Hi, I’m Zoe, or as the students know me, Teacher Zo. I enjoy travelling, photography, making scrapbooks, meeting new people and I love elephants. I graduated in September 2012from Plymouth University with a 2:1 in International Business with Spanish and the following day i flew out to Thailand. I qualified as a TEFL teacher with experienceteachingabroad.com, who placed me in the South of Thailand to teach for a term (5 months.) I trained for 3 weeks on the island of Ko Samui, and then was placed with an agency called Visions. I’m situated in a little town called Khao Chaison, in Phattalung province in the South of the country and currently loving it! The nearest big city to me is Hat Yai, which takes about an hour and a half to get to. My school is Tesaban Khaochaison school and I teach Pratom (Primary) students aged 7-12. We also have an anubarn (nursery) attached to the school, so if I’m feeling really energetic I can go teach and play games with them too. Thai kids are seriously cute, and most of them really want to learn English. I’m the first English teacher in my school, so I make up my own curriculum, plan all my own lessons and I don’t have a thai assistant, I’m in charge of 40 -50 kids in each class on my own! TEFL teaching is a great experience, I already have strong bonds with my students despite the language barriers, and it’s a great way to soak up Thai culture and explore this beautiful country, as well as meeting lovely people along the way (locals and farangs!) I live in a bungalow by myself at the bottom of a mountain and have monkeys as my neighbours. My landlady, Nanny, speaks no english, yet we manage to communicate with my basic thai, and she always looks out for me! For example bringing me food, cold drinks, medicine when I was ill. Thai people are so friendly, and I feel so welcome here. Please read my blog to find out what life is like TEFLing in Thailand….
Update as of June 2013 – Why I moved https://zozotheadventurer.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/swapping-small-town-life-for-the-city/
I am now working in Hat Yai city, this time for a private school called Srisawangvong and have changed agencies to HelloEnglish. I teach English (and science for the last week of each month) to all of Year 4, 5, and 6 in the school and have Teacher Ya as my Thai assistant! I live in a apartment block in the area of Petkasem, where there are lots of other foreign teachers, so now my blog is about getting used to a new school and city life!