Q1. Where did you move to and when?
Los Angeles in 2018
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
I had enough of working in Thailand. There was a lack of a social cohesion in the workforce and it was quite hard to have a good conversation on a daily basis. I was feeling extremely lonely. Teaching at a university was too political with decisions not being made on a meritocracy. I was told I would never teach anything but the 100 and 101 Level classes.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
I can chat with people on a day-to-day basis. I don't have to deal with the extreme heat or the pollution of Bangkok. I feel more connected to society and can save more money for retirement while giving my children a better education.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
I miss riding the bike, the street food of course, fresh fruit, the ambience of the market. I miss people who are kind and benevolent.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
No, Thailand is not a place to build a career. At best you will be tolerated. Educating the youth of Thailand is valuable, but it doesn't appear to change the opportunities available to those youth nor the overall power dynamics of the social structure. Many Thai students are too focused on grades and don't really care about knowledge for knowledge's sake. Reading a book is taboo!
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Perhaps for retirement. Thailand should be enjoyed. We cannot change the society and working in its web is too messy and not worth the short time we have in life.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
I enjoyed a few great years in Thailand and met many wonderful people.