|I recently finished a year of teaching for Super English and living in Surat Thani, Thailand. Peter
and the fellow teachers from Super English were most welcoming on my arrival to Thailand. I
remember the first few crucial steps were purchasing a bicycle, a telephone and learning where the
vegetarian restaurants (where I only had to point to the food I wanted) were located.
Within a few days of arrival, I began teaching a mostly Kindergarten caseload. Although I had a
background in education, this was my first experience with teaching English as a second language.
I was warned about the possible intimidation factor of teaching over 50 3-5 year olds at one time,
but I immediately loved the sea of little faces. During my second term, I also taught primary levels
and enjoyed those classes as well. I lived with a number of other roommates during my stay and
have made some great friends with teachers from all over the world.
My greatest adjustment to Thailand was culturally, having previously lived in a Latin culture
which is likely the furthest in similarity. Initially, I spent a lot of my free time reading, writing, and
focused on what I had primarily come to do, teach. Gradually, I found a niche in the social scene,
with the support of Thai people who could speak English and have discussions about cultural
differences, religion and politics.
I was fortunate to have had the 2.5 month school vacation during my year in Thailand. Since I
dedicated to saving money for those months during my first term of teaching, I was able to travel
around Thailand, take a quick trip to Hong Kong, and participate in a 10 day silent Buddhist
meditation retreat. All were treasured once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
It was a memorable year in Thailand. It went very fast and in some ways I can’t believe it’s over. I
never learned much Thai outside of the expected courtesies, and I occasionally relied on Thai
friends as translators. I enjoyed Thai food, especially coconut desserts. I am grateful to Peter and
all who make Super English possible, as it gave me an opportunity to live in Thailand, experience
the joy of teaching Thai children, and make lasting friendships.