Ah the Land of Smiles 😊 I arrived in Thailand in 2012 as an eager 27 year-old, ready for my one year adventure in this beautiful country.
Little did I know, I would develop not only a passion for teaching but also a love for Thailand. My plan was to come for a year and here I am, still here in 2019. So why did I stay?
Here are my top 5 reasons why I love teaching in Thailand.
1. The People.
Thai people are warm and friendly and helpful. As students, they are just a lot of fun, plain and simple. From kids to adults, they love learning with games and fun activities. They joke around in life and in class which just makes for a really enjoyable environment.
However, when it’s really time to get down to business, Thai people work hard and get the job done.
2. The Pace of Life.
While sometimes Thai people move at a slower pace than my American-self would like, it’s actually kind of nice to not always be moving at breakneck speed when I think about it. As 90+% of the population is Buddhist, they truly embrace the idea of living in the moment which has given me a very different perspective on life.
Thailand is just an amazing place to travel. The tourist infrastructure is well designed because of the nearly 60 million tourists arriving annually. With that being said, there are still plenty of opportunities to find off the beaten path options.
After living here for a little while, you’ll make some Thai friends who can really show you the gems of their country. In addition, Thailand is an Asian hub so within about 6 hours you have such an incredible variety of travel destinations that there’s something for everyone.
4. Work-Life Balance.
With so much to see and do in Thailand, having a good work life balance has been key for me.
In America, I was living for the weekend. I can’t remember what that feels like anymore. Sure, I work hard and have some long days; don’t’ get me wrong, teaching is absolutely not an easy job. But my schedule as a teacher allows for a lot more flexibility than my corporate life did at home.
5. The Diversity.
Thailand has always been a country that welcomed foreigners as opposed to being closed off like many of its neighbors. As a result, there is a supportive expat population, an amazing restaurant scene and a vibrant multi-cultural atmosphere.
For me, one of the things that makes Thailand so livable is that I can get street noodles for $1 or I can get a perfectly cooked Australian beef steak. What I mean is that I have a good balance of familiar and foreign in all aspects of my life. It’s just familiar enough that I don’t get homesick and just foreign enough that I don’t get bored.
If you’ve been thinking about coming to teach in Thailand, I say go for it! There are so many amazing opportunities to learn and grow and make a difference here. You absolutely won’t regret it.
Jocelyn is the co-founder of award-winning digital TEFL course, TEFLPros