“When we are clear about what we are looking for and being open to that, with our strengths, then we're more likely to have a successful rather than a frustrating time counting down the days until the end.” ~ Robert Fenlon
Robert spent 17 years teaching overseas. He collaborated with Karenni teachers to provide education to 2,000 refugee students in UN camps in Thailand. More recently he was a lecturer/trainer supporting aboriginal miners in remote northern Australia in which he won the Australian Industry-Education Collaboration Award for improving employee engagement and retention.
Having been privileged with the opportunity to work around the world, Robert knows many of the challenges and rewards of expatriate life and now supports international teachers, schools and recruitment agencies as a Strengths Strategy coach. Helping teachers and schools ask the right questions when considering a new international school is crucial for the success of both parties. In this podcast, Robert discusses identifying the strengths people possess; asking the right questions and, finally, how schools can increase the retention of teachers and ensure the stability and quality of education in their international school.
Quick Episode Summary:
[00:01:23] iTeachOverseas tip (106): when integrating into a new country, you'll probably be asked for an email to sign up for clubs and services. Keep your host country emails separate from your personal email. One way to achieve this is to create a new e-mail address that you will use when businesses and organizations in your host country request one part of this new email address forward to your personal email. When you move on to your new adventure all you have to do is delete the account or stop it from being forwarded to your main personal account. I have included a tutorial on how to forward your email to another account:
If you have an overseas tip to share on the show go to iTeachOverseas.com or send me an email at email@example.com.
[00:03:01]:What is a coach and why is it important?
[00:04:41]: What are the assumptions, values and the relationships you should be considering when moving to a new country?
[00:06:50]: What are some questions that we could be asking ourselves when considering moving overseas?
[00:09:41]: Are you hosting an event.? Would you like me to share that with iTeachOverseas listeners? Send me an email at info@iTeachOverseas.com.
[00:09:58]: How would we go about working with you?
[00:11:55] Reverse Culture Shock – Returning home and how to cope with this change.
[00:12:33]: Is that Clifton Strengths Finder skills test, Is that something you pay for?
[00:14:33]: How can schools and administration benefit from this experience?
[00:17:30] Are there any other items that you help with in terms of going overseas?
[00:20:02] Extending your teaching contract.
[00:21:13] A special offer for our iTeachOverseas listeners
[00:22:45] So how could a teacher or school get a hold of you? Where can we find you?
Probably the best way is through my LinkedIn profile and Robert@strengthscoachinginternational.com
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