“Living in a new culture has been the most difficult, yet amazing thing I have ever done. The students are the best part of this whole Thailand experience. They are always full of smiles, have lots of energy and are eager to learn English. Hearing ‘Good morning, teacher!’ every day from hundreds of students will forever be a special memory of mine. Teaching in a Thai classroom has been more difficult than I had anticipated but still very rewarding and always lots fun. I teach eleven Matthayom 1 classes (grade 7) and five Matthayom 5 classes (grade 11), each with approximately 40 students. The English speaking ability varies from one classroom to another and within the same classroom. The teachers have been so helpful, kind and extremely generous. They include us in all school events, take us on field trips and help us experience the Thai festivals and culture first-hand.
Living in rural Thailand has been nothing short of amazing. The people in Thoeng are so kind and will always go above and beyond to make sure we are happy. Living in a small farming community has given us a sense of Thailand that we would never have experienced if we were backpacking. We see and experience more than the big cities and tourist attractions. Being a small town most people around the community know we are the foreign teachers so they look out for us and are extremely kind to us. Thoeng has been the perfect temporary home, I couldn’t have asked for a better placement than rural Thailand.
The SWAP and OEG organizations have also helped immensely to make this experience stress free and wonderful. Orientation week was full of helpful teaching ideas and introduced us to the culture. Both organizations have contacted us throughout the semester to make sure everything is going well and that we are enjoying our time. It is safe to say we are well taken care of, by OEG, SWAP, our fellow teachers and everyone in our community. This has truly been an unbelievable experience.”
Jill, Teach in Thailand
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