Cary Dean

Carey is American, lives in Si Racha and has been in Thailand for a year.

Q1. How long have you been teaching in Thailand?

I've been teaching in Thailand for a year. I did some workshops with kindergarten, P1 and P2 along with working with high school teachers. I've worked at a language school and I'm currently teaching college students.

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

I like all ages but my personality is probably better suited to older children and adult students.

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

Thailand still has a bit of that wild west feel in a lot of ways with nearly every amenity you'd need. The food is my favorite thing and there are some beautiful sites. I can't pick one best thing.

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

Japan. Historic yet modern, natural yet civilized.

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

Bangkok. I love the variety of everything the city provides. Temples, food, shopping etc.
I've spent plenty of time in Issan, Pattaya etc. but I've never been to the beaches here which I'm sure are sweet as.

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

It needs to change for sure. The schools need to take better care of their foreign teachers and the visa process needs to improve or they'll always attract lower level teachers. I'm not holding my breath.

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

The quantity of jobs and low barrier to entry for new teachers. It has a relatively low cost of living and for younger teachers it's a fun place to spend a year or two. For older teachers it's a taste of adventure after leaving their Western countries. For Non-NES teachers, the relatively low wages are still a step up in income and opportunity compared to their country of origin.

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

Thailand is my first language teaching outside of technical subjects (photography and film)

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

It's a great place to start. The money isn't great so have zero financial commitments back home. Get 1 or 2 yearsof experience and go back home or try a better paying teaching adventure in another country and culture. The Thai people are great to interact with. Learn some of the language and leave your expectations at your home airport.

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

sfval1970s@gmail.com is probably the most convenient and I can provide additional contact information after that. Thanks.


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