Teaching Abroad: Round 2
Trip Start Aug 02, 2010
20Trip End Aug 02, 2012
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We knew with our backgrounds and experiences, securing a job would not be extremely difficult; however, we wanted a school that satisfied our qualities. Needless to say, Jen and I made sure to do our homework this time around. We researched international schools for over two months, sending out resumes and cover letters to schools that intrigued us. We eventually came across a school located in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (the capital) called DelCampo International School
A little background about the fair before I actually tell you about our experiences...The fair is hosted by the University of Northern Iowa. It recruits about 110-130 international schools from all around the globe so that they may hire new teachers for the following school year. The international schools are generally wealthy private schools, intended for students to receive a more Western based education. The fair is three days long (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and is set up so you can secure interviews on Friday and Saturday and hopefully accept job offers by Sunday. Typically, the more research and early contact (prior to the fair) you have with the schools, the more interviews you will have during the fair.
At last, the international teaching fair arrived and Jen and I drove three hours to Cedar Falls, IA, a flat and boring drive once you leave Wisconsin. This being our first time at the fair, it was a bit hectic for us. Upon arriving, we already secured a few interviews with schools during the course of the weekend, however we were still trying to make some last minute contacts before the fair actually started
The second we arrived at the hotel, Jen received a call from a school from Mexico asking if we wanted to talk the night before the fair (Since we arrived Thursday afternoon). We gladly accepted the invitation and went to their hotel for a chat. When we arrived at the hotel, we waited patiently in the lobby. Forty minutes later, a representative from the school finally showed up, not knowing anything about us, what we were applying for, etc. The lady who originally set up the interview was stuck at Target with some colleagues, a lame and somewhat insulting excuse to Jen and I. The representative proceeded to ask us questions, impressed by our credentials. However, much like other school representatives, he was not interested when he found out we did not have Advanced Placement certification/experience. Funny thing about AP training/certification, it is somewhat of a catch 22, in order to teach AP classes, you need AP training, but it is the school who is supposed to provide you with the training, but seldom are schools willing to provide you with the training. Lets just say, in the end, this guy was a tool.
Friday morning Jen and I attended the fair orientation, very organized and ready to secure some interviews. After a round robin sign-up of interviews, we lined up eight interviews, including one with the highly esteemed DelCampo International School! In fact, DelCampo was our first interview of the day. Extremely excited, we arrived to the DelCampo interview 30 minutes early (interviews take place either in the convention center, where the fair is held or in the hotel attached to the convention center). The "interview" went great, after 30 minutes of conversation, Jen and I eventually accepted teaching positions at DelCampo International School. Despite having seven more interviews, we could not turn down a school that is a perfect fit for us.
Let me tell you a little bit about DelCampo International School. It is a bilingual international school set on 24 acres in the suburbs of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. It is an American accredited school, which means it follows American curriculum and standards. The following is from their website: "DelCampo International School's history of achievement in providing college couseling services and assisting students seeking to continue their studies at the university level outside of Honduras is well known." The school is currently revamping its facilities with state of the art classroom technology and a new athletic complex.
At DelCampo, I will be teaching 7th and 8th grade U.S History and geography; Jen will be teaching 11th and 12th grade English. As of right now, we will be leaving for Honduras on Augsust 2nd. We are extremely excited for this opportunity and cannot wait for it to begin. Unlike our Abu Dhabi adventure, we will really try to keep our blog udated on a regular basis.