A Thai field trip
Where's our risk assessment?
I'm hoping to be invited on another Thai school field trip. The students are well behaved, and it was quite a lot of fun! Who would have thought you could get a job that pays you to have a good time at the zoo?Continue Reading »
Part 3 of 10 ways to supplement your teaching income
First of all let me say that good copywriters are hard to find and thus extremely valuable. It is a niche job that has become more and more popular in the web sphere and has always had strong roots in print and media. As English teachers, you will already possess the strong skills you need in spelling and grammar but can you tell a story?
On yer bike!
Is Bangkok's new rent-a-bike scheme doomed to failure?
On the 1st May, Bangkok introduced a bicycle rental scheme, presumably in an effort to encourage more people to go green and to go some way towards reducing the awful traffic jams that have become part and parcel of our daily lives in this city.
TEFL Course News
All the latest deals and news from Thailand's major TEFL course providers
Thailand is a very popular place for teachers to take training courses. So if you're thinking of doing your course in The Land of Smiles, then we've kept an eye on all the best deals from Thailand's major providers.
A lucky guy
How to avoid losing things while travelling.
If you lose things while you are moving around Thailand, there won't always be a kind soul to hand things in at the lost and found office - but you can greatly reduce the stress that losing items can cause.
Failures in sarcasm
When a lesson plan can all go horribly wrong
Even when I try to tone down my sarcasm, those rascally comments still slip from my lips! I know that my students are vaguely aware of sarcasm but they don't quite understand it and they certainly would never use it on their own.
No pants (and no brains)
They're coming to a city near you and it could be anytime soon.
Improve Everywhere began taking their attention seeking illness to the subway in New York City in 2002. Since then, the illness has spread to over 60 cities worldwide. It is one thing to celebrate silliness in your own country; but, as a foreigner living and working in Asia, this kind of "silliness" has no place here
Wet, wet, wet
Going door to door and staying dry!
We can at least attempt to escape a number of those rainy season downpours by living as close to the BTS and MRT stations as possible, and in fact some of the condominium developers in Bangkok have gone one stage further and actually linked their buildings to a station
A stroll around Chiang Mai’s Eastern District
A fun-filled glimpse into the past on every street corner
I was sitting in a small garden coffee shop just behind my school sipping a cooling iced-coffee yesterday afternoon, when I started to think about the area surrounding me. Its history is the history of foreigners in Chiang Mai, as this area is where the first foreigners settled, lived and worked in the late nineteenth century.
Are degrees required to teach?
Opinion continues to be divided
Three things which seem unavoidable are death, taxes and debates on ajarn.com about the requirement for teachers of having a degree. Those without degrees generally argue a degree is not necessary, while those with degrees will normally make the case a degree should be required.
Too much choice no good sir
Nowadays we definitely have too much information at our disposal
I'm convinced that we are beginning to live in an age where there is simply too much information available to us. Far too much of that information is contradictory and confusing - and when you sit down in front of your computer screen to do a few hours of ‘research' on whatever topic takes your fancy, you end up further back than when you started.
Dying to get around
Driving in Thailand
Having driven in Thailand myself for many years, I can attest to the difficulties faced by foreign drivers in Thailand. For one thing, the rules of the road, what are called in the UK - The Highway Code - are followed in Thailand in the same way other rules are followed by Thais in general life. In other words, they are not followed at all.
Elizabeth Frantz Larson
Back to civilisation?
Have I really been away for two and a half years?
I need a little intermission from Asia, from being abroad, from the frustrations. It's time to remember why I moved away again, time to take a step back and get out of the bizarre madness that has become my life.
The dross and the dregs
The truth always hurts
What I saw in that blog and the negative replies to it were what I call the dross and the dregs of NES teachers on the Thai circuit. Allow me to provide an outline of these worthless characters, none of whom I can proudly state that I work with:
Health insurance marketing
A look at the different aspects of health insurance policies in Thailand
Health insurance here in Thailand, as a rule, is much cheaper and much simpler than the health insurance most expats are probably used to.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
Filipino (female, 31 years old, native Cebuano speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 26 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Dane (male, 41 years old, native Danish speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), BA (1)
American (male, 48 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 36 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
Ivorian (male, 41 years old, native French speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
Russian (female, 22 years old, native Russian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Ukrainian (male, 31 years old, native Ukrainian speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BEd (1)
Nigerian (female, 33 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (2), MA (1)
British (male, 43 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.