Hi My name is Woody and im new to this site.
I'm 28 years old and im from Reading in the UK. Although im still pretty young i have spent quite some time in Thailand, Around 3 years Altogether. Im back in the UK now but my next trip to LOS i want to be oneway. I have booked myself on the TEFL coarse with Tefl international in November down in Ban Phe and i'm very serious about teaching. The one thing that goes against me though, and it is a pretty big obstacle is that i don't posses a degree!!
Through talking to people on my travels and by Reading through the topics on this site and others i've heard mixed views on how difficult it is to find work without a BA education. But i'm confident i will find some work.
I'm not looking for a career change, more of a lifestyle change and i'm quite happy to live hand to mouth as they say. I have become quite competent at speaking Thai and i'm learning everyday through the Internet, Audiotapes, Book etc. I'm not that helps where looking for work though.
I know i sound like i'm selling myself, and i guess i am.
Anyways i'll leave it there for now. Good to meet you all.
PS: You guys are so much more friendly than them folks over on Thaivisa
Chok Dee Khrap
Oh my, for a first post, what a disaster...
But seriously though, welcome Woody, some of our wickedest posters have come from Reading...
Take me down to the paranormal city where the girls are green and they have three titties...
Oh, won't you please take me home?
It was a little overboard. i got a bit nervous.
Mai bpen rai.
Thewill sort you out...TEFL coarse with Tefl international
How's the weather over there? It's 40 degrees at midnight and raining here. Luvverley...
I'm new also, and am planning to come over in November. Looks like we have something in common.
Which Woody are you?
We could all sit outside on banana lounges discussing the best way to rebuild a 4WD transmission and agree, through shared stories of conquests supporting our assertions, that there is no basis to the proposition that those least assured of their persuasions are the first to condemn others for theirs.
OMG.... she so pretty.... I looove that woman.
pleased to meet you TOgirl i see you are heading to Chiang Mai. Its only my opinion but Chang Mai is my favourtie city in thailand. Although it is a big busy place it hasnt had much in the way of High rise development and has more of a Town feeling than the 2nd city of Thailand. After ive finished my TEFL coarse i'll be heading straight back there
All of them rolled into a Skinny, slightly pasty Brit.
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Be an oak not a willow then mate.
What about this Woody? Very cool dude.
Or this Woody - from 'This is England' . Skinhead with a heart of gold. Aw!
. Or - God forbid - this Woody. (Please no!) Shang-a-friggin-Lang.
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There is also Wood Guthrie but I think he is probably dead by now.
My only suggestion is that you have enough money saved somewhere to buy a ticket back home. You might find work but you might not be able to save enough to get back home. Have an exit plan taken care of. Without a degree it is hard to find reliable work here.
How is Chiang Mai, Thailand's second city? It is the second largest province in area only , but it is not the second largest by population, that honor goes to Korat I believe.
Though I live in Chiang Mai and love it for quality of life, I would not recommend it as a place to come teach. There are very few good places to work and the pay is so substandard. Even Chiang rai pays better than here. Comfortable life if you like it but the job market is flooded. There is one school here that still pays part timers less than 200 an hour.
I remember when I first arrived to do my TEFL. I was expecting to be teaching English, I've taught everything but since I've been working. Try and bag a P.E. teaching job, it really is piss easy!
Hope it all goes well for you mate. I went back to the UK in March for 2 weeks and was glad to be coming back to Thailand!!!