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1. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 8y

Hi, im going to teach in Thailand and yes ive already looked at loads of websites and threads. I just wondered if someone can give me a few knowledgeable answers to my questions.

(Thanks by the way, im think im getting nervous as the months draw closer)

Is it better to organise teaching before you get to Thailand or when you are there (Ive been told wait til youre there but i cant afford to not be earning- this will be my first time teaching)

How is the social life? Do you have much time to yourself - ie id like to learn kayaking, guitar & muay thai or whatever takes my fancy.

Is it better to get a CELTA (im gunna get that rather than the TEFL - as advised by others) in Thailand (from an accredited institution) or here in England.

How easy is it to make lasting friends? Ive been to Thailand before but it all seemed quite passive - people here for a week or a month then leaving? Is there a good teaching community for people who would be taking the plunge like i will be?

What is the best way to prepare for teaching? Learning the language? Reading up on TEFL books? etc?

How accessable is it to work part time and full time? I may want to work part time at some point so i can concentrate on certain hobbies etc.

Anyway thanks again. I really appreciate it.

Walk

2. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 8y

Nick,
I am going to suggest you read the stickman's website and contact him. He has been teaching in BKK for many years and will know the answers the all your questions.

3. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 8y

I seem to recognise this posting.....
unless you want to get down to some serious hairsplitting, CELTA and TEFL are the same thing.

ajarn.com is a good site for you.

NB - you must have a degree and a cerificate to teach - bring the originals -copies won't do.....see if you can get a non-immigrant business visa before you get here....you will have to leave the country to get one if you start work.

4. Posted by Walkaways (Full Member 106 posts) 8y

hey thanks for the replies,

and yes wildfk i have posted a similar thread before & i checked out the arjarn website - which is really good. I also found some other good websites with info & even some youtube videos about Teaching in thailand!

Im basically trying to tie up those things im unsure about so when i quit my job i can have things all organised.

I kinda read up on the tefl celta situation & think its best to get a celta purely for the fact most people say its a better qualification to have if you ever want to move between countries & make a career of teaching english.

I found a certified celta course run in bangkok which i think im prob going to opt for as i looked up apartment prices online & even i know most of them are long contracts but even the short term contracts are very reasonable.

I am still worried that ill get to thailand and find it difficult to teach & manage a social life - especially as from what ive read the language schools (which seem the best for people starting teaching) seem to have awful teaching hours. Ive been staying at a crappy office job in london saving for about a year (initially to just travel - but id like to teach too now) and i just dont want to spend all of my time in thailand waiting to work.

I havent seen the stickman's website - thanks ill check that out once i get a chance. Those kinda websites seem to be the best source of info, other than you guys of course.

Once again thanks for this.
Nick