You may have heard the phrase “gap year abroad” quite a bit over the last few years. While gap years have long been the norm in countries like Australia and the U.K., the truth is, Americans are starting to take gap years in increasing numbers. Harvard University alone has reported a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, including President Obama’s daughter, Malia, according to Business Insider on the benefits of gap years. Continue reading
As we all know, it can stressful when your plans for the future change. Other times, this spontaneous shift provides you with an endless supply of exciting adventures that help you see the world in new ways. When people decide they want to teach in Thailand, they usually sign a 6-month or 12-month contract, and many expect to return home at the end of their initial commitment. However, Thailand’s easy-going atmosphere, affordable cost of living, and tendency to attract kick-ass expats and foreigners convinces quite a few ESL teachers to change their minds and stay. Continue reading
Teachers in Thailand, and the rest of the world, are often motivated by the desire to make a positive change for children. There are so many ways to enrich the lives of students, but obviously the main objective is to advance their education.
Most Thai public schools have mandatory English classes, even if the school doesn’t have foreign (native-speaking or fluent) English teachers. These courses are taught by Thai teachers who typically can’t speak English conversationally. Because they aren’t entirely familiar with the language, their lessons focus on vocabulary and grammar directly from the book. Continue reading