I am all for change and new experiences, I think routine actually terrifies me a little. So that’s why I love what I do so much, which is travelling the world and working random jobs as I go along.
I have been super fortunate with the jobs I have been offered and want to share my stories with you guys.
Coming soon on the blog is ..
Working a Stylist in luxury fashion in London.
Working as an Au Pair in Vienna.
Working as a Social Carer in Australia.
Working as an Event Hostess, Model, Promotional Girl, Sales and TV extra in Australia.
Already on the blog( see sidebar on left hand side of home page- Travel jobs)…
Season promotional worker in Greece.
More to come on Teaching English abroad.
Current Job-Teaching English in Thailand
So I am definitely not the first person to pack my everything and head for Thailand to teach English and I wont be the last. In saying that it can still be a daunting experience when its your first time. So many different questions floated round in my head like, Will I be actually able to teach the kids? Will I be able to communicate with the local people? Will I find adapting to the culture easy? Will I be able to survive off the wage and still travel all the time?….. and as it turns out the answer is yes.
Teaching in the land of smiles is a wonderful experience. The main reason I wanted to give it a go, was to see if I liked teaching and would this potentially be a career for me and also of course the ease of travel round Thailand and the other south east Asian countries.
I teach EP3 students(7-8 years of age) in a school in Chanthaburi, 4 hours south of Bangkok. My school is very advanced when I think of what a typical Thai school would be like. We have interactive whiteboards and assistants to help us. The teaching is easier that what I first thought it would be as we are provided with all the books and curriculum, in saying that I teach all the subjects, English, maths(yep and it was my worst subject in school), PE, art, health, communications and science so I feel my job might be slightly harder than just a regular English teacher. The plus to teaching all the subjects is the variety, its not repetitive and I am constantly learning myself.
My students are super smart, their English is incredible considering its not their native tongue. I think a question I get asked the most, is how are the kids, behaviour wise. Teachers in Thailand are treated with such a high level of respect and for the most part the kids are angels. Bare in mind I did say for the most part, not all the time. My typical day is Monday to Friday 7.45am to 4.00pm. Thankfully, I don’t work weekends, that’s teachers let loose time.
Chanthaburi(which means moon city) is a really beautiful town to live in. When I was making my way here for the first time I swore I was going to the middle of nowhere. It’s hard to find any information about Chan on the net as its not a tourist destination. That’s one thing I do struggle with, not seeing different faces all the time, but hey that’s what weekends away to the islands are for. Koh Chang and Samet are super close, so an island getaway can always be on the cards. Chan is also famous for its gems, having a market here where people buy and sell rubies and sapphires to name a few. Its also famous for its tropical fruits, durian being the main one. Have you ever tried durian? I cant say I am a huge fan. There’s quite a lot to see and do here, tonnes of beautiful temples, a catholic church, waterfalls, beaches, parks and mountainous areas. For eating out, there are lots of options, mostly Thai but some western style places too. I have even found a place that does mashed potato(you can take the girl out of Ireland, but not the Irish out of the girl).
So if your think you would like to head Thailand to teach, here are my tips..
– Your in luck if you have a degree. Not even a teaching degree, anyone at all.
– Having a tefl will help. It can be done online or in a classroom setting. There are places you can do it also in Thailand. I did a 120hour online course as I was living in London and working full time.
-Best website to find jobs is Ajarn.com
– Come direct hire with a school, usually people doing this for their first time come with agencies but trust me its easy to do by yourself.
Things you have to get used to in Thailand..
– Stock up on all your products before you come over, everything here has whitening ingredients in them and trust me I don’t need to get any whiter( I still religiously put my fake tan on over here and I am still the palest person in the town ha ha- Cocoa brown your a lifesaver and mammy for posting it regularly)
-The locals will stare and laugh. But in a nice way. You are very beautiful in their eyes…yep they are all about the white skin. Its like being a celeb, they drop those selfies with you all the time.
-You do need to drive a scooter over here, walking is not an option(unless you want to be dripping sweat head to toe). There are no road rules, no seriously. Indicators…nahhhh no need for them over here. Its crazy.
-One minute its 40 degrees, next minute there’s torrential rain. HelllllOOO rainy season
-Getting meals for 40baht…Yep that’s a euro. Cheap as chips.
-Taking your shoes off before going into peoples houses and shops.. barefoot vibes
-Squat toilets…yep and no toilet roll. Its always a treat
-You will Wai everybody. One of Thailand’S most distinctive greetings.
-All Thai people have nicknames… which makes your life hella easier
– “Ferang” will be ringing in your ears. It basically means foreigner.
-You don’t like rice(your screwed). Rice comes with everything. They even eat it for brekkie.
Would I recommend a year teaching in Thailand? Absolutely, you make a difference in the kids lives daily, such a wonderful cultural experience, its going to look pretty cool on your cv and don’t forget all the travelling you will get to do in your spare time.
What’s your thoughts on Teaching in Thailand or elsewhere?