— For your reading pleasure
What a brave man! Sam Thompson decided to apply for his Thai driving license and motorcycle license in Bangkok on the same day - but was pleasantly surprised at how well the system worked.
Teacher trainer Stephen Louw looks at what makes a typical school run well. Just like the small and large cogs in a machine, everyone - teachers included - has a part to play.
What are the five things Joko has learned to do since he has been living in SE Asia? Five things that would be of no use to him back in America.
Mark Newman lets us in on how things are done at his school in the English language department. The top performing students go into special classes and make rapid progress - while other kids (who will possibly never have a use for English) get left behind. And Mark thinks that's just how it should be.
Richard McCully is wondering what other teachers do when they have a student in the class with learning difficulties. Teacher training courses don't really seem to prepare you for this situation.
TEFL course news! Our monthly round-up of Thailand's leading TEFL course and degree programs is now on-line with all the latest news, deals and promotions, etc
— "I managed to save 50-60,000 baht a month for future travel"
William is next up in our cost of living section. He's obviously moved on now but earned almost 100K a month from his teaching job in Bangkok. With rent and bills costing no more than 8,000, there was a whole lotta salary to be saved.
Now you can fill in the cost of living survey on-line. Come on, let us know what you earn and spend each month.
— Welcome to Johnny Chan
Ajarn is delighted to welcome Johnny Chan, who has taken over the management of the ajarn health insurance group policy for teachers. We have a section on the ajarn website dedicated to health insurance and it includes an FAQ section and some interesting blogs. Feel free to contact Johnny for any of your insurance needs. He'll take good care of you!
— "Don't get trapped in Thailand. Always have an exit plan if you're young"
Zach is our latest great escapee. After a couple of years teaching in Thailand, he decided to return to his native America. How's he getting on there and what if anything, does he miss about Thailand?
— Gill and Vern - two ajarn hot seat interviews
Just like buses, you get nothing for ages and then two together! Ajarn recently interviewed Gill Morris, a Bangkok teacher, blogger and writer who has just written a fabulous book on the city's European heritage. And we entered the crazy world of Vern Lovic, Thailand's go-to farang snake guy. What a character!
— A teacher at life's crossroads
LOTS of comments coming in on this particular blog and it's turning into something of a hot topic. Teacher and ajarn blogger, Richard McCully, feels that the Thailand adventure is wearing thin. He's fallen out of love with Bangkok and perhaps it's time to move on? But the question is where? Does he go back to his native England or does he try his luck in another European country? A discontented Thai partner and the fact Richard owns a condo in Bangkok only seem to add to the problems. Is it time to stick or twist? To stay or to go?
— Let's hear it for Pattaya!
We've updated the region guide to Pattaya. Although it's a beach resort famous for its nightlife and Western amenities, there are plenty of teaching opportunities there if you're willing to take on big bad Patters?
Are you working outside Bangkok? Please help update our region guides, even if it's only just to answer the odd question or two. Your contributions to ajarn dot com are always welcome.
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Get off to a good start...
Take your course
Surprisingly it's not that difficult.
The eternally pointless blame game
From smiling to haggling and crossing the road
Not all students are created equal or should be treated as equal
How can I ignore students just because they are different?
A look at the different aspects of health insurance policies in Thailand
Strategies for teaching English using art
Who's up for some sensory deprivation?
Will we ever claim back Bangkok's footpaths?