Language center rip-off

Language center rip-off

I am a qualified teacher, I hold an MA and have been teaching successfully in Thailand for 6 years, I wanted a change of scenery and when I saw a job advertised in another area, I applied. I received an e mail back asking me to go and have an interview. I duly attended the interview 3 hours away by car. I was met by a young foreign man who took me into the reception area and there I met with the Thai owner. The foreigner conducted the interview as the Thai owner could not speak English. ( If they had asked me, I would have told them I spoke fluent Thai, but sometimes it pays to keep this quiet ).

Anyhow, the interview was conducted with the interviewer looking and speaking at the floor for the entire ten minutes I was there. They did not want to see my credentials. The main problem was that to employ me, I had to pay them 6,000 THB for a 12-hour course Thai culture course. I asked who ran the course and the interviewer announced to the floor tiles that he did. Turns out if you don't pay, you don't get a job, no matter what your experience or qualifications. Incidentially they were looking for 12 teachers, all of which would have had to pay the 6,000 baht - a total of 72,000 THB for a 2 day course - so not a bad profit.
Two days later, I got a phone call from them saying if I didn't want to attend the course, they could cover the cost cover. But I still had to pay 6,000 baht course or no course. Sorry. I wasn't born yesterday.


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