Traveling Around

Traveling Around: Florence, Italy (The life of an international school teacher is good!)

October 30, 2013


Traveling Around: Florence, Italy

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Can you relate?

• Trying to speak Spanish (because of a lack of Italian) and thinking that you will easily be understood.
• Paying in Euros, but still thinking in U.S. Dollars.
• Using websites to find the best places to eat at, then arriving to those places only to find that they are too expensive for your budget.
• Roaming around and trying your best to avoid the hordes of tourists everywhere.
• Walking up a grueling 400 some steps to get to the top of the Bell Tower; and being awarded with an excellent view of the city (on a really nice day as well).
• Enjoying the warmer temperatures and appreciating them, knowing that the average temperature where you live is much lower at this time in the year.
• Staying at a cheap, but very unique and cool, bed and breakfast.
• Going shopping in a nearby grocery store, outside of the city center, with the locals…wishing that many of the products were being sold in the grocery stores where you live.
• Searching for the “best” italian pizza only to find just average tasting pizzas instead.
• Taking the time to visit some museums, appreciating the important art history of the area.
• Finding it a challenge to get your daily schedule to coincide perfectly (better) with the sometimes frustrating opening times of the local restaurants.
• Thinking that it was a cheaper option to eat at the Mc. Donalds for a quick bite to eat, only to find out that the prices were WAY above what you are used to…for a fast food place!
• Checking out the pretty amazing outfits of the senior citizen community of Florence.
• Making a mistake by diverting our walk a bit to check out an outdoor market, with the hope that it would have some unique items and not be so touristy….wrong!
• Forgetting to take advantage of our hotel room’s balcony to really take in our location and surroundings.
• Regretting not getting out of the city to really check out the countryside of Tuscany.

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Currently we have 31 international schools listed in Italy on International School Community. Here are a few that have had comments and information submitted on them:

International School of Bologna (15 Comments)
International School Florence (10 Comments)
International School in Genoa (10 Comments)
• American School of Milan (13 Comments)
• Bilingual European School of Milan (19 Comments)
• Sir James Henderson School (7 Comments)
• The Bilingual School of Monza (8 Comments)
• The English International School of Padua (12 Comments)
• Ambrit-Rome International School (7 Comments)
• American Overseas School of Rome (5 Comments)
• International School of Trieste (9 Comments)
International School Turin (15 Comments)

If you are on a trip right now, away from your host country, write to us at admin@internationalschoolcommunity.com with your “Can you relate?” traveling experiences.  Tell us where you are traveling in the world, what you are seeing and how you are coping with any culture shock.  Once your Traveling Around experience is posted on our blog, International School Community will give 6 free months of premium membership!

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Member Spotlights

International School Community Member Spotlight #21: Eugenia Papadaki (An int’l school director currently working at The Bilingual School of Monza)

February 2, 2013


Every 1-2 months International School Community will highlight one of our members in our Member Spotlight feature.  This month we interviewed Eugenia Papadaki:

Screen Shot 2013-01-27 at 1.59.40 PMTell us about your background.  Where are you from?

I am from Greece, have carried out all my higher education studies in England where I gained a BA in Foreign Modern Languages, an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PGCE (Post graduate certificate in Education) from the Institute of Education, London. I have taught in many educational settings in both the UK and in Italy. I have brought up both of my daughters trilingually from birth, who, now as young adults, speak several languages and who have been my inspiration for founding a Bilingual International school here in Italy 17 years ago.

How did you get started in the international teaching community?

My first experience was at the International School of Milan.

Which international schools have you worked at?  Please share some aspects of the schools that made them unique and fun places in which to work.

ISM: the diversity of languages spoken by the pupil population.

What are some important things that you look for when you are searching for a new position at an international school?

I have always been in an administrative position, but if I were to look for a job in an international school for me professional development opportunities and career advancement together with a collaborative learning environment and a real sense of community spirit would be the things that I will be looking for in a school.

In exactly 5 words, how would you describe the international school teaching experience?

Opportunity for growth, an eye opener.

Thanks Eugenia!

If you are a member of International School Community and would like to be our next member spotlight, contact us here.  If we choose to highlight you, you will get a coupon code to receive 6 months free of premium access to our website!

Want to work for an international school in Italy like Papadaki?  Currently, we have 30 international schools listed in the Italy on International School Community. Here are a few that have had comments and information submitted on their profiles:

American School of Milan (13 Comments)
Sir James Henderson School (7 Comments)
Bilingual European School of Milan (16 Comments)
The Bilingual School of Monza (8 Comments)
International School of Trieste (9 Comments)
Ambrit-Rome International School (7 Comments)
International School of Bologna (8 Comments)
International School in Genoa (10 Comments)
The English International School of Padua (12 Comments)

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Video Highlight

Video Highlight: Marymount International School (Rome) (Eithne Gallagher)

November 16, 2012


There are some international schools out there that have very inspired teachers. Eithne Gallagher would definitely be one of them!

Marymount International School (Rome)

Eithne Gallagher is one of the leading EAL specialists in the international school teaching community.  She has been a presenter at countless conferences and led a variety of workshops related to international schools, mother tongue programming as well as English as an Additional Language teaching philosophy and strategies.

International schools have much to think about with regards to how they create opportunities to help their students maintain their mother tongue/home language.  Having a Mother Tongue Celebration Day is a one idea presented in this video to acknowledge and affirm students’ home languages.

Want to know more about what life is like as a teacher at this international school?  Take a look a their profile page on our website – Marymount International School (Rome)

Additionally, you can check out the school’s website here and their employment page here.

Currently on www.internationalschoolcommunity.com we have 29 international schools listed in Italy with 7 of them being in the city of Rome.  The number of comments and information that have been submitted for each school is listed to the right the link to each school.  Here are a just a few of them:

• Bilingual European School of Milan (16 Comments)
• The Bilingual School of Monza (8 Comments)
• Sir James Henderson School (7 Comments)
• International School of Trieste (9 Comments)
• Ambrit-Rome International School (7 Comments)
• International School of Bologna (8 Comments)
• The English International School of Padua (12 Comments)
American School of Milan (13 Comments)
International School in Genoa (10 Comments)

If you know about what it is like working at one of these international schools in Italy, log-on today and submit your own comments and information.  If you submit more than 30 comments and information, then you can get 1 year of premium access to International School Community for free!

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Video Highlight

Video Highlight: American School of Milan’s Learning Eco-system and “Connect Classroom” (Milan, Italy)

August 28, 2012


There are so many international schools in Italy.  Which ones are good places for international school teachers to work at?  How does the international teaching community view the international schools there?

American School of Milan

What an interesting initiative at this international school. The concept of a learning Eco-system (and the “Connected Classroom”) sounds like a wonderful dream that became a reality for a school.

There have been 13 comments and information submitted on this international school on our website.  Want to know more about what life is like as a teacher at this international school?  Take a look a their profile page on our website – American School of Milan

Additionally, you can check out the school’s website here and their employment page here.

Currently on www.internationalschoolcommunity.com we have 28 international schools listed in Italy with 5 of them being in the city of Milan.  The number of comments and information that have been submitted for each school is listed to the right the link to each school.  Here are a just a few of them:

Bilingual European School of Milan (16 Comments)
The Bilingual School of Monza (8 Comments)
Sir James Henderson School (7 Comments)
International School of Trieste (9 Comments)
Ambrit-Rome International School (7 Comments)
International School of Bologna (8 Comments)
The English International School of Padua (12 Comments)

If you know about what it is like working at one of these international schools in Italy, log-on today and submit your own comments and information.  If you submit more than 30 comments and information, then you can get 1 year of premium access to International School Community for free!

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ISCommunity Milestones

International School Community Milestone: We now have over 900 international school profiles listed!

October 16, 2011


At International School Community, we now have over 903 international school profiles listed!

Get answers to your questions about the international schools you are interested in by clicking on the geographic region of your choice.  It’s a great way to learn about different international schools around the world and gather information!

The last 5 schools to be added:

ABC International School (Vietnam) (Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam)


Castelli International School
(Rome, Italy)


Ambrit-Rome International School
(Rome, Italy)


International School of Central Switzerland
(Cham, Switzerland)


Overseas Family School Singapore
(Singapore, Singapore)

 

Currently, International School Community has the following 903 international schools listed on our website (last updated on 16 October, 2011):

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