her blog written during her first couple of months in China that has great info for POCs!

"If you are moving to a cold place, I recommend that you do your winter clothes and shoes shopping from home. Often times these things are very expensive where you are going." --Idrissa Diallo

"Make sure you contact someone from the school you'll be working at. Usually schools offer social and/or professional buddies. It's a great idea to ask them as many questions as you might have as they have been to the same process as you before. They can give you advice about nannies, best areas for housing and many other things." --Leticia Carino

Posted By: Aliisa Lee

Webinar: 6 Steps to Follow After Accepting and Overseas Position

April 15, 2018

If you've accepted a position teaching abroad, congratulations! You must be thrilled -- and are probably also wondering what happens now. On April 25, 3PM EDT, join us for a webinar discussing 6 helpful steps to take next. From collecting personal documentation to helpful packing tips, we'll answer those questions that have been on your mind as you embark on this chapter of your global career. Register to save your spot through Zoom and send your questions in advance to!


Posted By: Christina Eberhardt & Aliisa Lee

Announcing ISS-Schrole Advantage

April 04, 2018

Our team is so, so thrilled to be sharing this news with our community:  ISS is coming together with Schrole, another one of the world's leading education recruitment platforms, to create ISS-Schrole Advantage. This platform will be the largest recruiting ecosystem of international schools and educators worldwide, and we cannot wait to see the difference it will make in international recruiting!

With cutting edge technology, smart search capabilities, engaging apps, fairs, and virtual events, ISS-Schrole Advantage will combine personal service and powerful technology to advance your international recruiting experience. Find the official press release here, and get excited for the 2018-19 recruitment season! 

Posted By: The Global Recruitment Team

2018-19 Season Dates!

March 18, 2018

With a record number of ISS candidates and schools this year, we have so many people to thank for an amazing 2017-18 season of recruiting events! From connecting across the world with our online weekend iFair®, to diving into the network of an IRC with a new job fair app, it's been wonderful supporting our educators' success and sharing in the event excitement. We're now announcing the dates and three fantastic cities that will host the 2018-19 season of ISS recruiting fairs:


Save the dates to join us in Atlanta, Bangkok, and San Francisco!

Posted By: Laura Light

What happens Next? Continuing your Search!

February 28, 2018

Calling all questions! Early next week, we'll be recording a casual info session called "What Happens Next? Continuing your Search." During this hour, we'll be discussing the March 17 iFair and recruiting tips for this part of the season. We want to make sure this session gives the best support possible to our candidates -- please send the questions you want to hear answered!
Update, March 9, 2018
Here is the video! Join Dana, Christina, Rob, Dick, and Laura as they explore questions like "Is this the end of the hiring season? What do you suggest for those of us who can’t attend an in-person job fair? Can ISS provide feedback to help make me a better candidate? What advice can you provide to a newly certified teacher?" and more:


Find a full list of questions and respective timestamps in the video description on our Youtube page!

Posted By: Christina Eberhardt

Last but not least: the March 17 iFair

February 24, 2018

We're closing out our recruiting event season with an iFair® on Saturday, March 17! For anyone who's wondered just what exactly an ISS iFair® is, here's a video we've made to show the basics of this super streamlined and flexible event: 

As with all our recruiting events, the iFair is open and free to anyone with an active ISS membership. Keep an eye on the updating list of schools at the event page, and join us in a few weeks!

Tim and Claudia's story

February 20, 2018

Tim-and-Claudia.jpgOur team likes to say that a recruiting fair is just the beginning of a journey. Tim and Claudia Tetz, an ISS teaching team who attended our New York IRC, have shown this in the most beautiful way! When we reached out to wish the Tetz family safe travels home from the fair, Tim shared this story:

"We had an amazing flight back.  I met a man on the plane on our leg from Chicago to Portland.  Long story short, this man and his wife and three children were arriving from Iraq to live in Oregon.  He was super nervous about the details for enrolling his kids in to school the next day.  My wife being a former ESL teacher and current administrator and myself w/ similar experience were able to sit and share information that would bring him a peace of mind. 

We arrived at 10:30pm, 1:30am our bodies time from East Cost).  His ride was not there, but ours was.  So my friend drove my wife home (45 minute one way) to pick up our truck while I stood and waited w them and there 12 large pieces of luggage and a few carry ons and backpacks.  She returned about 12:30, just after midnight.  We loaded the truck and drove them to our home, stopping at Winco to pick up food for a snack and breakfast the next morning.  We were family from the moment we stepped off the airplane.  We had our snack, gave them each a new toothbrush, and went to bed around 2am. 

At 8am I got a call from their Lebanese friend living in Beaverton, an hour from us, who was scheduled to pick them up and provide an apartment.  Meanwhile, we enjoyed the beautiful weather, took a walk, played w/ our dogs -- the kids had never touched a dog -- and I took him to see a car I had for sale (2002, 212,000 miles) in immaculate condition for the year.  It is a four door and seats five...perfect for them.  When he renews his driver's license and gets insurance, the car will be his.  We also have items in our shop that will serve them...bunkbed, pantry items, etc.  You can imagine how grateful they are.  But Claudia and I feel the most blessed to be able to make new friends.  They say we are their "brother and sister". The children already call us Uncle and Aunt.  It felt soooo good that the first impression of the USA was positive." 

It's one thing to navigate the busyness of international interview sign-ups, and another to display an open kindness to our global family in your day-to-day. The Tetz family did both this season. We're so grateful to walk alongside educators like you, Tim and Claudia!

Posted By: Anna Santori

Thanks for an amazing NYC fair!

February 14, 2018

And with one last farewell to the bright lights of NYC, we wrap up the last ISS IRC of the season! Everyone here at International Schools Services, along with our event partners Teach Away and AASSA, thank our teachers and recruiters for making an amazing fair.


Highlights of the fair for us include:
• The international connections made between our attendees, recruiters and candidates alike. Whether formally at Interview Sign-Up and interviews, or casually at the social or around the halls, this sort of networking makes the world a little smaller
• The contracts offered and jobs accepted! It's amazing to see an entirely new chapter of someone's life unfold in a few days
• The enthusiastic learning candidates and recruiters did at our first-ever Professional Development Day
• The location! If for some reason the excitement of a recruitment fair wasn't enough, we had a front-row seat to the flashing billboards of Times Square

For even more pictures of the event, check out the NYC 2018 Facebook Album. We can't wait to see how the stories started in New York unfold around the world!

Posted By: Aliisa Lee

Thanks for joining us for another GRT Roundtable!

January 31, 2018

At last Friday's Roundtable, we had a great time sitting down with Bruce and our viewers from around the world to chat about the upcoming NYC event! Listen in and learn how to make your February recruiting fair experience a success:

Posted By: Christina Eberhardt

Welcome Letter from the Mayor of NYC

January 29, 2018

We’re honored by this thoughtful letter the Mayor of NYC sent us in anticipation of the Feb 8-11 Manhattan job fair. With this kind of welcome, we know great things await our educators and international school recruiters in New York! (Bigger version here)


Join us for the first NYC PD day

January 15, 2018

Registration for our first PD day is off to a great start! Join us for a day learning with some of the best leaders and thinkers in international education. Check out the video below for a brief overview, and find more information about the schedules, speakers, and sessions at the PD event page. See you in a few weeks!

Posted By: Dana Zarrello

Bangkok 2018

January 13, 2018

As the world rang in 2018, the ISS Global Recruitment Team was on their way to our second IRC of the season – in Bangkok! The Shangri-la hotel provided a beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Bangkok streets. While Bangkok offers many activities for the avid traveler, international educators were busy making connections and discovering shared passions at the January IRC. From school presentations to interview sign-up to networking events – this event was whirlwind of knowledge and possibilities. Both the teachers and schools looked over a sea of opportunities as offers were made, considered and accepted!


Photo of the Shangri Lobby, courtesy of recruiter Matthew Neal

The ISS Global Recruitment Team was honored to help launch new adventures for candidates and schools alike. We enjoyed meeting and talking to so many experienced educators and look forward to seeing so many more in New York. Thank you to all who joined us in Bangkok and made this event one of a kind!

Posted By: Christina Eberhardt

Catch up on Teacher Features

January 04, 2018

Happy New Year everyone! Most of the Global Recruitment Team is starting their year in Thailand, busy helping our candidates and international recruiters find their dream match at the Bangkok job fair. We can't wait to see what 2018 holds for our educators (the ones job-hunting in Bangkok right now, and the hundreds we will work with in this coming year!). To celebrate the many opportunities of a career in international education, make sure you've read all our latest Teacher Features:

Left to Right: Mary, Adriana, John, Melissa, and Brenda

We have Mary Rossi, who describes her new school in Dubai as "love at first sight"; Adriana James, a sunny success story from our San Francisco IRC; John Godwin, a retiring international administrator reflecting on 44 years in education; Melissa Leach, a behavior interventionist who's headed to the Cayman Islands; and most recently, Brenda Faz, who landed a position in Brazil to lead her own Makerspace. It's a joy to work with these educators and see their journey. Here's to many more in the days ahead! 

Atlanta IRC - Thanks for everything!

December 04, 2017

ISS-team-ATL-(2).jpgThe Atlanta crew, L to R: Tajuan, Dana, Aliisa, Megan, Lisa, and Christina! (Laura was inside running the social)

We're back from the first IRC of the season -- and what a start it was! Highlights for me include: 1) The Grand Hyatt Buckhead. It's balanced the hotel/conference/meeting feel by landscaping a breathtaking, three-story waterfall and Japanese garden right into the building. 2) The successful maiden voyage of our event-app! Whova was an amazing vessel for recruiter, canididate, and organizer, communication. Everyone dove right in to post announcements, share photos, send over 5,700 messages, and 7,000+ profile views. We also made a lot of trees very happy by going green. 3) Working with the Teach Away and AASSA teams! We're so glad we partnered with these organizations again to bring even more candidates and schools together. 4) As always, my favorite part of an IRC is walking alongside our candidates. Really, we get to work with the most genuine, funny, adventurous, and kind educators out there! Being part of their international story is a total joy and honor.

Curious about what these IRCs are all about? Being there is the best way to understand the energy and joy of an IRC, so consider joining us at our January Bangkok IRC or February NYC IRC. But, until then, peek into the life of an IRC through these compiled below! You can also check out photos at #ISSatlanta2017 or on our organization's Facebook page. Enjoy!

Posted By: Aliisa Lee

IRC tips from your fellow candidates

December 02, 2017

We're in Atlanta now, setting up for an awesome first IRC of the 2017-18 season! In anticipation, we asked for advice from past successful job fair candidates. They did not disappoint -- Brent Fullterton, who is now teaching in Jordan, even sent in his list of tips over a graphic (below)! Thanks to all of them, and all the best to this season's job fair candidates!

Brent-Advice.jpg"Reach out to all the schools you are interested in and also talk to schools that reach out to you! Don’t turn down any opportunities to have a conversation with recruiters, you never know what might come out of the conversation. :) And thank you cards for sure!" - Kanako Suwa, teaching in Vietnam

"Get to know the mission statement and the philosophy of the schools that you are interested in." - Idrissa Diallo, teaching in Myanmar

"We got our first job offer during the fair in Atlanta during the social! Please attend, remember to wear profesional attire and make connections. Good luck!" - Leticia Diallo, teaching in Myanmar

"Definitely know enough about the school so you can answer the question: "why do you see yourself as a good fit at our school." You should definitely be very specific and refer to the mission statement and/or programs you'd be teaching." - Kevin Mount, teaching in Kuwait

Carry extra resumes and don't forget the "thank you" cards for those who grant you interviews!!! Very important. Also, be sure to hang around the restaurant/bar area to wine and dine with possible heads of schools! No drinks required-just be visible and ambitious!  - Jeremy Greene, teaching in Shanghai


Our amazing ambassadors, left to right: Kanako, Brent, Idrissa and Leticia Diallo, Kevin, and Jeremy

Posted By: Aliisa Lee

ISS Webinar #4: Administrators abroad!

November 30, 2017

Thanks to Beth, Dave, Brad, and Ashley for exploring international school administration with us in yesterday's webinar! Whether you missed it or just want to hear the panelists' wisdom all over again, you can view the webinar recording below and download the slides.

Feeling inspired to expand your leadership skills at an international school? Take a look at our current administrative searches! 

Posted By: Christina Eberhardt

Don't Worry! Some encouragement from the team

November 29, 2017

Reminders_For-Anna-emails.jpgIt’s the end of November already and let’s face it, the waiting game is unbearable! Why aren’t the schools responding? When will they respond? Will they invite me for an interview? These are just some of the questions we here in Global Recruitment at ISS field every day. We sympathize with you! Each job search can be a daunting experience. It’s a long process that involves a lot of hard work, and you have to brace yourself for a bit of a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. No matter how prepared you think you are, there are always moments of doubt.

Do not be discouraged though, and keep up your positive energy and hope! Here is a wonderful article we came across and wanted to share with you to let you know you’re not alone. Things will work out!

Posted By: Anna Santori

Teacher Postcard: The Herrington Family

November 16, 2017

Scott and Susanne Herrington recently repatriated to Canada after 24 years of living and teaching in the Middle East. Those years abroad were filled with adventure, including raising their three children, climbing mountains, and leading classrooms. If you're looking for some inspiration, read their story here! 


As Scott says: "I've known many Canadian colleagues that have watched us live and work overseas and say, “Oh I couldn't do it” -- but I say, yes you could! Whether you do it for a couple of years, or you spend the better part of your career doing it, it's an absolutely incredible opportunity and one that you shouldn't miss. [...] In every corner of the planet, there's exciting possibility to grow in your profession and to make a positive influence."

Posted By: Aliisa Lee (Communications, friend of the GRT)

Teacher Postcard: "ISS Sisters" Melanie and Nicole

November 07, 2017

postcard001.jpg Melanie is an ISS alumna and retired School Counselor with a rich history in international education: she attended an international school in Manila as a child, became a counselor in Japan and Indonesia, and raised her children abroad as well. We're grateful ISS got to be part of her international journey! Melanie reached out to us a few months ago, offering to share about ISS at presentation she was giving for the Oklahoma School Counseling Association about teaching/counseling overseas.

When Melanie was in Oklahoma for the presentation this past Thursday, she found a kindred spirit in the audience: Nicole, who had worked overseas at UNIS Hanoi (Vietnam) after finding her job via ISS! They called themselves the "ISS sisters" and came together after the presentation to send us this fun photo. We love how international education spans the world, yet also makes it a little smaller. Here's to the joy of two globe-trotting ISS alumni finding each other in Oklahoma!

Posted By: Laura Light

Webinar 3: What is an IRC?

November 04, 2017

What is an IRC? On Thursday, we joined Bruce, Dana, Jeremy, and Greg to learn everything there is to know about our in-person job fairs (also known as International Recruitment Conferences). Watch the recorded conversation below! It's jam-packed with great information, so we've also made the webinar slides available to download. Explore just what an IRC is, how you can best prepare, and how to make the most of your job fair experience once you're there.

We can't wait to bring together job-seeking educators and international school recruiters at these upcoming job fairs. The Atlanta IRC is in less than a month -- the team is busy preparing for it to be an amazing start to the season!

Teacher Postcard: Hello from Chante and her family!

November 01, 2017

Chante-family-(1).jpgChante came to our 2017 San Francisco IRC with a dream of teaching abroad. A few days later, we were cheering and sending her off with a contract to teach in Beijing! Today, Chante and her three children (Tarayana, Michael, and Zariah) are settling into their new life in China. She recently caught up with Laura and sent a colorful family update, complete with pictures and stories about new foods, the kids' social lives, and the adventures they're uncovering as a family. I highly recommend reading her full update here!

On a related note: the GRT helps educators find positions abroad, but we know that's just the beginning of your stories. So please, keep sending those updates! We love getting email "postcards" and sharing in the excitement of ISS alum's stories. You're part of our big, global family! 

Posted By: Aliisa Lee (Communications, friend of the GRT)

Did you know? The future is bright!

October 25, 2017

Ever wonder what the future holds for international schools and educators? As a team working in international teacher recruitment, we definitely do. :) ISC Research is the world leader in international school research and has tracked the K-12 English-medium international schools market for more than twenty years. They've also used their data to predict the growth of international schools!

So what will the opportunities look like for international educators in 10 years? This video we put together will show you!

Posted By: Christina Eberhardt

Thanks for a great October iFair®!

October 16, 2017


Thank you to all the schools and candidates who joined us for a very successful iFair®! We connected our 150 attendees with over 470 chats, and saw recruiters representing schools from South Korea to Slovenia. What a way to kick off the recruiting season!

Our team was online (with coffee in hand!) at 7:30am, then connected throughout the 4.5 hour event. We had a blast representing ISS, supporting our candidates/recruiters, and in between, discussing as a team even more ideas we could implement in the future. We were the first to offer the iFair®, and in the years since we started, we've been so proud to see the many relationships they've built between schools and candidates. Join us on November 18 for the next iFair® of the season! 

Posted By: Laura Light

Explore the Dashboard #2: Job Alerts

October 09, 2017

ISS candidates tell us all the time how much they appreciate the job alert feature of the dashboard. So today, let's take a look at setting up job alert emails for yourself!

This daily email delivers all the brand new jobs posted in the past 24 hours straight to your inbox every morning. You can select the positions you that meet your criteria, and you’ll see those at the top of the daily job alert email. If no jobs that meet your criteria are added in that 24 hours, you’ll still get the email, so you can keep on top of what’s going on in the world of international recruitment.

Posted By: Dana Zarrello

ISS Webinar #2: Taking Your Career Overseas

September 27, 2017

Teaching abroad is an amazing decision -- but we know every journey is better with the support of a team! In this September webinar, Dana and Laura explore what every educator applying abroad should know about: opportunities, qualifications, benefits, ISS support, and of course, where to get started.

You might hear the moderators referring to some technical difficulties during the hour, but don't worry! They are pros who handled it all gracefully, and this recording contains the complete, fantastic webinar.


Explore the Dashboard #1: Apply for that dream job

September 16, 2017

We'll be posting a series of short videos to showcase the ISS dashboard. It's a powerful tool, and we want our candidates to make the most of it! Today we look at the most basic, but maybe most important feature: how to apply for a job with ISS.

In your ISS dashboard, you can easily apply to positions all over the world. Go to the "Apply to a Job" page and select the positions that interest you. When searching, you can also filter by region of the world or events you will be attending -- this is particularly useful tool if you’ll be joining us at one of our world class job fairs! Once you submit, you'll find a list of jobs that fit your criteria. When you apply for a job, we recommend you follow up with an email to the recruiter, just as another means of letting them know your file is ready to review. And that's it! :)

Posted By: Dana Zarrello

ISS Webinar #1: Teaching Career Overseas

August 30, 2017

We had a great time hosting this webinar for a worldwide audience! Join Laura, Keith, and Bruce as they explore our five favorite reasons to teach abroad: the job security, opportunity to grow, adventure, teaching, and extra benefits of this career.


Posted By: Christina Eberhardt and Tajuan Hardee

Check out all of our events and conferences | 2018/19 conference dates: Atlanta, GA, USA (December 9-11, 2018)  •   Bangkok, Thailand (January 4-7, 2019)  •   San Francisco, CA, USA (February 7-10, 2019) |