2013 was a memorable year! And we've had the privilege to teach English in Thailand since February and loved (almost) every second of it! We've visited some great attractions and experienced highs and lows. Thailand is an amazing experience, and teaching English can be memorable if you are in the right school and with the right agency. Unfortunately, finding the right agency can prove to be quite a mission to say the least.
We had the bad luck of finding a great school in Trang, but our agent wasn't really up to scratch! Some of the problems that we had to face were the following:
* Not being paid on time
* Not answering the phone whenever we tried to contact them (either this, or they just switched off their phones)
* Always shifting the blame, ie when we asked why there was such a big delay with our salaries, they always blamed the institution that provided them with the contract. When we went to visit this institution, they actually told us that they were still waiting for the agent to provide documents to them.
* Failure to provide a work permit in time, due to their own negligence.
* When we were initially contacted, the agent said that the contract will be valid for a full year, however, this was also never honored. This, after the institution told them that they will only be contracted for one full term. Hence, we were employed under false pretenses.
Unfortunately, these incidents have forced us to re-evaluate Thailand, and we made the decision to leave Thailand and pursue greener pastures.
Ajarn.com is the perfect way to find a good teaching job, but sometimes, there are crooked individuals that will use an awesome tool like this to lure unsuspecting foreigners into a trap. Therefore, if you decide to take up teaching in Thailand, just be careful who you deal with.
Happy Holidays! And may 2014 be your best year ever!