Q1. Where did you move to and when?
In 2020 I moved back to my home country USA.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
I worked in Bangkok for one year as a teacher in a private school on Rama 2 and also did English camps for a company on the weekends. After that I worked in Koh Samui for 18 months as a hotel trainer/teacher.
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
Hotel training was ending due to the pandemic and I also did not want to stay in Thailand for what was still very unknown back then.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
Even with tourism picking back up, it will take some time until hotels begin taking on hotel training contracts, and teaching English has always been and hopefully will be a hobby I can continue to embrace in the future. My new job in USA pays much more, and I can save a lot more than in Thailand. I work from home and have a lot more time for my children.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
I miss the adventures that come with just going out every day. I would go out a lot more there than here in USA. Interactions with people was more fun there than here. I miss all the crazy fruits I could eat everyday, the street food, beaches, and the good parties.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
In my opinion, Thailand is the greatest country in the world to teach English. There are a lot of schools that will give a new teacher a chance. This may sound harsh but again just my opinion, but most schools and hotels I encountered were always more impressed with me being friendly, young and "good looking" rather than my actual teaching abilities. "Good looking" is also basically anyone who is young and smiles.
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
For sure! I love Thailand. My goal would be to work there again in the future but to be working 100% for other reasons than money.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
At the moment in USA life is going great, with my job, family, and social lifestyle, yet I still find myself missing Thailand everyday.