Eat & Drink Together
Explore Attractions Together
So, do it. Take charge. Offer suggestions. Take them to explore places you’ve already been, big and small. And speaking of which …
Be the First
With that, research the visa process related to your ESL country. Find out about renting costs in your city. Serve as a resource for top things to do and popular attractions to explore far and near. Be the first to know and experience these things so your staff will look to you for valuable guidance.
Be the Expert at Work
“I need craft ideas.” Ok, check out these 5 websites. “Do you know how I can practice English with my daughter at home?” Sure, download these apps, try these books, listen to this, review this section of the homework … “How can I control my students’ behavior?” Here are some initial steps you can take. If those don’t work, try this approach … Bim. Bam. Boom. See what I mean? You’ve got to be like Master Yoda!
C’mon, you’ve seen those viral trends of the ALS ice bucket challenge a few years back, right? Or how about the “Mannequin Challenge,” brought on by Rae Sremmund and their smash hit single “Black Beatles?” Remember that one?
Everybody around the world was participating in those trends at one point. Take your team, make a video of a hot viral trend, share it across social media, and watch the reactions come pouring in.
Arrange Professional Team Building Activities
Get Your Local Colleagues Involved
And it sucks, cause they’re the ones that can get you access to all the interesting local, cultural experiences you’re looking for. After all, you’re not just out there to drink and party—you want to hit up weddings, explore those off-beaten paths, and celebrate customs and traditions like a local. I know.
Pull this off and you’ll get major cool points. My suggestion? Speak to your local colleagues openly and privately, or request to their manager that he/she ask if they could take time to engage your staff outside of work, and not at a bar, but for some good ol’ cultural immersion. That’s why you’re all there in the first place!
Ask if they could teach the local language to your staff for 1 hour, 1 day a week. Or, have them prepare a PPT presentation covering facts, history, customs, traditions, and lifestyle in their country. Plus, you can reach out and have yourteachers do it for them, too!
Recognize Good Work
What’s more, you don’t always need to only make an announcement. Why not consider some creative ways to celebrate your teachers? For instance, ever walk into McDonald’s and notice the “Employee of the Month” poster board? How about dishing out coupons or free movie tickets? Or maybe give them a proper shout out on social media? And if everyone’s doing a good job, why not take them out for drinks? First one’s on you!
Celebrate Those Birthdays
Put Up Those Pictures!
Go ahead, print out some pics of everything from team building activities and teachers in class with their students, to baby photos and everyday life, and post them on a large bulletin board for everyone to see. Oh yeah, wouldn’t be cool if your students could leave comments in English next to pictures too!?
Share Apps & Websites
Every country has got a bunch of local apps and websites geared towards expats and tourists. You can discover things to do, places to eat, attractions, events, jobs, buy & sell, news, apartments for rent--everything under the sun. Here’s what you do: Compile a list and share the hell out of them! Again, be the go-to-person for your teachers and make their lives easier!
You probably have a great teacher that’s got a ton of fun games they use in the classroom. Well, assign them to lead a ‘games’ training. Got an upcoming event you need to help organize but you’re swamped with other work? Toss that duty to another responsible teacher you can trust. Heck, if you have a teacher that’s well known for partying, have them arrange the next night out!
Give your teachers new goals and responsibilities, and your job will become much easier. This one’s a win-win situation!
Organize Your Resources
Seriously, I can’t stress enough how these subjects receive the most complaints and “I-don’t-know-what-to-do’s” from teachers, especially ‘newbies’. If you want to keep up your teacher retention rate, take the extra time, get a step ahead, and organize. Physical resources are just as important as your expertise!
Get on Social Media
Team Build with Other Branches
Arrange Teacher Profiles
Add some goofy photos. Have your teachers include some funny quotes or stories. Wait a sec, how about actually recording teacher introductions and playing them on a TV in the lobby? That’d be fun!
Make Those Meetings Fun & Insightful
Let’s see, open with a fun ice-breaker? Check. Praise teachers and staff? Done. Assign other teachers to help cover specific topics in the meeting. Great.Get straight to the point about and not prolong key points? Hell yeah!
C’mon, have your teachers actually wanting to go to those weekly meetings!