David has taught in Thailand for 2 years and enjoys teaching teens and adults.
Q1. How long have you been teaching in Thailand?
2 years. I came here initially for a 3-month holiday and decided to stay and make a life for myself here. Thailand is home now.
Q2. What age group do you prefer teaching and why?
Teenagers and working adults are my favorite. My first year I worked at a language school with students ranging from 5 to 55 years old. The young children are a lot of fun but I really enjoy teaching and being able to connect with the older students. My second year I spent with M1-M6 and it has been great.
Q3. What is the best thing about living and working in Thailand in your opinion?
I fell in love with the people, the country and the culture. Although they can be very shy to talk to a foreigner at first the Thai people are very friendly. During holidays you can travel cheaply and Thailand has so many beautiful places to visit. The salaries here are not great but compared to America I live quite comfortably with what I make. In the past 2 years I have been able to purchase a car, a big bike and a motorbike all paid for with cash and rent a lovely 3 bedroom, 2 bath house.
Q4. If you had to move to teach English somewhere else, which country would be next on your list and why?
I would have to say Laos or Vietnam. I have visited Laos 2 times and really enjoyed both trips. I have no plans on leaving Thailand though, I am now engaged to a beautiful Thai women who wants to stay close to her family.
Q5. Of all the places you have travelled to in Thailand, which is your favourite and why?
I always enjoy frequent trips to Chiang Mai, there is a large expat community there and I have many friends who are there. It is easy to find a lot of western food which sometimes I do miss. The islands and sae are beautiful too and for my next job I would love to live close to the sea.
Q6. How do you see Thailand's TEFL landscape changing in the next five or ten years?
Because of Thailands low ranking in English compared to other Asean nations I would hope they do more to lure good teachers here. The salaries have been stagnant for a long time from what I understand and I believe many teachers choose other SE Asian countries as well as China because of it.
Q7. Why do you think Thailand is still a big draw for many TEFLers?
It's the land of a 1000 smiles 😁
I think many people are drawn to Thailand because of the low cost of living and because it is centrally located and easy to travel to many Asian destinations.
Q8. Have you taught in any other countries? How do they compare to Thailand?
No I haven't. My background is varied as far as embarking on many different careers throughout my life.
Q9. What advice would you give to a new teacher thinking of embarking on a teaching career in Thailand?
Research as much as you can about Thai culture, different areas of Thailand and try to learn some of the language....lol If you are outside of Bangkok or the tourist areas very few locals speak English.
Q10. You are looking for a new teaching job at the moment. How can potential employers contact you?
You are always welcome to call or email me