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Sam Cordero

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

I moved to Singapore and then later to Dubai.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

Two years.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

The monetary benefits for teaching in Thailand is only enough for a single person I think. Leaving my competitive MEP Government School was a mistake on my part. Having entered the university teaching project with farang and Thai officers in the university not able to assist, facilitate, defend and show real concern for their teachers proved to be very stressful. They wore me out and killed my passion for teaching children. English teaching became so commercialized that schools were hiring backpackers who hadn't even achieved a secondary level of education. It was sickening. It was pretty obvious that English teaching wasn't rooted in education anymore.

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

The big advantage is money!.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

I miss the simplicity and beauty of Thailand. I miss the shops, the local foods, the beaches, the historical places and the warmth of good old Thai friends.

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

If they have the money to extend their stay for at least three months (worst case scenario) then why not.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Yes. I have been visiting Thailand but only Bangkok. I miss the Isan food so much.

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

I wish everyone well especially in the face of the ongoing political turmoil.

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