Just plain abuse

Postbox letter from Connamera

School officials have never openly threatened me but they have made it clear to everyone that they don't like me and they're out to get me


No pay Jose

Postbox letter from Mike Walker

I returned to my school in Bangkok today after almost two months waiting for the floods to subside. When I enquired about being paid for the last eight weeks, the staff just laughed at me.


Oh, one more thing - you're fired!

One teacher's account of being popular with students and getting fired

I found out later after talking with other teachers, that there were two teachers that didn’t like us and they were both on the “committee” The director couldn’t go against the committee because she would lose face.


Problems at your school

There are always problems where you work

So there are 25 things wrong with your teaching job? Actually there are 25 things wrong with every teaching job - you just pray they don't all happen on the same day. As Phil explains, it's the way you handle these often 'minor inconveniences' that will make or break your time in Thailand.


Moans and groans

Postbox letter from Jeff V

I have "some" moaning and groaning to do, so I guess I'm here at the right place to do so!


Don't forget Mr Wunder-ful

Postbox letter from Ralph Sasser

He's the one that secures a job over the Internet, promises to be here on a certain date and comes a month later claiming he had some problems leaving his other job.


Principles and principals

Postbox letter from John Smith

Principals are the first to know about who has proper credentials and who doesn't. In many cases they rely on fake teachers as snitches (informants) to give them information about the teaching troops.


My life as a farang teacher

Postbox letter from Larry Gellar

I probably should have seen the writing on the wall when I was asked to sign a contract in a foreign language, without a translation. I should have just slowly backed away.


Hubris vs humility at the helm

Why I decided that enough was enough

The Thai members of staff to whom I regularly voiced my concerns about the very visible slowing, sometimes even reverse pace, of the program’s progress, always said give it time. So I did. For a year, from the time our four deputies were very ceremoniously replaced, I waited and hoped something good would happen.


A family tragedy

How low can language school directors go?

I'm not only mourning my stepmother who lost her battle with cancer. I'm also mourning the cancer that has pervaded this business--- the cancer of hate, the cancer of politics, the cancer of mistrust. Over the years I have asked myself, how low can this TEFL industry go? How low can language school directors sink? Well, I think I just found out.


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