In July I will be flying out to Thailand, most likely Surin Province, to volunteer teaching in a Thai university (through GapYearThailand). I am very excited and can't wait to get back out to Thailand but understandly nervous at the same time!
Has any other members taught in Thailand before and can pass on some tips and share there experiences with me?
I didn't teach in Thailand, but I did work for the Thai Dept. of Agriculture (Agricultural Extension) quite a few years ago, and one of my fellow volunteers worked in Surin.
PM me and I'd be happy to share some of my experiences, and pass on some of what my friend told me about life in Surin.
I am sorry I don't have any real advice for you BUT i would be really interested to hear how this goes. Please keep us informed!
I have not been to Surin but have been to Phimai, Khorat (briefly) and Nang Rong for Phanom Rung (Buriram Province). I liked my quick trip through Isaan; everyone was very friendly, there aren't too many foreigners around (a good thing, most of the time) and there are some interesting sights. Surin has an elephant festival or something that would be worth seeing.
I have taught in Thailand, it is an amazing thing to do. You will love it. Just smile a lot, you will be fine. Dont be nervous, the thing to remember is that as you are going to be teaching in a university the students want to learn, its not like teaching high school kids!
#4 aldiver has been a member since 7/5/2011. Posts: 2
I have just one piece of advice - don't let the ineffciciency and haphazard scheduling of Thai administration get you down. It goes with the territory here, and it's not going to change to make you happy. You will make no positive difference and lose friends by complaining about it. Just learn to accept it.