Twenty types of western teacher in Asia

Which one are you?

I’ve taught in Asia since 2007. During that time I’ve encountered a whole spectrum of characters in a wide variety of roles. I’ve taught online, in language centers, in government schools, in international schools and even as a private tutor. I’ve seen it all.


Excuse me, haven’t we met before?

A satirical look at TEFL personality types

If you’re just an average teacher struggling along in a sea of two legged sharks trying to do your best give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back, because you sir or madam are gold dust.


TEFL crimes against fashion

Call out the fashion police!

Nobody is saying teachers should be suited and booted like city slickers but there are a few instances where I’ve had to laugh or just shake my head at what I’ve seen.


A diverse day in paradise

Beggars, food courts, communication problems, cancelled classes and disagreeable customer service

Just another day - another morning, another commute, another birthday and I'm on my way to teach at Speech Perfect at the Mall, Bang Kae in Bangkok. Just as I do every day - with the exception of public holidays.


Teaching in the sticks

31 cool and awesome things about living and teaching in rural Thailand

Before we get into the list I just want to mention that everything is written in good fun. Expats and Thailand veterans will understand more than first timers. Certain sentences and parts reflect my own specific experience more so than the general one. Some of it might come across as sappy, but I've had a very positive experience in Thailand and the glass is half full for me.


Bangkok or up-country? Which is best?

Are you a city boy or a country bumpkin?

Ajarn.com attempts to answer that burning question - is it better to live and work as a teacher in Bangkok or out in the boonies? We've decided to divide Thailand into two sections - Bangkok and everywhere else. Even the Thais refer to every city, town and village outside the capital as 'up-country' so who are we to argue?


Your girlfriend Nan......

.....and her words translated

I'm dangerously unstable when provoked and I'm also insanely jealous. That's not a figure of speech - I really am bonkers! If I think that you aren't channeling your entire life towards me, I'll fly off the handle and my sulks can last for days


Ten reasons to quit teaching English in Thailand

How soon will you be heading home?

Are you a new teacher in Thailand? How's it working out for you? Have you found a nice apartment yet? Scoped out all the cool places to buy coffee and street food? Fantastic. Welcome on board...


I'm a blogger, get me outta here!

Thailand is a wealth of reality TV show potential

I've come up with some ideas for Thailand-based reality TV shows.


The slow but steady demise of a suburban luxury apartment building

It all looked so nice when you moved in.

September comes and the floodwater in the soi - a soi that never floods according to the sales person - is almost waist-deep. You seriously contemplate buying a boat.


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


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Air your views

Air your views

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The dreaded demo

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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.


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