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Thinking of relocating to Thailand, please, help with info

 
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IvanaShaanxi



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 11:21 pm    Post subject: Thinking of relocating to Thailand, please, help with info Reply with quote

Having spent 4 years in China and having suffered a breakdown from all the stress and pressure there I am thinking about moving to Thailand. I am a non native speaker, and, in China, that was hardly an obstacle. Does the same go for Thailand? Also, what are Thai students like? Chinese students' level of English was nearly zero, and many teaching jobs were a joke, since the employers cared only about money and not the quality of teaching. Is it the same in Thailand? In China one could make a lot of money just joking around or sometimes, doing nothing (in public schools).
I expect the country to be much more laid back and less stressful than China, although the salaries are lower.
Could you, please, clarify the Thai situation for me?

Any piece of information is highly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

PS. I hold a bachelor's degree and a CELTA certificate. I am originally from Serbia, Europe.
Oh yes, and my age is 43.
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bograt



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:22 am    Post subject: Re: Thinking of relocating to Thailand, please, help with in Reply with quote

IvanaShaanxi wrote:
Having spent 4 years in China and having suffered a breakdown from all the stress and pressure there I am thinking about moving to Thailand. I am a non native speaker, and, in China, that was hardly an obstacle. Does the same go for Thailand? Also, what are Thai students like? Chinese students' level of English was nearly zero, and many teaching jobs were a joke, since the employers cared only about money and not the quality of teaching. Is it the same in Thailand? In China one could make a lot of money just joking around or sometimes, doing nothing (in public schools).
I expect the country to be much more laid back and less stressful than China, although the salaries are lower.
Could you, please, clarify the Thai situation for me?

Any piece of information is highly appreciated. Thank you very much in advance.

PS. I hold a bachelor's degree and a CELTA certificate. I am originally from Serbia, Europe.
Oh yes, and my age is 43.


Impressive English mate
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IvanaShaanxi



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was good enough for China. I guess it would be ok for Thailand too.

Anyway, I would like to teach children.
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Hermosillo



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Eastern Europeans are the latest bunch to take low paying teaching jobs. Paperwork will be a nightmare, but you might find a decent place to work. Enjoy your three Dollars per hour.
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IvanaShaanxi



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hermosillo wrote:
The Eastern Europeans are the latest bunch to take low paying teaching jobs. Paperwork will be a nightmare, but you might find a decent place to work. Enjoy your three Dollars per hour.


Will that be my pay as a non native? No chance of earning more? Three dollars per hour is an insult. I can make the same amount teaching English online here in Serbia.
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IvanaShaanxi



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do schools in Thailand offer accommodation?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IvanaShaanxi wrote:
Hermosillo wrote:
The Eastern Europeans are the latest bunch to take low paying teaching jobs. Paperwork will be a nightmare, but you might find a decent place to work. Enjoy your three Dollars per hour.


Will that be my pay as a non native? No chance of earning more? Three dollars per hour is an insult. I can make the same amount teaching English online here in Serbia.


As a white NNES you can expect 25-30k thb/month and no benefits. Housing is usually not supplied. You will be competing with the Filipino applicants who are working for 15-20k baht/month.

You will need, in addition to your degree, academic transcripts and police clearance, a valid TOEIC (IELTS or TOEFL) report. The CELTA (or other TEFL cert) is NOT a requirement.

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bograt



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IvanaShaanxi wrote:
Hermosillo wrote:
The Eastern Europeans are the latest bunch to take low paying teaching jobs. Paperwork will be a nightmare, but you might find a decent place to work. Enjoy your three Dollars per hour.


Will that be my pay as a non native? No chance of earning more? Three dollars per hour is an insult. I can make the same amount teaching English online here in Serbia.


I worked for the BC in Hong Kong with teachers from Russia and the Ukraine on 5k US a month. I'd look into that if you're chasing the bucks.
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IvanaShaanxi



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you very much for your answers, friends.

Any additional info is highly appreciated.
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