Saturday, 30 May 2009

Classroom esl teaching strategies in Thailand (part2) Fun!

In Thailand there tends to be a culture of fun especially where education and learning are concerned. The Thai word for fun is(sanuk) and it's ingrained in their culture and society.

Now how is this going to affect you as an esl teacher? Well it's going to affect you greatly especially in the classroom. You see for Thais everything has to have the sanuk element in it or it's simply not worth doing. This is something you'd better get used to and quickly if you intend to teach in this country for any length of time.

What not to do in the classroom

A lot of new and inexperienced teachers that come to Thailand simply turn up with a book under their arms and walk in the classroom and just teach from the book. This style is called chalk and talk. This is definitely a no no for teaching in Thailand!

If you decide to teach using this method your students will get bored and tire of you in no time at all. Then you'll start to have discipline problems with your students who will simply get restless and tired. This in turn will lead to you getting poor feedback and in the end you'll be given your cards!

How to create sanuk in the classroom

This is the rather easy part, your lessons have to be fun and entertaining, with lots of games and activities. The games and activities you use should really reflect and be connected with the topic of that particular lesson that you've been teaching.

For instance if you've been teaching a class about fruits, then to add the sanuk element you could get some fruit and veg flash cards and have a two team game, to reinforce the language you've already taught.

After that for a follow up you could take the flash cards draw a tic tac toe grid on the board and stick the flash cards in the spaces. Then have a game of two teams tic tac toe, where as the students put x's or o's in the grid if they get the names right. easy!

So remember your lessons have to be fun, easy going, lively with plenty of games activities and plenty of variety. If you stick to this simple plan then you shouldn't go far wrong.

Here's a link to some more classroom games and activities that you might find helpful.

Monday, 25 May 2009

Find an English teaching job easily in Thailand

You've just gotten off of the plane at Suvanbphumi airoprt in Bangkok. You've arranged your guesthouse accomodation and you're looking forward to that new life in Thailand!

Everything seems rather peachy and you're shaking with excitement. The heat hits you as you walk out to hail a cab. Then as the journey progresses you see an amazing array of street life that litters the sidewalks and sois of this awsome city. It's just too exotic for words and from here it's just one big happy adventure!

Yes, this is how asia can grab you on your first trip! It does it to us all and nothing can top that first time, believe me it's hard to put it into words, it's just a feeling!

A few common mistakes a lot of wanabee English teachers make in this part of the world are as follows...

1.They come over without really knowing how they're going to land a job!

2.They don't get down to finding a job straight away. Instead they party and waste their money. Then they wonder why they're broke!

3.They get hooked up with the wrong types!

Your first priorities should run along the lines of... Arrive...get somwhere to stay... find job....then find a permanent apartment in which to live!

After that you can party a little if you wish.

It can be a little confusing knowing the best route in which to get a job here, if you're a newbie. So help is on hand with my quick top list of language schools who are always looking to hire teachers. Taking a short tefl course will also boost your employment prospects no end and make getting a job a lot simpler with most major schools over here.

Get qualified to teach English abroad. TEFL courses from £55 - £325.

ECC Thailand
A large private language school with many branches in and around Bangkok also upcountry too.
ECC (Thailand) Big C Rajdamri
5th Floor, 97/11 Rajdamri Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330 Thailand
Tel: +66 (2) 253 3312
Fax: + 66 (2) 252 8570
Email: (job enquiries only)

Siam computer language institute
Another large school similar to the ecc. Pretty decent people to work for. Major schools over here.
Tel. (66) 0-2247-2345 ext. 200, 204, 364
Fax. (66) 0-2644-6974; (66) 0-2644-6977
E-mail : or

ELT communications or E+ as they;re known
At one time a large school with many contracts. Now few school contracts but still have language centers throughout the capital.

ELT Communication Group
47/19 ELT Building,
Ngam Wong Wan Road,
Lat Yao,
Chatu Chak,
Bangkok 10900,
By telephone on: 02-941-3787/8
International callers dial: +66-2941 3787/8
By Fax on: 02-941-3786
International callers dial: +66-2941 3786
By Email:

Well there you go, a nice little starter for your job hunting. And good luck!

A guide to Thailand's beach resorts

Thailand is the Far East’s premier beach destination for UK holidaymakers, with resorts ranging from the brash and breezy to romantic hideaways. Howard Carr outlines the resorts’ attractions and suggests which would suit what type of customer


A one-hour flight from Bangkok, Phuket is a large island rather than just one resort. Its mixture of busy beaches and secluded bays makes it one of the most popular destinations in Thailand, with something for most types of holidaymaker.

The main holiday playground is lively Patong, with plenty of shops, night markets, bars and clubs.

There are lots of more relaxed options along the sandy bays of Phuket’s west coast, with accommodation ranging from budget to upmarket brands such as Banyan Tree.

Elephant treks, canoeing in spectacular Phang Nga Bay and boat trips to tiny islands are among a wide variety of sightseeing excursions.

Phuket Town is also worth visiting for its temples and Chinese heritage.

“Phuket attracts all types of clients from backpackers to millionaires,” says Travel 2 Far East product manager Kerry Towers.

“It can be great value for money, especially between May and October when many hotels have special offers.”

Ko Samui

Thailand’s third-largest island is about two-thirds the size of the Isle of Wight.

Its position on southern Thailand’s east coast means its climate differs to west coast resorts such as Phuket.

The rainy season is from October to January, as opposed to May to November on the other coast.

Hotel development on Ko Samui has been heavy over the past few years, particularly since the 2004 tsunami when many holidaymakers switched to the east coast from resorts damaged in the disaster.

The main beaches of Chaweng and Lamai are within easy reach of the island’s airport. Lined by luxury hotels, they can get quite crowded in the peak season.

Beaches on the south and west coasts are more remote and therefore quieter.

Away from the beaches, Ko Samui’s beautiful scenery is one of its great attractions. Highlights include lush mountain jungle, waterfalls, coconut plantations and traditional villages.

“Ko Samui is for those who prefer to stay in a smaller hotel on an island which still has a paradise feel,” says David Carlaw, Premier Holidays’ head of Faraway product.

Flight time to Ko Samui from Bangkok is one hour 20 minutes.

Hua Hin/Cha-Am

About a three-hour drive from Bangkok, Hua Hin is the oldest beach resort in Thailand. It is home to the Thai royal family’s summer palace.

Hua Hin has a good range of beachfront hotels, shops and restaurants but its royal connections help to give it a more relaxed and genteel atmosphere than other resorts such as Phuket.

Neighbouring Cha-Am is even quieter, with a more restricted range of shopping and nightlife.

Facilities in the Hua Hin area include golf and watersports, while popular excursions take in ancient palaces and temples, hill tribes, the River Kwai and Thailand’s biggest national park, Kaeng Krachan.

“Hua Hin appeals to those who are more price-driven and looking for an easy beach extension from Bangkok without extra air travel,” says David Kevan, Western & Oriental group head of product.


The southern Thai province of Krabi is about a one-hour flight from Bangkok and a 2.5-hour drive from Phuket.

It is renowned for its beautiful beaches backed by dramatic limestone cliffs and caves, and for scores of tiny islands including Phi Phi, a location for films including The Beach and The Man with the Golden Gun.

Krabi’s main tourist centre is Ao Nang, which offers a wide selection of hotels, restaurants and shops but retains much of the atmosphere of a secluded hideaway.

Clients wanting a choice of nightlife on their doorstep should opt for hotels in Ao Nang itself, while those seeking greater tranquillity should consider the many options nearby on Phang Nga Bay.

Boat trips offer the chance to explore Krabi’s secluded coves and islands. Other popular activities include scuba diving, snorkelling, kayaking, rock-climbing and jungle treks.

Jetset product manager Jonathan Ditte recommends Krabi for couples and honeymooners. “It offers an authentic taste of Thailand. It’s the place to relax and do very little,” he says.

Khao Lak

Fifty miles north of Phuket airport, Khao Lak (right) is one of Thailand’s “hideaway” resorts.

It attracts a cross-section of visitors, from backpackers to well-heeled tourists, looking for somewhere away from the bright lights.

Before the 2004 tsunami, it was one of the fastest-growing destinations in Thailand. Most of the damage has been repaired but the setback to hotel development means Khao Lak still resembles the uncommercial Phuket of decades ago.

The coastline features beautiful white-sand beaches among cliffs and lush hillsides covered with palm and rubber plantations.

“Khao Lak is a fantastic destination if you want to get away from everything,” says Jetset’s Jonathan Ditte. “It is more suited to the adventurous client as it is off the beaten track to a certain extent.”

For up-to-date travel information and advice on Thailand, visit the FCO’s Know Before you Go campaign.

By Howard Carr

Backpacking Thailand guides


One thing that I really missed whilst I was living and working in Thailand, was the lack of time I had for travelling!

Yes, having to go to work 5 days a week and not really having much time to myself meant that I really didn't have much of a chance to visit Thailands many many other provinces. I was kinda stuck in Nonthaburi. Now if you know that particular province you'll also know it aint no jewl in Thailands crown!

Still I had the odd trip to Phuket and kanchanaburi on the rare occasions that we'd have a long weekend due to some public holiday/celebrations, musn't complain.

However this was all a far cry from when I used to come every year to Thailand on vacation. I'd have two months free each year. You see I worked a 10 month contract and the I had two months free. So I'd use the opportunity I had to travel Thailand. Boy I used to love those times.

I'd arrive in Bangkok stay a few days there and then hop on a bus or train with my guide book and head off into the great wide wilderness. I hit so many provinces and sometimes I'd venture into places like Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.

What made it easier for me was that I'd always carry a decent guide book. The guide book was very good source of travel information because it contained detailed maps of the country, the main roads and the b roads. I could then plan my bus routes quite easily. But also not forgetting the wealth of other information, hotels, guest houses, transport, food, restaurants, warnings etc.

Back in those days you'd normally carry a couple of books around with you. The thing was that they'd be quite heavy in your pack and that was a nusiance. Nowadays you can pick up...


for a fraction of the cost of a traditional guide book and in pdf format. So you can simply view them on a portable device, on the go! Oh how I love technology!!!

The traveller / backpacker now has it so much easier!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

English language classroom teaching strategies for new teachers

Many newcomers to teaching become a little overwhelmed when they suddenly find themselves thrust into a classroom for the first time, with 50 or more kids to teach!

Yes, it's true many teacher training programs fail to mention this when you're taking their courses. Depending on where you work and who you work for, your classes could be anything from 20 up to a whopping 60 kids!

I myself have had experience of both ends of the scale and I can tell you right now, I prefer the 20 odd end of it!

Well such is life and such is teaching! Think of it this way, if you can handle 50 to 60 kids then less is a should be a walk in the park for you. It will over time actually make you a stronger teacher and you'll gain more experience and pick up more classroom techniques and skills.

Getting back to our new teacher who might find himself/herself thrown in at the deep end without any kind of support.

What can we do? What's the best plan of attack here? What's the magic solution? Well 90% could be planning! Yes, being prepared for a lesson, it's that simple! Failing to plan = planning to fail!

Imagine for one second, It's your first day... you haven't got any teaching plans / ideas... what do you think the outcome will be? Well no prizes for guessing that things could turn out not quite so rosy for you!

Seems rather simple doesn't it? You'd be surprised how many teachers show up without a plan. Ask them what they're going to do and you might receive an answer like oh, the school will provide me with my materials! Oh, I'm just going to wing it!

You can't rely on the school providing you with everything, especially here in Thailand that is a huge mistake to make! As for winging it, you might get away with it for a while, but in the end you'll fall flat on your ass!

Simple and easy way to look at the lessons.....

Lessons are normally 50 mins to 1 hour.

I divide my lessons up into segments of 20 mins. 20-40-60!

First segment 20 minutes
= book work, pronunciation, speaking, vocabulary learning/building.

Second segment 20 minutes = two teams class game/activity based upon what has been practiced and learned in the first part of the lesson.

Third segment 20 minutes
= English interactive dvds, my favourite ones have to be the walt disney magic English cartoon series.

These are especially liked by the younger kids and are excellent because the kids love to watch cartoons and this helps them to associate fun with English, which can't be a bad thing, especially in language acquisition!

Remember 20...40...60 or 1...2...3 easy!

Friday, 22 May 2009

school classroom management techniques for teaching esl

Today we're going to take a brief look at how to create a better atmosphere for learning in your classroom. We're going to be using one very simple technique which I myself have created and used to great success in the classroom with a few of the... how shall we say, less enthusiastic students.

It's a very simple and straightforward technique that anyone can use and it has a marvelous affect upon the students, not only making them feel better and more confident within themselves, but also helping them to actually want to take part in the lesson.

Okay, in every classroom we have the good students(the ones that are good at English and like to learn and take part) and we also have the not so good one(the ones that sit and talk and don't know much)

Why has the situation come about? Well there are many reasons for it, too many to go into in this short post. However we'll just quickly skim through a couple here.

Firstly, many students find English a rather difficult language to get a foot hold in. They have limited opportunities to actually interact and use the language with native speakers in everyday situations. This does not in itself help the progress of the students. At the end of the day most of them will actually see learning English as a boring waste of time. Coupled with the fact that they have now fallen so far behind with learning it, and basically can't understand a word the teacher is saying. This further acts to discourage the student or students. In the end they just say.... bugger this, and chat away with their friends.

When this scenario happens, you might find that your classroom gets noisy and you begin to suffer from discipline problems.

What can we do? Well, first off identify the problem students. Bring the problem students to the front of the class and sit them individually next to some of the better students, if they both have nothing in common that's all the better, less for them to chat about.

Please note, that you could inadvertently sit a couple of enemies together, but you'll soon find out about this if you do and then you can then take the appropriate action to remedy the situation!

Don't make the lesson too hard, and focus your attention upon the troublsome students and make them do some of the work, like reading from dummy cards, copying you when you speak. Writing a few simple things down. The point here is to bring attention to these students and help them. Don't expect them to recite a novel or hold a conversation with you on global warming or anything silly like that!

Make it easy for them! Make them use the target language. Then just before the lesson is about to finish bring out the students to the front of the class. Make sure the rest of the class are silent when you do this. Then tell everybody in the class...

These students have worked hard today!

These students have spoken English very well today! I

'am proud of these students because they have worked hard and tried very hard!

Then start clapping, and encourage the rest of the class to join in. This not only makes the students in question feel great! It also boosts their confidence and makes them feel good. It also creates good feelings about learning the language, and you're far more likely to get them to work and participate more in further lessons. After all I've never met anyone who didn't like to look good in front of their peers! I've never met anyone who didn't like to be praised and applauded!

Just a little word of warning, do not overuse this technique! It works well! However if overused it becomes a bit predictable, and may even start to look and sound a little insincere.

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Classroom icebreaker activities for esl teachers

So it's your first day at that new school! You've got all of your books, teaching materials and lesson plans. You're ready for action, right?

Okay what's niggling you? There's something missing, an essential part of the lesson which you haven't got! Yes, we all know it, it's the icebreaker! Yeah in fact a good icebreaker always makes those first lessons go easy.

If you have a decent icebreaker the rest of the lesson will flow! Well that's what I always used to find anyway. What you need is something that's fun, not to overly complex and something that requires minimal planning. Well here you are...

Write some info about yourself on the board. For example...

John? England? 29? married? Hamburgers? Football? Car?

Now divide the class into two teams.... team a and team b for this example.

Explain to them that they have to make a question and ask you using the information you've just written down on the board.

So the teacher points to.... John? On the board and says in a loud voice John whilst pointing at himself.

The team that creates the correct question first gets 1 point. Example: What's your name? Teacher replies... My name is John.

A very simple and easy icebreaker which not only allows the students to get to know their new teacher but also is fun and a good way to kick off the first day at a new school.

More....... games/activities

Teach English abroad with tefl England

TEFL England

Hundreds of millions of people all over the globe want and need to learn English. The only way they can get real experience of English speakers is if you go out and speak to them. So, if you can speak English then you can be an English teacher. This means that you can travel overseas and find paid teaching work pretty much anywhere around the world.

What are TEFL England courses?

The TEFL England course aims to give you the tools, theory and methodology and more importantly, the confidence to do this.

How you learn is up to you. Some prefer to do this on a classroom-based course over one weekend, others prefer to take on the theory and method with online learning, many though, do both.

We host courses throughout England, so you will be able to find a course date and location to suit you.

Can I take a TEFL course?

Anyone who can speak English is eligible. You don't have to be a professor in English, you don't need experience or qualifications, you just need enthusiasm. In our experience, you don't need to be an out-going performer to teach English in the classroom, you simply need the skills to know what to do when you first step into your first lesson.

How can I find work?

The TEFL England certificate will find you paid teaching work in pretty much any country worldwide, such is the demand for learning English. Some TEFL graduates are teaching English right here in England.

On the course, you'll get lots of help about how to apply for work, and as a TEFL England customer, you'll be entitled to call us anytime for jobs advice.

The most difficult step you need to take is to decide where you want to go!

Live and work abroad. If you can speak English then you can teach it. TEFL England courses to get you teaching abroad.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Making money online and living around the world

Have you ever wondered about life? In particular your own life and where it's going? Life is a really precious gift that's been bestowed upon us, and I think you'll agree when I say this... to waste it is a bit of a sin! Maybe that's an understatement or an overstatement depending upon your own viewpoint.

No, what I'm really getting at here is that most of us live the good old 9-5 grind! Yes, and we tell ourselves oh well that's the way things are! That's just my life! How can things be different! I'll just have to put up with it!

At the back of your mind the frustration is at boiling point! Why? Because your mind is smarter than you think! It knows that there is more to life than a dull job with even duller narrow minded colleagues who live for the soap operas on the t.v.

Your mind is saying hey!!! You can do better, you were meant for more than this! You should be living your dreams! Now the human mind can't hold a negative and a positive at the same time in relation to any one belief! It's either right or wrong.

For example if you do a run of the mill job that you don't like, and live a life you dislike continually. Then you tell yourself oh well this is just normal. However your subconscious mind keeps saying you were meant for greater things, then you have a conflict! Which if left alone for any length of time will simmer away and keep coming back to your attention until something is done about it.

The good thing here is this...







Did you know that a lot of people are living their dream lives abroad whilst only working a couple of hours a day doing it?

Did you know that these people are working from where they live, wherever that be in the world?

Did you know that most of these people pull in anything from 2,000 us dollars a month to 10,000 us dollars. Now 2,000 us dollars goes a long way in countries like Thailand!

Did you know that these people weren't whizz kids or Harvard graduates but yet still were able to make themselves a good living.

Well what's the big secret? You might be used to seeing the word secret plastered over the Internet. Examples of this are.... the secrets of making money on the net, the secrets of getting rich quick blah blah predictably blah!

This is not a get rich quick scheme! There are no mystic secrets with this! There are no over the top fees with this! There are no complicated things to learn with this! All you need to do is follow a few simple instructions and the rest will follow!

Think of it as a nice career change where you are the boss! Think of this as a great way to earn and learn whilst having fun! Think of this as your ticket to freedom and independence from that tyrant boss! Think of this as an education! Think of this as a way to move on in life both spiritually and financially!

This article here will show you how to get started!

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Earn money and travel the globe with tefl

Is the economic gloom getting you down? Has your job hunt not been going well? Or do you simply not trust the weatherman about the promised summer? Answer yes to any of these questions and a Tefl course could be the thing for you.

Teaching English as a foreign language is one of the world's most mobile and in demand skills. A small amount of training really can take you a long way – in fact to almost anywhere in the world.

"I did a Tefl course to have something to do on the side while travelling," says Rob Tesh, who teaches English in Brussels. "You can find work in almost any country, usually very quickly."

George Shiel agrees. As an English language teacher, he has been able to live and work in Hungary, Mexico, Poland, Japan and the Czech Republic. "I've always found it easy to get a job," he says. "I think there'll be an abundance of work no matter what."

Most newly qualified English language teachers scatter across the globe after finishing their course. Language institutes can be found in almost any town or city, and some primary and secondary schools are hungry for native-level speakers. Or you might choose to arrange informal classes as you move from place to place.

"Teaching English is really the only way of getting to live and work somewhere exciting, particularly as a young person. You can do something of value, that people living there can't, and you really are integrated into the life of the place," explains Andrew Small, who taught English for six months in a language academy in Guangzhou, China.

And – without wanting to add to the economic blues – Tefl qualifications are attractively recession-proof. Not only can teaching supplement your income, but it can also provide an alternative as the slowdown hits jobs.

"We've seen a 40 per cent increase in bookings so far this year, compared to 2008," reports Robin Garforth from St Giles International, a company that has trained English language teachers since 1955. "And the profile of our intake has changed – we are seeing more mature students and people from professional backgrounds."

Choosing the right course is the next hurdle. The range of options can be bewildering. But what most people agree on is that you do need that certificate. "The days of going travelling and finding a teaching job just because you're a native speaker are more or less over," says Shiel. "Any half decent school will require a proper qualification."

In Britain, those are the Celta and CertTesol certificates, awarded by Cambridge University and Trinity College London respectively. Full-time Celta and Tesol courses are a commitment, usually four weeks of training with practical classroom experience, and start at £800-£900. "The course is hard work, but it introduces you to important concepts and gives you a head start in the classroom," says Sarah Hampton, who took a Celta course before teaching for a year in Indonesia.

There are accredited course providers across Britain, but you can also study abroad. You won't save a huge amount of money – the flight offsets the cheaper living costs. But, according to Nick McGirl, who trained in Barcelona, learning abroad gives you a great introduction to the country and connections to possible job should you want to work there afterwards.

While many language schools require Celta, Tesol or an equivalent, some shorter courses can act as good tasters if you want to try before you buy. And a week-long course should give you the confidence to teach conversation classes.

One piece of advice resonates: choose overseas postings carefully. Some language schools cover your flights, but only if you fulfil certain conditions. "When I arrived in Indonesia, the school seemed really unprofessional," Hampton explains. "People should check before going whether they can break their contract, if it becomes necessary."

The flexibility of Tefl comes with a snag: it's no get-rich-quick scheme. Salaries abroad are linked to national averages and, while usually enough to live on, do not permit saving.

Should you choose to return to teach in Britain, wages remain low. A full-time teacher with two years' experience might start on £16,000 a year in London. Unless you decide to break into English-language teaching at the academic level or progress into management, Tefl will likely remain a short-term option.

But, short-term or not, few other qualifications give you the opportunity to travel the world, engage with local communities and earn your keep along the way. As Shiel says: "It's often hard work. But with Mayan pyramids just around the corner, it can still feel like you're always on holiday."

By Zoe Flood
The Independent

Friday, 8 May 2009

Work, make money, travel and live anywhere in the world!

Every now and again a nice little gem comes along that catches your attention. For all those people who've ever pondered leaving their dreary 9-5 jobs and doing something different, this is for you.
Would you like to travel the globe and earn a living whilst sat on a lovely beach somewhere enjoying the beautiful vista? Or maybe you just want a rewarding change of career.

Now it's possible!

Working Nomad Ebook

A lot of people are doing it and it's a lot easier than you may think!

This e-book is a step by step, week by week guide to making 5 websites in 20 weeks for the purposes of maintaining an online income.

The features of the e-book...
> Tells you exactly what do on a week by week basis from having nothing to 5 web sites for income.
> I have earned up to USD $10,000 per month from websites and have been working for myself for over 3 years (read the blog for proof!)
> At the end of every week there is a checklist so you know where you should be.
> Links to valuable resources that got me where I am now.
> Written in plain, non-technical standard English.
> Highlights the mistakes I made and how to avoid them.
> Suitable for the absolute novice to get started in website making. No web design knowledge needed!
> Also suitable for the website publisher who already has sites as there is useful information on marketing, improving your site and most importantly getting more visitors!

Pick up your copy of the ebook here, before they all go!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Volunteer positions, summer jobs, gap year employment, jobs galore in Thailand!

Taking it easy down at the beach is one way of spending your school / college break. However if that's not for you why not help the residents of Sakon Nakhon province in Thailand. With indigo design, or why not teach English in Ayuthaya province? Or even design landscapes for community based tourism? Sound interesting? Then read on!

You can do all of these through a new Tourism Authority of Thailand programme called Voluntourism. This scheme is aimed at students and travellers alike.

Voluntourism, a new type of tourism, is becoming popular with young Westerners keen to who leave their homes behind and spend the summers working with local communities or nonprofit organisations. Volunteer jobs vary from building children's playgrounds to observing sea turtles.

Instead of hanging out at tourist attractions , travellers join work camps and help the locals in their own communities.

There are going to be four camps held in the northeast of Thailand, central Thailand, in the next school holidays, paving the way for this new travel trend.

In the northeastern provinces residents of Baan Tham Tao village offer volunteers work on indigo farms and in clothing design.

If you're not up to the design side, no worries there is still plenty of work to be had on the farms around the village and surrounding areas.

In Ayuthaya province volunteers can teach English and undertake landscape design. They will be warmly welcomed by the very friendly locals here.

So if you've ever wanted to travel abroad gain experience whilst helping the local community then this programme will be right up your street!

Hurry because the first working camps at Sakon Nakhon and Ayuthaya will be held next month with two more camps being organised in Chumphon and Uthai Thani in October.

More info from the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Check out there web site for further details.

Other teaching positions in Thailand here.

Thailand's tourism likely to suffer a 35% drop in revenue!

Thailand's tourism industry likely to suffer 35% revenue drop
By Channel NewsAsia's IndoChina Correspondent Anasuya Sanyal | Posted: 06 May 2009 0015 hrs

BANGKOK: Thailand's tourism industry could suffer a revenue drop of 35 per cent this year due to prolonged political instability and the global economic crisis, according to analysts.

Growing fears about influenza A (H1N1) flu pandemic are not helping with the situation either, even though travel industry experts are confident that Asia is well prepared to handle a potential health crisis.

Dale Lawrence, director of Corporate Communications, Pacific Asia Travel Association, said: "It's potentially another kick in the teeth for tourism, but it isn't yet... In the Asia Pacific region, we are very experienced in dealing with it, in the wake of the SARS crisis of 2003. Lessons have been learned."

But aside from the H1N1 issue, last year's closure of Bangkok's airports and continued protests at the Government House have dampened travellers' confidence in Thailand as a safe tourist destination.

That is why the Abhisit government is making tourism a top priority for the country. Tourism accounts for 5 per cent of the GDP and employs up to 7 per cent of the total workforce.

An estimated 200,000 jobs could be lost in the sector this year. The government is hoping that incentives such as reducing visa fees and flight landing charges will entice visitors.

It is also extending assistance to travel businesses with the aim of stopping redundancies.

Deputy Prime Minister Kobsak Sabhavasu said: "We talked to the business people, especially in tourism - 'Please do not lay them off and we would help shoulder some of the courses for you to retrain your people at their workplace'. You work five days; you train for two days. We pay for that. We even pay for the trainer."

But critics of this plan said it is not feasible in the long term as the government may have to borrow money to stay afloat.

It is estimated that Thailand may only receive around 11 million visitors this year – 3 million less than last year.

- CNA/so

Saturday, 2 May 2009

How to land a job in the Thai esl business and teach English in roughly 3 days!

How to land a job in the esl business and teach English in roughly 3 days!

This is a very brief guide to finding yourself an English language teaching job in the esl/tefl industry in Thailand. If you follow these easy laid out steps it should be possible for most half decently qualified individuals to land them selves employment within the private language school industry / sector in Thailand.

Before you depart your home country.

A week or so before you leave home, email the major language schools and tell them that you are interested in working for them. Make sure you sell yourself and enclose a copy of your c.v. Tell them when you intend to arrive in Thailand and what your qualifications are. Tefl, celta, degree, diploma etc.

Now most people will say that emailing the schools before you arrive is normally a waste of time! This is not completely true! Although many companies do receive a lot of mail from prospective teachers abroad, who in turn never show up. So they might take your email with a pinch of salt. But don't be put off!

What we want to do here is really to introduce ourselves and plant the idea in their heads that we will be around. Also make sure you show up when you say you are going to. This will also show them that you are a man/woman of your word. You are reliable, and this is a very good and highly sought after trait in the esl teaching game over here.

Make copies of your certificates, diplomas and degrees. Never hand over your original documents unless you are really pushed for them. This should only be when you have to submit the original copy of your degree in order to obtain your work permit!

Go out and buy a decent pair of trousers, a shirt and a tie. Make sure you buy them in your own country. A number of reasons for this. You can buy all you want in Bangkok, however when you arrive, you really don't want to be wasting your time running around town looking for decent threads. It's tiring and your time should be spent looking for employment / job.

Make sure you know the locations of the private language schools you've already emailed.
Go onto the net, get their addresses, in Thai as well if you can. Find their websites and print off any location maps they may have. Some companies will have their location and a map on their web sites. This will come in very handy when you're in the taxi and trying to explain where you want to go.

Next thing get on the plane and come over here.

Day 1 arrive in Bangkok and proceed straight to your hotel. Now get some good quality rest and sleep. You need to get over your long flight and no booze!

Day 2. Wake up. Go to the nearest internet cafe and check your email, just in case you have any other correspondence from any of the companies you emailed.

Go out and buy a cheap mobile phone with a Thai sim card. You'll need this in order for employers to more easily contact you. I can't tell you how important it is to have a mobile here.

Next get all your qualifications together, put your best rags on and hail a cab. Make sure you have plenty of small notes / change for the taxi drivers.

Make sure also that you have a list of maybe 5 or six companies that you are going to visit. If you don't know any private language companies in Bangkok then check here for details...

A little tip here, make sure you go to the companies head office! Why? Well a lot of private language schools in Bangkok have many franchise branches scattered throughout the city.

If for example you show up at a small franchise branch, the manager may not be able to help you. So you might find yourself redirected back to their head office. This is a waste of your time and money!

Now go in and introduce yourself as a prospective teacher. If the branch manager is in you should be able to get an interview, if he's not then you'll probably be told to come back later. This time could be spent by visiting the other schools on your list.

Don't worry about just walking in and introducing yourself, most of the larger chain schools are always on the look out for new teachers.

One of the best times to get yourself signed would be around March-very early-May and September. These periods are the school breaks. In these periods language schools are usually looking to recruit teachers for the following semester, for reasons such as new school contracts and teachers leaving etc.

Now you might just find yourself being offered a job at the interview if all goes well, so don't be too surprised if this happens. From here it''s up to you how you play it. You could tell them that you'll think their offer over and then proceed on to the next school to see if you can get a better deal. It really depends on you and how much you need the job! Or accept the offer whilst still on the lookout for something better to come along. It's really down to you at this stage of the game.

What I will say is this... take the job because you're always in a better position to find another job, when you already have one.

Day 3 Wait for the replies to come back and phone calls. If you haven't already been hired.

While your waiting go and get a cold one in, you've earned it!