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.
James Parsons has spent much of his teaching career hopping between Korea and Thailand. He's dabbled in Thailand's property market and he's done more visa runs than you've had hot dinners.
Mike Thompson is an Asian American from California. He admits that his Asian appearance put many employers off when he started looking for teaching work in Thailand, but slowly he's turned things around. It hasn't been easy though.
When I first considered teaching English abroad, I bought myself a book called “Teach English Around the World’. It promised experiences beyond my wildest dreams and while the sound of teaching in exotic locations was undoubtedly appealing, Thailand was as far as I got. It’s therefore a great pleasure to talk to not one, but two globetrotters who have literally ‘taught English around the world’. Step forward Catriona and Fernanda - two fine ladies, both working for the British Council in Bangkok. It’s ajarn com’s first ‘double interview’ folks.
Court has taught English in Thailand for five years. He's a prolific writer of articles and short stories and an ardent supporter of something called Creative Commons. He's also hopefully about to return to the USA with his good lady wife. Let's delve a little deeper.
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