Ben Bartee

Ben Bartee, author of Broken English Teacher: Notes From Exile, is an independent Bangkok-based American journalist with opposable thumbs.


How to write a sleazy SEO article For a Phuket beach resort

Sleazy beach resort proprietors, multinational corporate executives with private jets, sleazy SEO article writers, and tourists are all in the same boat.

In my spare time at the university, I started writing search engine optimized (SEO) pieces to get older Western women to come to Thailand for titjobs, and for tourists to visit resorts, and other stuff involving foreigners spending money in paradise.


The Thai ESL agent hustle

Thai ESL agents are largely unhindered in their business practices by morality.

When personal and working relationships between school staff and agents come under pressure and scrutiny because of good old-fashioned kickback schemes.


Stumbling blocks

What I didn’t learn in my 100-hour online ESL course

I can see my skin through my dress shirt because the thin layer of fine linen is totally soaked through. In short, it’s too hot to care about anything academic.


Featured Jobs

Fun Native English Teachers

฿44,000+ / month

Thailand


Full-time NES Teachers

฿47,500+ / month

Bangkok


NES English, Science & Math Teachers

฿42,300+ / month

Thailand


NES Chemistry, Science, Maths and English Teachers

฿59,000+ / month

Bangkok


NES Corporate Teachers

฿650+ / hour

Rayong


Full-time Native Chinese Teacher

฿43,000+ / month

Bangkok


Featured Teachers

  • Charles


    Canadian, 56 years old. Currently living in Canada

  • Melanie


    Filipino, 24 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Bhiench


    Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • David


    Australian, 43 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Tint


    Myanmarese, 32 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Jie-ann


    Filipino, 25 years old. Currently living in Philippines

The Hot Spot


The cost of living

The cost of living

How much money does a teacher need to earn in order to survive in Thailand? We analyze the facts.


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Ricky Batten from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?


The Region Guides

The Region Guides

Fancy working in Thailand but not in Bangkok? Our region guides are written by teachers who actually live and work in the provinces.


Air your views

Air your views

Got something to say on the topic of teaching, working or living in Thailand? The Ajarn Postbox is the place. Send us your letters!


Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.