Thailand, you have lost another good teacher

Because of the way Thailand has changed over the past few years. Because of their attitude towards foreign teachers and tourists in general, their country is witnessing the lowest tourist numbers in modern times. All the major cities and tourist destinations are empty. And the truth is, they have brought it all on themselves. I personally have lived here for three years now and have taught at schools for the same amount of time.

The salary I receive is about right for me. Basically because I feel I'm still learning how to teach, yes I am a TEFL teacher not a "real" teacher. When I first came here to start teaching, I was very very fortunate to become friends with two extremely professional and dedicated teachers, Keith and Dale. They were both employed by a university, where they had taught for 5 years. I think I'm right in saying this is their 8th year teaching in Thailand. They have both learnt the Thai language and Keith has even learnt to speak Issan. My thanks goes to these two teachers who taught me how to teach. I have tried to make a career teaching here and a new way of life. I worked with Kieth for over a year and witnessed a truly excellent TEFL teacher at work. I would sit in his classes at every opportunity, just watching and learning.

And now because of the way this country is turning with disrespectful Thai teachers and the ever increasing red tape, Keith is leaving Thailand and Dale is seriously having the same thoughts. It strikes me that Thais wont be happy until the last "farang" as they call us leave this country. And if you're one of those farang that can't see the wood for the trees, please leave your stupid responses for someone else.

Thailand you have just lost a very good teacher and maybe another one very soon. It makes me angry when good people like that, who have made the effort to live and educate children for so long in a third world country like this are left with no option but to leave because of bad pay and bad manners.

Mr. Russell Park


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