First Month Teaching in Surat Thani, Thailand
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After an uneventful night in Bangkok, I arrived in Surat Thani to begin teaching. I was greeted at the airport by a Thai man and a young Thai girl. The man spoke little English, so my communication was limited to the Thai girl. She informed me that they worked for the Language (company my school is in contract with) and they were going to take me to my house
My house is very nice for Thai standards. It has 2 decent sized bedrooms, a bathroom, a small kitchen, and a living room. The outside of the house is the highlight, as it has a surrounding fence, sliding gate, Buddhist shrine, fish pond, and a nice sized setting area (pictures are posted on my Facebook page and webshots account). The area I live in is about 20 minutes from the city center and school I teach at. For this reason, I have been renting a motorbike, and am purchasing a bike from a teacher in the next couple of weeks.
Teaching has been going well. When I arrived, we were towards the end of the term, so I was immediately put to work with preparing finals and lesson plans
Like most people, I have had my struggles in Thailand as well. I have never lived in a country so different then my own. Little things that we don't think twice about in America have such a strong effect on my everyday life. The first words I learned in Thailand were "hello", "thank you", and "not spicy". Getting used to the culinary differences took some time for me. I am used to a bit of variety in my diet, and in Thailand, its rice with a cover dish for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you ask for something a little bit spicy, chances are its going to be blistering hot. There are so many little pieces of information that are so important for everyday life in Thailand.
I have a two week break from teaching in the beginning of October, and plan to head to Bangkok and northern Thailand. I will add another journal entry as soon as I come back.