Sorry if my comments upset you The medical discharge explains all. I wish you well in Thailand Its unlikely we will ever meet but if we should ever have the chance to share a cold can or two and maybe chat about matters military
TEFL or CELTA or no such thing is secondary.
There are obstacles and due to you not having a degree, you would be flying under the radar anyhow.
I cannot comment on these programs, except to say that I got a job and never looked back.
Last edited by Chris88; 31st July 2012 at 08:29.
thanks for all the replies. im not going back to england when i have work atm being a diving instructor and working as security in a night club. i don't see why getting a degree would help apart from with work visa. not to interested in that. I'v heard that the TEFl and/or CEFL courses are all i need to get job infact some people dont even have that. The only problem i have is iv never worked in a school just run youth groups ect and gadet groups
How do you feel about leaving Koh Tao? It's a beautiful place but probably impossible to teach there. I've been a few times this year and did my open water license there. Hope to go back soon and get my advanced certificate.
You don't need a TEFL to find work and many would have done fine without one but it'll look good on your CV and will give you a bit more confidence when you start. The CELTA is the most internationally recognised TEFL and definitely worth the extra cost if you think there's a chance you'll want to teach in other countries... A job in Spain or China may not recognise a TEFL from a smaller Thai school but you know they'll recognise the CELTA.
I'm in a similar position to you, I wasn't MD'd but left after 10 years and was awarded a war pension for injuries sustained whilst on op tour with 42 as an Interpreter. I'm looking to leave the UK early next year and do some travelling and hopefully settle over there somewhere. Would be interested to know how much your pension is so I can make a judgement call on whether mine will be enough, if you're willing to disclose this of course then please DM me. Obviously financial matters are very personal so understand if you don't want to disclose this.
would be good to keep in touch either way and maybe have a wet or 2 when I finally get out there!!
If you move to a tourist spot or add a girl to the mix then double or even quadruple that number.
Rent for a house 3000-5000 thb.
Utilities (electric, gas, internet, cableTV) 3000-5000 thb.
Food 3000-10,000 thb.
Entertainment (3000 - 30,000+). Double that if you add some girls to the mix.
A family of 3 (wife is not Thai) - we usually spend about 20,000 thb/month and lack for nothing but we cook at home, don't drink and don't live in BKK, Pattaya or a tourist destination.
I teach primary levels at a k-12 and she is a stay home mom.
Hi Chris, i've worked as a scuba instructor and ESL teacher. Given your pension and location, I'd stick to diving. Your visa situation isn't going to get any better moving from one job to the other, in fact it's possible for you to get a work permit as a scuba instructor. I guess what would help to know is why you wish to relocate to BKK from Koh Tao.
ok first walshy sounds good mate email me on firstname.lastname@example.org an il answer everything i know. Alot of people are taking about visas but this isnt a probem theres ways round that so that isnt off any concern to me. I know i dont NEED the TEFL course but as you said i would feel alot more conifdent in the classroom knowing exactly what standards i should be teaching when i first start out. I have no intention of staying in koh tao i plan on moving to bangkok. or pattaya. Anybody recommend a good place in thailand for doing the TEFL and/or CEFL course. How much should i be aiming for a starting wage....some people are saying start at 40 and after a year it will go up....anybody with any other experience from that?