The South African viewpoint
Sent in by Marguerite Huson
Four major issues that one particular ajarn reader is concerned about
Japan or bust!
The costs of setting yourself up as a teacher
I assume anyone interested in Japan would be so for the money. Unless you are a real Japanophile, the country lacks the beauty, fun and adventure of Thailand so there would be little reason to uproot from Thailand to Japan if it were not monetary.
The dreaded Thai visa procedure
You go to the Thai Embassy in aforementioned UN least-developed-nation-status state and submit your paperwork. The immigration officer then asks you if the school that you’re going to work for is on ‘the list’. Then you say, ‘What list?’ and he says, ‘The list’, then you shrug and he tells you that it isn’t, then you say ‘So why did you ask,’ and he says nothing, and you say ‘What should I do?’ and he says ‘Damned if I care, but you ain’t gettin’ no stinkin’ visa unless your school is on “the list”.
The visa run
One man and his trip to Penang
Going to Laos or Cambodia by bus might have been a bit cheaper, but unfortunately one needs a visa to enter those countries. Not so for Malaysia. Anyway, I heard from a few colleagues that the Royal Thai Embassy in Vientiane is staffed by frequently obnoxious personnel (however another colleague told me he didn’t have any problem at all there).
A bulging toast-rack full of buttered TEFL slices
Featuring this month what makes a good teacher great, the greatest TEFL teacher story ever told and let's hear it for the dreaded visa run
Certificate (1), Diploma (1), BA (1)
British (female, 23 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
American (female, 28 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), BA (1)
British (male, 60 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1)
American (male, 57 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
MA (1), Certificate (1), BA (1)
American (male, 56 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (4), Diploma (3), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Australian (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (6), BA (1), Diploma (1)
South African (male, 53 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (1), BA (1)
Canadian (male, 42 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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