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Tristan

Q1. Where did you move to and when?

Back to the UK fairly recently.

Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?

Two years in several top universities, teaching art and literature, and academic English to post graduates.

Q3. What was your main reason for moving?

I have a great respect for the academy. I like what I do. I love art and literature. There is zero academic integrity in any of the institutions I encountered in Thailand. Particularly the so called, "best universities in the country." I taught academic English to graduates who knew nothing about their own field. Computer engineers who knew nothing about computers, and civil engineers who knew nothing about engineering. It became clear why the infrastructure in Thailand is such a shambles. It's such a shame.

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

I get paid a lot more. I don't have to beg for my pay cheque. I don't have to be the only person in the staffroom properly qualified, and I don't have to explain the concept of gravity to graduates from the best university in the country (seriously)

Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?

Fresh coconut, Chang mai and my secretary.

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

It's a good experience in Thailand - but if you value your work, move on.

Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?

Holidays :-)

Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?

Take it for what it is. Teaching in Thailand is a good excuse to try out new techniques. However, like I said, if you're serious about academic work, then Thailand isn't for you. Live the life you love.

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