From simpleTEFL to Thailand: My unforgettable experience teaching English abroad

Getting started and TEFL certified

When I first decided to become an English teacher in Thailand, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had always been interested in teaching and traveling, and after some research, I discovered that teaching English abroad was the perfect way to combine those two passions.

But before I packed my bags and headed to Thailand, I knew I needed to get certified with a TEFL course. That's when I found simpleTEFL's 120 hour TEFL/TESOL course. The course was comprehensive, easy to follow, and covered everything I needed to know to become a successful English teacher.

One of the things I loved about the simpleTEFL course was how user-friendly it was. As someone who had no prior teaching experience, I was nervous about the idea of teaching English to non-native speakers. However, the course was designed in a way that made the content easy to understand and digest. Plus, there were plenty of interactive activities and quizzes that kept me engaged and motivated.

A life changing and ever amazing place

Fast forward two years, and I can honestly say that my experience teaching in Thailand has been life-changing. I've had the opportunity to work with students of all ages, from kindergarteners to adults, and each day is filled with new challenges and adventures.

One of the things that surprised me about teaching in Thailand is how much respect and appreciation Thai people have for their teachers. As a foreign teacher, I was welcomed into the school community with open arms. My students were excited to learn from me, and my colleagues were supportive and helpful.

Teaching in Thailand has also allowed me to become more culturally aware and sensitive. Thai culture is vastly different from Western culture, and it's been a humbling experience to learn about and adapt to these cultural differences. I've also had the opportunity to learn some Thai language, which has made it easier to communicate with locals and has helped me feel more connected to the community. 

But perhaps the most rewarding part of my experience has been the relationships I've formed with my students and colleagues. Thai people are some of the most welcoming and friendly people you'll ever meet, and it's been an honor to work with them. 

Travelling, eating and living

Living in Thailand has also allowed me to explore this beautiful country and its neighboring countries. I've traveled to places like Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, and have been blown away by the stunning landscapes, rich history, and incredible food.

And let's talk about the food for a moment. Thai food is some of the best in the world, and I'm not just saying that because I'm biased. The flavors are bold and complex, and the street food is some of the freshest and most delicious I've ever had.

Of course, there have been challenges along the way. Living in a foreign country can be tough at times, especially when you don't speak the language fluently. But those challenges have made me a stronger and more resilient person, and I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. 

So, don't wait around

If you're thinking about teaching English abroad, I highly recommend simpleTEFL's TEFL/TESOL courses. The certification will not only prepare you for your teaching adventure but also give you the confidence and skills to excel in your new role. And who knows, you might even end up having an experience as amazing as mine.

My time living and teaching in Thailand has been unforgettable. From the incredible students and colleagues to the beautiful landscapes and delicious food, every day has been an adventure. And it all started with simpleTEFL's 120 hour TEFL/TESOL course, which gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to succeed as an English teacher abroad. 

If you're considering teaching English abroad, I encourage you to take the leap and explore the opportunities available to you. It's a decision you won't regret, and who knows where it might take you.
Thanks for reading, and happy teaching!
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