Before Coming to Thailand
Why did you want to teach in Thailand?
I wanted to teach English in Thailand to learn more about myself, the country, and the world. Teaching in Thailand would allow me to experience a new school system, delicious, food, and a beautiful country.
How was your experience finding a job through On the Mark Education Consulting?
On the Mark Education Consulting made it very easy for me to apply for a teaching position and quick to help me connect with my school in Thailand.
What website did you use to book your ticket to Thailand?
I booked through Expedia to find the cheapest flight.
Teaching Life in Thailand
What was your first impression of Thailand upon arrival?
Colorful! All of the temples are so beautiful. I love how even alleyways and buses are painted vibrant shades.
What was the biggest culture shock about Thailand and/or in your current city?
The biggest culture shock for me has been the slower pace of life and flexibility of schedules. I am still adjusting to having class cancelled as I walk through the classroom door or waking up early on a weekend to catch a bus that is an hour late.
What’s your favorite memory of life in Thailand?
I’ve only been teaching in Thailand for a little over a month, but my favorite experience thus far has been becoming friends with a Thai man who took my friends and I to the Phi Ta Khon festival in Loei, Thailand. We had lunch on a floating raft in the middle of a lake and finished the day with our first Thai BBQ dinner.
What do you like most about working for your school?
I love the energy of the students and the support and friendships I have with the other teachers.
What three things do you wish you would have known or brought with you before you arrived?
I wish I would’ve known to bring less clothes- I brought way too much and now feel guilty when I want to buy some of the super cute (and cheap) Thai clothing. Instead, I would’ve packed a few boxes of mac and cheese, more bug spray, and more things to decorate my apartment with to make it feel homey.
Did you have the opportunity to save any money? What percentage of your salary were you able to save each month?
I have student loans to pay each month back in America. This costs me half of my salary. Luckily, I am easily able to live off the remainder salary, although there is not much room for luxuries like travelling or splurging on expensive meals very often.