Too many are clueless about money

Postbox letter from Brian

It's hard to believe how uneducated people are on here about money when they say "You'll make three times what a Thai does," or "You have to live like a Thai!" It's total rubbish


Freelance teaching

Ever thought about going it alone?

How easy is it to go the freelance route in Bangkok and make money charging students upwards of 500 baht an hour? Well, here are some of the perils and pitfalls of teaching from your home, the student's home or perhaps even in the nearest McDonalds.


The Status Quo

Postbox letter from Keith in Dubai

I enjoyed my stay in Thailand, but from week one, I knew it would only be for a short period of time.


Problems with the system

Postbox letter from Mike

After 12 years and four different schools, I have come to the conclusion that the "quality of Thai students' English skills" did not improve within the last 12 years. But how is that even possible when more and more NES teachers with experience and degrees in education teach Thai students, even at smaller schools?


Long term work or short term work?

What are the pros and cons?

I'll simply take a look at some pros and cons for both long term and short term teaching stays in Thailand. For the sake of this article, 'short term' is anything less than a school year and for 'long term', any work that keeps you in Thailand for more than a year.


Reasons to be cheerful?

Postbox letter from Jeff

Foreigners working in Thailand, mostly as teachers, will often say that the low salary is okay for them because they love the lifestyle and love living in Thailand.


The ESL industry and wage ratios

English teachers in Thailand actually don't do that badly

I am not trying to claim this is any type of scientific research with a high level of reliability or validity, just a quick check to get a basic idea about whether or not ESL teachers in Thailand are underpaid and exploited.


The revolving door

Postbox letter from Danny

TEFL in Thailand is only an option for those seeking a one-year adventure abroad or retirees looking to pad their pensions..


Summer school is for the birds

Does it beat cocktails on the beach? Hell, no.

If you do end up wanting to go all-in with teaching, it's probably more important to not burn yourself out, and I'm certainly feeling the strain as most of my colleagues are sending me pictures from the beaches they're drinking on.


Where is the professionalism?

Postbox letter from Joshua K

I would like to see foreign teachers act with more professional attitude and not treat a teaching job like it is just an easy way to stay and enjoy your time in Thailand.


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