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Andy Francois

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

Saudi Arabia. I moved to Thailand in October 2002. At first I taught at a state college in Minburi for one 1 term and then moved on to a large state school just outside Bangkok.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

One year.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

I left because working in the Thai state system proved to be nothing short of a 'nightmare', complete chaos (no books) and in the latter of the two schools a lot of back-stabbing.

Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?

I went to Saudi Arabia for the money. People only come here for that reason.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

I miss many things about Thailand. In particular I miss seeing women walking around. I also miss Tiger beer, the food, Koh Samet and other islands.

Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?

I would advise people to work in Thailand and Saudi Arabia. However, both the positive and negative aspects will have to be made clear to any prospective teacher.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

I love Thailand and spend many holidays there.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Don't take the teaching too seriously in Thailand, especially if you work in the state system. And, if you work in Bangkok make sure you escape at the weekend and see the beautiful places that Thailand has to offer.

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