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bhag-now
post Feb 16 2009, 03:07 PM
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Hi there,

I have posted here before regarding lodging, but I wanted to expand a bit on my search for guidance.

We are traveling to Thailand for the following reasons:
We will be there from May - August 2009.


1. To make contacts/connections with universities in BKK and Chaing Mai (my husband is a professor) will be teaching on-line only starting this summer which allows us to travel for three months. Eventually, live in Thailand with our 6yo daughter.
2. Find out how I could gain employment with an NGO or teach English. I am originally from Burma.
3. Travel within Thailand and surrounding countries.



What are your recommendations? Is this a rainy season in Thailand?

thanks so much everyone!

http://www.linkedin.com/in/bhagnow


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post Feb 16 2009, 03:21 PM
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I can't see any problems. How good is your English?


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post Feb 16 2009, 03:55 PM
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QUOTE(ScottWoz @ Feb 16 2009, 04:21 PM) *

I can't see any problems. How good is your English?



I've lived in the US for nearly 30 years. I have obtained a Master degree here in the US, I was born in Burma, came here as a teenager. My husband has a PhD and he was born in Candada.

Where do I start? What do we need to do?
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post Feb 16 2009, 07:09 PM
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Depending on what your husband professes, he should be able to find a university level job.

Do you carry a US passport? As far as Thais are concerned, you are from the US.

It might serve you well to avoid discussing your Burmese heritage. There is a large population of illegal Burmese workers in Thailand, day laborers and housekeepers. A potential Thai employer might not look beyond that image, either dismissing you outright, or expecting you to work for next to nothing.

With a Masters, and "native" English, you should have little trouble getting a position teaching English.


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post Feb 16 2009, 10:18 PM
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Thank you Curtis. Yes, all three of us are US citizens.

I'm still curious as to what specifics are required in order to teach English or even conversational English. I would not be opposed to volunteering at first to get the experience needed.




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Depending on what your husband professes, he should be able to find a university level job.

Do you carry a US passport? As far as Thais are concerned, you are from the US.

It might serve you well to avoid discussing your Burmese heritage. There is a large population of illegal Burmese workers in Thailand, day laborers and housekeepers. A potential Thai employer might not look beyond that image, either dismissing you outright, or expecting you to work for next to nothing.

With a Masters, and "native" English, you should have little trouble getting a position teaching English.

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post Feb 16 2009, 10:54 PM
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QUOTE(bhag-now @ Feb 16 2009, 08:18 PM) *

Thank you Curtis. Yes, all three of us are US citizens.

I'm still curious as to what specifics are required in order to teach English or even conversational English. I would not be opposed to volunteering at first to get the experience needed.


There is a site all about teaching: Ajarn.com


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There is a site all about teaching: Ajarn.com



Very informative website!

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QUOTE(bhag-now @ Feb 16 2009, 04:07 PM) *

Hi there,

I have posted here before regarding lodging, but I wanted to expand a bit on my search for guidance.

We are traveling to Thailand for the following reasons:
We will be there from May - August 2009.


1. To make contacts/connections with universities in BKK and Chaing Mai (my husband is a professor) will be teaching on-line only starting this summer which allows us to travel for three months. Eventually, live in Thailand with our 6yo daughter.
2. Find out how I could gain employment with an NGO or teach English. I am originally from Burma.
3. Travel within Thailand and surrounding countries.



What are your recommendations? Is this a rainy season in Thailand?

thanks so much everyone!

http://www.linkedin.com/in/bhagnow



Any suggestions on work with NGO's??
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