— "I'm looking for a job that pays more"
Callum is next up in our cost of living section. He earns around 35,000 baht a month from his secondary school job in Bangkok but has decided he needs to earn more. He's looking for a teaching position that pays at least 50K because according to Callum - that's what you need to earn to survive in the big, bad city.
Now you can fill in the cost of living survey on-line. Come on, let us know what you earn and spend each month.
— My Thailand nightmare as an overweight teacher of Mexican descent
"You're too fat to be a teacher, you should be a cook instead". This was just one reply that Stephen Valdez received from a teacher recruiter. Others said that he was simply 'too dark-skinned' for the students' tastes. In the end, it all got too much and Stephen called time on his unhappy spell in Thailand. Be warned that life might not be a bed of roses if you don't fit the right profile.
— Cities and mountains of Asia
A couple of travel-related articles from our ajarn bloggers. Sam Thompson supervised a group of students on a short visit to Phnom Penh, but fair to say he wasn't overly impressed with the Cambodian capital.
And Sion Binalon recalls her experiences teaching in a mountainous region of The Philippines and how blessed she feels to be a teacher.
— 'Resume culture' and making your resume stand out
Teacher trainer, Stephen Louw, tackles the topic of teacher resumes and how resume expectations can differ from culture to culture. But what is the best approach when applying for teaching jobs in Thailand?
— How to be a bad teacher in Thailand
Yes you read that correctly. Whether it's moaning to all and sundry about the broken photocopier, crying off work with a hangover or winging your way through lessons, here's Mark Newman with a guide on how to be the teacher that everybody dislikes.
— Get your teacher training certificate!
This month in our TEFL course news blog specials include free online courses, 20% discounts for current teachers and exclusive discounts for ajarn readers, There is also free accommodation at a course in Hua Hin.
— "I felt less stressed when I taught in Thailand"
Aaron has gone back to teach in the USA schooling system after a couple of spells as a teacher in Thailand. Although there are good points to being back home and working in Florida, there are many things he misses about his life in Thailand.
Indian, 22 years old. Currently living in India
American, 55 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 35 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 47 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 41 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 21 years old. Currently living in Philippines
Filipino, 44 years old. Currently living in Philippines
British, 46 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Indian, 26 years old. Currently living in Thailand
South African, 66 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Get off to a good start...
Take your course
I wasn't all that impressed with Cambodia's capital
Feeling blessed to be a teacher
A guide to making life difficult for you and everyone else
It's the time of the year for the job surge
It's the busy hiring season for teachers in Thailand
It's all about getting a foot in the door
How can I improve my teaching practice next year?
The challenges of adapting your teaching for 'different' class members
Take it seriously - or find someone else to manage the hiring.