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Friday, April 14, 2006

Top Ten Reasons to NOT Teach in Thailand

Thinking of teaching in Thailand? Here are some reasons that might give you second thoughts!

  • TEN - All the modern conveniences of home -- at TWICE (or more) the amount local Thais have to pay. Why? Because you're white and the impression is you're rich (even if you might not be).
  • NINE - Cheap food that you have to pay TWICE as much (or more)the amount local Thais have to pay. Why? Because you're white and the impression is you're rich (even if you might not be).
  • EIGHT - If you're NOT a certified teacher (just a white face that can speak English), consider yourself lucky if you land a job paying 30,000 Baht/mo. You'll be living in a 30 sq.m. box, drinking cheap Beer Chang, and envying the real teachers at international schools making 3 or 4 times more than you.
  • SEVEN - The choking pollution -- okay, primarily in Bangkok. But hey, that's where a lot of the jobs are.
  • SIX - Anonymity. Yes, nobody knows you, and nobody could give a rat's ass if something bad happens to you.
  • FIVE - The weather. According to meteorologists, Bangkok has the lowest, year-round temperature variation among all world capitals. Typically, lows are in the mid-20's and highs in the lower to mid 30's. Okay, this could be a good thing -- unless you have to teach 6 hours straight with no AC and a fan that works just half the time.
  • FOUR - Friendly people -- that just want your money.
  • THREE - Beautiful people that age very slowly (compared to typical westerners) -- that just want your money.
  • TWO - You can be 60 years old, fat, and ugly, and get a date -- if you have money.
  • ONE - You can be 70 years old, fat, and ugly, and still get a good-looking date -- if you have money.

Okay, this is a VERY cynical view of life in Thailand -- it really isn't that bad. In fact, the good far outweighs the bad. Of course, as with anywhere in the world, life is what YOU make of it.

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