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Have a go at our free ajarn.com competitions. You can win polo shirts, textbooks, food and drink vouchers, etc. If you would like to sponsor an ajarn competition & offer fantastic prizes to teachers, then get in touch with us.
Who does my job ad appeal to?
If you've been around teacher recruitment in Thailand for as long as I have, then you'll know that by insisting on too many requirements, a school is narrowing its field down to almost non-existent
Teacher of the week
Having trouble finding a teaching job? Just arrived and having no luck opening doors? Send us your photo and a resume and we'll do our best to put your name up there in lights.
The teacher fashion guide
If you're thinking of coming to teach in Thailand then don't leave home without reading our indispensable guide to cutting a dash in the classroom. How many neckties do I need? Will the pony-tail have to go? From the moment you walk in the room, you'll be turning heads and not stomachs. On no, not all five Spice Girls please!!!!
Back to reality
Much of this blog may sound negative (and to some extent, it is), but in all honestly, it's par for the course. I love Thailand, and generally speaking, I love teaching in my Thai school. Even so, there are little things that crop up all of the time, and you just have to take them in your stride.
First of all let me say that good copywriters are hard to find and thus extremely valuable. It is a niche job that has become more and more popular in the web sphere and has always had strong roots in print and media. As English teachers, you will already possess the strong skills you need in spelling and grammar but can you tell a story?
On yer bike!
On the 1st May, Bangkok introduced a bicycle rental scheme, presumably in an effort to encourage more people to go green and to go some way towards reducing the awful traffic jams that have become part and parcel of our daily lives in this city.
TEFL Course News
Thailand is a very popular place for teachers to take training courses. So if you're thinking of doing your course in The Land of Smiles, then we've kept an eye on all the best deals from Thailand's major providers.
A lucky guy
If you lose things while you are moving around Thailand, there won't always be a kind soul to hand things in at the lost and found office - but you can greatly reduce the stress that losing items can cause.
Failures in sarcasm
Even when I try to tone down my sarcasm, those rascally comments still slip from my lips! I know that my students are vaguely aware of sarcasm but they don't quite understand it and they certainly would never use it on their own.
No pants (and no brains)
Improve Everywhere began taking their attention seeking illness to the subway in New York City in 2002. Since then, the illness has spread to over 60 cities worldwide. It is one thing to celebrate silliness in your own country; but, as a foreigner living and working in Asia, this kind of "silliness" has no place here
Wet, wet, wet
We can at least attempt to escape a number of those rainy season downpours by living as close to the BTS and MRT stations as possible, and in fact some of the condominium developers in Bangkok have gone one stage further and actually linked their buildings to a station
A stroll around Chiang Mai’s Eastern District
I was sitting in a small garden coffee shop just behind my school sipping a cooling iced-coffee yesterday afternoon, when I started to think about the area surrounding me. Its history is the history of foreigners in Chiang Mai, as this area is where the first foreigners settled, lived and worked in the late nineteenth century.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1), PGCE (1), BSc (1)
British (male, 44 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), BSc (1), Diploma (1)
Myanmarese (female, 23 years old, native Burmese speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1), Phd (1)
American (male, 72 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 32 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 26 years old, native Afrikaans speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
PGCE (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
Irish (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 33 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 25 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
New to Thailand?
If you've just arrived in Thailand or you're sitting at home thinking about coming to Thailand-then the newbie FAQ is a good place to start.
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.