Dean is British, lives in Vietnam and worked in Thailand for 10 years.
Q1. How long have you been teaching in Thailand?
I was there for 10 years and took a year off at the end of the last school year. I am intending to be back for the new school year in May.
Q2. What age group do you prefer teaching and why?
All age ranges have their plus points. I think for me it's the subject that is more important. I spent four year teaching English and then switched to ICT for the last five years and I definitely enjoy teaching computing subjects more.
Q3. What is the best thing about living and working in Thailand in your opinion?
Waking up and walking to work with a smile on your face. The work/life balance. The weather. The holidays. Monster Munch being available in Villa Market. Take your pick really.
Q4. If you had to move to teach English somewhere else, which country would be next on your list and why?
When I left last year I looked long and hard at Japan and China but the start up costs and paperwork seemed a bit excessive. Maybe one day in the future.
Q5. Of all the places you have travelled to in Thailand, which is your favourite and why?
Ko Lanta is my number one location but I love that area in general. Ao Nang, Railay beach and Ko Lipe are also some of my favourite spots.
Q6. How do you see Thailand's TEFL landscape changing in the next five or ten years?
Hard to say. It's clearly getting stricter for people coming here which could either mean a better quality of teacher and raising the standards or alternatively teachers might start going to other places. If Vietnam was to get organized with regards to how the TEFL industry works here then the potential is huge and we could see many teachers heading here instead.
Q7. Why do you think Thailand is still a big draw for many TEFLers?
A quick check on ajarn.com shows the job market is still thriving and the transition is relatively easy. A wise man once told me, "Choose to live where everyone else chooses to holiday".
Q8. Have you taught in any other countries? How do they compare to Thailand?
Q9. What advice would you give to a new teacher thinking of embarking on a teaching career in Thailand?
Learn the language. I think it helps give you an insight into the people that live there. I've found Thai people can be quite sarcastic and enjoy a bit of banter amongst friends which you might not discover otherwise. It also helps you to relate to the experience your students are having in the classroom.
Q10. You are looking for a new teaching job at the moment. How can potential employers contact you?