Q1. Where did you move to and when?
Beijing, at the beginning of September 2020.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
From February 2020 to September 2020. I was not actually working in Thailand. In fact, I only came to Thailand as was transferring within the company I worked for. I was moving from Uzbekistan to China but due to COVID-19 pandemic I came to Thailand to remote teach for a month and then sort out the visa to travel to China. The travel restrictions tightened, and this stretched out till September when I was able to move to Beijing.
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
To work in Beijing, China
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
Security and stability of employment as a teacher. Ability to earn an excellent salary so I can build savings and plan for eventual retirement.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
The climate, beaches, food, friends and the friendliness about the place.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
I would certainly recommend any teacher to consider travelling and working abroad. Make sure you do your research on the schools. Always have an open mind
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Yes, as soon as the pandemic abates sufficiently to allow unrestricted travel.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
Thailand offers a lot of opportunities to foreigners. Eight months in Thailand working remotely for my school allowed me a chance to see a different side that I normally saw when I was coming as a tourist. Having to sort out short term rents, paying bills and sorting out visas were not a problem. The cycling opportunities I had were fantastic.