Myanmar is definitely not for you, Lydia.

Postbox letter from Naypyidaw, Myanmar

It sounds to me that Lydia didn't do her homework before accepting her job in Yangon. I can also suggest that Lydia is a 'glass half-empty' sort of person, which really is not the right attitude to have when working in a developing country


Myanmar's not for me

Postbox letter from Lydia

Having spent 2 years working at an international school in Yangon, education is at a developing stage and democracy has a long way to go.


Fashion redux

Fashion tips for the female EFL teacher

What to wear and what not to wear in the classroom. A guide for lady teachers.


Have you ever taught an intensive English course?

I'm teaching the same group of students six hours a day.

Have you ever taught a truly intensive English class? Any tips for me and others regarding how to best handle this type of situation?


A seemingly innocuous language activity

I wasn't prepared for the stories I was about to hear.

High school days are the best days of our lives? For these three students, the answer was definitely not.


An American story on Independence Day

How the American Dream didn't really work out for me

I'm teaching abroad in Southeast Asia and even though I'm making half what I made in America, there are no money concerns. I'm saving money for my eventual retirement, something I could never do when I was living paycheck to paycheck.


Becoming a TEFL 'lifer'

Into my third year as a teacher in Myanmar

What happens in year two and three of an ESL journey is up to you, but it's probably going to include getting more serious about what you do.


The road to Nay Pyi Taw

The Myanmar adventure continues.

My TESL journey has taken me to a place I never would have imagined I would be before I started this adventure. This is a city like no other. My language institute employer assigned me here, and although I did have a veto right to being sent here, I didn't exercise it.


Cultivating novelty

Making sure the novelty of living in Asia doesn't wear off

Sometimes I think about why I'm here. Why I left Thailand. Why I left America in the first place. The answers to those questions probably aren't all that different from lots of other foreign teachers here in this part of the world.


Comparing Myanmar to Thailand

What are the differences for an English teacher?

I've only been here eight months and before this I was an ajarn in Thailand. I'm at a point where I can still remember the place I left whilst also knowing enough about this new place so that I can create this list I share with you now.


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