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Expat Teachers network - come and join

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2012 9:42 am
by Hoppeaustralia
Hi everyone,

Have seen that, like me, there's a decent bunch of newly or recently arrived expat teachers to Singapore. I'm 29, from Australia, and set to start teaching at Avondale Grammar from this semester. Love to explore Singapore and surrounds with a like-minded crew and could be brilliant for planning trips in SE Asia for holidays if anyone's keen.

Also kinda nice to debrief with people that share similar understandings of everyday work.
If you're interested in either a weekly night out, day trip, movie, or quiet beer, post your email address on here and I'll organise the first gathering somewhere local within the next week or so.



Posted: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 3:49 pm
by jemmacruise
Hi there,
My name is Jemma. My boyfriend I moved to Singapore from Scotland a month ago. I have just completed my PGDE primary course in Edinburgh so this is my first year teaching. I am due to start at One World International School in August.
Would be great to make some teacher friends who share the same holidays as the travelling opportunities are great! Please keep me updated on any social events etc.
My email address is


Posted: Thu, 12 Jul 2012 9:27 am
by Hoppeaustralia
Great Jemma, will do. Have had a few people PM me so we're starting to get together a nice group. Hope you're looking forward to your first teaching gig. You'll love it! Just for reference, my email is
Chat soon!


Similar situation 30 / m moving to Singapore

Posted: Sat, 14 Jul 2012 2:36 am
by CSI...
Hello - saw your post and thought I'd reply. I'm 30 / m ...have been teaching English in South London (Secondary comp) for 7 years ...and decided to go for a change...

I've landed a job at Hwa Chong Institute teaching English - it's a Singapore school - not an international one. Seems like loads of expat British teachers British / International Schools

I arrive in mind August (around 15th). If anybody's up for a drink / chat - or if you're already there and you could reply for general advice about best drinking spots, places to go to, etc, that would be grand...

Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 5:43 am
by SarahSunshine
Hello Everyone!
My name is Sarah and I'm just getting the details of my contract in order and planning to move to Singapore from Toronto in August. It exciting to meet a group of new teachers!

Posted: Tue, 24 Jul 2012 7:16 pm
by musicgirl
Looks like there is a pretty big contingent of teachers here. I, like CSI, teach at a local school, but I've been hired at an International School starting in January. Sarah, I was in Toronto for 4 years before I moved here last August, happy to meet another Canadian. If anyone is looking to hang out (and try to avoid talking shop) I'm game.


Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 2:04 am
by SarahSunshine

I was just wondering what everyone has done in regards to housing. My school doesn't set that up and I'm having a hard time looking for stuff online. Any suggestions of good websites or places to look for this?!

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 2:08 am
by CSI...
Sarah...with regards to accomodation...pester your school...they should make a substantial contribution towards the cost...I negotiated with mine and they accepted to pay 2 thirds of the rental price!!

Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 5:40 pm
by musicgirl
Sarah, I agree that if you can negotiate a living stipend with your employer, it would be a great asset, but I didn't get that when I signed my contract either. Lately I've been checking out websites, just ones i've found on google. But I'm pretty sure there's a lot more out there than is listed on those sites. A lot of places expect you to use an agent (and you'll have to pay the agent fee), but you don't have to. I used an agent, because it was recommended by the Ministry of Education (my employer). I'm hoping to avoid that when I look for my next place.

Posted: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:55 am
by Tsilivi
What a good idea! Count me in. British girl been here a year. Look forward to meeting you guys. :D

Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 4:29 am
by SarahSunshine
Hey Guys,
Just wondering if any of you have organized a meet-up yet? I'm not moving until September, trying to get everything organized before I move, it's pretty crazy!

Kristel, it's very exciting to meet another Canadian, I will be in touch for sure once I have moved, it would be great to meet you! I'm really not looking forward to the flight...

Posted: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 2:28 pm
by rdhsm
Hi guys, 25f local here am teaching at a kindergarten currently. If you are up for lunch or anything, do say hello. Am still a newbie on this site so I can't pm you but do get in touch if you're keen!


Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:38 am
by natureavenue

Music instructor here too, and welcome to Singapore all teachers! ;)

Posted: Wed, 15 Aug 2012 9:54 pm
by tataro

Another music instructor here as well! Moved from Perth about 3 weeks ago (; would love to meet you all!

Posted: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 8:55 pm
by musicgirl
Hey, great to have some more music teachers around. I'd actually love to get into the live music scene (performing). I used to front a band back in Toronto. If either of you are interested in jamming, let me know. For that matter some others here may be musicians too? Or we can just meet for coffee/drinks.