Teachers with experience of living in the country provide the following advice:
Get involved; even though you have never played a particular sport before, this is a great opportunity to join lots
of clubs. Or if you don't play you could make a great spectator.
If you are not a lover of sport there are plenty of other groups you could join such as a craft, drama or book club. If
there isn’t a local group you could start your own.
Enjoy a healthy work-life balance; don’t spend all your time on school based activities.
Seek support from your colleagues who understand the challenges of starting a new job in a new community.
Get to know and take advantage of support services offered through your regional or local office.
Swap email addresses with other teachers who are also new to the country, giving you a valuable support network.
If you are not used to living in a country or remote location it can be a good idea to check the following before you go:
Climate: Some areas of WA can experience extreme weather conditions.
Community structure: If the school serves an Indigenous community you need to be aware of its structure and cultural protocols.
The community may have established decision-making bodies that teachers need to be familiar with and respect.
Lifestyle: Ask your doctor if any immunisations are recommended or required. Find out about the availability of health care
services, and the quality and availability of water and grocery supplies.
Listen to hints and tips on moving to the country from teachers who live there.