Some of the stranger folks I've come across during interview procedures
One applicant that I won't forget was a certain Mr G. Glitter who applied for a primary school homeroom teacher position in 2006 and claimed to 'love working with kids'. The application came complete with a picture of the glam rocker in full 1970s rock regalia
Will I find work in Thailand?
Is there a definitive answer to this incredibly common question?
I wish I could look at the main scenarios, the reasons teachers ask if they will find work in Thailand, and give everyone a straight "yes, you will" or "no, you won't" answer. But unfortunately it's nowhere near that straightforward.
An outsider getting my information through Ajarn
Sent in by Anna
For years, I have literally trusted this site when it comes to"teaching jobs". When I arrived in Thailand in 2005, this was the very first thing my friends recommended to me in order to find a teaching job.
How to compile a flawless resume
Make yourself stand out from the crowd
This month many of our "kababayan" are busy writing their resumes hunting for jobs so I would like to write about an idea resume.
English teachers and literacy
Sent in by Rob
Basic spelling mistakes and horrendous grammatical errors give teachers away every time.
Adding a few strings to your bow
If you're a teacher in Thailand who feels in a bit of a rut and looking to secure a better job somewhere else, now may be the time to dust off your CV and think about some ways you can make yourself attractive to a future employer.
Making your resume count
How to get the best from your ajarn on-line resume
If schools want to contact you about a vacant position and their e-mail comes back at them like a boomerang, they won't make a note of it and contact you on another day. They'll move on to the next person and you'll be forgotten.
Finding work in Isaan
How easy is it to get jobs in this region?
General Internet searches tend not to provide a very complete picture of employers because many of them don’t have websites. Those that do are unlikely to show any interest unless you’re in the immediate vicinity.
Passing the dreaded job interview
There does seem to be one thing that an overseas teacher can do to add luster to the resume... learn the language. Easier said, than done (though language is less done, than said). For those planning on living overseas for a long period of time language skills are invaluable.
Writing resumes 101 for dummies
Sent in by Rebecca
Forget my standards of wanting someone with a BA in teaching, a TEFL certificate, a native-speaker of English, and some experience teaching in Thailand - I'm to the point where I will recruit anyone - qualified or not - who will take the time to submit a decent cover letter and resume.
MA (2), BEd (1)
Filipino (female, 38 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
American (male, 61 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 30 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (1)
South African (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1), PGCE (1), BSc (1)
British (male, 44 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), BSc (1), Diploma (1)
Myanmarese (female, 23 years old, native Burmese speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1), Phd (1)
American (male, 72 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (male, 32 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (female, 26 years old, native Afrikaans speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
PGCE (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
Irish (male, 46 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"
Renting an apartment?
Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.
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?
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.
The cost of living
How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.
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.