Matthew Pape

Matthew Pape's blog on Ajarn.com


The worst type of foreigner

Why bash other people's lifestyles and situations?

I live in a closet with no air-con and a fan. I live off of a diet of air, water and noodles. Sure, I can't afford to travel, save for retirement, get my own place and I haven't seen my family for years because I can't afford a ticket to go home and visit them, but I am living the Thai lifestyle man!


Don't come to Thailand if this makes you mad

You've got to roll with the punches

Things are very spur of the moment in South East Asia. You hardly ever hear about things until the last possible second. There is nothing you can do about it.


Online teaching saved my life

What would I have done without it?

How having more than one source of income, in this case an online tutoring job, saved my ass during cancer treatment.


Take the first job you can get

It's all about getting a foot in the door

There are "Teachers in Thailand" rooms that I belong to that say don't settle for anything less than 40K when it comes to a teaching job, and although I do agree with them, that's easier said than done.


Go with the flow

Don't come to Thailand if this kind of stuff makes you mad

As westerners, we like to have schedules and we like to know things ahead of time. Stuff like that doesn't happen so much in Asian culture.


Teacher probationary periods

What schools don’t tell you when a teacher is hired

A probationary period is the chance for both schools and teachers to evaluate each other.


Featured Jobs

NES/European Kindergarten Teachers (38-44K)

฿38,000+ / month

Bangkok


ESL Teachers for July Start

฿35,000+ / month

Thailand


Kindergarten Teachers

฿45,000+ / month

Bangkok


English Conversation Teachers (one-month contract)

฿40,000+ / month

Thailand


Fun Native English Teachers for Mid-June Start

฿42,000+ / month

Thailand


Full-Time NES Teachers for Kindergarten and Primary

฿40,000+ / month

Bangkok


Featured Teachers

  • Rolando


    Filipino, 33 years old. Currently living in Japan

  • April


    Filipino, 33 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Maya


    Filipino, 39 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Richie


    Filipino, 26 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • R.


    British, 0 years old. Currently living in United Kingdom

  • Kevin


    British, 59 years old. Currently living in United Kingdom

The Hot Spot


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.


Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.


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?


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.


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

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


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Walter van der Wal from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.