Canadian Joshua has taught both English and Thai boxing. He enjoyed a year in Mae Sot doing voluntary work.
Q1. How long have you been teaching in Thailand?
1 year teaching English, 2 years teaching Thai boxing,
Q2. What age group do you prefer teaching and why?
Younger children because it can often be more challenging
Q3. What is the best thing about living and working in Thailand in your opinion?
The tropical climate compared to Canada, the culture and the people.
Q4. If you had to move to teach English somewhere else, which country would be next on your list and why?
Vietnam. It's very rich with history, great food, tons of culture.
Q5. Of all the places you have travelled to in Thailand, which is your favourite and why?
I spent almost a year up in Mae Sot teaching and volunteering. It's a very interesting and untouched part of the country. (Tak province) You get a whole different feel for the country because there is a large group of Karen refugees and citizens now living there.
Q6. How do you see Thailand's TEFL landscape changing in the next five or ten years?
It's changed a lot in the last 5, I don't even want to predict the next 5. Jobs are only going to become more difficult the more Thailand and SEA grow in general.
Q7. Why do you think Thailand is still a big draw for many TEFLers?
Even though many complain about the visa situations here I still think it is the easiest country to settle down in. I've spent significant time in them all and Thailand has the most experience with foreigners, the best infrastructure besides Singapore and is still a very fun place to stay and live.
Q8. Have you taught in any other countries? How do they compare to Thailand?
Only Canada. Was much more of a traditional Western setting
Q9. What advice would you give to a new teacher thinking of embarking on a teaching career in Thailand?
I think many people look at teaching English for the wrong reasons. They look at it as a way to simply stay in one place and a visa makes it do able. It's important that you have a passion to teach when you get into this line of work or you will burn out very quickly!
Q10. You are looking for a new teaching job at the moment. How can potential employers contact you?
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org