Q1. Where did you move to and when?
I went to work in Vietnam in 2016
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
On and off for about 7 years
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
I loved working in Thailand. I liked the climate and the cost of living but the main reasons were two-fold.
Firstly, I really couldn't stand the poor attitude and racist behaviour. Sure, there are some nice people but on a daily basis I experienced a level of rudeness that was completely uncalled for.
Secondly, I worked at a so-called international school in Pattaya. It was a glorious looking building in glorious hilly, green surroundings. All looked great. The owner seemed nice enough and the expat headmaster was full of promises and guarantees. Sadly, the head decided to kick out all the existing foreign teachers including Filipinos in favour of young, untried qualified teachers. Working for him was impossible as he had no idea how to run a school. He forced people out one by one and created a culture of complete paranoia.
I love teaching, especially the subject I graduated in and decided to make my own business instead. Though it didn't go to plan, it beat facing that man and his mismanagement each day. I'm an easygoing chap but working for people like that destroyed my confidence and my sense of self-worth.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
I miss the way of life in Thailand. I miss the food. That's it really. I have the advantage of being single so I can travel around at will and Vietnam has lots to explore, especially on a bike.
The people are nicer here on the whole, certainly more genuine. I love taking photos and there is an abundance of variety on offer here.
The money is better too.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
Food and the low cost of living.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
Yes but read the reviews first - especially international school reviews. The one I worked for is all over the internet with teachers, both past and present, relaying the same horror stories.
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Maybe but certainly not to one particular school.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
People talk about bad Thai management in schools. Be very careful regarding expat management, especially if they have their own agendas to achieve, regardless of who suffers.