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Emma

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I went back to the UK in September 2018

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

18 months.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

Thailand just wasn’t right for me. I worked in both Thai and international schools and what I saw in the Thai school has scarred me for life! I found the general ‘sabai sabai’ attitude stressful; however, the final straw came when my boyfriend was sent on two visa runs by his school, each time with incorrect paperwork. We figured that one more mistake could see him stranded at a border and it just wasn't worth the risk.

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

The structure and organization of schools in England is just so much more familiar to me. There are fewer cultural barriers to overcome and I can do my own photocopying without requesting it four days in advance!

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

My friends! I miss some of the touristy activities and drinking on a work night. I miss cheap taxis and spontaneous nights/days out. I miss the weather (sometimes- I do not miss 40 degree heat or my soi being flooded to my knees though!)

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

Depends on what they want. Teaching in England is a totally different experience and I would only recommend it for those who truly want it.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Only for holidays! Several holidays hopefully.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Nope :)

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