You've heard the story about a man who liked the product so much that he bought the company. Well this is the story of Phil Dunne, once a teacher at a very well known Bangkok language school, and now the proud owner of Island TEFL on Koh Samui.
Jorge’s story is a simple one of a good, honest teacher giving some of his best years to Thailand’s education system and then deciding that the new teacher licensing laws were the final straw. It was definitely time to leave!
He took an international school to the Thai labor court. He studied for a master's degree in ELT at a Thai University. He now lives and teaches on the Burmese border and knocks up teakwood furniture in his spare time. Let's have a chinwag with Andrew Stark.
Accommodation is always a hot topic among teachers in Thailand for many reasons. Apartment rent often consumes the biggest chunk of a teacher’s monthly salary. So let’s talk living space with Neil McDonough, the Director of EasyHomes.
How difficult is it these days to get a teaching job in Bangkok for someone who is considered a non-native speaker of English? We've discussed this topic before in the ajarn hot seat. but if memory serves me correctly - never with a European teacher. Marek Lenarcik kindly offers to fill us in.
If you are involved in a serious road accident in Thailand, there is a 95% chance that a rescue organisation called Ruamkatanyu (RKU) will be the guys who come to your aid. This magnificent organisation employs one foreigner, Marko Cunningham. The ajarn hotseat welcomes a part-time teacher and a full-time Thailand superhero.
After starting off as a salaried teacher at a private language school, Jason got the idea to supply teachers to Thai schools and became what's effectively known as an 'agent'. Since then he's never looked back and now provides teachers to several schools in the Rangsit area
About five years ago - maybe more - we featured a teacher called Jono Blaze in an article on ajarn.com. Jono's was the ultimate teacher done good story. He gave up the teaching and opened Momma's, his very own British restaurant in Sukhumwit Soi 23. Then after rave reviews from ex-pats, the restaurant literally disappeared. The question on everyone's lips - whatever happened to Jono? Well, the man's back!
Some teachers luck out in Thailand and find something that they truly enjoy doing. But you have to admit - few things would beat becoming the coach of Thailand's national ice hockey team!
It's fair to say that Mark's Thailand TEFL career was nothing out of the ordinary, but you might say that he knew just when to quit, and how to plan for the future.
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