Why the change of plans? What’s next?

by Poi on April 12, 2011

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I think it was roughly around 7 minutes into this trip we decided we wanted it to last for as long as possible and our opinions have not changed nearly 8 months in.

Some months we’ve been spending FAR too much but others we’ve been able to save so overall we are happy with how things have worked out with the dosh. About a month ago we had to decide how we were going to continue forward, we have enough money to continue travelling for a good few months but then it would be up, that would be it.

Waterfall near Luang Prabang Laos

Needless to say we didn’t want that to happen, so rather than watch the bank balance go down to the last penny we thought it would be better to top it up and then start all over again. The easiest way to do this in South East Asia is to teach. We had been preparing for this for a while, whilst living in Chiang Mai for three months, Kirsty completed an online TEFL course. We chose an online course mainly because we didn’t know when or if she would teach so it seemed a better option than the far more expensive CELTA course.

After leaving Laos, Kirsty began applying for jobs in Bangkok. Up until this point the only thing we had seen of Bangkok was the airport but if we were going to be staying put for a year we needed somewhere that could keep us busy and entertained for that long and with a lot of teaching jobs going, it seemed the perfect place.

The only problem being, we were in Cambodia and believe it or not schools like to meet their teachers before letting them loose with their kids. Kirsty had some good responses from schools and it was clear many were looking to get teachers sorted out as soon as possible.

This put us in a tricky situation, we had just paid $56 for our Cambodian visa and only been in the country a week and of course there was so much more we wanted to see.

After much thought we decided we would only regret it if we missed an opportunity to get Kirsty a decent job, we weren’t going to rush straight to Bangkok as none of the interviews had been confirmed but we thought it best if we at least be in Phnom Penh where should something come up, we could easily fly across to Bangkok.

So after 5 nights in Ban Lung we were on our way to Phnom Penh unfortunately missing out Kratie and a couple of other places we had in mind. But we’ll be back…


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Sasha April 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Teaching really is a great way to make money abroad and extend your travels. I’ve loved living and teaching in China and I haven’t regretted stay past the initial first 6 months I planned to be here. One big tip I have if you do get a teaching job, spend you’re money like you’re still travelling on a budget. It’s easy once you start a job to feel settled and the next thing you know your blowing more money then you even realised!

Good Luck with it all!


Dyanne@TravelnLass April 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm

An online TEFL course, eh? Do you feel that it prepared you well for teaching? I’ll be eager to hear how it goes for you, as I’m planning on taking the CELTA in Chiag Mai and then teaching in Vietnam come October.
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Anthony April 12, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Nice initiative Kirsty and Poi, have fun and get that bank balance up 🙂
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Dustin Main - Skinny Backpacker April 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Hope you’re having fun kids. Enjoy Bangkok!
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ayngelina April 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I wish I had the patience to teach, so many people rave about the experience.
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Jaime April 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Oh wow congrats on the big change of plans. Sounds like its going to be an amazing opportunity to stay in Bankok a whole year and also have a job. I hope you get the teaching job Kirsty. If y’all are there a whole year then I should be able to meet yall there (when I finally get to SEA)!!!!
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Turkey's For Life April 13, 2011 at 12:25 am

Well, what a great idea and it means you can continue with your travels. Once you’ve saved up again, you can return to Cambodia. I’m sure there’ll be enough to keep you entertained in Bangkok for a while, though! 🙂


Amanda April 13, 2011 at 1:12 am

I don’t think I’m cut out to be a teacher, but I know it’s a great option for travelers like yourselves! All the best of luck to Kirsty! Hopefully it works out, and hopefully you guys love Bangkok!
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Veronica April 13, 2011 at 3:06 am

I’ve had some friends take the teaching route and it sounds like an amazing opportunity. I’ve even considered it myself for when I graduate the university. Good luck with everything!



Annie April 13, 2011 at 5:46 am

Good Luck Kirsty! Not that you need it of course :). Anyway, I’m interested to hear about your experience once you start teaching because teaching in SE Asia is definitely something I want to do in the future!

Enjoy Cambodia while you can, and of course, you guys can always go back!
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Skott and Shawna April 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

So, just a question, but while Kirsty is slaving in the classroom….what will Poi be doing? Besides beachside Thai massages… I think this sounds like a sweet deal, don’t you Shawna? ……….Shawna? ………


Christy @ Technosyncratic April 13, 2011 at 9:29 am

I’ve never taught English abroad, but I’ve heard so many good things about it. Good luck with the job search! 🙂
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Natalie April 13, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I wish I had the patience to teach but I have not. Well done for completing the course!
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Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Good luck with the change of plans! I think change is always great 🙂


Bluegreen Kirk April 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

Better things somethings cause plans to change. Getting a job or being closer to one it the opportunity comes about is more important for the long term.


Roman @ healthyvagabonds April 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

Just finishing up 13 months of teaching in China. Teaching abroad is a great way to make some money, see the world, and stay on the road longer. We are off to Costa Rica next! Keep up the good work!
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Ali April 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Sounds like a good plan! And while I’m sure it was disappointing to have to cut your stay in Cambodia short, you’ll be able to get there easily from Bangkok. Is there a money making plan for Poi too?
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Camels & Chocolate April 25, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Good luck with the jobs, Kirsty! I know it will all work out for you two–you guys have good karma =)
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Mary February 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Hello! While traveling across Australia and SEA, I got my CELTA in Thailand last August.
I’m thinking about heading to Cambodia (PP) around April and try to look for a job on site. Is it a good month for the job search? Can non native speakers (like me)find a teaching job there? Thanks!


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