What the heck are you doing with your lives?!
Quitting jobs that we loving, leaving friends and family behind, and moving to a country 9,000 miles away is not necessarily the most conventional thing to do. At a time when the world says we should be saving for a house, building our resumes, and making our parents some grandbabies, we want to live for something beyond ourselves. Some of our goals in moving to Thailand are to make a positive impact on the Thai community we teach in, grow personally, strengthen our marriage, develop ourselves as educators, and open our eyes to a new culture and way of life.
Where will you be in Thailand?
We spent our first month at a month-long cultural orientation and TESOL course in Hau Hin, Thailand. After the completing the course, we received our job placement in a city in the Isaan Region called Ubon Ratchithani. Isaan is the largest and poorest region of the country, with much of it being rural farming communities. One third of Thailand’s population lives in this region. Our city is one of the 4 largest in the region with a population of about 150,000 people. The city has everything we need as far as grocery stores, a nice mall, movie theaters, parks, and Thai and western restaurants. One downside that that most of Thailand’s attractions are a few plane rides away.
Is Thailand safe?
From Trip Advisor:
“Overall, Thailand is a safe nation in which to travel. Physical attacks and other crimes against “the person” are far less likely than in many other “developed” nations. Just as you need to be aware of your surroundings and personal safety when out and about in your home country, you need to keep your wits about you in Thailand as well.”
Cole is a head taller than most Thai men so that helps too 🙂
What do you do in Thailand?
Cole and Chelsey are both employed teaching English at a private school with an English program.
We are both excited for the time spent in the classroom, since teaching is a passion of ours! We also want to build relationships with other teachers at our school and people our age in the community. We are excited to learn about and experience Thai culture. We plan to do our best to learn the Thai language when we are there as well.
What organization are you going with?
We are going with an organization called Greenheart Travel. They partner with an organization called XploreAsia who puts on the orientation and TESOL course. Both organizations have excellent reviews online and large networks of current teachers and alumni. Last year alone, XploreAsia placed over 700 teachers in Thailand.
Greenheart will pick us up at the airport when we arrive, find us both jobs in the same city with a guaranteed salary of at least 30,000 baht, help with accommodations in that city, provide our travel insurance, provide 24-hour in country support, and give us each a free t-shirt—yay!