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 or European Teachers

฿34,000+ / month

Songkhla


Fun Native English Teachers

฿44,000+ / month

Thailand


NES English, Science and Math Teachers

฿42,300+ / month

Thailand


Kindergarten and Primary Teachers

฿42,000+ / month

Bangkok


Principal and Curriculum Developer

฿60,000+ / month

Bangkok


Short-term English Teachers

฿40,000+ / month

Thailand


Featured Teachers

  • Laurence


    American, 38 years old. Currently living in Thailand

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    Pakistani, 44 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Irish


    Filipino, 27 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Rosemilynda


    Filipino, 39 years old. Currently living in Philippines

  • Ryan


    American, 38 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Mark


    Filipino, 24 years old. Currently living in Thailand

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The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

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


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.


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.


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.