http://travellenblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/samui-tefl/ Ellen's blog is beautifully written, and for those considering teaching in Thailand, you may want to follow her as she promises regular updates.
We asked you what you're up to, and here are a few responses:
‘We have been teaching in the city of Changchun, Jilin Province, China for the past month. Still enjoying it very much and enjoying learning about a new culture, it is very different here to Thailand!
The people are very welcoming and the education system is a lot stricter here. The parents are a lot stricter on their children so the kids are motivated in a different way to the Thai kids.
We are headed for a -25 degree winter so the weather is vastly different from Thailand!
If anyone would like info about working / living here they are welcome to send us an email.
Hope you are well,
Shenene and Shanna’
‘I am currently teaching at Anuban Phranakhon Si Ayutthaya School. I enjoy it here quite a bit. I am teaching English to both English program and Thai Program students. I follow a student book and teachers guide for the English program students (I don't really have a choice until I finish the book) as for the Thai program I can do what I want with them’. – Alexander
‘Rosanne and Kathryn,
How are you both? Hope the new class is fun and loving it as much as I did! I'm still at Oonrak as the Kindergarten 2 teacher. I love my job and obviously the location as I am on Koh Samui.’ – Alison
Just to let you know that I started a job as a nursery teacher yesterday for students 3-4 years old in Koh Phangan. It’s a great little nursery, small classes, 1 teacher per 4 students. Really enjoying it, first couple days have been so much better than I expected to be honest, and I have realised that I have more of a passion for it than I thought, so happy!
Thank you for everything. Hope all is well with you both :-)
sorry for the delayed reply - nothing new to report. It's been good fun here in Ubon - I've got a lovely bunch of colleagues! Vidhya's landing tomorrow - looking forward to finally meeting her.
Let’s hear from the rest of you please!