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.


Ways to recruit more foreign teachers

Postbox letter from Mark

More (and better) people willing to teach would be lured to Thailand and stay longer if the conditions were changed.


I made far more as a postman!

Postbox letter from Stewart

Most government schools here are only paying about 30,000 baht a month - and they want you to have a degree!


As long as work is interesting.

Postbox letter from Jack

Why not try to eventually have interesting work, a good personal life AND a bit more than an average income.


How to live in Phuket on 20,000 baht per month

They said it couldn't be done!

Much to my surprise, an English woman contacted me stating that she lived on Phuket for 20,000 baht per month. I was so intrigued, I messaged her to ask if she’d agree to an interview explaining how to live in Phuket on such a low income.


Why do I have to stay at school?

Should a teacher be allowed to leave the school premises when they don't have lessons to teach?

The school wants me to remain on-site from Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to about 4.30 pm. This doesn't sound very fair to me. I'm only making 35,000 baht a month and my downtime would perhaps give me the opportunity to go out and earn some extra money.


40K is more than enough in Thailand

Postbox letter from Dee, Finland

I did a test back when I was living in Isaan. I was easily able to live on about 8,500 baht / month (rent, about 5,000 was paid from that) so I lived on the remaining 3,500 baht.


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.


Making hay while the exchange rate shines

For those heading back to the UK or sending money home, it's all hail the mighty Baht!

I can’t wait to get back to England in two weeks time where I’ll have roughly 25% more in my pocket than when I traveled back in 2014. It really is a fantastic time to get paid in baht.


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