— "I couldn't recruit teachers and lie to them"
In our latest Postbox letters, Eoin was asked by his school to help recruit teachers and discovered honesty was certainly not the policy - and Jack implores those interested in online teaching to check out 'formal' online teaching. If you've got anything to say on the topic of teaching in Thailand, stick a letter in the Ajarn Postbox. We'd love to hear from you!
— Blogs for teachers in Thailand
Classroom - Great tips and advice for first year teachers in Thailand.
Property - Watch out for those Bangkok real estate scammers!
Training - Special deals and promotions from Thailand's major TEFL courses.
For laughs - some ideas for Thailand-based reality TV shows.
— "I ended up with burnout and depression"
In our great escape section, we get teachers who came here and had the time of their lives and others for whom the lifestyle just didn't suit. James was certainly in the latter category. After five years in Thailand, he developed serious physical and mental health issues and knew he had to return home. Proof perhaps that teaching in a strange land isn't for everyone.
— "A trip home can drain the savings"
Teacher Lee is next up in the cost of living spotlight. He earns 63,000 baht a month from a private school in Bangkok. Is it enough for a decent life in the capital?
Now you can fill in the cost of living survey on-line. Come on, let us know what you earn and spend each month.
— Be prepared
— The dreaded student survey
More tales from the private language school and the academic director's chair. Student surveys can often be a bone of contention but how would you react to a student writing that your personal hygiene is not at the standard it should be. Or more to the point - "the teacher stinks!"
— Anyone interested in online teaching?
Online teaching is surely one of TEFL's fastest growing areas. What's not to love? No commuting to work. Teach to suit your own schedule. The list goes on. Teacher Quincy shares the story of how he got started as an online teacher and the advantages and disadvantages of being a virtual chalkie.
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Get off to a good start...
Take your course
Thailand is a wealth of reality TV show potential
The busy hiring season for teachers in Thailand is approaching.
How to maximize your teaching enjoyment!
The challenge is knowing what kind of agent to look for
What schools don’t tell you when a teacher is hired
Who gets to decide what it means to be a 'good' teacher?
Considering students with special needs
How things have changed for me over the years
Where to go for that festive taste of home