Hi all, I'm new to the forum. After doing several months of research, I would love to get some advice on my plans to move to Thailand. Firstly, a little about myself and my plans...I am a 27 year old American woman, and I am graduating from a university here next May with a Bachelors degree in English. I would like to move to Thailand for about 9months-1 year, possibly more. I have decided that teaching English would probably be the most plausible way of staying in Thailand, considering my degree. Plus, I would really enjoy the experience.
So, a few things have come to mind in developing this plan that I am having a hard time figuring out completely. First, what time of year should I move to Thailand? I have read that it is best to set up the job while you're already in Thailand, and that May and November are hiring times. I wouldn't be graduating until mid-May so I assume I'll have to go with the November hiring season? Should I move there some time in advance of the hiring season? What is the best way of going about choosing a place to live? I have looked into each region, and I know I don't want to be in a city like Bangkok, however I would like an area where I can bicycle/walk to eating places, a market, etc. Also, another issue that I'm trying to figure out is how difficult it would be for my fiance' to come with me to Thailand. He would not be working since he does not hold a Bachelors degree. However, I have read that he can get a visa by studying at a Thai university or by doing border-crossings. What are your opinions on these scenarios? I would appreciate any other input you may have, as this is a big undertaking and the more I understand about it all, the better. Thanks all!
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From doing a budget, I have determined that by me working and bringing savings we have, he will not need to work for us to make it financially. Really we just need to find a way for him to be allowed to stay with me. It seems that getting a double-entry visa and doing runs/extensions will be our only chance. I'm just afraid that I'll be in the middle of a teaching contract and he will be forced to leave.
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lostdoll, have you or your fiance ever been to Thailand? I'm just asking because I am really hoping that you know what you are getting yourselves into. I don't know your financial situation, but you are going to have just graduated when you come over, and I'm only assuming that you won't have a lot of savings as you were presumably not working full time while in school and probably have debt from going to school. And I have no idea about your fiance. Maybe he is the heir to a multi- billion dollar oil tycoon and never needed to work or get an education. If that's the case, yes, he would not need to work. Otherwise, one teaching salary is not going to support two people, especially one that will eventually be spending money to keep himself busy while not working.
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What is your top priority? Living in Thailand? Or getting a teaching job? If it's teaching, you might want to get your first experience closer to home. Best of luck!
These are all very helpful thoughts, thank you! Like I said, I've done a lot of reading but this has been more eye-opening than anything I've read through before. I appreciate all your input! Regarding the finances, it seems that I was mistaken that we'd both be able to live off of my income as a teacher. Coupled with the visa issues, do you guys think I should look into teaching somewhere else? My main goal in all of this is that I want to experience living in another country (preferably of Buddhist culture) and to teach English. I would also really prefer that my fiance' come with me. Is there somewhere else that has less visa restrictions that we could afford living in on one teacher salary? Or a place where he could find a little work without a degree?
Have either of you been outside of the US?
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Cream, we have both been to Mexico and the Caribbean area, but other than that--no. I do understand the drastic differences in living in another country, and this is what we're looking for.
zeusbheld, yes, I mean teaching English there. I do not have a TEFL certificate, but I will hold a Bachelors degree in English. My fiance's background is in retail, really. He has managed a fish & reptile store for 10 years, so most all of his knowledge is going to be in management or dealing with saltwater fish/aquarium maintenance.
so your'e looking at about 30 k a month? learn to love instant noodles. retail's a bit tough for foreigners and may even be on the gov's no-go list. maybe he should some sort of junior management position with a manufacturing firm, i think the degree thing only applies to teachers.
You should work there and save up some money first. I have always felt it is not hard at all in the US to get a job for 6 months to a year, get a cheap cheap place (maybe even stay with folks), and save all your income (or almost all). I mean that would be a bundle here, then you wont have to worry so much if you are working.
I would look into other countries, see how they hit you. South America is beautiful and some countries very cheap with much better climate. In short, save some funds or look into another country is my advice
Assume you stay living with your parents and make $10/hr after tax. This is not impossible. Work 40 hours a week. That's $20,800 in a year, or $1733 per month.
Spend $433/mo. on food/entertainment, leaving $1300 in savings monthly. After a year, you will have $15,600. That's enough to invest and get $100/mo. in passive income at least. That's over 3000 baht, so it's like getting 10% extra income doing nothing.
Alternatively, leave it alone and let it grow on its own. You're 27--retire at 65. You'll have $290k saved if you earned 8% interest, which is a pretty unspectacular return on investments. That's without adding a dime in savings.