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Ajarn Hot Seat
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This much I know
The website of the Guardian UK newspaper runs a regular series called ‘This Much I Know'. Each week, a well-known person - perhaps a movie star or politician - gets into the hot seat and shares their thoughts on what they've learned in life. It's a selection of random musings and single-paragraph viewpoints that are nearly always fascinating to read.
Bangkok’s cheap apartments
Not only is Bangkok renowned for having the cheapest taxi fares on the planet, but it's perhaps also one of the least expensive capitals in the world for renting centrally located accommodation. So just how much bang do you get for your Baht in 2014?
Friends and family always ask how life is for me and my family here in Bangkok. This question always makes me smile. Such a big question, written in a tiny two word sentence.
We foreigners may see some aspects of Thai culture as idiosyncratic, but it truly warms my heart when I see even young people in Thailand getting along in spite of personal differences
Have you ever experienced reading a newspaper one day without any problem and the next day you can no longer read that same paper - even with the help of a magnifying glass? What did your ophthalmologist say about the problem? Did eye correction work for you?
TEFL Course News
Thailand is becoming one of the most popular exotic destinations in which to take a TEFL course. If you're looking for all the latest news and promotions - some of them exclusive to ajarn.com readers - then our monthly TEFL course news blog is a great place to start.
Thailand teaching stuff - March 2013
Hi everyone, it's Peter Clarke, back again with another selection of blogs and articles that I hope will be of interest to teachers working in Thailand or perhaps those who are just living here in this great country. So what have I managed to dig up for you from the last three months in cyberspace?
Time for a change
I’ve managed to locate my frustration and work out a solution - the Thai education system just isn’t for me. Not the government schools anyway, or at least the school that I have been teaching in for the past 18 months. So I’ve decided to get out. Not out of Thailand, just out of the system.
BEd (2), Certificate (1)
Filipino (male, 41 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (8), BA (1), MA (1)
American (male, 49 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BSc (1), Certificate (1)
Cameroonian (male, 37 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
South African (male, 22 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Filipino (female, 24 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), BA (1)
Cameroonian (female, 29 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Certificate (2), Diploma (2)
Filipino (female, 50 years old, native Tagalog speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
British (female, 43 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
BA (1), MA (1)
American (female, 30 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
Diploma (1), Certificate (1)
South African (male, 24 years old, native English speaker). Currently living in Thailand.
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.