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Hello. I recently finished up a four month volunteer teaching gig just south of Chiang Mai and I wanted to share it on here. It was a true volunteer experience meaning that absolutely everything was taken care of by the non-profit organization. I was given a nice place to stay, three meals a day (plenty) as well as $100 a month stipend.
This organization is always looking for native English speakers who would like to give back and teach. The schools are remote and in villages off of the tourist path so its a great way to not only give back but to also get immersed in the local culture.
Here is their website and if any has any questions please let me know. Thank you!
Hello everyone. Typing this from my iPhone in a hostel in Bangkok so apologies in advance for any poor spelling / grammar.
I had accepted a job in nonthaburi and landed in Thailand last week. A week on the school are yet to find me an acomadation meaning I have been living out of a suitcase from hostel to hostel. I am starting to think this lack of organisation is a warning that they aren't the school I want to be at. It is a shame as the nonthaburi area looked good for me; not loaded with tourists but close enough to Bangkok.
I have been offered a job in pattaya and am fully aware of the reputation the place has. Is it a good place for a young man such as myself to teach? I am really not interested in sex industry at all.
I'd love to meet some fellow young teachers in the area (if any?) but I don't want to accept the job if it means 11 months of only having old men as company.
Many thanks for all the help so far, this forum has made a difficult transition just that bit easier.
I'm student in China. I'm Turkish, for us 30 days without visa but I want to stay long-term in Thailand so there 2 choice 2+1 months(single entry) and 6 months(multiple entry) visa. Anyone know what kind of documents I need for one of them? Also am I have to show money in bank account? Anyone got Thailand visa from China?
Please don't tell call or e-mail to Thailand embassy. I already did many times no one answer and I can not go suddenly without know what they want. Because I'm not in Beijing.
Hi guys. I wanted to write a thread that's less a story and more just a place to talk about 'stuff. Raising a child is difficult on its best days. When you're living in a country that isnt your motherland, it can be quite challenging. In fact, it's a roller coaster, of adventure highs and isolated lows.
I'll start here with two of the biggest issues to consider. Please comment as you see fit. I dont have magical answers and to be frank, I've made a lot of mistakes and like a lot of parents, the learning curve has been quick- where you right the ship quickly- and also long, where you only come to realize your mistakes after a while. It's a tricky business, kids
The first issue that comes to mind, is the issue of other people and having quality people in your life. My solution for this, or lack thereof will be different from others, but the main idea is that you need to have good people around you. Not once a month "around you" but consistently around, at least on a weekly basis. This was something I really overlooked and when living in Thailand, this really hurt both my son and I. I lived in a small town and had only one friend with whom I could confide in and someone that my son liked being around too.
There were lots of other people, but form my experience, most farang in Thailand want to be left alone. I did have friends before being a parent, but let's face it, once you have a kid (and assuming you make them a priority) things change and going out for dinner and drinks isnt something you can do often, or at all. Its a lot easier now that my son is older (almost 8) to take him out,... [Read More]
Two+ years ago, when I was contemplating fleeing Thailand for the even more alien and backwards country next door, I did some research and read about how daily power outages were an everyday reality in Yangon.
In my first two years here, I've not found that to be the case. Myanmar is developing, improving its infrastructure. Especially since they put in the new transformer boxes in my neighborhood, I've never had any problems with extended blackouts.
I suppose you could credit Myanmar for being very green in this regard, but most of the country's electricity comes from hydroelectric power. It's the end of the dry season. The rivers are at a nadir. There's not enough juice in them to power Yangon. Add to this the effect of this year's El Nino, and we're suffering.
And so I swelter. Every single day this week since I've come back from Indonesia, I've had the power go out most of the day. 11 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM, I sit in the 40C heat with not even a fan.
Greetings all!! I have just arrived in Bangkok and begin my new life as a teacher at the Beaconhouse Yamsaard school in Lad Phrao on Monday. My husband will be joining me next week and our pets arrive a week later. We are looking for a townhouse to rent. If anyone can assist I would be extremely grateful. Thank you!!
...particularly if you're overcome by ennui and have cash to spare:
Where to Get a Camel Burger With Gold Leaf Trimmings by Richard Vines (Bloomberg)
Bored with hamburgers? I may have the solution.
How about a camel burger? You can follow up with a cup of camelccino with camel-milk chocolates on the side.
The burger-with-a-difference is on the menu at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, where there's no shortage of tourists willing to pay 110 dirhams ($30). The patty is topped with 24 carat gold flakes, fitting for a hotel that makes the Palace of Versailles look minimalist.
Chef Carmine Pecoraro says the 200 gram (7 ounce) patty is made with minced leg meat, to which he adds cumin, garlic powder and onion powder before cooking it over a gas-fired charcoal grill.
It's served in a sesame bun with lettuce and tomatoes, rather like a Big Mac, only the cheese is halloumi, not American. The fries are chickpea fritters, and on the side comes a pot of tabbouleh and Arabic pickles.
The dish isn't really aimed at locals, who know the prime cut comes from the hump, where more fat means more flavor. The meat of young camels is particularly prized and can be served as a wafer-thin delicacy at weddings.
My previous experience of camels was limited to a ride around the Pyramids and to a dish served by chef Alain Ducasse at Idam, his restaurant in the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. There, it's hung for three to four weeks, braised for six days then served with with foie gras, soufflé potatoes and black truffle. At 390 Qatari riyals ($107), it's the most expensive item.
I can retire next year and start collecting Social Security from the US. Some folks tell me they just have their cash deposited in their American bank and then get it here via ATM. The fees add up pretty quickly, though, so I also looked into having it go directly to a Thai bank. Trouble there is the bank won't let me have an ATM so I have to go to the bank every month to get cash. Also, if I were to not be able to go in, since they don't have joint accounts here, my wife couldn't get money out. They want 500 baht a month plus another 200 for a withdrawal. Seems like a whole lot of BS to get my money.
What have some of you others done? I already have an income from an online school that pays my Wells Fargo account every month and I take the money out via ATM. I think I might just do the same with SSI.
Sifting through mountains of often-contradictory health claims is a bitch.
There's a disconnect between what people think they know and what research shows. There are slick predators (Dave Asprey, I'm talking about you and your Bulletproof bullshit) who take something from decent studies they find by digging through Pub Med, distorting it, and using the distortion to sell 'miracle supplements.' There are tons of recommendations accepted as gospel even by MDs, based on shitty science.
What to do? Figure it out for your damn self. If a recommendation appears to be based on good science, try it on yourself. Make one diet or lifestyle change at a time, and measure the results. In other words, experiment. N=1 experiments won't change the world, but they can change your life.
I am by no means an expert, but this approach is working for me. I lost 30lb in less than a year, and pretty much eliminated my GERD problems, just by changing how I eat (more or less by following what Tim Ferriss recommends in his book). Exercise is up next. Even if something works for most people it may not work for you, so take the approach of changing one thing at a time and measuring stuff.
You've got to get information from somewhere, right? So here are some books that have had information in them that I've implemented and benefited from. Your metabolism's almost certainly different from mine, so experiment.
The Four Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. A massive book by a madman who dove in and started experimenting on himself with reckless abandon. His "slow carb diet" is simple and great if you want to lose weight (at least for most people). He dove deep into... [Read More]
Any (sensible) comments are gladly welcomed as i'm going round in circles here. I finish my 4 year BA degree with the Open University next June and now looking at moving on. So far New Era CPT teaching diploma is the only real option at around a couple of grand. Nottingham Uni. is expensive and I would never teach in the UK if I had to return anyway so I don't care about prestige, as long as its an 'accredited' qualification in Asia. Has anybody any other information on alternate routes? Progression to a masters would be a nice option but is only available to Flips. with New Era so that's a pain in the butt.
Have a good day