Q1. Where did you move to and when?
I moved to China in 2015.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
About 7 years.
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
The Ministry of Education here refused to grant any more teaching licenses to me because the university where I studied at become unable to hold on to its accredited status and was taken off the list of accredited schools.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
Working in China pays three times more than Thailand for foreign teachers. The Chinese students treat the foreigner teachers with respect and do their work as assigned. The Chinese staff also work together with the foreigner to create a unified teaching environment. Discipline and laziness are not issues either.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
I miss the food and my family.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
I would advise them to seek work in China. Although the documentation and certification takes time, you need many stamps and seals and your education and criminal background are checked thoroughly. it is worth the time and effort when you finally get to China and begin working.
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
I used to return to Thailand every month. Being only 4 hours flying time, it was cheap and easy to do before Covid. Now with Covid it is impossible.
Even if I returned to Thailand one day, I would still be unable to teach, and teaching is what I love to do.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
Thailand is a nice place. The schools and education system though don't care or want foreigners to teach there. Foreigners are considered to be more of a selling point to Thai families with children and the foreigner is easily disposed of if the children complain about them. This happens often, especially if you are a real teacher trying to get your students to do their work and pay attention to your lessons.