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Thailand has a rich history and the Buddhist values that underpin the culture are fascinating to me. I have several friends who travelled here before and I’d heard fantastic things about the people and the food! After some thought, I settled on living and teaching in Bangkok. There’s a huge expat community here so it was comforting to know I’d be moving to a place that felt a little like home while still being able to experience genuine Thai culture.

About the Author: Naomi Howell is teaching English in Thailand with BFITS. 

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Living and Teaching in Bangkok

I think the transition of moving away from your home country is always going to be a little daunting. The hardest part for me was the first few weeks after I arrived because I spent a lot of time by myself trying to get to know the city. Once I had found my feet and made my friends, everything started to fall into place.

I live very comfortably on a teacher’s salary. My rent and bills takes out about a quarter of my paycheque, and food isn’t expensive if you’re sensible about where you buy it – street food is absolutely everywhere, it’s delicious and is super cheap!

The Greatest Lessons Learned

Confidence is key – to holding the attention of the class, to getting on with management and co-workers, and to making the most of the experience. If you’re thinking about teaching abroad, do it. It’s easy to find reasons not to follow through if you deliberate for too long. Even if you’re new to teaching, don’t doubt your potential. Go for it!

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Teaching with BFITS

BFITS was the only school to offer me a science position, rather than and English position. It sounded interesting to me and I was excited to put my MSc to use! I’d never taught before, so I guess my biggest concern was my performance as a teacher. BFITS’ training was excellent and I felt as prepared as I could be going into my first class back in May.

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Teaching English in Thailand with BFITSImmersing myself in the Thai culture has been such a joy. I am living in Thailand to see and to learn about other parts of the world while sharing what I know and making good use of my language skills and education. I chose Bangkok because of its affordability, diverse mix of people, and world-renowned reputation for being one of the friendliest cultures in the world.

About the Author: Dorian Galindo is teaching English in Thailand with BFITS. 

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Learning from the Culture

The main challenge I have had to face here is the different style of communication that makes work and general communication sometimes difficult. Thai people do not like confrontation and do not emphasize direct communication, so many problems that can be solved with simple two-way communication can remain unresolved or eventually become a much larger problem.  If you are patient and maintain a tolerant and positive attitude, these situations can resolve themselves easily. 

As a way of managing conflict I would also recommend keeping an open mind. While teaching abroad is fun, it takes a lot of getting used to. Remember that it is equally important to take care of yourself, so be fair to yourself and give any opportunity a fair chance for you to enjoy it!

How to Adapt My TESOL Course Into Context

My TESOL course taught me many valuable strategies about organizing and engagement. Now that I am in a real teaching context, I have had to learn how to adapt these strategies to the timing of my class and to a variety of age groups and personalities I am teaching. A TESOL course can teach you about the variety of contexts one might teach in and how to plan a lesson for a variety of different learners. 

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Why BFITS?

I chose to teach with BFITS because it is unlike many of the English language schools in Thailand. The school’s programs  and management both have an excellent reputation. In addition, I was attracted to the unique program for which I was offered a position. Finally, the school offered me a position that was in close proximity to where I live.

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I think there’s something rewarding about making the choice to live in a different country that unites people from diverse backgrounds and creates a basis for strong relationships.

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