i just arrived in chiang mai and am hoping to find a job teaching here. in the mean time, meeting people (expats or thais) sounds like a worthy way to spend some of my time
anyone have any recommendations for places to go (bars, cultural events, clubs, anything really) to meet similar others??
There are cultural events every weekend. Here's the link for Chiang Mai Mail and Citylife.
Movies at Alliance Francaise, there's a popular jazz club on the north moat road, join the AUA library, etc. If you haven't been to Blue Diamond yet, it's a must for meeting people. You cannot not meet someone there. Just make eye contact. Ask people there about bars and clubs.
awesome, thanks :D
what's the job market for certified teachers?
The vast majority of language schools will hire by the hour / no contract. Most between 200-250 baht per hour.
Schools will pay around 25 000 a month.
Chiang Mai is the best place to live in Asia IMO..............but the worst for work IMO.
The market is poor as there's an abundance of ex pats living locally. A lot are older and have $$ from back home / pensions etc. Thus they often work simply for "something to do". They take a lot of P/T jobs and do so for very low pay (as they don't need it).I taught with three semi retired blokes once who never even checked their pay rates. They had no idea what they were getting paid. One even told the school "if you're broke, don't bother paying me"...it's fair to say they loved him!
We've got a nice big house there and I love the place. Long term though, you're better off working eleswhere though IMO and spending time in CM just enjoying it. We are both still in our 30s and we'd like to settle there permanently around our mid 40s.
IMO it's better to work elsewhere for 5 years and save some money and then relax there and not work for five years... than work 10 years in CM and save nothing. 5 years "on", 5 years "off". It's an easy city to relax in.
I know a few guys who've been there 7 years + and they are still in the same tiny apartment / no savings / visa runs / 25 000 a month.
If you are happy with that though, it's a great place to live
I'd like to refresh the thread 'cause I'm landing in CM soon.
Is the situation GretaSage describes still true today ?
What about the job market right now ? Some say it's all right, some other don't... so ?
tuskers is clossed i believe
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Most of the schools are on holiday until the end of the month so it's probably not the best time to be looking for work.
If you wanna meet other foreigners head to Reggae Alley (yellow bar), or the jazz club near the north gate
"It's better to burn out than to fade away."
Any of you living in CM ?
I think that Great Sage is less than accurate with his salary break down but overall it is true that Chiang Mai does pay really low.
A certified teacher still has the option of working at International schools and some better EP programs. Minimum 30K for EP and 40-50 at the different International schools.
Yes, the universities pay lower than most high schools, but the work load is a lot easier. 2-3 classes a week and some editing work is a lot easier than 15-20 classes/week with 30-50 kids.
However, the real issue as already stated is that it is between semesters and most schools have their teachers. You might find one or two openings for replacements of teachers that didn't work out.
not a great leap of logic to believeing they are closed
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Chiang Mai Bar, Pub & Restaurant - Tuskers Chiang Mai
of course checking for yourself is always a possibility