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XpatLoop Interview: Angela Fairs, Principal, Budapest British International School

XpatLoop Interview: Angela Fairs, Principal, Budapest British International School

I am currently the Principal at Budapest British International School, which is a newly established school for international and Hungarian students in district 12. I have been leading teams and schools for the last 10 years and started my teaching career at the hugely successful Alleyn’s School in London, part of the Dulwich Foundation.

I began teaching abroad in Singapore, when I was appointed Head of Juniors at Dover Court International School. I then moved to Brunei to work at Jerudong International School and eventually found my way back to Singapore to lead a very large faculty at the top American international school in South East Asia.

I am a single mother of three grown up children – Charlie, Imogen and Lily, and am looking forward to attending Imogen’s graduation at UMASS in the USA next year! In my spare time I love hiking, reading, travelling and cooking.

1. When did you arrive in Hungary and what brought you here?
I arrived last year in July 2016, to work at Budapest British International School, as the Deputy Head.

2. Have you ever been an expatriate elsewhere?
Yes I have been lived and worked in Singapore, Brunei, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi

3. What surprised you most about Hungary?
How beautiful the countryside and Lake Balaton are, and how amazing the summers are!

4. Friends are in Budapest for a weekend - what must they absolutely see and do?The castle, the citadella, a trip on the Danube, and go to Gellert spa

5. What is your favourite Hungarian food?
Definitely goulash!

6. What is never missing from your refrigerator?
Buffalo mozzarella and parma ham

7. What is your favourite Hungarian word?
Szia – because it is one of the few words I can pronounce correctly!

8. What do you miss the most from home?

It would have to be Marks and Spencers and Waitrose!

9. What career other than yours would you love to pursue?
I had a previous job in advertising and marketing 30 years ago, before teaching, so really I wouldn’t want to do anything else or other job than what I do now!

10. What's a job you would definitely never want?
I would definitely never want to do any job in a factory.

11. Where did you spend your last vacation?
Travelling all over Israel. It was so interesting to see Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and Tel Aviv, and incredible to think the country is only 69 years old.

12. Where do you hope to spend your next one?
I would like to go to Livingstone in Zambia and visit Mulemi Community school which I helped set up and still sponsor. It only has two classrooms but supports 40 children who couldn’t go to school otherwise. It’s an incredible project in a straw hut village next to the Zambezi.

13. What was your favourite band, film, or hobby as a teen?
At the start of my teens I was madly in love with Donny Osmond, but towards the end of my teens I was a huge fan of The Police, Hazel O’Connor and Teardrop Explodes

14. Apart of temptation what can't you resist?
Travelling to new places

15. Red wine or white?
Red

16. Book or movie?
Book

17. Morning person or night person?
Morning

18. Which social issue do you feel most strongly about?
Child neglect - I think it is the biggest epidemic in the world right now, and cuts across race, religion and nationality

19. Buda side or Pest side?

Buda side

20. What would you say is your personal motto?
“Do what is right not what is easy”


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