Teachers Latin America
International Educators Hiring Fair
January 26th and 27th, 2018
University of Houston Downtown
THE HIRING SEASON:
First of all, as you can see, the hiring season starts much sooner than most local schools in your home country. In fact, some schools start as early as November and December in their search for teachers and support staff but possibly even sooner than that for administrative roles. Don’t worry, there are still plenty of positions left in January and February.
The Latin American international schools that we cater to prefer teachers that are certified by their home state or country, possess a degree in the field that they are teaching and have at least 2 years of teaching experience. Some exceptions can be made for hard-to-find positions such as ITC, Sciences and Math as well as the arts but in general this is what the schools are looking for in the candidate they hire. Experience is usually the most important factor but some exceptions can be made.
Also it is important to note that some schools prefer teaching couples and some schools prefer single teachers.
LENGTH AND TERMS OF CONTRACT:
Each school, as well as each country will differ to some degree in what they offer in the final “package.” However, most of the schools that will be at this fair require at least a two-year commitment/contract. There are some schools who will only require a one-year commitment. Both sets of schools will give you the opportunity to renew after the initial contract if you are in good standing.
Here are some of the basic benefits that most schools provide. This varies significantly from school to school and country to country. You should make sure to clarify these benefits (including getting it in writing) with any school before you sign a contract or pro-forma document.
OFFERING AND ACCEPTING POSITIONS:
Some schools may make you an offer at the Teachers Latin America Hiring Fair and ask you to sign a document accepting the position before you leave at the end of the weekend. This is not an uncommon practice. Some schools may choose to follow up with you after the fair. You should come with a strategy for interviewing as well as a list of what are your priorities for the school in which you wish to work as well as the country in which you wish to relocate.
Please consider carefully your level of commitment before signing a contract or pro forma document committing to a school. Even an e-mail or verbal commitment should be taken seriously. International schools and the international community take these commitments VERY SERIOUSLY as it affects their entire recruiting strategy. It is bad practice to sign one of these documents and then back out for reasons less dire than an extreme emergency or significant health issues. You may think the world is a very big place but the international schools’ community is a very close group. This could be damaging to your professional reputation if you do not handle this part professionally.