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Teach English in Thailand

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

Once in a lifetime experience

Teaching in Thailand will have it's challenges and make no mistake its a real job in an unfamiliar culture, but the Interexchange network and support not only made the transition manageable it made it fun.

- The orientation introduces you to dozens of fellow teachers around Thailand and prepares you for potential issues
- The compensation is more than fair especially considering the low cost of living in Thailand
- The international work experience is invaluable
- If there is ever a problem, you can your support staff and get friendly help immediately

This is an outstanding opportunity for both professional and personal growth!

  • InterExchange responded to this review April 13, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Glad things have gone smoothly and we're grateful for your positive comments, Navarre! If there's anything we can help with along the way don't hesitate to be in touch, and enjoy the rest of your program to the fullest - we know that you will!! ~InterExchange

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    7

  • Community

    10

My Thai experience

My Thai coordinator was much more than a gracious host. She fed me, introduced me to coworkers, students, local shops, attractions, and events. She helped me pay my bills, figure out how to get around on the weekends, buy a motorbike, and take care of me when I got sick. Tanitta Soong was basically my Thai mom. She is one of the nicest, most caring people I have ever met.
Having such a supportive coordinator really made my transition to life in rural Thailand so much easier than it would have been on my own. That was difinitely the most important aspect of my life in Thailand.
The next most important part was the network of friends that I made during the introduction week. Being able to form such a tight bond with an amazing group of people over just one week was an incredible experience. Once we went our separate ways, every one of us had a friend in nearly every corner of Thailand. We had a place to stay and a local tour guide to show us around. We had a reason to explore even further out of our comfort zones.
I will say, however, that after an amazing first week with the InterExchange program, their followup interaction was nearly nonexistent. After the bombings in southern Thailand, nobody received any information from the program. Only after several people frantically reached out for advice did someone send a half-hearted, uninformed reply. The sudden death of the king was a very sudden and powerful transition right in the middle of my program. I did get an email, but that was the extent of the outreach I received.
Overall, I had an incredible experience teaching and traveling in Thailand. It was the most rewarding year of my life. My Thai mom provided me with immeasurable love and support. I made life-long friends with whom I traversed the country. I taught students important lessons they would have otherwise never had. I loved my experience in Thailand and I can't wait to go back!

  • InterExchange responded to this review December 21, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Hi Trevor, That's so great that you felt well supported by your friends, host mom, and school coordinator! Hope you get to return for a visit before long and see everyone again. InterExchange and its Thai partner tend to be quite on top of outreach surrounding any major events so we're reaching out to you now to discuss your comments in that regard. Thanks for the review! ~James

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

Best decision I’ve ever made

Leaving to teach for a year was scary and there were many new kinds of experiences that forced me to grow as a person and pushed me to be more comfortable with myself. I loved my coworkers, supervisors, fellow transplanted teachers, and students (I miss my babies!). I wouldn’t trade that year for the world.

  • InterExchange responded to this review October 24, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    So great to hear a participant reflect positively on the challenges (and fear!) of going abroad to teach for a year. It's no small feat and you should be proud! Hope you manage to keep in touch with the community moving forward. Thanks Nicole! ~James from InterExchange

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    8

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    10

Teaching in Thailand

This was an experience of a lifetime! I met a lot of people from the program that I still keep in touch with. I also have met locals who I still keep in touch with. The best advice I can give is to be open to the Thai culture. Keep in mind you are a visitor/tourist and not from USA. Assimilate yourself and you'll have a great time!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    9

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

Interexchange is the Way to Go

I really believe I would have had an entirely different experience without the backing of Interexchange. They were always there for me, even at odd hours. James emailed regularly to check in while I was away, and Jiyeon was an absolute angel with me through the whole visa process. I had initially left for Thailand with a contract to teach for a single semester, but when I fell in love with my new school I decided to stay the year, and Interexchange was just as helpful then as they were at the beginning. I have met many many other teachers abroad who went to Thailand with other companies, and every time they told me of their experiences, I was even happier to have gone with Interexchange. You feel like you matter to them, and you're not just treated like a number on a page.

  • InterExchange responded to this review May 26, 2016 at 3:00 PM

    Thanks for your positive words Katy! We aim to provide close support and set participants up for success. It's reassuring to hear that you extended your time abroad and we're happy you made so much of the experience - well done! ~James (InterExchange)

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