— Reflections on a first year at a Thai government school
Teacher Nigel Quinn is looking back on his first year at a school in rural Thailand. There was Christmas, the sports days, The New Year celebrations, Wai Khru (teachers' day) the singing competitions and more. It sounds like he's loved every minute!
— Farewell to Ben.
It's a sad day for the Ajarn website because we are saying goodbye to Ben Vacio, our resident Filipino blogger, who has returned to The Philippines after many years spent teaching in Thailand. Ben had written blogs for Ajarn for over six years and always came across as both a dedicated teacher and true professional. We will miss you Ben. Take good care of yourself!
— For your reading pleasure
Having worked in several schools in Thailand, Mark Newman has some ideas on how to reform the Thai education system and offer a brighter future for Thai students.
In the October TEFL course blog, ajarn readers can get an exclusive $100 discount on 2017 courses from one provider. There is news of a new blended learning CELTA course in downtown Bangkok and also several guaranteed job schemes on offer.
That brand new Bangkok apartment building looked lovely when you moved in but it's often only a matter of time before things go rapidly downhill. Here's a timeline of sorts.
It started out as simply a bit of conversation practice. Tell me about your high school days? But teacher Joko was not prepared for the stories his three Burmese students had in store for him.
— "My standard of living is comfortable but not outlandish"
Tammy earns 38,000 baht at a private school in Bangkok but that extra 10,000 baht from teaching private students probably makes all the difference. So does buying a scooter apparently!
Now you can fill in the cost of living survey on-line. Come on, let us know what you earn and spend each month.
— Are you teaching in Thailand for the long or short haul?
Whether you fancy teaching here for just one school term or maybe doing a couple or three years, there are advantages and disadvantages. Mark Newman looks at the pros and cons of teaching long term and short term.
— I can feel the pain - even on the other side of the world
Teacher Zach Laan lived and worked in Thailand for three years and became part of a 'Thailand family'. Although now back in his native Canada, he was devastated by the news about His Majesty and has put his thoughts into words to pay tribute to a Great King and Leader.
— Interesting Thailand-related stuff
Your guide to Thailand's monsoon season. A teaching internship in Ayuthaya. Bangkok's disappearing streetfood scene. A visa run to Laos. And more! - all in Peter Clarke's round-up of the best of Thailand net stuff.
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