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Garry Brown

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

Went to S.W.U.F.E. University Mianyang China in February 2008

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

Three years at various schools and towns

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

Tired of the B.S.associated with working, but loved the country. China offered all permits etc. and better facilities. Salary was about the same.

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

Not a relevant question for me now as I am in Australia. I needed surgery and wanted it performed at home just in case. But the deal was better in China, mainly in the attitude of the students. As mentioned before, the salary was similar, however the package included accommodation, some meals, air fares, permits etc. all paid for you. The disadvantage was the freedom.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

The lifestyle is far better than China, the comradeship and 'sanuk' is unmatched elsewhere.

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

Thailand is great for the younger teachers who can adapt to everything better. I am getting older now and seek the comfort of proper lodgings and not a one room flat. China provided a great apartment at no cost.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Yes Sir, I am counting the days, I love Thailand and will be there soon.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Although I once swore that I would never teach in Thailand again, I now feel more at ease and hope that I can get a part time job 'up country' somewhere.

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