— "I had misgivings about leaving Thailand to work in China"
Chris Kennedy is our latest great escapee. After many years of teaching in Thailand (and the odd miserable stint in the dunes) he decided to give China a bash. How's he getting on there and what does he miss about Thailand?
— This week's topics include running the Chiang Mai marathon and end of term chaos for teachers
Bangkok Phil explores an interesting aspect of British culture v Thai culture and wonders why Thais don't look after tradespeople better?
William Putnam bravely decided to enter his first Chiang Mai marathon run and despite a lack of planning and preparation, he did very well.
Sam Thompson is finding all the end of term activities and planning for the next semester to be quite stressful. And there's an awful lot of office gossip going on to boot.
Despite plenty of negative news stories, Richard McCully still considers Thailand a very safe country to live in and new teachers shouldn't be put off coming to work here
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— We'd love your contributions
If you enjoy visiting the ajarn.com website, please spare some time to help us out if you can. Perhaps a hot seat interview if you've got a story to tell or a comment for the ajarn Postbox? Maybe help update a region guide if you teach outside Bangkok or take part in our popular cost of living and great escape surveys. Your contributions are always welcome.
— Thou shalt practice what I preach
From being predictable in the classroom to keeping students busy. And from socializing with students to avoiding burnout. Here are Marko's ten tips (or ten commandments) for making your life easier as a teacher in Thailand.
— Jemima's doing a Thailand gap year!
She's only been in Thailand for three months but what a truly amazing time this young lady has had. She's taken selfies with gibbons, woofed down great big steaks (despite being a vegetarian) and bartered for bath-mats at Bangkok's weekend market. This. Is. One. Adventure.
— Surviving the madness
Mark Newman is back and he's pulling no punches with his latest article on the harsh realities of TEFLing in Thailand.
You don't really have to teach. You'll live on a paradise island. Teaching English in Thailand is like one big holiday. Kylie Millar investigates the biggest myths behind being a TEFLer abroad.
— Out in the sticks
Anthony has very kindly written a new region guide for Uttaradit, a northern province some 500 clicks from Bangkok. He's been there 11 years and seems to like it. It gets bloody hot in April though!
American, 44 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Dane, 44 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 30 years old. Currently living in Philippines
British, 65 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Pakistani, 24 years old. Currently living in Pakistan
American, 38 years old. Currently living in United States of America
Dane, 38 years old. Currently living in Denmark
Canadian, 54 years old. Currently living in Canada
American, 46 years old. Currently living in Thailand
South African, 42 years old. Currently living in South Africa
Get off to a good start...
Take your course
It's definitely a part of being 'British'
Going through the pain barrier in North Thailand
It's a hectic team for teachers especially
Thailand isn't dangerous but you do need to be smart
Boring yes, but never a dish to be underestimated
I raise a glass to those teachers that simply keep on going
The Filipino people have spoken. They want change.
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