Q1. Where did you move to and when?
I moved back to Bhutan on 30th of September 2020 after I completed my 10-month contract with a school in Chantaburi.
Q2. How long did you work in Thailand?
I worked in Thailand for just the length of that 10-month contract.
Q3. What was your main reason for moving?
The number one reason was not being able to get a visa extension. My school couldn't come up with the necessary documentation which would have allowed me to apply for a visa extension and stay on.
Q4. What are the advantages of working where you are now compared to Thailand?
It is difficult to get job in Bhutan. We have to go through government examinations like the preliminary examination and the main examination. Without passing these exams, we can't get a proper job. The job sector is very competitive.
Q5. What do you miss about life in Thailand?
I miss everything about Thailand. I miss my students especially and some good Thai people who treated me as one of their own. I miss the simple lifestyle over there.
Q6. Would you advise a new teacher to seek work in Thailand or where you are now?
Q7. Any plans to return to Thailand one day?
Yes, I am always planning to return to Thailand. But sadly, my application gets rejected because I am not a native English speaker. I am always praying to get an opportunity to come back to Thailand and teach.
Q8. Anything else you'd like to add?
Teaching in Thailand really gave me a purpose in life. Thai students gave me a reason to come back to Thailand and teach. Without their presence in my life, I would have definitely committed suicide. They have given me the reason to live. I want to come back to Thailand and teach and help Thai students to improve their English proficiency level.
I wish Thailand did not discriminate between native and non-native English speakers. I hope Thailand gives equal opportunity of employment to both in the future because non-native English speakers can be equally fluent in English.