Joe McCarthy Testimonial

<h1>Once upon a time...</h1>
<p>Once upon a time there was a girl named Angela. Angela had often dreamed of teaching in a far away land&nbsp; but something had always held her back. Then&hellip;one day Angela awoke to find herself in the magical land of&nbsp; smiles, the land that is Thailand. After asking herself how she had got there? she set about exploring her&nbsp; surroundings. This fledging teacher gazed in wonder at the creatures which before now had appeared only in&nbsp; the pages of books and as images on television. A statuesque Elephant strolled past her house, an&nbsp; impertinent frog was sharing her shower, a curious gecko watched over her as she slept.</p>
<p>Young Angela thought about the castle that she had &nbsp;left behind in Scotland, the sanctuary in which she had&nbsp; spent many comfortable years. The new abode was not what she expected (webmaster's note: photos of all&nbsp; SE housing have been online for several years), which perplexed her for a long time. &nbsp;Suddenly the dimly lit&nbsp; room that she had newly acquired filled with glorious light from the day break and then came the moment of&nbsp; clarity. Angela realised that although things had not been as they were before, this was actually a very good&nbsp; thing. Why would we try anything new if we wanted it to be the same as everything that we had ever done&nbsp; before? &nbsp;Everything changes, even when you don't want it to. &nbsp;Embrace the change and slay the dragon of&nbsp; fear. If you never do anything that scares you, do you ever stop treading water?</p>
<p>It's important to remember that everyone's experience is different. What's good for one person is definitely&nbsp; not for another but what Angela realised was that you're not being fair to yourself if you don't give things a&nbsp; chance. Not everyone will have a fairy tale ending, but she certainly did.</p>
<p>I wish I could tell you in more detail about her experience but honestly she wants you to find this out for&nbsp; yourself. &nbsp;It is so much better to explore than to not explore. Open your heart and mind and you'll be just fine.&nbsp; Surat Thani is a fantastic place to teach, especially if its your first experience.</p>
<p>Also, if your half as lucky as Angela you'll meet the most amazing, diverse, interesting and FUNNY people&nbsp; you could ever dream of. &nbsp;If I had could ask you all one question as you finish reading this, it would be...Why&nbsp; wouldn't you come and teach in Surat Thani? There is no bug big enough or toilet/shower dysfunctional&nbsp; enough to have made this experience any less magical.&nbsp;</p>
<p>T-each in Thailand don't delay,</p>
<p>E-xpand your horizons in every way</p>
<p>A-bsorb yourself in the culture that is Thai,</p>
<p>C-hallenge yourself, spread your wings and fly</p>
<p>H-ave a dream and watch it come true,</p>
<p>I-nvisage something exciting and new</p>
<p>N-ever forget now lucky you are,</p>
<p>G-azing out at an ocean lit up by stars</p>
<p>I-magine a country where EVERYONE smiles,</p>
<p>N-ot forgetting the beaches that go on for miles</p>
<p>T-ravel in the holidays, wherever you like,</p>
<p>H-op on and off trains, or get on your bike</p>
<p>A-roi mak mak, every day!,</p>
<p>I-ce cream wrapped in way!</p>
<p>L-emon fruit shakes with salt, why oh why?</p>
<p>A-mazing students that bring a tear to your eye</p>
<p>N-ew beginnings and excellent new friends</p>
<p>D-ays with no beginning and no ends.........</p>