He took an international school to the Thai labor court. He studied for a master’s degree in ELT at a Thai University. He now lives and teaches on the Burmese border and knocks up teakwood furniture in his spare time. Let’s have a chinwag with Andrew Stark.
Accommodation is always a hot topic among teachers in Thailand for many reasons. Apartment rent often consumes the biggest chunk of a teacher’s monthly salary. So let’s talk living space with Neil McDonough, the Director of EasyHomes.
How difficult is it these days to get a teaching job in Bangkok for someone who is considered a non-native speaker of English? We’ve discussed this topic before in the ajarn hot seat. but if memory serves me correctly - never with a European teacher. Marek Lenarcik kindly offers to fill us in.
If you are involved in a serious road accident in Thailand, there is a 95% chance that a rescue organisation called Ruamkatanyu (RKU) will be the guys who come to your aid. This magnificent organisation employs one foreigner, Marko Cunningham. The ajarn hotseat welcomes a part-time teacher and a full-time Thailand superhero.
After starting off as a salaried teacher at a private language school, Jason got the idea to supply teachers to Thai schools and became what’s effectively known as an ‘agent’. Since then he’s never looked back and now provides teachers to several schools in the Rangsit area
About five years ago - maybe more - we featured a teacher called Jono Blaze in an article on ajarn.com. Jono’s was the ultimate teacher done good story. He gave up the teaching and opened Momma’s, his very own British restaurant in Sukhumwit Soi 23. Then after rave reviews from ex-pats, the restaurant literally disappeared. The question on everyone’s lips - whatever happened to Jono? Well, the man’s back!
Glenn Van Der Heyden
Some teachers luck out in Thailand and find something that they truly enjoy doing. But you have to admit - few things would beat becoming the coach of Thailand’s national ice hockey team!
It’s fair to say that Mark’s Thailand TEFL career was nothing out of the ordinary, but you might say that he knew just when to quit, and how to plan for the future.
James Parsons has spent much of his teaching career hopping between Korea and Thailand. He’s dabbled in Thailand’s property market and he’s done more visa runs than you’ve had hot dinners.
Mike Thompson is an Asian American from California. He admits that his Asian appearance put many employers off when he started looking for teaching work in Thailand, but slowly he’s turned things around. It hasn’t been easy though.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1)
American (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (5), Diploma (1)
British (male, 41 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), MA (1), BA (1)
American (male, 35 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
British (male, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Guinean (male, 31 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1), MA (1)
American (male, 0 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (2)
Austrian (male, 56 years old, native German speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (6), BA (1), Diploma (1)
South African (male, 53 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 41 years old, native Danish 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.