Thursday, January 15, 2009

Teachers in the UK: Networking with Other Canadians & Americans

Social media has completely changed the way we move to other countries. Now you can network online with others who have "been there and done that" and people of like minds who are also going through the same steps that you are.

So to help, here are my favourites for networking with other Canadian & Americans in the UK:

  1. Canuck Abroad - Here's an online forum for Canadians scattered across the globe. The UK discussion group is quite active & any question you have about moving to London has probably already been asked & answered in there.
  2. London Expat American Meetup - a place for Americans to network and get together in London.
  3. Network Canada - this is a non-profit group for Canadians living in London. They're also the authors of Living in London: A Survival Guide for Canadians. They hold monthly social events which are quite popular.
  4. Classroom Canada on Facebook - I have to post this one of course! Here's a place to ask questions, meet other teachers, look at teacher photos and get an idea of what we're all about. We also have a private members facebook group for our selected teachers to meet each other & share ideas/resources.
  5. TES Community Forum - The Times Educational Supplement (TES) is a newspaper and website. The Overseas Trained Teacher forum is very active and a great place to discuss issues with teaching in the UK as a foreign trained teacher. A quick note: I find quite a few of the comments to be very negative against teaching in London and the UK in general, so try to take everything said with an open mind. Some people use online forums as venting grounds.
  6. Canadians in London Facebook Group - Today this group has 780 members. I just saw a post about a flat in Shepherd's Bush (West London) for rent so it looks like a great place to meet others & ask for help with finding flatmates and flats. I know most of my teachers have joined the group.
  7. American Expats in London Facebook Group - There are a few of these groups on facebook for Americans in London but this one has the largest number of members (1046 today).
Have I missed any websites that you'd like to share? Please post them in the comments section.

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