The UK-based best-selling The Good Schools Guide expanded its borders in 2007 with a new web-based publication called The Good Schools Guide International, aimed at English-speaking expatriates around the world. Readers of the original Good Schools Guide immediately recognized the familiar GSG style in this breezy, readable, irreverent guide written by parents for parents.
We now cover over 50 cities in 35+ countries, but are continually building our international editorial network and our data base on British, American, IB and international schools worldwide.
We are always looking for writers/reviewers who are themselves expats (with English as their mother tongue), and who are not necessarily experts but are definitely experienced in schooling matters (usually from dealing with them with their own children), as well as knowledgeable enough about the local area to advise new families moving there.
Editors are trained by us (by email and phone) to know just what to look for and how to delve into school research and write-ups. Editors in each country are responsible for
- providing a list of the key international schools expats consider (even those they shouldn’t) and short non-committal paragraphs and contact details about each
- researching and reviewing the best schools (as determined and selected by local parents and editor) in a conversational, forthright style that is fun to read (writing samples from the GSG and GSGI are available)
- writing an article with an overview of local education provision and related issues
- writing an article about moving to and living in the host country as an expat
- serving as a paid advisor to incoming parents.
- Editors have very clear guidance throughout the process, and are paid £50 per school reviewed plus travel expenses, plus £50 for the additional articles and £10 per brief school paragraph on the school list (of good schools as well as also-rans).
Personal consultancies are arranged and clients invoiced through the GSG office (with actual phone, skype and any personal meetings scheduled and managed by the local editor). Rates and consultancies run the gamut from brief introductory consultancies up to very complex multiple school, multiple child, multiple country cosultancies. A percentage goes to the GSG Education Consultancy, but the majority goes to the consultant herself.
Granted, working for the GSGI won't pay your child's tuition, but it can buy you the odd unauthorized pair of shoes.
Probably the best aspects of this freelance job are that it is part time so can be done alongside other job and family commitments, and you can take it with you when you change postings (depending on whether there is currently a GSGI editor in place).
For more information, go to the other articles here, particularly the longer job announcement: GSGI Editors/Advisors: Job Description (Long with Much More Detail) and To Enjoy Doing This, You Need To Be....
If you feel you might be qualified to do this (ie you're a parent and expat, interested, curious and fairly knowledgable about schools, and can write like you talk) and you would like more information, please contact us.