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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Four-Wheelers & Snowmobiles!!
    29 pm Hi I usually advise new staff to wait until their second year to get an ATV or snowmachine snowmobile in Lower 48 Yes departing staff often sell them but usually those leaving sell them prior to your arrival The key is that in your village you are not going to need wheels to get around You will walk on the boardwalk to work and back and the store and Post Office will not be far away Your mail will probably be moved by the school district maintenance prior to your arrival if mailed to yourself care of the district and other staff with transport will help you out Folks you meet and befriend with boats will take your fishing and probably out for rides to see the tundra and on the ice road Kuskokwim River in the winter It is possible to get to Bethel by snowmachine or truck for that matter in the winter but you will not be skilled enough in that sort of travel your first year overflow fluid water on top of the ice changing ice conditions and so on take a while to learn to read I d take it slow Same with boating It s a big body of moving water frequently drifting logs and other obstacles Unless you have a history with that sort of boating best leave it to those who do for now You may enjoy this On the Ice Road Bethel to Akiak https www youtube com watch v vSQMtM6 Rg Once you are there a while and see what you prefer you can ask around about options for new and or used rigs for whatever mode of transport you prefer I d definitely wait but that s just my two cents Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1652 (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Surviving your first year in the bush
    Sun Apr 12 2015 11 49 am by tnuts20 My roommate and I were hired for Meade River School in Atqasuk We are excited and we are overwhelmed Questions we have Where would we fly into When should we start booking our flights How can we learn more about the culture prior to the first day of school What advice would you give us for our first year Thank you Tonia Re Surviving your first year in the bush Posted Sun Apr 12 2015 5 51 pm by cyclone67 Before you make flights you need to make sure you have the information on what days you need to be there and where Some districts will have you report to your school first and some will have you report to district for inservice new teacher training A few districts even do their in services in Fairbanks Does your district have a Welcome Wagon of any sort I would check in with your principal to find out about where and when you need to be they should be able to tell you about what your hub location to fly through Sorry I don t know anything to help with Northern Slope Hopefully someone will come by with some advice Congratulations Re Surviving your first year in the bush Posted Wed Apr 15 2015 5 27 pm by ElemEducator Congrats on your new job in Atqasuk It is definitely way up there meaning that you are up for a very rewarding challenge As far as your flights I would contact you Prinicpal and or Superintendent They re usually VERY GOOD about pointing you in the right direction It looks like you will be flying in and out of Barrow so you will most likely fly from your current location to Anchorage or Fairbanks to Barrow then to Atqasuk I know this sounds overwhelming but you Prinicipal Super will be a good resource I was offered a job this time last year and had flights booked by the end of April They are much cheaper if you book them now I am not sure on your take on credit cards but if you open an Alaska Airline CC through Visa you get 25 000 free miles You can use those miles to fly to Anchorage and Barrow This was very helpful for the wife and I when we moved from Michigan since we went broke getting up here Start contacting current teachers And by teachers I mean more than ONE You should get input from many teacher returning and non returning as they will both be able to provide you with valuable advice I didn t know learn too much about the culture ahead of time and it was no problem The natives didn t really care about the knowledge I had ahead of time as most of them are very welcoming and open I am not sure what you and your roommate will be teaching but I will ALWAYS recommend the book The

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1122&sid=2b7d55fa93b4950504365a3b7b61e50c&view=print (2016-02-09)
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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Surviving your first year in the bush
    more cyclone67 Posts 24 Joined Wed Apr 16 2014 5 56 pm Top Re Surviving your first year in the bush by tnuts20 Sun Apr 12 2015 11 49 am My roommate and I were hired for Meade River School in Atqasuk We are excited and we are overwhelmed Questions we have Where would we fly into When should we start booking our flights How can we learn more about the culture prior to the first day of school What advice would you give us for our first year Thank you Tonia tnuts20 Posts 17 Joined Tue Oct 14 2014 2 59 pm Top Re Surviving your first year in the bush by cyclone67 Sun Apr 12 2015 5 51 pm Before you make flights you need to make sure you have the information on what days you need to be there and where Some districts will have you report to your school first and some will have you report to district for inservice new teacher training A few districts even do their in services in Fairbanks Does your district have a Welcome Wagon of any sort I would check in with your principal to find out about where and when you need to be they should be able to tell you about what your hub location to fly through Sorry I don t know anything to help with Northern Slope Hopefully someone will come by with some advice Congratulations cyclone67 Posts 24 Joined Wed Apr 16 2014 5 56 pm Top Re Surviving your first year in the bush by ElemEducator Wed Apr 15 2015 5 27 pm Congrats on your new job in Atqasuk It is definitely way up there meaning that you are up for a very rewarding challenge As far as your flights I would contact you Prinicpal and or Superintendent They re usually VERY GOOD about pointing you in the right direction It looks like you will be flying in and out of Barrow so you will most likely fly from your current location to Anchorage or Fairbanks to Barrow then to Atqasuk I know this sounds overwhelming but you Prinicipal Super will be a good resource I was offered a job this time last year and had flights booked by the end of April They are much cheaper if you book them now I am not sure on your take on credit cards but if you open an Alaska Airline CC through Visa you get 25 000 free miles You can use those miles to fly to Anchorage and Barrow This was very helpful for the wife and I when we moved from Michigan since we went broke getting up here Start contacting current teachers And by teachers I mean more than ONE You should get input from many teacher returning and non returning as they will both be able to provide you with valuable advice I didn t know learn too much about the culture ahead of time and it was no problem

    Original URL path: http://www.alaskateacher.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1569 (2016-02-09)
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