Travel Opportunities for People Teaching English in Thailand – Part 3

Travel Opportunities for People Teaching English in Thailand

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Here’s part three of our very quick and very selective guide to some of the best travel opportunities for people teaching English in Thailand. This article covers the southern parts of Thailand including The Andaman Coast and the Lower Gulf. Read part two here.

The South

While the south doesn’t have huge teacher hubs like Chiang Mai or Bangkok, it does have quite a few TEFL jobs in provincial towns like Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat – and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South East Asia! While the wages are lower than in Bangkok, so is the cost of living and it really couldn’t be any easier to decamp from the town or city where you are based for a weekend lounging on a palm fringed beach.

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Travel Opportunities for People Teaching English in Thailand – Part 2

Travel Opportunities for People Teaching English in Thailand

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Here’s part two of our very quick and very selective guide to some of the best travel opportunities for people teaching English in Thailand. This article covers Bangkok and the surrounding areas of central Thailand. Read part one here.

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Travel Opportunities for People Teaching English in Thailand

Travel Opportunities for People Teaching English in Thailand

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An ever increasing number of people are choosing to up-sticks and spend some time teaching English in Thailand. Most of these TEFL opportunities exist in three main areas: Chiang Mai and the North, Bangkok and Central Thailand, and the more touristy areas of the South.

So if you fancy teaching English over in Thailand, or if you’re just heading over there for a bit of travelling. Here are our top three picks for things to do in the first of those three areas – Chiang Mai and the North. There’s one touristy place, one slightly intrepid place, and one place where you’ll probably need a little help from Ray Mears!

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5 Things You’ll Discover About Living In China

By Helen Hargreave

5 Things You’ll Discover About Living In China

When you think of China, what do you associate it with? The Great Wall, Peking duck, the Terracotta Warriors? These are all common things that spring to mind when you think about one of the most popular TEFL destinations on the planet.

However we all know that visiting a place and living there are completely different – so what can you expect when you get there?  Here are a few inside facts before you join the 1.34 billion people living in China…

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Cultural Sensitivity When Teaching Abroad

By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

Cultural Sensitivity When Teaching Abroad

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When teaching in another country EFL teachers are the guest of that culture, and no matter where it is there will be different customs, beliefs and cultural expectations. This varies greatly – in most European countries the change won’t be so defined, but in the Middle East and Asia the differences are very striking. Part of your job is to meet that culture halfway and to adapt your sensibilities in line with that of your students. This is a lesson quickly learnt by many teachers working worldwide.

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Adapting to an Alien Culture & Language

By Neil Root
Neil Root is a writer and London based English Language teacher with 10 years experience.

Adapting to an alien culture

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EFL teachers are usually adventurous people, and one of the main reasons people do the job is to travel and broaden their experiences. It can be thrilling and massively rewarding, and develop your character greatly. But it is also important to remember that you are going to a country with an alien culture or language, unless you’re lucky enough to know the country and speak the language.

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5 Things to Expect From Your EFL School’s Facilities

by Clark Nielsen, author of Yes China!

EFL Classroom in China by Clark Nielsen

After working at multiple schools in China, I’ve switched gears and am now teaching in Thailand, facing many of the same obstacles and noticing similarities on a regular basis. Namely, the school facilities are almost identical. I think a lot of us EFL teachers go with the naive assumption that our school abroad, wherever it may be, is going to be clean and modern and cozy. But we’re English teachers! We don’t always get the best. So here are five things you should be aware of, in case any of these are deal breakers:

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What To Pack For Your TEFL Adventure

by Helen Hargreave

Towel

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What to pack for your TEFL adventure a) depends on where you’re going b) depends on your packing style!

Personally, I am what you call a TERRIBLE packer! More often than not I will end up FREEZING in my chosen destination because I forget that just because I’m on a two week holiday to sunny Majorca it doesn’t mean it is going to be 30 degrees on an evening.  The result? A very large collection of stall-bought pashminas…

So what about when it comes to packing for a year?!  If you’re about to embark on your TEFL adventure, make sure to do your country research so that you avoid over/under packing.

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Teaching English in France: What You Need to Know

By Barrie Smith

Teaching English in France: What You Need to Know

The prominence and impact of French history, culture, fashion and cuisine on global history and society has made France one of the most popular destinations for English language teachers from the UK in recent years. With a fantastic climate and some of Europe’s most enticing cities, it’s not hard to see why this country catches the eye of so many.

What surprises most people is just how accessible and open France can be to English teachers. Work is available throughout the year, with most contracts beginning in September and lasting the course of a full academic year. Travelling to France from the UK is as easy as it gets too, with ferries running daily.

If you’re considering vacating the drab English skies for a new life on the continent, here’s all you need to know.

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4 Activities to Keep Young Students Engaged

By Helen Hargreave
Guest blogger from onlinetefl.com

4 Activities to Keep Young Students Engaged

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Young students need to keep busy. Fact. Games which involve lots of interactive options are a great way to get young bodies and minds active and ready to learn!

Here are 4 games we’ve taken from the selection available in our pack to add to your list because, in case you hadn’t noticed, children get bored easily too!

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