A familiar path that many teachers tread in Thailand is to start at the '200 baht an hour' language schools and work their way up. Eventually you might even be lucky enough to open your own language school. Donald Patnaude is one such man.
You don't come across many people who have held a DOS (Director of Studies) position for more than two or three years, but Anthony clocked up a whopping eight years in Bangkok as a language school hirer and firer. Worth a chat methinks.
Brian Hodge from New Zealand has only been in Thailand for a couple of years but he's already racked up an impressive list of employers including an orphanage, a temple school and a government university. Let's find out how the different teaching environments compare.
Let's have a chat with Garry Brown. He's a 56-year old Australian who describes himself as 'young at heart'. After seven or eight years shuttling backwards and forwards to Thailand as primarily a tourist, he made The Land of Smiles his permanent home for a further three years. After mixed experiences in Thailand's teaching industry, he thinks he's discovered TEFL nirvana......in China. Garry wonders what took him the hell so long.
Back in 2006, ajarn.com conducted an interview with Teacher Rico, as he set out to turn the Thailand TEFL world on its head and provide a forum for teachers to report their good and bad experiences with Thai schools (mostly bad). Two years later and Teacher Rico has decided to call it a day. Ajarn.com catches up with Greg (the teacher formerly known as Rico) and attempts to find out why.
Let's have a chat with Mr Barry Cowger. He taught for a couple of years in Europe and moved to Thailand almost a year ago. Even in that short time, he's experienced a couple of Thai primary schools and designed an English program that got approval from none other than the local mayor.
One reader emailed me to say that there aren't enough dames doing these hot seat interviews. OK, why should the lads have all the fun? Erika Stevenson has been working at Rajamangala University in Songkhla for the past two years and she's got a few experiences she's just dying to share. Take it away girl.
One area that many TEFLers show an interest in is hotel teaching. Can you imagine a job where your work environment is a five-star luxury hotel surrounded by swaying palms and waves lapping on to some private beach. And you probably only have to teach a couple of hours a day as well. Is it really as good as all that? Step forward Preston Dixon - a teacher at a hotel resort on Thailand's Koh Samui.
Rick Carter is the Human Resource Co-ordinator for English First in Jakarta. Ajarn.com asks Rick about his life as an English teacher and what made him up roots and make the move to Indonesia.
Lets talk to a teacher who came to teach in Thailand but soon realized that he was perhaps a little 'under-qualified' or rather wanted to improve his chances of landing a better job. The answer was to enroll on a degree course in Bangkok. Take it away David Gevaux.
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