A kilometer north of the North Gate of the Old Town of Chiang Mai, there is a massive sports complex. From Google Earth, it appears to have more than 60 buildings, though somewhat difficult confirm on the ground, it’s just too big and spread out. There must be a hundred sports and activities played here, including football, volleyball, ping pong, badminton, and a very exciting and unbelievable game called Sepak Takraw. Continue reading
The Chiang Mai Womens Correctional Facility (read: Prison) is in the heart of Old Town Chiang Mai. And here, the ladies are offered a chance to learn a trade. Some women learn how to make clothes or other handicrafts, some learn Thai massage. Continue reading
There has been a great deal of drama surrounding the placement of my peers during (and following) the TEFL training course. There has been an even larger dearth of professionalism throughout the process.
Overall, the placement process was rushed, expectations were poorly set, individuals were unprepared, and there was an utter lack of customer service. It’s really not my battle since I haven’t asked Entrust TEFL to place me in a job, but let me explain so that those of you thinking of enrolling in the Entrust TEFL program or teaching in Thailand will have some background that my peers in the program and I did not have. (Thank you for your questions and emails.)
Our class of eleven students is now down to five, literally dwindling by the hour as more of us head to the bus station and far-flung teaching billets. We’ve all graduated, even the two of us who have not taken the final exam, so this week is basically ‘filler’. Continue reading
The final exam for our TEFL course was administered poolside with an open book and, in some cases, beers on the table and cigarettes in hand. Calls to prayer from the nearby mosque, spinning fans, children splashing in the pool. “I must say, this is the most unique setting of a test ever, ” said Shaun. Can you argue with him? Continue reading
I’ve taken so many pictures, It’ll take me weeks to go through them. But for now, here are some more pictures for my fellow students and those of you around the world that have requested them. Continue reading
In a hastily arranged ceremony marked by last minute changes to travel itineraries for people who are, in some instances, expected to be teaching at a school tomorrow (that they can’t possibly reach by then), we received our diplomas – I’m pretty sure that makes us diplomats. Continue reading