Ben

Ben is from the UK, lives in Chiang Mai and has been in Thailand for 3 years.

Q1. How long have you been teaching in Thailand?

3 years

Q2. What age group do you prefer teaching and why?

I have worked in several all through schools and can teach from Year 1 to Year 13. I enjoy teaching all age ranges.

Q3. What is the best thing about living and working in Thailand in your opinion?

I love that the work-life balance in Thailand is respected. I like to work hard during office hours but I also want to explore, read, play sports and hang out with my friends outside of work.

Q4. If you had to move to teach English somewhere else, which country would be next on your list and why?

Vietnam looks fantastic.

Q5. Of all the places you have travelled to in Thailand, which is your favourite and why?

Snorkeling with a clown fish near Krabi was an amazing experience.

Q6. How do you see Thailand's TEFL landscape changing in the next five or ten years?

I believe teaching, in general, will move more and more online due to the cost, time & environmental savings it provides. Children nowadays use social media and virtual conference gaming ubiquitously and they will not miss having a physical classroom.

Q7. Why do you think Thailand is still a big draw for many TEFLers?

As an upper-middle income economy with a high proportion of English speaking nationals - Thailand is a very comfortable place to live in Asia. All the conveniences of home but with the culture, architecture & cuisine of Asia. I love Thailand.

Q8. Have you taught in any other countries? How do they compare to Thailand?

No.

Q9. What advice would you give to a new teacher thinking of embarking on a teaching career in Thailand?

Absolutely do it. I love loving here so much. My only advice as a Brit would be that you will realise that social services that you take for granted in Britain are a new concern that you will want to put money aside for. Your pension, dental, medical provision will need thinking about.

Q10. You are looking for a new teaching job at the moment. How can potential employers contact you?

Benllewellynsmith@gmail.com


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