I’ve got the job…..

by Kirsty on May 16, 2011

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Yes – I can’t really believe it…. but someone has given me a job, a teaching job in Thailand! After the late skype interview and the disastrous test class it didn’t look hopeful but I’ve got it – we will be in Bangkok for a whole YEAR (that is a long time….)

My first day didn’t start out that well…. infact it was awful! I was told to “just play games with them” – sounds simple enough, until you actually start playing games with 30 4 year olds for 2 hours non stop, who don’t really speak English. It’s a lot of games and songs and by the end it wasn’t just me begging for it to be over – some of the kids were even telling me they were bored!

Teaching English Kindergarten in Thailand

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What the hell have I gotten myself into…. Why on earth did I think I would be good at this?

Luckily the afternoon went a little better, I was able to do some structured work with them and they responded much better. Come the end of the day the urge to run away and hide in a dark corner had gone.

Fast forward two weeks and I was totally fine, I started loving working with the kids and knew what worked and what didn’t. I was much more confident when delivering my lesson and even had some class room control

After four weeks teaching I’m really enjoying it and when they offered me a full time position I jumped at the chance… There’s still some times when I find I am struggling but I always look back to the first day and think how much better I’m getting on now.

I start on Wednesday – eeeeeeeekkkkkkk

Wish me luck! And watch out for some interesting stories…..

I will leave you with a short one:

I teach four year olds, when discussing healthy or unhealthy food I showed a picture of a pineapple…. at which point, one kid stood up and in perfect English “Manning no like Pineapple…. No like Pineapple at all!”

I love kids, they just want to impress me all the time 🙂

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flip May 16, 2011 at 8:22 pm

congratulations kirsty!!! 🙂
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Thanks 🙂

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Slice May 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

Congratulations! Good to see that you got into it after that couple of weeks.
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Yeah the first day wasn’t very nice at all, but once I started to know the routines and kids it got a lot easier.

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Jaime May 16, 2011 at 11:43 pm

YAY CONGRATS!!! That is awesome~ Now I know y’all will be in Bankok for the next year. That means I may be able meet y’all if I get there within a year, but doubt that will happen (I will try)!!!

Good luck on teaching & dealing with the kids for the next year jaja… It will get better though!
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

We most certainly will be! You should make it your mission to get here within the year!!
Yeah over the last month it has got a lot easier, and now we are in a real term rather than summer camp it should be even easier!
🙂

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Patricia GW May 16, 2011 at 11:58 pm

That’s wonderful!! Congratulations, it sounds like you’re going to love working with those kids 🙂
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Thanks – I’m really excited 🙂

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Dyanne@TravelnLass May 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

Congrats Kirsty! And so glad to hear that you’re now enjoying/feeling confident in your new job.

Given that I’m presently planning similar come Oct. (i.e. moving to Southeast Asia (likely Vietnam but also considering Thailand) to teach EFL) needless to say, I’ll be verily GLUED to your every mot on the subject! 😉

That said, a few of questions:

1. Details please – what sort of pay/perks did they offer you?

2. Did you take a CELTA course? Else…? (I ask ‘cuz I’m planning on taking the month-long CELTA in either Chiang Mai or Saigon.)

2. *THIRTY* 4 yr. olds??? Goodness girl, but I should think that would be quite the challenge!
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thanks – oooo exciting, you’ll love it.

Answers:
1. i get paid 38,000 + 2,000 travel allowance + 2,000 performance bonus. Mine is only a ten month contract (but you can get 12 month ones) Not many perks, just health insurance – but they have to give you that to get your work permit.
2. Nope I just have a internet certificate, I think they usually look at previous experience more than the cert however if you have the time and money it is a good way to be prepared for teaching as you will get some experience in an actual classroom, which I didn’t have when I started!
3. that’s just for summer camp, in usual classes I will have 8 – 15 or 20 maximum depending on the different program the kids are in. And I have four thai teachers helping me look after the kids.

If you have any more questions etc. just give us an e-mail 🙂

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Nick Laborde May 17, 2011 at 12:30 am

Congrats!

In a room with 30 4 year olds… you are much braver then me.
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

haha – I forgot to mention that I had four thai teachers helping me… I don’t think I could have done it by myself!

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Jonny May 17, 2011 at 2:14 am

Well done Kirsty!

Which part of Bangkok are you teaching?

I hope to be teaching in Bangkok before next year as well

chok dee

Jonny

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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Teaching quite far out, near rama 5 bridge, but i get a travel allowance for it.

There are loads of jobs here, but the best time to find one is before the new term in May, although people come and go all the time

🙂

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Christy @ Technosyncratic May 17, 2011 at 4:38 am

Wow, major congrats! It would take some gusto to teach that many 4 year olds for a full year. 😉
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

luckily in the term I will only be teaching 8 – 12 4 year olds or 20 depending on the program. And even more thankfully I have help in Thai teachers!

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Emily May 17, 2011 at 5:58 am

Congrats–how exciting! What a relief that everything came through even after a frustrating interview process. I have several friends who have taught abroad in Asia and really loved it. It sounds like you have a great adventure on your hands!
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Thanks, yeah it was a strange process but I have come out the other end! 🙂

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Christy @ Ordinary Traveler May 17, 2011 at 10:44 am

I’m glad everything worked out for you! Wow.. a year of teaching. It sounds like that will be very rewarding.
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Kirsty May 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

It feels strange to say I’ll be teaching for a whole year, usually I don’t know where I’ll be next week! But yeah I’m really looking forward to it

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Annie May 17, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Congrats! I am glad to hear that things got better, I knew they would. It’s scary at first when you have never taught before and even 4 year olds know how to subconsciously test you!

Sounds like you guys have an exciting year ahead! I’m happy to see that you got a job in Thailand because that’s where I want to teach (eventually) and it seemed like it was the most sought after (i.e. less perks and less jobs).

Good luck!
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Kirsty May 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

They really do, some of the kids have a brilliant I have no idea what you are talking about please shut up face!!!
Yeah it’s a bit more sought after but it’s great living here in Bangkok. If you have any questions etc just gives us a shout 🙂

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Giulia May 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Congrats on the new job! I used to have a class of 12 6-years old girls in Cairo, Egypt and I can’t imagine dealing with 30!
it’s incredible how kids can’t concentrate on something for more than 10 minutes! They will always come up with the “I’m bored” or “I don’t like it” comments but don’t bother too much, in the end you are the adult there and you have the power 🙂
They will love you, I’m sure!
Good luck 🙂 G
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Kirsty May 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

they really can’t – I have a lot of teacher teacher teacher teacher repeat until I actual listen…. it’s wonderful!!!

30 is a bit much, but in normal term time i am told it does decrease!

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Kat - three six five May 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

congratulations! looking forward to hearing all the stories…
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Kirsty May 18, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Thanks, I’m sure there will be loads from the year!!!
One of my summer school kids came in each day for a week as a different animal – that was pretty cool!

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Elise May 18, 2011 at 6:21 am

Welcome to the teaching world! I love teaching…such a rewarding job!!!

You will have such a great time…tiring but very rewarding and worthwhile!!!

Congrats again! 🙂
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Kirsty May 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Very tiring! But yes really enjoying it so far!

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Ali May 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

Awesome, congrats!! I thought about teaching English overseas as a way to travel, but I don’t think I could handle it. You’re much braver than me. So is Poi able to get some kind of visa to stay for the year too or will he just have to keep getting the tourist visa renewed?
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Poi May 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I’ve just been on a visa run to Laos, double entry, so for the next six months I am set and should be able to do the same again one more time. Then we’ll be moving on.

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Cam May 18, 2011 at 9:46 pm
Heather May 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Congrats on the full time job offer! Looking forward to more stories 🙂
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ayngelina May 19, 2011 at 10:51 am

Congratulations, every day will be better than the last!
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Kirsty May 20, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Thanks 😀

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megan May 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Congratulations 🙂 This is exactly why I’m so keen to go and teach English in Asia – it sounds much more challenging and rewarding and hilarious than my desk job! Can’t wait to hear the crazy stories – am sure in four weeks you’ve already got loads of them.
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Kirsty May 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

haha I’m sure there will be… I can’t wait to hear all my kids names, last year someone had a child called door! :S

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Toni May 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I think Hanna Barbare cartoons said it best Kirsty…and away they go on their way out whacky race!
Ha ha BIG helping of good luck for you =)
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Kirsty May 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm

haha sooo true! Thanks so much 🙂

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bethany May 27, 2011 at 9:40 am

Hahaha! too cute! Love what that kid said about pineapples! Good for you on the job – can’t wait to hear more. 🙂

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Kirsty May 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I know I am gutted that I don’t have her for the year any more!!! She is a little star!

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Jo Evans May 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Congrats on the job Kirsty! The kids in Asia seemed alot more willing to learn new things when I went over there a few years ago – so impressed with their english!

Im half tempted to do the internet course myself so I can teach over there when we return next year or the year after, although I cant imagine being able to control a classroom of children! The experience will be amazing and extremely rewarding Im sure.

Just out of curiosity when your slaving away in the classroom whats Poi up to with his ‘spare’ time? Is he being the perfect boyfriend?!

Are you now living in a flat/apartment? or still hostelling it?

Congrats again, and hope it will be a great experience. Im sure time will fly and you’ll be back on the road soon so enjoy the routine and stability!

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Kirsty May 31, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thanks – they are little angels (most of the time!!) Poi gets to sit at home all day whiling away his time on internet ventures…. I’m not sure he would do very well with little babies!!!
We’re living in a lovely apartment now, don’t think I could handle hostels whilst working all day – i need to come home and just chill!!!

🙂

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Gerard ~ GQ trippin November 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Congrats! I thought all kids like pineapple!

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Jennifer Avventura November 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Fantastic! Congratulations!

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Kira June 14, 2012 at 5:36 am

Hi,

Congrats on the job! So did you get the position/ sign the contract etc before you arrived in Thailand? I’m in the UK and would like to secure a job before I go instead of having the worry of finding one on a Tourist visa. If so was it through an agency or a specific job website -anyone you can recommend or any advice?

Thanks

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Bradi February 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I have the same question. My friend and I want to move but are not sure how to go about getting jobs. Any advice would be wonderful!!
Thanks 🙂

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