The demise of our socialist dreams!

Postbox letter from James

I would suggest that we remove our European (and U.S) socialist blinkers and learn to accept that the world, or the schools in this instance, do not owe you anything except a wage for teaching. The schools did not force teachers out of Bangkok, the floods did.


Getting the facts right!

Postbox letter from Keith

There is social security system in place in Thailand, but only for Thais. Next, Most contracts here are written in Thai and even if you ask the school to translate the contract into English the translation isn't accurate


No acts of God in my contract

Postbox letter from Liam

What about all the teachers forced out of Bangkok? The ones paying for hotels not knowing what is happening. Many schools haven't even bothered to help their teachers in the slightest. Just kept them in the dark and hope no one will say anything. Not even a phone call to ask 'are you okay?'.


Food for thought?

Postbox letter from James

I do understand the financial position that some are in regarding the recent floods, but stop short of agreement. Firstly, doesn’t your contract state that you won’t be paid for ‘Acts of God’ and those involving specifically floods, civil unrest, etc.?


No work, all play!

vacation time as an English teacher

There are many perks to teaching English abroad and my absolute favorite is the amount of paid vacation alloted to foreign teachers.


Teachers' licenses - laws and links

All the rules and regs regarding teacher licences

Many thanks to Ajarn Forum member, Stamp, for supplying the following links to information on the complex topic of teacher licenses - and how you can teach legally in Thailand.


How low can we go?

Postbox letter from Martin Chilvers

There seemed to be a time when 30-40,000 baht a month salaries were the norm, and I suppose like many teachers I felt that things were only going to get better. But what's going on in Thailand?


Ministry of Labor hotline

Postbox letter from Nicky

Labour Minister Somsak Thepsuthin on Wednesday launched 'Hotline 1506' for callers to ask about matters as varied as giving helpful answers to questions involving their working conditions to Ministry of Labour affairs.


Agencies and monthly salaries

Postbox letter from Teacher Andries

Why is it when the school does not pay the agency on time the teacher does not get his salary as per contract?


Its that time of year again.

Postbox letter from Ian

We all seem to be scrambling for something. It all depends on if that something is actually worth having. I count myself lucky inasmuch as I work with a very good group of people, plus there's a lot of variety.


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