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— "Teaching in the UK is tough. It's easy to get burnt out"

"Teaching in the UK is tough. It's easy to get burnt out"

Back to the UK - Joseph returned the UK in September 2018 after teaching for 2.5 years in Thailand because getting qualified in the UK felt like the next logical step.


Taking a TEFL course in Thailand? - we've got plenty of deals, promotions, video links etc in our monthly TEFl course news blog, with courses in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket. 


— Ajarn chats to Chris Seal of Shrewsbury International School

Ajarn chats to Chris Seal of Shrewsbury International School

Hot seat interview - What's it like to work at a top international school in Bangkok? What are the benefits? Does an international school recruit locally? What qualifications do they require? Does a teacher need to return to their home country in order to become qualified or is there an alternative route? In our latest hot seat interview, recently appointed Principal of Shrewsbury School, Mr Chris Seal, has all the answers. 


— Piercing Thai culture

Piercing Thai culture

Classroom dress code - when Fatima Cacho enrolled on a TEFL course in Thailand, she wondered how accepting Thai culture would be of her body piercings. Famita comes from the trendy and outlandish Bay Area of San Francisco, where no one bats an eyelid at a teacher with pink dreadlocks.


Newbie errors - what mistakes do new arrivals make when coming to teach in Thailand? We've listed over twenty of 'em. 


— "Lets be honest - gate duty isn't going to kill you!"

"Lets be honest - gate duty isn't going to kill you!"

Gate duty-gate - Greeting students as they arrive for school in the morning, perhaps even opening a car door and carrying a backpack for them. Is this a job for foreign teachers, Thai teachers or the school security guard? Richard McCully has his say.


Cough! Splutter! - Ajarn's health insurance expert, Walter van der Wal, discusses the problems and health issues caused by poor quality air.



— "I just don't have the money worries here that I had back in the UK"

"I just don't have the money worries here that I had back in the UK"

Cost of living - Chris makes 35,000 baht a month at a government school in Mukdahan, North East Thailand. Life is just so much cheaper and so much more enjoyable compared to his life back in London. He sounds like a very happy camper! 


— Tips for landing a teaching job

Tips for landing a teaching job

Land that TEFL job! - Interview expert, Kevin Cullen, is back with some more interview pointers, including the thank you e-mail and coaching your references. 


Region guide to Phatthalung - Many thanks to Phoebe for giving us the low-down on this beautiful province in Southern Thailand. What Phatthalung lacks in nightlife, it makes up for with awesome scenery, plenty of teaching work and a very chilled vibe. 


— Dealing with hostility in the EFL staffroom or workspace

Dealing with hostility in the EFL staffroom or workspace

Staffroom politics - Managing the politics involved in teaching requires you to just admit that you know nothing. That's the advice from EFL teacher Todd Persaud.


Marking - "It's boring, thankless work, right? Should we even bother?" asks teacher trainer, Stephen Louw. But Stephen also says there are a number of ways around it - and attitudes to correction that could save you hours! 


Featured Jobs

Temporary Primary Teacher (for term 3 only)

฿50,000+ / month

Chon Buri


Corporate English Teachers

฿700+ / hour

Bangkok


Weekend English Teacher / Coordinator or Manager

฿700+ / hour

Samut Prakan


English Conversation Teachers

฿35,000+ / month

Bangkok


English Conversation Teachers

฿33,000+ / month

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IEP P5 and P6 Teachers

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Featured Teachers

  • Jay


    British, 34 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Christopher


    British, 62 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Bagario


    Filipino, 32 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Arrianne


    French Polynesian, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Rey


    Filipino, 25 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Felix


    Filipino, 32 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Antony


    British, 46 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Ralf


    German, 41 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Nolan


    Canadian, 36 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • John


    Filipino, 20 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Grace


    Filipino, 29 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Rossouw


    South African, 68 years old. Currently living in Philippines

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My thoughts on gate duty

Richard McCully

It’s not a punishment. It’s not going to kill you.

Last Christmas

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Handling hostility in the EFL office space

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The single best political strategy

We are family

Phil Hall

I play piggy-in-the-middle while the family feuds go on all around me

The slaughterhouse called marking

Stephen Louw

It's boring, thankless work, right? Should we even bother?

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A fairly painless procedure

The best things about living in Thailand?

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The expat lives without being judged or interfered with.