Farewell Thailand

Postbox letter from Keith Evans

Let me say that for the seven years I have been here, the first five were excellent, but I have seen a drastic change for the worse over the past two years.


Thailand, you have lost more than just another good teacher

Postbox letter from Mr Grumpy

People and cultures are judged on the way they treat outsiders and animals. Unfortunately, animals are often treated a bit better than foreign teachers. I am quite surprised to notice that after a long time, it is now starting to backfire.


What keeps us in Thailand?

Postbox letter from Keith Evans

I've been teaching in Thailand for seven years. Like most of my fellow foreign teachers here I've been through the visa and work permit mangle and all the other bureaucratic crap that the Thai Government can throw at a human being, but here I remain.


What damage exactly?

Postbox letter from Peelie

The damage that unqualified foreign teachers do to the Thai system is minimal. All the damage is done by the Thais themselves.


The damage done by unqualified teachers

Postbox letter from David

Of course "the number of qualified teachers willing to work in Isaan falls far short of the number required." It takes a lot of hard work, sacrifice and dedication to attend university for 7 plus years in order to become a qualified teacher.


Is it the teachers fault?

Postbox letter from James

We face an impossible task. You can’t force someone to learn and I flatly refuse to accept that it is all the teacher’s fault. The schools and managers would certainly have you believe that and it is in their own interests to do so.


Teaching in Issan

Postbox letter from Man in Issan

The letters about teaching in Issan without degrees are wide of the mark. For one thing Issan isn't the "out in the sticks" place that it used to be.


The dreaded letter grade

The anguish of having to evaluate progress with a single letter

I teach Pre-School, Kindergarten and Prathom 1, 2 and 3 and while I find it easier to dole out letter grades to my Prathom students, giving A,B,C's to my Pre-School and K's is much more difficult.


Who do you work with?

Recognize any of your colleagues from this list?

Nothing more than a playful poke at some of the teaching characters we've all worked with down the years.


Business as usual

More rambling from a TEFL lunatic

I've been living and teaching in Phnom Penh Cambodia for six months now. I suppose I could write about the magnificent ancient temples of Ankhor Wat, the beaches of Sihanoukville, the Buddhist scriptures and artifacts, and the splendor of the Royal Palace. But I won't. What I would rather write about are the people.


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