Help & Guides
Latest Letter Received: "Things have changed for qualified teachers in Bangkok" (sent in by Depressed)
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.
Applying for the OEC certificate
The Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) is a 'must have' certificate for all Filipino Overseas Foreign Workers (OFWs) on leave/vacation returning to their country of work.
Helping all students learn
Because I am teaching primarily in an English program where students' parents are paying for them to be there, I do not encounter many special education students. That said, I do have two students in one of my mathayom 2 (grade 8) classes who definitely have learning disabilities.
TEFL Course News
Thailand is of the most popular exotic destinations in which 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 great place to start.
Are Thai teachers actually helpful?
Before beginning my experience as a TESOL teacher in Thailand, way back when I was a newbie farang taking my TESOL course on Phuket, I was repeatedly assured by indifferent agencies and instructors not to worry because you will always share classrooms with Thai teachers that are there to help you.
This much I know part 2
I actually know less and learn more with each year. I have stopped knowing everything- I spent my late teens and 20s in a constant state of arrogance and a self righteous belief that I knew everything.
Don’t believe all you read
When I was doing some internet research on living and working in Myanmar, I read some disconcerting things. I read some positive things. And I read some preposterous things that I simply couldn't believe until I saw them with my own two eyes.
Paws for thought
I'm constantly amazed by how many stray dogs and cats I see on the streets around Koh Samui. Some are lucky enough to look half decent, others aren't that lucky. For those of you who don't know how things work in Thailand when it comes to strays, here's the run down.
The senselessness of Thai bureaucrats and oligarchs
I understand that Thai people do not like causing conflict or losing face, but the first step in solving a problem is admitting that there is one
This much I know
The website of the Guardian UK newspaper runs a regular series called ‘This Much I Know'. Each week, a well-known person - perhaps a movie star or politician - gets into the hot seat and shares their thoughts on what they've learned in life. It's a selection of random musings and single-paragraph viewpoints that are nearly always fascinating to read.
Turkish (male, 30 years old, native Turkish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
Belgian (male, 34 years old, native Dutch speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Indian (male, 32 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BEd (1), MA (1), BA (1)
Indian (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
Cameroonian (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (2)
South African (female, 22 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 18 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
South African (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
Australian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
New to Thailand?
If you've just arrived in Thailand or you're sitting at home thinking about coming to Thailand-then the newbie FAQ is a good place to start.
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.