Life Before and After Teaching English in Thailand

Life Before and After Teaching English in Thailand

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⋯ By Adam Gootnick ⋯ "No matter what age you are or what your goal or passion is, go and have an experience like this. It’s one of a kind, it’s so rewarding, and every day you feel good about what you’re doing and who you’re helping." Heather is a classmate and friend of mine. We initially had planned to go to Thailand together, but I decided to postpone my trip to pursue a sales job in tech. We kept in touch, speaking several times a week, and it was clear that Heather was having an absolute blast. When asked whether she recommended I go to Thailand, her answer was always a resounding “yes!” Heather’s story of success really was a deciding factor for me. And my hope is that…
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Escape The Millennial Trap by Teaching English Abroad

Escape The Millennial Trap by Teaching English Abroad

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[caption id="attachment_24554" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Source: Pexels[/caption] ⋯ By Adam Gootnick and Lauren Brose ⋯ “You’re not supposed to like your first job,” my previous roommate once told me. Four months in, I had never felt more conflicted in my entire life. I graduated college with two offers and did what everyone else in my class did––packed up my whole life, moved to a new city, and started my full time entry-level job. I had never seen my parents more proud, swelling with joy as they boasted to friends and family that I had it all figured out. The truth is, I had a dirty secret. I hated my new job and I did not know how to break it to them. While I wanted to quit, it wasn’t that simple anymore.…
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The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Southeast Asia (2019)

The Best Job Sites for Teaching English in Southeast Asia (2019)

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Are you thinking of teaching English somewhere in Southeast Asia? While it is more common for expats to teach in countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, or China, a lot of people are drawn to the more relaxed lifestyle farther south. There may not be as many financial benefits, but you can still make a decent living as an English teacher in Southeast Asia. Afterall, the advantages of teaching in such a diverse region go far beyond a paycheck. Why should you teach English in Southeast Asia? You can enjoy beautiful weather, sandy beaches, great food, affordable cost of living, and excellent travel opportunities throughout the entire region. The ASEAN countries are within close vicinity of each other, so it makes it very convenient to venture out and explore. Where…
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A Helping Hand Teaching English in Vietnam

A Helping Hand Teaching English in Vietnam

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● Teaching Location: Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh) ● Type of Teaching Job: Language centre ● Student Age Group: 3-17 years and adults ● Monthly Salary: $1,200-2,500 USD depending on experience ● Monthly Rent: $150-250 USD for a room in a share house, $350-800 USD for an apartment depending on budget/ taste ● Living Arrangement: Shared housing, single room, and apartments available ● Monthly Savings: Depends on work hours and spending habits. I saved £1,000 per month working 24-26 hours per week ● Contract Bonuses: For full time: Medical insurance, paid holiday, on going support and training, visa and work permit fees, end of year completion bonus etc. ⋯ By Georgie ⋯ When I first took my CELTA certificate to teach English as a second language, I had no idea…
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Kate and Kris Teach English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kate and Kris Teach English in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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● Teaching Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ● Type of Teaching Job: Language academy and an international university ● Student Age Group: late teens and adults ● Monthly Salary: $2,500 ~ $3,000 USD ● Monthly Rent: ~$550 USD ● Living Arrangement: One bedroom apartment ● Monthly Savings: At least $1,000 USD between us ● Contract Bonuses: Airfare and health insurance ⋯ By Kate and Kris ⋯ Teaching in Ho Chi Minh City was supposed to be a short-term thing. After finishing a job in Haiphong in the north of Vietnam in December, we wanted a job until the summer, before getting a new job for September. Three years later, we decided we should perhaps move on. So what made us stay so long in Ho Chi Minh City? Well, Ho…
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Teaching English in Laid Back Laos

Teaching English in Laid Back Laos

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● Teaching Location: Luang Prabang, Laos ● Type of Teaching Job: Voluntary project work at a UK-Based school to educate students from poor backgrounds that are sponsored to learn English ● Student Age Group: 16-22 ● Monthly Salary: Voluntary ● Monthly Rent: Own accommodation organised ● Living Arrangement: Guesthouse ● Monthly Savings: n/a ● Contract Bonuses: n/a ⋯ By Candice Lemon-Scott ⋯ Mine is not the traditional ESL teaching experience in terms of gaining paid employment because I went over to carry out a volunteer one-week program. For this reason, I’m grateful to be able to share my experience of teaching English in Laos. I have an ESL background but I was primarily at LEOT, a UK-based school in Laos, because I’m an author. The students at the school were set…
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My Love/Hate Relationship of Teaching English in Vietnam

My Love/Hate Relationship of Teaching English in Vietnam

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● Teaching Location: Hanoi, Vietnam ● Type of Teaching Job: After-school language centre ● Student Age Group: 5-15 years old ● Monthly Salary: 38 million VND ($1,700 USD) ● Monthly Rent: $550 USD ● Living Arrangement: 2-bedroom apartment ● Monthly Savings: Between $400-500 USD ● Contract Bonuses: 50% towards work permit costs, 10 million VND ($440 USD) on completion of a 1-year contract ⋯ By Kirstie Woodward ⋯ Vietnam is a crazy place to live in but an amazing place to teach English. It’s easy to immerse yourself into the Vietnamese culture and it’s becoming a more westernised country every day. Arriving in Hanoi, the country’s capital, having already secured a job, it strangely felt like home. It has a homely feel to it even though it’s completely different to the…
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Teaching in Thailand: Best Students, Amazing Lunches, Strict Bosses

Teaching in Thailand: Best Students, Amazing Lunches, Strict Bosses

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● Teaching Location: Bangkok, Thailand ● Type of Teaching Job: Private Catholic School ● Student Age Group: Elementary ● Monthly Salary: 35,000 baht (~$1,000 USD) ● Monthly Rent: Housing provided ● Living Arrangement: Single bedroom in a house ● Monthly Savings: Approximately 7,000 baht (Over $200 USD) ● Contract Bonuses: Flight paid for upon arrival, free lunches ⋯ By Barry O’Leary ⋯ My memories of teaching in Bangkok, Thailand, will always have a special place in my heart. It was while teaching a class of 8 to 9 year olds for 7 months in a Private Catholic school in Bangkok, where I actually became a teacher, and also developed enough patience to be able to teach young learners. At times I felt like I was living like a king. I was only…
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