Thai women in today’s workplace
Thailand has an impressive number of females in management positions
Did you know that in 2012, Thailand had the third highest number of women in management positions at 39% compared to 20% in the UK and 17% in the US.
The Thai beauty myth
Why do so many Thai women fall for the whitening cream scam?
As a man, it never ceases to amaze me how easily women are fooled into believing the obvious scam that certain creams on the market will make their skin whiter. It's so obviously a scam yet there are so many women who fail to be deterred and go out and buy the products. Men are increasingly doing the same.
The communists helped me learn English
Childhood memories of Thai village life
I must have been eight when the Communists came to our village, because that was the first year my grandmother told my father that I must stay in school. I had six older brothers, I was the first girl in the family, and there was a lot of cooking and dish-washing to be done in the morning. My father thought that girls who stayed too long in school would just get pregnant.
The teacher’s diary revisited
One teacher's descent into madness. Now updated for 2011
The diary is the heartbreaking four-week journal of Mr Jim Elmdon - a teacher who came to Thailand and failed miserably. Keep a box of tissues handy.
The courage of Arpaporn
In defense of exclusion, discrimination, and xenophobia
I would like to say that my latest writing assignment given to my grade 10 and 11 classes has given me hope; but I can’t. While some of the writing showed ‘glimmers of hope’, at least in my eyes, many of the opinions my students shared unfortunately matched the biased, ignorant, and bigoted statements made incessantly by many Thai adults.
The woman of the world
Jane Doe and our true responsibilities as teachers
I am looking for a school where I can make a positive difference in the lives of my students. That's what I've been trying to do for years. That's what every dedicated and committed teacher strives to do.
What do women want?
A view of relationships
A commonly heard expression in Thailand regarding the local lovelies is: “You can tell when they’re lying- their lips are moving.” And I have found this to be true in more than a few cases.
peeling back the layers
Things are not always as they seem
No, my friends, there is much about this country that is not obvious to the mere casual observer. It takes time for the many layers of the glorious lotus to fold back to reveal the secrets held so darkly within.
Blake’s theory of unnatural selection
Our unpredictable choices of mate
Give me the girl in braids, or cornrows, or secretary glasses, or a tight military uniform. Give me the girl with a cool personalised tattoo that suggests a spark of originality, or the girl who’s so confident about some part of her body that she’ll deliberately dress to show it off.
The teacher’s diary
One teacher's descent into madness
The diary is the sad and heartbreaking four-week journal of Mr Jim Elmdon - a teacher who came, saw, and failed miserably. Keep a box of tissues handy.
BA (1), Certificate (1), Diploma (1)
Canadian (male, 48 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 61 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), Diploma (1)
Syrian (male, 51 years old, native Arabic speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (male, 41 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (2), Certificate (1)
Filipino (female, 28 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
American (male, 62 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 38 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1), Certificate (1)
Indian (male, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (female, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (male, 30 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.
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Can you hear me OK?
In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?
Renting an apartment?
Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.
What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.
Will I find work in Thailand?
It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.
The dreaded demo
Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?