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emrbeans



Joined: 22 Jun 2007
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Location: Charlotte, NC USA

PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 4:19 pm    Post subject: Worried about the basics... Reply with quote

I'm thinking of teaching in Thailand very soon, from the USA. Im nearly done with my TEFL certification and then my plan is to go over. I am starting to get really nervous about the whole thing. I have been out of the country before, and traveled to countries where English is not the language, however I have never done so alone. I am getting worried about the basics like transportation, accommodation, and the best city to pick. Can anyone help me out?
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richie122



Joined: 15 Nov 2004
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Location: Seattle, Wa, USA

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just hop on that plane, and get over there. If you've traveled before, you'll be able to figure it out. It can be boiled down to "sink or swim"
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takgeyon



Joined: 19 Apr 2007
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 9:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Worried about the basics... Reply with quote

emrbeans wrote:
I'm thinking of teaching in Thailand very soon, from the USA. Im nearly done with my TEFL certification and then my plan is to go over. I am starting to get really nervous about the whole thing. I have been out of the country before, and traveled to countries where English is not the language, however I have never done so alone. I am getting worried about the basics like transportation, accommodation, and the best city to pick. Can anyone help me out?


Having lived many places in Asia, Thailand has to be one of the safest on the planet. There is nothing to be afraid of. Just dive in and if its not your thing then get out. Just make sure you bring enough money for that return plane ticket if things don't work out.
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Girl Scout



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 2:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thailand is no 'soft landing'. No one is around to help sort out anything. You will have to figure out most things from housing to visas yourself. I suggest you stay in the bigger cities for a while until you get an understanding for the way things work.
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Sgt Killjoy



Joined: 26 Jun 2004
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say you'd ok in most cities, just don't find a local girl to be your guide. Be independent. Spend a few days when you arrive just getting your bearings.
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Jumbo Trudgeon



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Why wouldn't you want a local girl to act as a guide???
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