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Dan

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I returned to Australia in May 2023.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

Four years at a large government high school in Chiang Mai.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

Lack of recognition of advanced skills and generally incompetent colleagues, both Thai and farang. Of course, the school celebrated the incompetents so long as they were yes men. Pointless routines like morning assembly. I attended assembly once in four years but really felt for the students who had to attend, even though they knew it was a waste of time.

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

I'm not working now. I'm living off investments.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

Good, cheap food, affordable laundry service, the wonderful and inquisitive Thai students and the mountains around Chiang Mai.

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

I'd say establish your career in a country that values your abilities. If later in your career you want a break, then sure, try Thailand. So that's a no from me for new teachers.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

I'm currently on an extended visit to Thailand and nearby countries.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Most of my more advanced students had a plan to get out of Thailand and I can't blame them.

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