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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

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