Monday, February 21, 2011

What makes Classroom Canada unique?




One of the things that I particularly like about working at Classroom Canada is that we are not just about getting you a teaching job. I like to think that we focus on getting you the “experience beyond the classroom.” By this I mean, we help our teachers out not only with all the nitty-gritty details of making that big move across the Atlantic (visas, housing, bank accounts and networking) but also with establishing a good, solid network of friendships that will make the time outside of the classroom so fantastic.

Teaching with Classroom Canada will be tough - teaching anywhere is tough - but in the words of one of our teachers:
View [your time with Classroom Canada] as a “life” opportunity! Go [to London] seeking exceptional life experience through meeting new people, travel, seeing the London sights and you will really have a phenomenal and worthwhile experience!
Throughout this week and next, I’ll be highlighting and discussing in this blog these and other aspects that make Classroom Canada unique.

1. First and foremost, we are a small agency and we care about you.

We feel that our recruiters are all very personable, approachable and available to help answer your questions. We like to get to know all our applicants not only as teachers, but also as people. We know moving abroad can be incredibly stressful at times, so we want to go that extra mile to make sure you have all the information you need to make a successful transition to life overseas.

2. Second, we are very selective.

Over 100 teachers across Canada have taught in London. Ninety percent of our teachers stay for the entire two years that their visas allow. Some of them stay for three years and a few are staying there for life, getting married and starting families!

We look for candidates who not only are outstanding teachers, but also those who are interesting, have unique personalities, have good senses of humour, love to travel, and are positive, adaptable, resourceful, open-minded and flexible.

The teachers we select become ambassadors for Classroom Canada and Classroom UK. We need to ensure that they are professional, energetic, easy to get along with, and honest.

3. We offer social networking.

All of us at Classroom Canada have had opportunities to live and work abroad, and we understand one of the most important things to making your experience the best it can be is by establishing solid friendships with other Canadians while you are living in London.

We like that process to get started before you arrive in London. Here are the ways we help with that:
Join our Facebook group. Join it now to get a sense of who we are and what we do. Then, after you are accepted into our program we will invite you into our private Facebook group which consists of teachers, past and present. This group of amazing teachers will become an invaluable resource for you while you pack (offering you tips on what to bring, what not), while you teach (offering support, encouragement and advice for those days which may not have been your best), and while you have fun (being there for and with you to explore the awesome sights and sounds of London, Europe and wherever else the adventure may take you!)
We offer Coffee Time Interviews as a chance for you to get to know our teachers and what it is REALLY like to teach in London. See the sidebar for a list of recent Coffee Times.
Sign up for our monthly newsletters to keep up-to-date on our interview schedule, recruiting events across Canada and other opportunities to meet our teachers and staff.
I think that gives you just a taste of what makes Classroom Canada unique.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I’ll be discussing our unique accommodation options for our teachers.

As always, if you have any specific questions about who we are or what we do – or if you are ready to apply – please contact us at: apply [AT] classroomcanada [DOT] com.

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