Teaching in Thailand
Sent in by Dr John Smith
In many articles people have complained that the money they have to pay each year for work permits, visas and teaching licence makes it just not worth it. When is the ministry going to wake up and stop persecuting teachers who have nothing but good intent for the education of the Thai children and stay here as law abiding people.
What a system!
Sent in by Stephanie
This year, The Ministry of Education once again added more difficulty in processing the teachers license and work permit.
New visa rule is ridiculous
Sent in by Dr John Smith
In my opinion I find it very difficult to understand the mentality or blatant stupidity of the Thai immigration section in Bangkok. Not only do they rip you off at every turn but now they have found a new way to get money from visitors.
Thailand, the sick man of ASEAN
Sent in by Russell
I relocated to Vietnam to see if the grass was any greener over there. Whilst I was in Vietnam at the beginning I wrote an article saying what a breath of fresh air it was from the idiocy of Thailand. But after one year I came to realize the grass was not that green after all.
What’s going on?
Sent in by TRRicher
My colleagues are up in arms about what seems to be a two years and out rule.
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.
BA (2), Certificate (1), Diploma (1), MA (1)
Dutch (male, 59 years old, native Dutch speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1), Certificate (1)
South African (female, 34 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
American (male, 71 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (female, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 23 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (3), Diploma (1), MA (1), BA (1)
American (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1), BA (1)
British (male, 36 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Certificate (1)
Syrian (male, 25 years old, native Arabic speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
American (female, 57 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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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.
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