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Steve

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

Abuja, capital of Nigeria. Moved in 2008.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

6 years. To be absolutely honest I loved every minute of it. Maybe I was lucky in that I worked in well managed Thai schools.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

Better salary and benefits. Like most folk here I started life as a 'Tefler'. I ended up enjoying teaching so much that I took 2 years out to do my PGCE and NQT back in the UK. Ended up back in Thailand at a 'proper' international school. My decision to move to Nigeria was because of the opportunity to be a Deputy Head Teacher at a brand new British curriculum school. Apparently no one else wanted the job!!!

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

There is only the one advantage..........my salary is far greater, I have a company BMW, free housing and utilities, medical etc etc. Thats all though. The corruption in Nigeria has to be seen to be believed. It makes Thailand look like a novice in this respect.

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

Everything! My (Thai) wife and son are with me here and despite the fact that they are like a fish out of water.......they have stuck with it. Bless them!
Posters here talk about how bad Thailand is etc.........how dangerous etc. Give me a break! Ever worked in Africa??
I used to complain about the internet speeds in Thailand..............until using the internet in Nigeria. Can you imagine paying the Thai baht equivalent of 4000 a month just to receive speeds of 15-20 Kbs on a good day?

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

To work in Thailand? Yes of course...............I know that lots of posters say its ok to come in your 20's .....I actually came here in my late 30's. Never regretted it. Met and married a wonderful lass and now have a son. Despite all the difficulties in Nigeria they never once complain. Thailand gave me the opportunity to be where I am now. Thailand is what you want to make it. I personally would not advise coming to Nigeria unless you are absolutely certain that you are here for 2-3 years just to make some serious good money. Life can be dangerous here. We NEVER go out at night.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Oh sure!! The thing about Nigeria is just to bank lots of dosh. We will be back at the start of the new year, ready for challenges new!

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Thailand is what you make it. For every poster who gives a bad report on life, the school, the rip-offs etc............there are lots more who think that this is wonderful. They just don't see the need to post it. I mean..........how many people would go online just to say, "Hi.......just wanna let you know my school is great, Thai staff are supportive and the students are actually pretty good?"

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