Cross-cultural education for teachers
Adding to opinion and speculation about the teaching industry
When writing about the ESL industry and Western English teachers in Thailand or other Asian countries, it should be kept in mind the industry is extremely fragmented, unregulated and there is a startling lack of reliable statistics or data about the industry and the teachers working in the industry.
A longing to belong?
The Hotel California syndrome
Why do so many expats lose the plot after a while? Or put another way, with such a deep longing to fit in and belong, does living in Thailand make you a bit ting tong?
MA (7), BA (1), Diploma (1)
American (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), BA (1), MA (1)
Canadian (male, 46 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 59 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), MA (1), BA (1)
Filipino (male, 33 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), Diploma (1), BA (1)
British (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (2), Diploma (1)
German (male, 43 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (2)
American (male, years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1), BA (1)
German (male, 50 years old, native German speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Nigerian (male, 34 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.
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"
The cost of living
How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.
The Region Guides
Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.
Fancy teaching freelance?
How easy is it to cut out the middlemen and rake in the cash teach students at their own homes?
Renting an apartment?
Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.
Hi, I’m Tony Dabbs
I was a licensed life and health agent in the USA for many years and now I'm ajarn.com's health insurance expert.
E-mailing for jobs
E-mailing potential employers in Thailand can be a very frustrating experience. Teacher Chris is on hand to give you some top tips.