One of the most difficult parts of running the ajarn website is to make sure that content is kept as up-to-date as possible.
When information becomes a couple of years old, readers tend to mistrust that info more than they would something written more recently - even though many aspects of the Thailand TEFl business haven't changed for decades.
I suppose that's human nature. However, we rely heavily on our readers to keep ajarn.com up there as the number one source of information for teachers in Thailand.
If you enjoy visiting the ajarn website, please think about helping other teachers - new arrivals especially - by sending us your contributions and seeing your name up in lights. Here are some of the ways you can get involved.
The Great Escape
Our great escape feature is for teachers who have taught in Thailand and moved on to another country - possibly to teach or maybe to take up a totally different job altogether. We would love to hear how the move turned out for you and why you left and what you miss about Thailand, etc. You can type your answers directly into our 'great escape' survey and I will add it to the website. Just click on the 'add your own great escape' link.
The Ajarn Postbox
The postbox is the place to air your views on any aspect of teaching in Thailand. We welcome all letters no matter how long or short. All we ask is that you use common sense at all times and avoid issues that would be deemed as too controversial. Click on the 'send letter to ajarn.com' link and you're in business.
The Region Guides
These guides have provided so much good information to new arrivals down the years. Not everyone wants to work in Bangkok so it's natural that someone would want to find out as much as possible before moving to a smaller, rural town or city. If you live in a Thai town that's not covered in our region guides, we would love to hear from you. And even if you do live in a place that's already covered, I'm sure it must have changed in some ways since the guide was first written. We're not looking for complete re-writes if just to update a section or two is what you want to do. Please contact us if you would like to write a new region guide or update an existing one.
The Cost of Living
The topic of 'how to live, work and survive as a teacher in Thailand' has always been at the heart of ajarn.com, so it will probably come as little surprise to know that this is the most popular section of the website (apart from the jobs page of course!) Sorry that we don't have an on-line form to fill in but if you just copy the format as it appears and put in your own answers (maybe send it as a word doc. or something) we'll do all the formatting for you on the website, and perhaps make a comment or two at the end. Thanks for your help because a lot of new arrivals really do rely on good info such as that presented in those cost of living surveys.
Become an Ajarn.com Blogger
Guys like Steve Schertzer, Phil Roeland and Dave Montgomery have become 'household names' in the Thailand TEFL word, in fact Dave regularly gets stopped as he travels around North East Thailand and someone will say "here, aren't you the guy who writes for ajarn.com?" Well, whether you court fame or not, you're welcome to become an ajarn blogger as long as you submit something every month or two and that the topics are somehow related to life in Thailand. Send us an e-mail if you fancy becoming a regular blogger. And don't forget - you can put a link to any of your other blog sites as well and drive more traffic to it. A good ajarn.com blog can easily get two to three thousand readers in a short period of time.
Hot Seat Interview
Everyone - and I mean absolutely everyone - has a story to tell. If you are somehow connected to the Thailand TEFL business as a teacher, a trainer, a candlestick-maker, then why not put yourself in the ajarn hot seat? If you've written a book and you want to give it a good plug or perhaps you've started a Thaiand-based business or maybe you are part of a charity that needs some exposure, again, you're a great candidate for a hot seat interview. Send us a couple of paragraphs or a bullet-point list outlining your story and I'll put together fifteen, hopefully interesting questions. Everyone loves to read a hot seat interview!
A big, big thank you for any contributions.