— Only young, good-looking teachers need apply
It's often said that when it comes to hiring teachers in Thailand, too many Thai schools place a teacher's 'appearance' above all else. 'Style over substance' you might say. Howard was possibly the best-looking, young teacher I'd ever interviewed. But sometimes beauty is only skin deep.
— Goodbye old friend
Tony Dabbs, the gentleman who looked after and advised many teachers on healthcare and health insurance through ajarn.com, has sadly passed away at the age of 76. Tony knew the health insurance business back to front and was one of the most helpful guys I have met. He will be a very sad loss. However, Tony would want the show to go on and all health insurance business and contacts, etc will now be taken care of by his business partner. RIP Tony.
— Hooray! A Filipino at last
We've been doing these cost of living surveys for years but this is our first ever Filipino teacher. And if you thought teachers from that part of the world were all working hard in Thailand, sending money home to their families and then existing on a pittance, well here's Richard to prove you wrong.
— Safe up to a point
Sam Thompson has been in Thailand a fair while and has always felt that despite what others say, Bangkok is a very safe city. Even a nasty road rage incident on his way home from a night out hasn't really altered his viewpoint.
— Homeless in Bangkok
Adam Beardsmore ponders the plight of Bangkok's many homeless people. "It strikes me that Bangkok can be a relentlessly hard city for those more unfortunate, especially those who find themselves homeless, stuck in a concrete jungle with the sun beating down and no one seemingly too bothered about what will become of them"
— Fighting fit in South East Asia
Those who follow Joko Mackenna's blogs will know that he moved from Thailand to teach English in Myanmar. Joko hasn't been feeling well lately so he decided it was time to put Myanmar's medical facilities and health care to the test. Understandably Joko was feeling skeptical and a tad apprehensive about what lay ahead - but in fact he was in for a nice surprise.
— "The changes to the visa regulations ultimately did me in"
Tony Mitchell is our latest great escapee. This one is 'hot off the press' you might say because Tony only left to return to Australia a few days ago. Having chatted to Tony on Twitter many times, I think it's fair to say that he had had enough of teaching in Thailand - and I knew he wouldn't mince his words in a survey.
Filipino, 29 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 45 years old. Currently living in Philippines
Austrian, 57 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 34 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Netherlander, 27 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Australian, 59 years old. Currently living in Thailand
American, 37 years old. Currently living in Thailand
South African, 35 years old. Currently living in Thailand
British, 42 years old. Currently living in Thailand
Filipino, 23 years old. Currently living in Philippines
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