TEFL teaching in Thailand

Joe Flanagan Start Date: Aug 21, 2017 - End Date: Oct 29, 2017
  • Thailand

My Travel Story

by: Joe Flanagan Start Date: Aug 21, 2017 - End Date: Oct 29, 2017
Hi there...  I'm currently in the process of making plans to move to Thailand to Teach English as a Foreign Language.  I have a heart for young students and have enjoyed tutoring on occasion since college.  I also love to travel as I've been to different spots throughout the US as well as doing a study abroad trip in Europe.  I love the idea of slow travel in which I stay in one location for an extended period so as to take in the culture there and really experience the local living.

My next destination is Southeast Asia.  I chose Thailand as that seems to be where most Americans start their journey across Asia.  And I love the tropics too.  And for some reason, I've always had an interest in the Thai culture.

Thailand is in short supply of native English speakers and I hope to contribute my skills to the students in the classroom there.  Not only will I be teaching the Thai's, but I feel I will be learning from them as well.  I will be able to learn their culture, language, and their local way of living.  To have this international experience will make me a more well-rounded individual and will contribute to my resume for future jobs later in life.

In preparation for this move, I've already completed my certification to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and paid for it from my own savings.  I've had a check-up with the doctor to make sure I had proper shots for international travel.  I've managed to save up enough money for a one-way ticket to Bangkok.  And I have enough savings to get me by for about the first month abroad.

I hope to be in Thailand by late October in order to begin teaching in the new term that starts in November.  So I've got a short time to make sure I have everything together.

As you can see, there's a lot of things I've already budgeted for and can handle on my own.  But there are a few miscellaneous details that I didn't quite take into account until closer to my trip, such as those you see on the right (ie, VISA, insurance, work permit, etc).  I have the cost of the apartment and 1-month deposit figured into my monthly expenses.  However, I found later that most apartments require 2-months deposit. So I added another deposit to my list of expenses [See update Sept 11th below].  The apartment supplies are initial items like toiletries, bedding, and cleaning stuff.  And then I'll also need to buy some new slacks and dress shirts to work in, as all the schools in Thailand have a specific dress code.

I hope that some of you out there will find it in your heart to contribute a small amount to help me meet these final expenses.  Most other expenses are already taken care of.  I just need a little extra boost.  Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.  The money will be put to good use and you can be sure it will have a lasting effect on the students of Thailand.

Thank you for your support.

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  • VISA Purchased

    Just got my VISA. Now, just a few other loose ends to tie up here and I'll be ready to go. :)
  • Updates To Budget Costs

    Just a few quick updates:
    1) I managed to work extra jobs and put in more money to my savings, of which I'll be using to purchase new work clothes when I arrive in Bangkok. So I adjusted that on the cost calculator above.
    2) I've also secured a place to live. And fortunately, they only require 1-month deposit instead of 2. So that part I already have set aside. Since I don't need two months worth of deposits, I've adjusted the Apartment Deposit down to zero as well.
    3) Also, I had a donor contribute $100 to me offline. So I'm thankful for that.

    All of this is helping to bring my costs down, even though it looks like I still have no donors online. Even if you're able to contribute a small amount, it will help a great deal and I will be very thankful for your support.