Exactly one year ago this month, I boarded a plane to become an English teacher in Thailand. Originally it was supposed to be a six-month experience, but a year later and counting, it’s become my life. Six months prior to boarding that plane, I was graduating university and becoming a teacher had never even crossed my mind, nor was it ever something I really wanted to do. But with graduation ahead of me, and the pressure to find a full time job and begin my career like everyone else around me, I knew I needed something different. I knew I wanted to travel. So one of my best friends and I decided we should go teach English abroad. Continue reading
Teaching English abroad is without a doubt one of the best decisions I’ve ever made for myself.
I remember staying up late, getting lost in the Google-sphere of options for various programs around the world, and going to sleep giddy with excitement. But how to choose one? Continue reading
I like to set challenges for myself. Most of my challenges have always been based around health and fitness. It just goes to show that it is something that I have always struggled with. After University, I spent two years backpacking through Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. Although I loved every second of it and would not change my experience for the world – I completely lost any sense of being healthy along the way. That is, until I moved to Thailand to teach English abroad. Continue reading
As you walk through the doors of the Thai school that you will call home, you’ll be brimming with conflicting emotions. Of course, you will be excited beyond belief. You’re about to begin a new career, maybe in an entirely different field than you’ve worked in before, in a foreign country full of adorable children. However, you will probably be nervous as well. It’s totally normal not to know exactly what to expect when teaching English in Thailand. Continue reading
I could barely point to the country on a map before I accepted a position to teach English in Thailand. As an American, we spend very little time learning about Asia in school, and even less time discussing the cultural, political or historical differences between us and the smaller, Southeast Asian Nations. So when I started looking into teaching English abroad, I didn’t even consider Thailand. But when I learned that Thailand offers short-term teaching contracts (as little as 3 months!) and is a tropical paradise to boot, I signed up and bought a ticket. Continue reading
If you had to list five words that you associate with Thailand, I bet “elephants” would make the cut. When I told people I was moving to the Land of Smiles to teach English abroad, one of their first reactions always had to do with riding elephants.
I figured I would probably ride one because that’s what people do when they come to Thailand and like…imagine the Instagram! I didn’t know anything about the various jobs elephants have in Asian countries and how poorly they’re often treated. Continue reading
Matty Anderson moved his family of four to Thailand from New Zealand on one-way tickets. The goal was to see the world while living a laptop lifestyle. They wanted to live life by their own design, not someone else’s. We got in touch with Matty and asked him about his experience with teaching English in Thailand, a job that supplements their family income. Here’s what he had to say.
So you want to teach abroad in Thailand? I guess we are similar souls, travel-loving free spirits who want a tool to facilitate a brave new lifestyle. A few months ago, I lived out my dream of a laptop lifestyle and moved my family to Thailand, where I now teach the happy kids I’m proud to call my students. Continue reading