Time to move on?

Postbox letter from Korea

If your employer (the agency you mention) is looking through your social media posts and threatening you with legal action, then it really is time to move on.


Some more reasons why you'll quit teaching in Thailand

Six more reasons why you'll be heading home before too long

The frustration of having no real authority over your students, interference from Thai teachers, the thankless task of morning gate duty and more!


I'm not into stressful trips back home

I've travelled back to England several times in the past at the worst possible time - and I have no intention of repeating it.

"But Phil, you're retired, you have time and money. What's stopping you going back to England for a few weeks to see the family - or maybe even months" Actually, there are plenty of reasons why not.


Time to jump ship

Postbox letter from Jey

Between the coup, visa nonsense, stagnant salaries and ever increasing anti-farang sentiment, Thailand's long had its day.


Down and out in England

A tale of failed repatriation

I wanted to just quit life in England and come back to the first TEFL gig in the sun that I found but I was torn. I was making a lot more money. I had a home and assets. On paper, my life was "sorted". But I was so unhappy,


I was warned about this

Postbox letter from Bangkok

When I started my second year here, all my friends and family told me I should just go home and that English teaching isn't really a career. I was having too much fun to take any notice of this unsolicited advice.


That's no teacher salary to live on

Postbox letter from Jamie

The poor pay and increasingly hostile visa rules are why I moved back and became qualified in Scotland.


Thailand - a pleasant dream or a nightmare?

Postbox letter from Adrian in Bangkok

There is a reason they say Thailand is for Thais only! I am now 31 years old and I'm going back to Europe. Good luck to you all.


Bye, bye Thailand

When poor evaluation strategy and lack of communication mean one thing - the exit door

I have taught at five schools in Thailand and only ONE has let me finish the semester and given me a recommendation letter. I've had enough of this place to be honest.


Which partner will 'yield'?

Deciding which country to live in with your Thai partner

Cross-cultural relationships are challenging in the best of circumstances. One party within the couple needs to have a strong desire to take on the other party’s culture, language and lifestyle. Even where the Thai partner speaks good English or the Westerner has learnt Thai, one partner often needs to ‘yield’ more than the other


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