I started teaching English in Thailand to get a new experience and prolong my travels. It was a short term plan until I figured out my future. Six years later that experience has developed into a career with real opportunities. I now wake up every day looking forward to going to work, my job puts a smile on my face.
I’m 100 % sure that if I was still living in the UK I would not have this feeling. It is not only the job satisfaction, it is also the lifestyle I am able to live. I live in a country where strangers smile at each other, I live 1 hour away from tropical islands and i get to eat delicious food every day. If I was living and working in the UK, I would have to work extremely long hours every week in a job i probably didn’t really enjoy just to give my self a small chance of visiting a place like Thailand for a 2 week holiday. (In reality I’d probably just earn enough to cover my costs of living!!) Now, I get to visit these beautiful places every weekend and work in a job that I love.
I first moved to Thailand in April 2009 to complete my TEFL Course in Phuket. The 4 week long course was a great way to get started. Since living here I have heard other teachers say many negative things about the TEFL course. I agree with some, however for me it was a great way to establish a friendship network in Thailand. I completed my course with 30 other trainees. These people would go on to become the friends I traveled with every weekend during my first year getting to know this country. The course did also teach useful teaching techniques although, when being faced with a classroom of 50+students I do question how useful they really are. They have certainly been more useful to me now I teach smaller class sizes, however small class sizes is not the norm for Thailand.
On completion of my TEFL I was placed into immediate employment in Angthong province, just north of Bangkok. I spent 3 years working at Satri Angthong School. This was a large government high school with 50+ students in each class. I enjoyed my time working here. However, after 3 years I had decided my future belonged in this amazing country and I needed a better job.
I moved to Nakhon Si Thammarat and began working for Si Thammarat Suksa School English Program. This is a school that offers the chance to climb the career ladder. It offers great bonuses, health insurance and even a pension scheme. It is a school that takes care of their teachers. With less than 30 students per class it is a much more enjoyable environment in which to work. I can see my students progress each year and enjoy watching their development. I live near the popular islands of Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, Krabi is only 3 hours away and Malaysia is on my doorstep. Life is great!