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42 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Postcards from the edge with Liam
Our last episode of the season! Join us as we talk to Liam about his 27 years abroad and his abiding love for Japan. The question that I forgot to ask: How many passports does Liam have? 04:16 EAL: aka the department of acronyms. "You teach English; help me out with this kid." 05:22 Liam's reason for moving to Japan: "I was young and wanted to meet girls so volunteered and through that sort of became more interested in Japan." 09:19 Reminiscences of the WIFI Lounge at the Job Fairs ten years ago. Also, netbook, and *gasp* payphones. 10:02 "Mongolia, I don't even know where that is but why not?" Liam calling Tara's life choices out. 13:02 The pros and cons of accepting a job a school that has yet to be established. 19:00 We seriously consider a move to Mali. 28:09 A love story. It all started with her not being impressed. "Your ego gets very big very quickly because people go, anything you say is witty, anything you say is interesting and it is very easy to get an inflated ego." 33:49 "It is very easy to get into the mindset of, 'Well, we are here to educate you' as opposed to remembering that as much 'as we giving we are also here to learn from you.'" 39:03 Liam has the most surprising answer to the alternative profession questions.
43 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Postcards from the edge with KB
Let's welcome KB, friend of the show, the last true romantic, and technically an adult. 00:50 "I'm gonna hug so many people!" 06:50 KB learning how to have a work-life balance as a teacher. "No matter how weird something is it can become normal very quickly." 13:45 "Middle year students, particularly in year seven and eight, have so many questions about themselves. They have multiple truths they are grappling with as well." 17:30 The unexpected racist undertones of Where the Wild Things Are??! 22:49 Why virtual learning is so difficult for middle school learners. "You can't really do fuzzy goals online in the same way." 26:53 KB turns the tables on Gabrielle and grills her on her time in Australia. 33:03 Figuring out what becoming an international teacher will means. Spoiler alert: Balance, people, balance. 40:00 The juicy, juicy process and the failure along the way. #lovethemess
31 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Postcards from the edge with Andy
Are you in need of some positivity "in these uncertain times"? We have that covered. Today we are finally sharing Tara's interview with the wonderful Andy. Come for his story of getting a teaching job in Jordan 38 years ago despite thinking it might be a scam, stay because he is a delight. 05:36 "I don't think in all my years of traveling that I have ever gotten to a place and thought, I don't like the people here. They are always and inevitably welcoming as long as you are willing to have a go at interacting with them and being pleasant." 16:30 Grade 7, in particular, is bonkers. 19:16 "Once you're overseas it becomes much easier to travel to these countries that sound so exotic when are back in England or the States." 19:40 "When you show a kid that you care about them and you realized that they know that you care about them... Those sorts of moments are just magical." 22:02 The story of the ArchDuck Ferdinand 28:01 "We live in bloody China!" Black Lives Matter The following are esources we have used to educate ourselves as we continue to learn and unlearn, to be better educators and fellow humans. An Open Letter to the International School Community: Our Role in the Black Lives Matter Movement and Anti-Racism Work by Rachel Engel So you want to talk about race by Ijeoma Oluo This book is antiracist by Tiffany Jewell FB | instagram | twitter | firstname.lastname@example.org Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
50 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
So there's a pandemic and that's why we're back
Courtney, Tara and Gabrielle - three international teachers, three countries, three different experiences with the pandemic and how it's impacted our teaching and life abroad.
22 minutes | Jun 12, 2019
Postcards from the edge with Sharon
Sharon is our guest in the season's final episode where you get to find out where she discovered the best frappucino she's ever had. We are so thrilled to have people on this show and for you listeners. Have a great summer and see you next semester!
28 minutes | May 29, 2019
Postcards from the edge with Truth
We made it to the end of the school year again! Truth, who has been teaching internationally for 10 years, joins Tara to reflect on her experience living abroad with two kids. Truth is leaving Beijing for Dar es Salaam!
39 minutes | May 8, 2019
So we were at an international teaching fair
We’re back with two girls in Tuscany talking. We share our experiences and sprinkle in tips, insights and advice when you’re ready to jump into the crazy recruiting fair scene. For additional fun: take a shot every time Gabrielle says “research”. 02:09 Courtney references Pitch Perfect while attempting to describe the job fair 14:26 But where do you actually interview?? 21:45 Use your support system 24:30 A tip or two to prepare for your next job search. Then a story that ends with Gabrielle in New Scotland Yard. 30:20 “I’m always terrified; every single time I [go to a job fair] I’m scared” 35:44 Don’t go HAM on your references. LINKSUNI Overseas Recruiting FairGlobal Recruitment CollaborativeSearch AssociatesISS/Schrole AdvantageTIE Online instagram | twitter | email@example.com RSS | iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
40 minutes | Nov 28, 2018
Postcards from the edge with Jared
Courtney talks with Jared about Athletic Training in international schools, interning with the Philadelphia Flyers and his company Good Practice, LLC. If you work with children as a teacher, as a coach, as a field trip chaperone, this conversation is for you! 04:36 Promoting Athletic Training 08:53 MAIS Conference: there is something for everyone 12:45 I may have helped the Flyers win the Stanley Cup 15:01 Working abroad in China 18:41 A part of the whole community 22:19 Using wellness as a tool to collaborate 23:19 Good Practice LLC: advocate for sports safety 31:26 Their English is going to be better than your French Links:https://www.mais-web.org/https://www.goodpracticellc.com/ https://twitter.com/GoodPracticeLLC
34 minutes | Nov 6, 2018
Postcards from the edge with Brian and Catherine
Friends of the show, Brian and Catherine, talk with Tara about all. the things. Including but not limited to their experiences as an international teaching couple, having children overseas, and the culture shock of returning to a different America. LINKS:International Schools Services - ISSInternational Schools Review
33 minutes | Oct 30, 2018
So Going Home Might Be A Bit Of A Shock
WELCOME TO AMERICA! Finally, you walk through those arrival doors onto your home soil. It’s home so everything will go back to what it used to be. But what if it doesn’t? Gabrielle and Brittany try to process the unexpected anxieties when returning from abroad. 01:33 clothing, the color green, bathroom stalls and cereal aisles 08:25 The Missing Three Years article 09:34 Me, pretentious? 12:16 Gabrielle uses a Lord of the Rings analogy 16:30 Brittany shares about being stateside 23:20 "I’m selectively needy!" LINK: The Missing Three Years by Brianna Hill Kastler
33 minutes | Oct 24, 2018
So What's A Mentor Anyway
Gabrielle and Courtney consider the different mentor figures they have encountered in international teaching. They also gush over how they have encouraged each other in the last few years. 01:18 Gabrielle and Courtney’s origin story 07:15 Formal Mentorship experience: the Pros and Cons 11:33 Mentors are everywhere and they have different experiences! 14:55 Tim Gunn is my teaching mentor 21:10 Professional vulnerability 22:03 Your value as a teacher is not that one period 25:30 A sounding board, rather than a problem solver
20 minutes | Oct 17, 2018
Postcards from the edge with Dave
Brittany chats with Dave who has the dubious honor of being our first male guest on the show. Dave shares his experiences as a teacher and expat Kiwi in Kuwait.
31 minutes | Oct 10, 2018
So I Guess It's Back To School
Welcome to semester two of Global Castaways! Tara and Courtney kicks off the season with a timely look at Back to School as an International Educator. What are the signs? What are your rituals? How do you find your balance after having a summer off? 00:30 What are the symptoms that you’re going back to school? 04:10 August is a teacher’s Sunday evening 09:40 And now you’re back…. What happens? 14:25 Kung Fu Field Trip 18:30 It’s chaos. Be kind. 23:24 Getting back into teacher shape twitter | firstname.lastname@example.org RSS, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher. Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
16 minutes | Sep 30, 2018
International Podcast Day Mini Episode
It's International Podcast Day. Celebrate the power of podcasts! We recommend shows that entertain and inspire us. If you need something new to listen to, check out the links below! 01:05 Still Processing 02:53 Behind the Bastards 05:18 WorkLife with Adam Grant 06:30 Hey YA 07:22 Follow Eric Smith 08:34 Oh No Ross and Carrie 11:39 How Did This Get Made 13:46 Cult of Pedagogy 14:40 Marigold Article
38 minutes | Jun 12, 2018
#11: So we need to talk about mental health
We process our thoughts and feelings about dealing with mental health while living the international teaching itinerant life. Speaking out and sharing personal perspectives on achieving mental well-being, from therapy to self-care. Shoutout to Brittany’s AC unit, which makes many appearances in this episode. LINKSTalkspaceLooking after yourself - BeyondBlue - if you’re supporting someone else with depression Everything is awful and I’m not okay: questions to ask before giving up What to say to a suicidal friend US Mental Health Resources National Institute of Mental HealthNational Alliance on Mental HealthThe Trevor Project twitter | facebook | email@example.com RSS | iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington BearUse under Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
31 minutes | May 16, 2018
Postcards from the edge with Mary
Mary saves the day in this latest episode of the Postcards from the Edge series. Join Brittany and Mary to hear from the unique perspective of a specialist teacher along with some great advice on life, travel and change. 02:05 This is something I kinda want to do and now is the time 06:36 It feels more inclusive about different perspectives 07:33 Corn. White people. Done. 09:18 Awe, cute kid story! 12:23 What is that green thing? I have to touch it. 21:13 Being female in Kuwait. 26:33 You can kinda see the look of crazy on a moving teacher’s eyes...
39 minutes | May 9, 2018
#9: So First World Problems in the Developing World
So many legitimate complaints and so much entitlement. How do we balance the two? Courtney and Tara discuss the difficulties of first world problems when you are living in a developing nation. 01:31 Off topic already to talk about karaoke booths in China. 04:26 "There could be a goat in the milk aisle.” 10:12 Of weird stamps and paperwork. 16:23 We try to remember what happened to our VISA paperwork in Morocco. Was there a fire? 21:20 "This kitchen is wrong." 24:30 Life without an oven. 25:54 "I just want Nachos. I will pay what I need to to get it." 31:46 Hiring and keeping a maid and the story of a missing wedding dress. 34:22 Public restrooms. *Shudder* Links Disney WWII propaganda films twitter | firstname.lastname@example.org RSS | iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
27 minutes | May 1, 2018
#8: So There's Feedback
Are we creative, adorable and wonderful? Gabrielle and Courtney discuss the feedback and comments the GCP team has received, as well as introduce a new ending segment to celebrate "happy". 04:15 Awkward social penguins 05:23 "I’m perfect the way I am, darnit!" 09:20 Are the things we talk about surprisingly relatable? 14:23 Don’t you work with guys? 18:40 The new segment - surprise, it’s filled with teaching anecdotes. Links:AudacityLibsyn Podcast Hosting SiteNPR’s Pop Culture Happy HourMy Favorite Murder Connect with us: twitter | email@example.com Subscribe: RSS, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher. Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
34 minutes | Apr 25, 2018
Postcards from the edge with Melissa
Melissa drops by to chat with Tara about the ups and downs of life while international teaching including a near-death experience while riding a bike in Beijing traffic. The second episode of our recurring series, Postcards from the Edge. 02:25 "Think of every spring break movie you ever have seen and now translate it into German." 06:36 "Your toilet's still gonna flush at the end of the day." "Hopefully." "Hopefully." 11:12 "Living abroad and traveling abroad are not the same at all!" 16:40 Death by Hello Kitty balloons 29:31 "So much forced reflection." Learning about yourself and where you come from when you go abroad. Links The College of New Jersey Off-Site Graduate ProgramGoogle Flights Orbitz Connect with us: twitter | firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe: RSS, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher. Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
27 minutes | Apr 18, 2018
#6 So you're a square peg trying to fit in a round hole?
Congratulations, you just got a new job! Wait, it's not what you studied for or are trained in? How did this happen? Come join us in hashing out the joys and plunders of feeling like that square peg trying to fit in that round hole. 02:26 The building-the-plane-as-you're-flying tactic 06:20 "These things have to be done and somebody has to do them!" 08:12 Brit and Tara veer off topic to talk school supplies 15:38 Getting into the pros and cons of being in an uncomfortable job role Connect with us: website | twitter | email@example.com Subscribe: RSS, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher. Music Smooth Actor by Podington Bear Gizmo by Podington Bear Use under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.
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