Government school advice
Sent in by Colin
I really need to have a chat with someone who is well versed in government school protocols. I hope you can help.
Thailand’s ill-timed implementation of the ‘provisional permit’
Sent in by Ajarn Jim
When a foreign teacher's current 'waiver' letter expires, then that teacher must meet the requirements for the new 'provisional permit' if the teacher doesn't possess a teaching license.
Age limit by Ministry of Education?
Sent in by Richard
I feel like I've been spinning my wheels here for weeks sending CVs and emails and not getting any results.
Getting hitched in the Land of Smiles
Continuing the adventure but as a married teacher
Hi, I am Elizabeth (Miss Ellie if you are one of my 5 year old students) and I am a homeroom teacher at an International school in Nonthaburi. I moved here from South Korea where I lived and taught for a year
New re-entry permit service at Suvanabhumi Airport
Sent in by Del
Although it still states on the Thai Immigration website that the issue of re-entry permits is at the discretion of the immigration officer, a "new" service is now being offered prior to passport control.
Get your head out of the sand
Sent in by Ttompatz
Regarding 'so many hurdles' (ajarn postbox 28th March) Where is the surprise? The addition of the proof of English speaking ability (TOEIC/TOFEL/IELTS scores) by non native speakers was added to the list of basic requirements last October (and posted about on various teacher forums).
So many hurdles
Sent in by Fozzie
I am a non-native English speaker from Europe but I've been teaching here in Thailand for five years now and never had a problem with documents and being employed as a legal teacher. But now my school have told me that according to The Ministry of Education website (which I cannot check because the info in question is only available in Thai apparently) - I need to satisfy all of the following requirements.
TCT waiver/exemption letter glitch
Sent in by Jim
My TCT waiver/exemption letter dated Jan 25, 2010 is for 2 years, but in 2011 Mukdahan Immigration only gave me my new visa until Jan. 25, 2012. I had to get a new TCT letter (another 2 years) to allow me to finish the current academic year in early March.
Seven months to do it yourself!
Sent in by Mr Grumpy
One thing I learnt a long time back, providing you are not uneducated and meet the minimum requirements, is that one must do everything oneself! It is your passport, it is your work permit and it is your life!
The chalkies need a real change
Sent in by Mr Grumpy
Nothing can prepare the foreign teacher for the employee-to-management-to-admin staff life. Dealing with these matters can drive the most experienced teachers up the wall and can turn a normally friendly teacher into a paranoid wreck!
MA (7), BA (1), Diploma (1)
American (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 26 years old, native Afrikaans speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1), Phd (1), MA (1)
Filipino (female, 43 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Canadian (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 32 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), BSc (1), Certificate (1)
British (male, 52 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 50 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1)
Canadian (female, 25 years old, native speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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