Daniel Trevor Testimonial
One Year Testimonial by Daniel Trevor
My oh my, where does all the time go? I can still feel the overwhelming excitement, nervousness, and uncertainty that filled my mind last August. But after a few months of experiencing the trials and tribulations of the Phuket job market, I was welcomed into the Super English family with open arms. Looking back it's been one of the best decisions I have made since becoming a teacher. The lifestyle, teaching experience, and especially the work environment are as good as you will find in Thailand. SuratThani isn't a backpacker’s paradise by any means, but its shortage of western comforts provides a unique, rewarding, and authentic Thai experience that I've grown to love over the past year.
A change of scenery is never something to take lightly, especially when the new setting includes a completely foreign language, strangely unique culture and a climate that only seems suitable for mosquitoes and cold-blooded reptiles. But, like any new challenge, these things became easier with time and I’ve ultimately grown to appreciate them. The management and my fellow teachers at Super English were a tremendous help throughout this process. Whether I needed help with lesson planning, game ideas, classroom management, or simply finding the best restaurants around Surat; all I needed to do was ask.
Super English’s management style is more comparable to a supporting family than a profit seeking business. Certain people are given various responsibilities, but it’s never treated as a chain of command. Information and assistance flows freely amongst teachers regardless of seniority or title. My favorite aspect of working for Super is the school’s lack of micro-management. Peter displays the utmost confidence in his teachers and allows us to handle our classes as we see fit. As long as the students and teachers are pleased, so is Peter. On the other hand, he’s always open and willing to help if you seek out his assistance.
This family-like work environment is only possible with a group of teachers that see themselves as more than just coworkers; and my fellow Super teachers are some of the best friends I’ve made in Thailand. We travel together, eat together, work out together, go out together, etc, etc.Apart from generally hiring like-minded individuals who get along well, Super English does a great job of team building. Each month we have a group activity that allows everyone to meet up and let loose. Whether it’s a Jersey-Shore themed party, Thanksgiving dinner, or a weekend away in Khanom; these events have provided some of the most memorable highlights from my time with Super.
Another thing that sets Super English apart from any other language school is the flexibility of its schedule. The only time I’m required to be at school is when I’m actually teaching a class. For my position at Thidamaepra there are no required office hours, minimal paperwork and an abundance of holidays. Providing a ridiculous amount of free time for doing whatever my heart desires. Over the last year I have had extensive time to roam around Thailand and see some of the most amazing places and people this silly country has to offer. I don’t know of any other school in Thailand that provides such flexibility for its teachers.
Along with my time working for Super English, so many other aspects of Thailand have left me head over heels in love with the place. Life here is peaceful in a way I’ve never experienced anywhere before. Thai people approach everything in the simplest way possible, greet all of life’s intricacies with a smile, and the only thing they enjoy more than laughing is eating. Strangers aren’t concerned with who you are or why you’re here; the only question on their mind is “Gin khaoruyung?” Quite literally, “eat rice yet?” A question posed as casually as “What’s up man?” Thais take naps when they’re sleepy; they eat when they’re hungry; and they get things done when they feel like doing them. Everything is done at an individual’s preferred pace and no one seems to have a problem with that.
The last year, to put it simply, has been a breathe of fresh air. For the first time in my life I have discovered a place and a purpose that leave me feeling both accomplished and content at the end of the day. There are countless things I will miss greatly about Super English and SuratThani. But, more importantly, there are so many wonderful memories and worthwhile lessons I will take with me to my next destination. Enormous thanks are due to Peter and everyone else that has been involved with the best year of my life so far. Cheers mates.