Using teaching agencies

Considerations for first-time teachers

Teaching agencies can provide valuable support, but they can also result in lower salaries and poorer working conditions. What are some of the key aspects to assess when considering using a teaching agency in Thailand?


Little hope for a teacher in lockdown

Postbox letter from Jasmine

I don’t want to go home but if I have to because of the lack of work, it will be the ultimate defeat and one I will not cope at all well with.


Teachers are a commodity

Postbox letter from Sean

There are a ton of other countries that pay the same as Thailand does, many that pay double or triple too.


Get a teaching degree first!

Postbox letter from Tom

If you follow these steps then you can land a wonderful job in one of the many international schools.


Getting a job interview - part 3

Legwork and salary negotiations

I was finally being offered teaching roles but the salary was typically around the 20,000 mark and that was just too low to consider. On the other hand, in most cases I would be the only Westerner at the school.


The problems with teaching job ads

Postbox letter from David

You should actively criticize schools and the government for promoting discriminatory and racist practices that take no account of the actual abilities of potential candidates. But it doesn't disturb white people like us, does it? Why should we care about the rights of people different from ourselves if our own privileges reign supreme?


Teaching in Thailand post COVID-19

The 'new normal'

What does the future hold for education in Thailand? With the “new normal” in full swing, a “tourism reset” on the way, will there be any other meaningful changes in education, as some are hoping for?


Teacher contract headaches

What happens to foreign teacher contracts now that the Thai school year will run from July 1st to mid-April 2021?

Not all foreign teachers are prepared to work a few extra weeks for free, alongside already earning a relatively low professional salary without as much as a pension pending.


The future of education in Thailand

Should the serious TEFLers be preparing themselves for change?

If the population of foreign EFL teachers doesn't want to be treated as a cheap commodity by Thailand's education system, the one sure-fire way to stand a chance is first and foremost don't be a cheap commodity.


Poor pay means a higher turnover

Postbox letter from Russ

When you pay poorly you will always get either lower level candidates or high turnover. Teachers, like the rest, need money to live.


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