Help & Guides
Ajarn Hot Seat
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.
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.
We've long had a fashion guide for male teachers wanting to teach in Thailand. Now it's the turn of the ladies and what to wear and what not to wear in the classroom.
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
Running a niche website
Are you passionate about something? Do you have a lot to say on a certain subject? Are you an amazing cook or fitness guru? Running your own niche website is a great way of expressing your opinion and making money.
Marguerite Anne Tremel
What kind of Asian are you?
It was only published on youtube in late May 2013, but already the video "What Kind of Asian are You?" has over 5,000,000 views.
Paradise party island
A friend of mine visited a few weeks back, so once my summer school ended, we decided to hoof it down to Phuket to spend a week or so. We decided to visit Koh Phi Phi first, and if I'm honest, we never made it anywhere else.
Many years ago, I was browsing one of those Bangkok ex-pat forums and there was an interesting thread on the topic of ‘the downsides of living in Bangkok'. One of the forum members - a middle-aged wife of a business expat - chipped in with the following contribution (and for some reason I have never forgotten it)
A dream school in the making
Classes in Thailand opened last month. Teachers, students and administrators are once again ready to perform their duties and responsibilities to put the name of their school in the limelight and live up to the expectations of those who acknowledge their school as a role model in the community.
Oppan Gangnam style!
Gangnam Style is a K-Pop phenomenon performed by Korean artist PSY. The song parodies the lifestyle of the elite Gangnam neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea. Criticism of the materialism of this wealthy neighborhood is apparent as PSY reduces luxury to laughs.
TEFL Course News
Thailand can be a terrific place to take a TEFL course. If you're looking for all the latest news and promotions - some of them exclusive to ajarn.com readers - then our monthly TEFL course news blog is a good place to start.
The changing face of Bangkok
Like many SE Asian cities, apart from religious monuments such as temples and a few other buildings, there is a virtual free-for-all on development, and very little in the way of protection and preservation. Does this detract from the city in the form of character and beauty? That of course is a matter open to debate.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1)
Filipino (male, 43 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BEd (1)
Filipino (male, 30 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
Filipino (female, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BSc (1)
British (male, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
French (male, 29 years old, native French speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), BA (1)
Australian (male, 39 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Diploma (1)
Syrian (male, 50 years old, native Arabic speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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.