Thailand is no longer a place to teach

You missed out a fourth option Jack ("We all have choices" Postbox 25th May) and that is to leave Thailand, work elsewhere and come back for holidays. Welcome to China where education is taken seriously, teaching is an average of 15 to 20 (45 minute periods) per week and when all the free stuff such as accommodation, electric, food . . . is thrown in, it's easily worth the equivalent of 60k+ baht a month. No ‘extra activities’, ‘forced’ attendance in summer camps or ‘compulsory’ sports days. The atmosphere is usually serious but friendly and older teachers are rather more welcome than 21-year old blond/e haired ‘backpackers’.

I do still look on Thailand as my ‘home’ and have a wife and house there, so my post is not sour grapes against the country itself but rather at the reality of what’s going on. The ‘happy, happy’ teaching methodology, the exam cheating, the corruption, the influx of unemployed people replacing the tourists . . . . . a developing country that relied on tourism is now wondering where all the money has gone! In less than eight months, despite normal everyday expenses, I have saved 170k baht to bring back to Thailand in the summer holidays, something that was impossible when I worked there.

That’s why the salaries are dropping and teachers are leaving at an alarming rate; money and in many cases the horrendous working conditions. China welcomes teachers and experience with open arms, as does Vietnam and South Korea. Teachers are now leaving Thailand and if tourism doesn’t come back soon, (unlikely given the deep recession the west is in), Thailand will once again sink back into oblivion and its third world status.


Read more letters

Featured Jobs

Online YL ESL Teachers Wanted

10 hours ago

฿700+ /hour

Various locations

Corporate Teacher near Talatplu BTS

1 day, 21 hours ago

฿600+ /hour


Native English Speaking Teachers

2 days, 7 hours ago

฿40,000+ /month


Kindergarten Teacher

3 days, 6 hours ago

฿40,000+ /month


Grade 4 Homeroom Teacher

3 days, 20 hours ago

฿40,000+ /month


P/T Corporate & In-House Teachers

4 days ago

฿600+ /hour


TEFL Courses & Training

Get off to a good start...

Take your course
in Thailand!

Training Directory

Featured Teachers

  • David


    British, 60 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Juan David


    Colombian, 24 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Giselle


    Filipino, 37 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Aleta


    Canadian, 56 years old. Currently living in Canada

  • Andre


    Canadian, 48 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • William


    Chinese, 25 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • James


    American, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Trevor


    British, 55 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Asger


    Dane, 43 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Paul


    American, 32 years old. Currently living in United States of America


English Planet

To be internationally recognized as the leader in quality English language training.

Space available

Put your banner on the ajarn homepage. Contact us for details.

Siam Computer & Language

Competitive teacher packages with benefits and bonus incentives

Kajonkietsuksa School

First bilingual school in Phuket. Vacancies for kindergarten, primary and secondary teachers.

Kasintorn St Peter School

Progressive English program school near Bangkok employing NES and Filipino teachers

Inlingua Thailand

Premier language school with many branches and corporate training.

The Hot Spot

Fun Quiz

Fun Quiz

Find out how employable you are in Thailand as an English teacher. Is it a case of 'welcome aboard' or "Mom, I need you to send some money again"

Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.

Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.

Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.

The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?

Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?

Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?