International School of Tanganyika

2.8  / 5
Country:# 1Top 3
Region:# 16
Overall:# 152
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Question 1:

The facilities of the school adequately provide for a positive learning/working experience.

5.3 / 10
Question 2:

School provides adequate access to teaching materials without any extra expense by the teacher (books, lab supplies, art supplies, materials, copying, etc.

6.7 / 10
Question 3:

School is well funded to provide students and faculty with adequate materials to support their course offering.

6 / 10
Question 4:

Parent community is actively involved in supporting the school's mission and their child's education endeavors.

6.7 / 10
Question 5:

Classroom student to teacher ratios are kept low.

5 / 10


Question 6:

Students are generally of high aptitude.

5.7 / 10
Question 7:

Student interactions with faculty are primarily characterized by respectability.

7.3 / 10
Question 8:

Students are of diverse ethnicity.

6.7 / 10


Question 9:

Administration positively supports faculty in a professional manner.

5 / 10
Question 10:

Administration actively encourages a dialogue concerning school related issues.

4.7 / 10
Question 11:

Administration is actively engaged in developing/supporting/maintaining a clear school vision.

5.7 / 10
Question 12:

Administration makes sure that the financial stability and integrity of the school is well maintained.

6 / 10
Question 13:

Administration/Ownership uses school funds to support the well being of the school.

4.7 / 10


Question 14:

Salary scale is competitive.

4.7 / 10
Question 15:

Salary provides the opportunity to save appropriately.

5 / 10
Question 16:

Salary provides the opportunity to travel during vacation.

5.3 / 10
Question 17:

Salary scale provides for vertical and horizontal movement based on years of experience and/or units/degree's earned.

6 / 10


Question 18:

School provides a quality health insurance plan that covers all major medical (health, vision, dental.

6.7 / 10
Question 19:

School provides retirement benefits that are competitive.

6.3 / 10
Question 20:

School provides a health insurance plan that covers international travel/coverage.

6.7 / 10
Question 21:

School provides for faculty child tuition benefits.

7.3 / 10
Question 22:

School provides strong support for maternity benefits.

7.3 / 10
Question 23:

School provides an adequate amount for end of contract airfare cost.

5.7 / 10
Question 24:

School provides an adequate shipping allowance.

4 / 10


Question 25:

School provides quality available housing or a housing stipend that affords quality housing.

3.7 / 10
Question 26:

The proximity of housing in relation to school location is within an acceptable distance of travel.

5.3 / 10
Question 27:

Options of moving housing during the course of contract is acceptable.

3.7 / 10


Question 28:

Colleagues foster a welcoming environment to new faculty.

6.7 / 10
Question 29:

School hires a diversity of family structures (Singles, couples, families.

6 / 10
Question 30:

Colleagues foster a professional environment that supports growth.

7.3 / 10
Question 31:

Colleagues foster a personal support structure in place of family.

6.7 / 10


Question 32:

City the school resides in provides opportunities for things to do without having to travel

5 / 10
Question 33:

City the school resides in provides easy opportunities to travel to other places.

5.7 / 10
Question 34:

Local culture is apparent in the city/country in which the school resides.

6.7 / 10
Question 35:

Local culture of in which the school resides is open to integrating expats into local customs and traditions.

5.3 / 10
Question 36:

City/Country in which the school resides does not exact personal restrictions on lifestyle choices.

5.7 / 10
Question 37:

City/Country in which school resides provides for potential tax benefits.

3 / 10
Question 38:

Quality of local health care is excellent.

4 / 10
Question 39:

Cost of living in the city/country where school resides is reasonable.

4.7 / 10
Question 40:

City the school resides in has excellent infrastructure for mass transportation (e.g. - is a car required.

3.3 / 10
Question 41:

City/Country in which the school resides provides for adequate personal safety.

5 / 10

Professional Development:

Question 42:

School makes available a variety of professional development opportunities.

5.7 / 10
Question 43:

School makes available funds to support continued development.

5.7 / 10
Question 44:

Time is specifically set aside in the calendar for faculty and staff formation.

5.3 / 10
Question 45:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to professionally grow by the school.

6 / 10
Question 46:

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to experiment, implement, and bring up new ideas for classroom innovation.

6 / 10

Settling In:

Question 47:

School meets you on arrival and escorts you to accommodations.

7.7 / 10
Question 48:

School provides an adequate orientation to the school and local culture upon arrival.

7 / 10
Question 49:

School provides an allowance to support the transition.

5.7 / 10

After Arrival:

Question 50:

Facilities of the school were well represented during the hiring process.

4.3 / 10
Question 51:

Contract is honored based on what was agreed upon during the hiring process.

5.7 / 10
Question 52:

School actively maintains a dialogue and support structure to make sure basic needs are being met.

6 / 10

Review Narratives:

3 reviews




No written review provided.




This is a school that has great students and a wonderful faculty. They are the assets of the institution. Facilities are old and not maintained properly. In 50 years, hardly any maintenance was done. It makes you wonder where the money goes. No canteen for students. No buses for students. Sports activities for teenagers are very limited. Housing for overseas hires is either substandard (almost unsanitary due to repeated floods) or looks like a jail yard. Hardly any green space for children/families. The proximity of the Indian Ocean and of Zanzibar is amazing and allows for incredible holidays. Some good restaurants, but life is not cheap in Dar es Salaam. Traveling in or out the country is quite expensive. Fruit and veggies are very tasty and cheap.




IST is a fantastic place to teach because the students and families are extremely welcoming and supportive of international-hire teachers. The faculty is top-notch, creative, innovative, and caring. The energy and enthusiasm expressed by teachers is contagious, both within the faculty as well as within the student body. Unfortunately the current administration is prone to micro-management, and as a result many teachers have left in the past year, while even more are planning to exit at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Dar es Salaam is a pleasant place to live, especially for families with pre-teenage children. Child care is readily available and quite affordable, and Dar is for the most part a safe city. The music scene in Dar isn't great, and international acts *never* play in Tanzania. The foodie scene is not New York or London, but there are good South African, Italian, Thai, Ethiopian, Korean, and Chinese restaurants, and the Indian cuisine that's widely available is simply fabulous. Tanzanian food is mostly mishkaki (kebabs of beef, goat, or fish), rice and beans, and ugali (corn meal paste the consistency of potato mash). Fresh seafood and produce is easy to find, good quality, and affordable. The school is just a few blocks from the Indian Ocean, and many families sail, snorkel, and SCUBA in their free time. Zanzibar is an easy and affordable weekend getaway, as are both romantic and family beach weekends a couple of hours from school. Camping and safaris in some of the world's greatest game parks are accessible during school breaks, and the number of outdoor adventures seems to grow every year. Flights elsewhere in the world are generally expensive (USA: $1500-2000, Europe: $1200-1500).