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Will I find work in Thailand?
I wish I could look at the main scenarios, the reasons teachers ask if they will find work in Thailand, and give everyone a straight "yes, you will" or "no, you won't" answer. But unfortunately it's nowhere near that straightforward.
Ajarn has put together a list of the most common mistakes that teachers make in Thailand - both new arrivals and those who have been here a while.
TEFL Course News
Thailand can be a terrific place to take a TEFL course. If you're looking for all the latest news and promotions - some of them exclusive to ajarn.com readers - then our monthly TEFL course news blog is a good place to start.
Protests - reason to worry?
Hopefully, political views aside, the tensions can be resolved without much more conflict, and Thailand can stay the peaceful paradise I've come to love.
What makes a good international school?
Everyone always says 'research' is the number one thing for teachers hopping off to a far away teaching nirvana and they would be right, but it isn't until you are deep inside the doors of an international school that you suddenly have a plethora of questions you probably should have asked.
Thailand teaching stuff - November 2013
I think all bloggers have a duty to make sure that their writing is as factually correct as possible. Before the very first keystroke, a blogger needs to ask themselves a serious question - am I knowledgeable enough about this topic and am I communicating the correct information?
On having an English room
I consider my classroom to be an extension of my house. After lunch, I can lock the door and take a little nap. Or I can watch my favorite movies and news broadcasts from The Philippiness. It's so different from the days of old when I didn't have a room and I had to bear the heat and noise of the library or the clinic or other 'makeshift classrooms'.
"All in the game" is a great statement for Thailand. Omar, Avon, Stringer and the rest of the gang nailed it. Thailand is controlled by a few at the expense of the majority. The majority respond by doing what they can. It applies to all facets of daily life. For foreigners living in Thailand we're somewhere on the border of it all.
The simple life of Sapa
From the moment you catch your first glimpse, your eyes become prisoners to the panorama. With its close proximity to China and the well renowned Himalayas, the main area in Sapa Town allows for the hilly, Hoang Lien Son Mountain Range to reveal itself.
Pack your suitcase!
Now that I have settled into my teaching job in Thailand, I can look back on the things I should have brought with me and the things I didn't need to bother with.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
American (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
British (male, 53 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), MA (1), BEd (1)
Filipino (female, 31 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), MA (1)
Filipino (male, 42 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
British (male, 55 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
British (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (2), Diploma (1)
Filipino (male, 27 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 62 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
Filipino (male, 47 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ajarn.com was started as a small hobby website in 1999 by Ian McNamara. It was a simple way for one Bangkok teacher to share his Thailand experiences and pass on advice. The website developed a loyal and enthusiastic following. In 2004, Ian handed over the reins to Phil Williams and 'Bangkok Phil' has run the ajarn website ever since.
Ajarn.com has grown enormously and is now the most popular TEFL site in Thailand - possibly even South East Asia. Although best-known for its vibrant jobs page, Ajarn has a wealth of articles, blogs, features and help and advice. But one principle has always remained at Ajarn's core - to tell things like they are and to do it with a sense of humor. Thailand can be Heaven or Hell for an English teacher. It's always been Ajarn.com's duty to present both sides of the equation. Thanks for stopping by.