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I work at Dalat because God called me here to minister to the students and, through teaching them my subject matter and interacting with them via extracurricular activities, encourage them to pursue, cultivate and/or deepen their relationship with Jesus.
I had the privilege of student teaching here. I believe God called me back to teach here after that experience. It is a great place to work.
Dalat is a school that cares about holistic growth: intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical. With this, it places a high priority on relationships, firstly with Christ and then with others. This intentionality goes beyond the 8-4p workday, which is why I work at Dalat.
I work at Dalat because I believe that being a Christian school is an excellent platform for education in today’s world. The environment and community is also another plus working on this campus. Teachers care about their students, therefore we have students that are passionate learners and respectful to others.
The best thing about my day is always my interactions with students. Getting to build relationships with them and hear about their joys and struggles is a huge highlight of my day. I gain their trust through sharing their excitements and giving advice from my own experiences and from Scripture. This allows me to be fully invested in them and in their success, which makes teaching them so much more rewarding!
For me it’s creating music on a daily basis with my students, inspiring them to excel in the arts and seeing them grow to love it more every day. Music brings joy to their hearts.
I absolutely love mentoring students during lunchtime. I’m able to listen their stories and what God is teaching them, help them process through emotions, give biblical advice, laugh, and pray with them. This is such a gift of mutual growth.
I love coming onto campus early each morning, feeling enveloped by the ambiance of our campus, greeting people and seeing the fresh-faced students as they arrive ready to face another day of learning and growth.
The best thing in my day is getting to work alongside like-minded co-workers who truly care about every student. I love the opportunities to make connections and build relationships that last with my students and their families.
I love the kids I get to work with! And the teachers are wonderful and I love being in their classrooms and watching how they interact with kids and work to meet their unique and individual needs.
I love walking around campus and being able to see the results of my hard work paying off every day in the faces and lives of the children.
One of the best things about working at Dalat International School is the overall, collective goodness of the staff, students and their families. Getting along with one another isn’t a struggle; it just seems to come naturally for almost everyone.
I love the fact that at any time during my classes I am free to bring the Lord into my teaching.
The people are the best thing about Dalat. The lovely view and year-round tropical weather doesn’t hurt either.
I cherish the many friendships among my colleagues, particularly when we have similar hobbies outside of our day-jobs. (Drama, cooking, book groups, etc.)
Working at Dalat means working with people who are focused on God’s kingdom. It is a joy to share a focus on disciple making through relationships, academics, and extra-curricular activities. Before our planning meetings, we pray for our students and ourselves. Beyond being on mission with our colleagues, we enjoy spending time together as friends. Many nights we are out to dinner with fellow staff members.
One thing I love about Dalat is the community among my colleagues. There is great comradery among the staff and an understanding because we are all sharing in somewhat similar experiences, living cross-culturally. There are several different apartment complexes that house the majority of the staff. This makes it easy for colleagues to interact with each other outside of the school setting as well. If you go out to eat, often you will see other staff members and have the opportunity for spontaneously sharing meals together!
Our colleagues are more like an extended family. We celebrate milestones together and sometimes suffer with one another through trials.
I can honestly say we care about each other. There is a high level of authenticity and encouragement that happens on a daily basis.
As a newer staff member, I had concerns whether I would enjoy working on an all-Christian campus, and whether my more liberal Christian worldview would make it difficult for me to find possible friends. Thankfully, Dalat has purposely chosen a diverse Christian staff and this has made a great deal of difference in all aspects of relationships, and seems to have also made this campus a more committed and stronger organization, because of its diversity. Colleagues are becoming good friends and I am hopeful that in time, some will become best friends.
My colleagues are my friends and family. We celebrate holidays together, go on trips and vacations together, live life and make memories together.
I really like that students enjoy hanging out with teachers, in my classroom, talking to me after school or between classes and not just about school-related topics. We have many genuinely curious and kind-hearted students that want to learn more about others and the world around them.
I’m amazed at the quality and preciousness of my students. Even on a “bad day” I can stop and count my many blessings (students) that come through my classroom each day.
The relationship I have with my students is so special here at Dalat. You are expected to share the love of Christ with your students in words, actions, lessons, and example, which sets it apart from a public school institution. We not only get to care about the academics, but also building students up spiritually. We get to take time to care for the various needs of your students and invest in them, building trust and paving the way for academics and learning.
Students here are open, funny, smart, passionate, hardworking, and so enjoyable to be with. While there are always challenges to working with a diverse group of people, we have so many kids here who are genuinely great to interact with on a daily basis. Being a teacher, coach, mentor, and class sponsor gives me lots of opportunities to interact with a variety of students, and I’m impressed with all of them!
The students at Dalat are highly motivated to learn. They also respond well to instruction and direction. They are also interested in spending time with their teachers—learning from them about life. I have spent time with the senior class outside of class and have lunch with several different kids throughout the week. The students are definitely why I do what I do!
There are many ways to plug in and help and make a difference; oftentimes it’s hard to know which are the best ways to do so without becoming stretched too thin.
Being a single teacher, it’s important to not make work everything while you are here. Try to find a work-life balance. The first year at Dalat is busy while you are learning a new culture and being overseas. Generally, I say to most people that you will get out of it what you put into it. I believe there are great rewards to diving in and becoming a part of the community.
Our changing demographic is tough, we have more local students and the reality of the situation is that more and more students are not coming from homes that have a Christian worldview.
The hardest thing is the campus is so spread out so sometimes I don’t even know who teaches what if they are not in my division (I don’t know many high school teachers for example and there’s very little overlapping events).
Penang is a welcoming island with a lot of good food. While it is hot all the time, it’s also very easy to live if this this is your first time living overseas. People are friendly, and there’s an awesome amount diversity amongst the locals.
Penang is comfortable if you are not too rigid about how you like things done. Be flexible and understand that you are the visitor; that will make everything run smoother.
Penang is a “soft landing spot.” The ease of getting around, regular use of English amongst cultural groups, fantastic medical/dental care, and the scenery and tropical weather make it an ideal overseas experience. We are quite spoiled here in comparison to any other Christian international school I’ve been to. Living here is easy. The people are friendly and helpful, the food is delicious, and there is a great deal of outdoor and recreational activities and sight-seeing that can be done from here.
Our desire, when we retire, is to remain in Penang. Malaysia is in the top eight places to retire. Cost of living and healthcare make it affordable to live here. We love living here.
Penang is like “East meets West”…it’s full of beautiful differences in people, language, food, geography and architecture. Seriously, people come here from all over the world just for vacation. It’s great.
Penang is culturally diverse. When you are out and about you see a multiplicity of clothing, food, religious structures, and lifestyle. In five minutes you can go from a mall restaurant to a bike-propelled food stall. With its many sights and smells, traversing Penang never leaves you bored.
To name just a few: great weather, great food, friendly people, freedom to have a Christian school in a Muslim country, and English is the trade language.
The climate! I love not having to suffer with the cold. Same temperature 365 days of the year! If you love travelling, Penang is central to many surrounding Asian countries.
The FOOD! We once had friends visit us for an entire week. We tried to take them to every place we loved, and literally couldn’t fit it all in because there are just so many delicious places we enjoy. Off the top of my head: Korean, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Western fusion, burgers, Italian pizza, etc…
Penang is the easiest place in the world to live. Our school is right on the beach, we have a huge diversity of culture, you can get around fine with just English, and we truly have the best food in the whole world. There’s lots to do and see, and you can buy pretty much everything you need here. And Penang is close to so many other interesting places in the world that it makes travel super easy.
Penang is a great place to live! It’s a tropical paradise with lots of fun and interesting activities for families. The food is delicious and it’s affordable to eat out. Penang is progressive and has most of the comforts of the US.
Sometimes I struggle with the heat and humidity. I’m also not found of some of the critters.
Driving can be a little stressful. Road rules are there as a suggestion not the rule.
Making a plan for a home cooked meal and one of your ingredients isn’t available at the grocery story.
The driving, Asian lines, and cultural differences.
I love our apartment. It isn’t large and it is quite simple, but we have a beautiful view, a swimming pool and all of the maintenance is taken care of by either Dalat or our Landlord.
We have wonderful housing within walking distance to the campus. The apartment is well appointed and a comfortable place, beautiful views, cool breezes.
We are really happy with the 3-bedroom apartment that we live in. A good amount of space for our family of 4 and a nice view too.
Wonderful—such as: Dalat mainly pays for it, location close to school, low-rise apartment on the 7th floor with lovely view including some ocean view, security guarded complex, pool
Our 3-bedroom apartment is cozy and cool (thanks to great AC and some well-placed shade).
We live on the 18th floor of an apartment building that faces the hills and a waterfall. From one bedroom we oversee the Tanjung Bunga neighborhood and we can see the ocean. It’s a beautiful view and we get lovely breezes in the evening.
Delightful. The apartments (and houses) provided are great quality and in good locations/neighborhoods. Often you’re placed near other staff, so you already have someone who lives nearby who can help you out.
I love my apartment! Ocean view, swimming pool, beach access – all within walking distance of Dalat. I feel very spoiled!
Generally the medical system here is great. Most times you can arrange to have a minor or major operation within days. No need to wait months. Many doctors have been trained overseas.
The medical care in Penang has been fantastic. I appreciate the ease and speed with which I can visit a doctor when needed, and the quality of care is high.
GREAT!!! I have had three surgeries here (two of them c-sections) and I had wonderful care. The staff at Island Hospital were very kind and helpful.
Medical care is phenomenal and reasonable. Many great doctors within easy driving distance and world-class hospitals.
The medical care here is wonderful. It’s so nice to be able to visit specialists without an appointment and be seen the same day for a fraction of the price of the same care in the United States.
We aren’t able to put anything in savings at the moment (two kids in college), but we live very comfortably. We go out to eat often and travel frequently enough.
Yup! All of our needs are met comfortably.
Provides well for daily needs based on Penang’s cost of living; can save a bit for summer vacation but not a lot for retirement.
We have 2 full-time employees in our household and manage very well. We manage to save enough to enjoy occasional “big” vacations with our girls.
My wife and I are both teachers at Dalat, and we live very comfortably. We have no debt and are saving money for retirement here in Penang. We lack nothing.
Comfortably; saving is difficult but you definitely make enough to get by month to month here and enjoy a lot of your wants while still meeting your needs.