Perhaps you’re looking to make a change in your life. Maybe you don’t like the path your career has taken you down, or you’re just tired of the day to day routine you’ve found yourself in, or it could be that you’re simply looking for an adventure. Whatever your reason for considering teaching English in a foreign country, it’s an enticing route to take in order to see the world and make money at the same time.
I’ve been living in Thailand for almost five years now and I’d like to share a few reasons why you should pick Thailand over any of the other Southeast Asian countries. If you’re looking to make big money quickly then it’s best you stop reading now, Thailand’s not the best place for that unless you’ve got a lot of experience behind you and are aiming only at the international schools. If that’s not the case, read on.
Freedom to Teach
Having spoken to teachers from many countries and through my own experience of the school system in South Africa; how and what you teach is often very tightly controlled by the standards and expectations laid out by the school system.
In contrast, a lot of schools in Thailand allow you the space to choose your own content and be in control over how to present it to your learners. At first this can be a little overwhelming and you might feel frustrated by the lack of direction. Really though it’s an incredible opportunity to take your passion for teaching to the next level and bring your classrooms and your lessons to life.
Get Back to What You Love
Whatever you’re doing right now, there’s a good chance a lot of your free time is taken up with work. Whether it be extra grading, office work or even dealing with the stress left over from your day job, you’re probably not leaving yourself enough time to focus on the things that really drive you.
Do you want to write a book? Focus on your exercise regime? Flex your artistic side? Teachers in Thailand rarely take their work home and there is ample time to work on your passion projects.
Feed the Adventurer in You
There is so much to see and do in Thailand that you’re unlikely to ever be able to enjoy it all. You’ll likely already be familiar with the postcard beaches, but there is so much more to be seen in the jungles, mountains and national parks that fill the country.
Strap your backpack to your back and set out on your scooter to see all you can in the country around you; or jump on board any of the super affordable public transport options that can take you further on the weekends than your little scooter might allow.
Thailand has something for every kind outdoor enthusiast and the country is perfect for the eager explorer.
Value of Life
While I’ve already mentioned that money shouldn’t be driving factor for moving to Thailand, and that’s certainly true if you’re looking to save, the salaries offered here allow you to live a very comfortable life.
In comparison with the average salary of the country you’re actually doing very well for yourself over here and the cost of living is most likely going to be considerably cheaper than the country you’re coming from. Travel is cheap and plane flights, buses and ferries won’t make too much of a dent in your paycheck.
It’s certainly going to be tough to take money out of Thailand and start up somewhere else, but while you’re here money will hardly ever stand in the way of you living the kind of life you want to live.
Thailand is a beautiful country filled with beautiful people and a rich and fascinating culture. If you’re looking for freedom, a chance to expand and explore your teaching skills and the opportunity to put energy back into yourself then Thailand is an easy choice for you.
Feel free to ask any questions you might have in the comments and we’ll be happy to chat more about it.