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Jock Strappe

posted on 10th June 2012

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I moved back to Scotland in April this year.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

I arrived in Thailand in 1992 and after 6 weeks of travelling I looked for a teaching job to tide me over when the money started running out.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

I'm now past the 50 mark, and it was increasingly obvious that there were fewer jobs around for people my age, so it was not a hard choice to make that I should return home.

Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?

If I had a job, it would be that I was earning more than I did in Thailand. As it is, I am on the dole and living with my nephew's family in Dundee for the time being.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

The girls, the bars, the food, the atmosphere of the rooms where all the teachers huddled together and laughed and complained in equal measures.

Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?

Well, there's almost nothing to do here in Dundee, so I would advise a new teacher to go to Thailand and live the life I did for a few years. But don't get rooted to the place. Stay 1-2 years and then look for another teaching job in a different country.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Until I get enough money together - which looks unlikely - that seems a distant dream for now. But, I hope that one day I can return, even if it's only for a two-week break.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Yes, enjoy your time in Thailand, because when it is finally time to leave, you should have no regrets.

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