Farang, Farang, Farang

Farang, Farang, Farang

I came to Thailand 5 years ago, found a job at a private school in Nonthaburi and I've been working at this school ever since. I can't really compare it with other schools, but from what I heard from other foreign teachers, our school isn't all that bad. Some local teachers seem to be friendly and polite. However, on many occasions, I've heard Thai teachers referring to me and other foreign teachers as "farang" at school, in front of everybody, including the students. But we teach our students to say "teacher'.

I understand if someone calls me farang in the street, outside the school, that they don't mean to be rude. It's just what Thais call us. But it's not appropriate to use this word at school, in front of everybody, including the foreign teachers. I'm a fully qualified teacher by the way. Five years at the school and still a farang. I'm just sick and tired of the attitude/lack of manners. Dear colleagues, do you have the same experience at your schools? Is it the time for me to find another school? I just want to work at the school where people acknowledge you and give a little respect.

Winston


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