Q1. Where did you move to and when?
I moved to England in April 2017
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
A total of 15 years
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
I wanted my daughters to receive a free education that was holistic and in the English language.
In Thailand, my daughters were in an English program but 50 percent of the classes were in Thai (go figure). Also I was sick of the awful driving, the Thai immigration and Thai academic staff at school. They were so incompetent, however seemed to take pleasure in pushing me around and going on power trips to compensate for their own miserable salaries. I also saw how bad some Thai teachers treated Thai students and I tired of the shouting rants, the slapping of heads, the throwing of books, etc.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
People in the UK are mostly kind. There is a much better career progression. Also a 5-year visa that does not require putting up with a yearly Thai immigration incompentance-a-thon. The schools end at 3:30 pm and homework is manageable, whereas in Thailand there were ten, fifty-minute classes a day plus home work. Our daughters have their childhood back in the UK, which was stolen in Thailand via the education profit-at-any-means approach
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
Great dental care, the lovely beaches and Thai food. Thai people are lovely as long as they have no leverage over you or employ you.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
It will be fun if you treat it as just a working holiday
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Only for a vacation.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
Thai immigration. What does not kill you, kills you slowly