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Excellent volunteer teaching opportunity Chiang Mai

May 02, 2016 - 6:45 AM - by Rapidwtr
Hello. I recently finished up a four month volunteer teaching gig just south of Chiang Mai and I wanted to share it on here. It was a true volunteer experience meaning that absolutely everything was taken care of by the non-profit organization. I was given a nice place to stay, three meals a day (plenty) as well as $100 a month stipend.

This organization is always looking for native English speakers who would like to give back and teach. The schools are remote and in villages off of the tourist path so its a great way to not only give back but to also get immersed in the local culture.

Here is their website and if any has any questions please let me know. Thank you!

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Pattaya as a young man

May 02, 2016 - 2:21 PM - by josephsullens
Hello everyone. Typing this from my iPhone in a hostel in Bangkok so apologies in advance for any poor spelling / grammar.

I had accepted a job in nonthaburi and landed in Thailand last week. A week on the school are yet to find me an acomadation meaning I have been living out of a suitcase from hostel to hostel. I am starting to think this lack of organisation is a warning that they aren't the school I want to be at. It is a shame as the nonthaburi area looked good for me; not loaded with tourists but close enough to Bangkok.

I have been offered a job in pattaya and am fully aware of the reputation the place has. Is it a good place for a young man such as myself to teach? I am really not interested in sex industry at all.

I'd love to meet some fellow young teachers in the area (if any?) but I don't want to accept the job if it means 11 months of only having old men as company.

Many thanks for all the help so far, this forum has made a difficult transition just that bit easier.
  49 Replies | 458 Views

Why so negative?

Apr 27, 2016 - 5:26 PM - by ajarn yolo
As a newbie to Thailand and TEFL the negativity of this forum concerns me. Is teaching in Thailand that bad? If you aren't happy you should go home, surely?
  43 Replies | 903 Views

Thailand Visa From China

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:04 PM - by NewGuy0715
Hi guys,

I'm student in China. I'm Turkish, for us 30 days without visa but I want to stay long-term in Thailand so there 2 choice 2+1 months(single entry) and 6 months(multiple entry) visa. Anyone know what kind of documents I need for one of them? Also am I have to show money in bank account? Anyone got Thailand visa from China?

Thank you!

Please don't tell call or e-mail to Thailand embassy. I already did many times no one answer and I can not go suddenly without know what they want. Because I'm not in Beijing.
  33 Replies | 620 Views

Parenting a young child abroad

Apr 29, 2016 - 7:17 PM - by stfranalum
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Hi guys. I wanted to write a thread that's less a story and more just a place to talk about 'stuff. Raising a child is difficult on its best days. When you're living in a country that isnt your motherland, it can be quite challenging. In fact, it's a roller coaster, of adventure highs and isolated lows.

I'll start here with two of the biggest issues to consider. Please comment as you see fit. I dont have magical answers and to be frank, I've made a lot of mistakes and like a lot of parents, the learning curve has been quick- where you right the ship quickly- and also long, where you only come to realize your mistakes after a while. It's a tricky business, kids

The first issue that comes to mind, is the issue of other people and having quality people in your life. My solution for this, or lack thereof will be different from others, but the main idea is that you need to have good people around you. Not once a month "around you" but consistently around, at least on a weekly basis. This was something I really overlooked and when living in Thailand, this really hurt both my son and I. I lived in a small town and had only one friend with whom I could confide in and someone that my son liked being around too.

There were lots of other people, but form my experience, most farang in Thailand want to be left alone. I did have friends before being a parent, but let's face it, once you have a kid (and assuming you make them a priority) things change and going out for dinner and drinks isnt something you can do often, or at all. Its a lot easier now that my son is older (almost 8) to take him out,... [Read More]
  30 Replies | 436 Views

Condo LE LUK for rent, Fully Furnished, Luxury Decoration, 2 Bedrooms

May 02, 2016 - 12:04 AM - by Thai Smileland
Condo LE LUK for rent, Fully Furnished, Luxury Decoration, Ready to move in
Room Size: 78.61 Sq.m., Floor 9th, 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms, Living room, Kitchen, Balcony, Good View, 2 Parking

Fully Furnished with below details;
- Sofa - Dining Table - Chairs - Glass Cabinet - Big Wardrobe - Dressing Table - Working Table - TV table - Curtain - 2 Beds - Air conditioners 3 - Refrigerator - Built in pantry with sink - Washing machine - Clothes Dryer - Television 3 - Shower heater - Microwave - etc

Other Facilities :
Luxury Lobby - Fitness - Swimming Pool - Library - Kids room - Suana

Security :
Digital Door Lock - Key Card Access - 24 Hours Security Guard - CCTV

Comfortable Location :

  • On Sukhumvit Road. Sukhumvit 69
  • 200 metres from BTS Phrakanong.
  • Near Expressway
  • Near Mini Mart, Coffee Shop, Famous Restaurant, Post Office
  • Near W-District (Department Store), W Market

Rental Price : 50,000 baht/month
(Contract for 1 year, pay 1 month's rent in advance and 2 months rent for security deposit)

Please Contact: Korn 061-654-9695, Kwang 061-654-954-6
Line: thaismileland
Email: 168thaismileland@gmail.com
See all: www.168thaismileland.com

See Pictures : ... [Read More]
  23 Replies | 217 Views

The One English school

Apr 21, 2016 - 9:47 PM - by Rasa Grigorjevait
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Does anyone ever heard something about The One English School located in Songhkla?

Thanks a lot!
  21 Replies | 2,184 Views

Saudi ride

May 01, 2016 - 5:26 PM - by jimbo
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get comfy & take a ride....

  19 Replies | 150 Views

Accommodation in Nonthaburi

Apr 25, 2016 - 10:50 PM - by josephsullens
Hello all.

Would anybody be able to recommend me a website / contact for finding an accommodation to rent in Nonthaburi.

I am due to land in Thailand this Friday at 6.30am and my contact over there has to stop replying to my emails.

I got offered a position in Nonthaburi for a company called SIAM who seemed fairly reputable at the time, however at the moment I have been left in the lurch with no starting date / accommodation.

All help would be greatly appreciated.
  17 Replies | 398 Views

Looking for pet friendly townhouse in or around Lad Phrao

May 01, 2016 - 9:09 AM - by Janette Klein
Greetings all!! I have just arrived in Bangkok and begin my new life as a teacher at the Beaconhouse Yamsaard school in Lad Phrao on Monday. My husband will be joining me next week and our pets arrive a week later. We are looking for a townhouse to rent. If anyone can assist I would be extremely grateful. Thank you!!
  13 Replies | 134 Views

Something Else to do with a Camel

May 02, 2016 - 7:48 AM - by tomcat
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...particularly if you're overcome by ennui and have cash to spare:

Where to Get a Camel Burger With Gold Leaf Trimmings
by Richard Vines (Bloomberg)

Bored with hamburgers? I may have the solution.
How about a camel burger? You can follow up with a cup of camelccino with camel-milk chocolates on the side.

Yep. Yum.

The burger-with-a-difference is on the menu at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, where there's no shortage of tourists willing to pay 110 dirhams ($30). The patty is topped with 24 carat gold flakes, fitting for a hotel that makes the Palace of Versailles look minimalist.
Chef Carmine Pecoraro says the 200 gram (7 ounce) patty is made with minced leg meat, to which he adds cumin, garlic powder and onion powder before cooking it over a gas-fired charcoal grill.

It's served in a sesame bun with lettuce and tomatoes, rather like a Big Mac, only the cheese is halloumi, not American. The fries are chickpea fritters, and on the side comes a pot of tabbouleh and Arabic pickles.

The dish isn't really aimed at locals, who know the prime cut comes from the hump, where more fat means more flavor. The meat of young camels is particularly prized and can be served as a wafer-thin delicacy at weddings.

My previous experience of camels was limited to a ride around the Pyramids and to a dish served by chef Alain Ducasse at Idam, his restaurant in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. There, it's hung for three to four weeks, braised for six days then served with with foie gras, soufflé potatoes and black truffle. At 390 Qatari riyals ($107), it's the most expensive item.

So how... [Read More]
  12 Replies | 141 Views

How to get American Social Security here

Apr 26, 2016 - 4:02 PM - by Cal Roy
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I can retire next year and start collecting Social Security from the US. Some folks tell me they just have their cash deposited in their American bank and then get it here via ATM. The fees add up pretty quickly, though, so I also looked into having it go directly to a Thai bank. Trouble there is the bank won't let me have an ATM so I have to go to the bank every month to get cash. Also, if I were to not be able to go in, since they don't have joint accounts here, my wife couldn't get money out. They want 500 baht a month plus another 200 for a withdrawal. Seems like a whole lot of BS to get my money.

What have some of you others done? I already have an income from an online school that pays my Wells Fargo account every month and I take the money out via ATM. I think I might just do the same with SSI.
  11 Replies | 242 Views

Health-related recommended reading

May 02, 2016 - 12:08 AM - by zeusbheld
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Sifting through mountains of often-contradictory health claims is a bitch.

There's a disconnect between what people think they know and what research shows. There are slick predators (Dave Asprey, I'm talking about you and your Bulletproof bullshit) who take something from decent studies they find by digging through Pub Med, distorting it, and using the distortion to sell 'miracle supplements.' There are tons of recommendations accepted as gospel even by MDs, based on shitty science.

What to do? Figure it out for your damn self. If a recommendation appears to be based on good science, try it on yourself. Make one diet or lifestyle change at a time, and measure the results. In other words, experiment. N=1 experiments won't change the world, but they can change your life.

I am by no means an expert, but this approach is working for me. I lost 30lb in less than a year, and pretty much eliminated my GERD problems, just by changing how I eat (more or less by following what Tim Ferriss recommends in his book). Exercise is up next. Even if something works for most people it may not work for you, so take the approach of changing one thing at a time and measuring stuff.

You've got to get information from somewhere, right? So here are some books that have had information in them that I've implemented and benefited from. Your metabolism's almost certainly different from mine, so experiment.

The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. A massive book by a madman who dove in and started experimenting on himself with reckless abandon. His "slow carb diet" is simple and great if you want to lose weight (at least for most people). He dove deep into... [Read More]
  11 Replies | 138 Views

Rediscovering the Chao Phraya

Apr 28, 2016 - 9:49 PM - by tomcat
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...SD and I have started visiting (and revisiting) certain areas of the river...the bars mentioned in this rather bloated article may be next on our list:

  10 Replies | 178 Views

PGCEi or Masters options.

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:54 PM - by UKM67
Hi all
Any (sensible) comments are gladly welcomed as i'm going round in circles here. I finish my 4 year BA degree with the Open University next June and now looking at moving on. So far New Era CPT teaching diploma is the only real option at around a couple of grand. Nottingham Uni. is expensive and I would never teach in the UK if I had to return anyway so I don't care about prestige, as long as its an 'accredited' qualification in Asia. Has anybody any other information on alternate routes? Progression to a masters would be a nice option but is only available to Flips. with New Era so that's a pain in the butt.
Have a good day
  10 Replies | 334 Views

Documents help !

Apr 30, 2016 - 7:18 PM - by josephsullens
Firstly apologies for any grammatical or spelling mistakes, I am typing this out on my iPhone in a hostel in Bangkok.

First things first I arrived safely, currently enjoying life in Bangkok till I move to Nonthaburi to teach.

I already have the job and have signed the contract however I have just noticed I forgot to bring my original degree and transcript! Will this stop me being able to obtain a work permit?

If so is there a secure location I can send this to such as a post office? I don't currently have a permanent place of residence.

I have also lost my derpature card, will this be of an issue too?

Many thanks in advance.
  9 Replies | 129 Views

Unapproved Visitor Message

Apr 27, 2016 - 6:29 AM - by beachbound
Who is Choetboi?
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