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  • My Experience Working for Super English by Amy McIntyre 2010

          I remember applying for Super English and filling out the questionnaire wondering if I was ready to take the leap.  I got a reply the very next morning, and a Skype interview arranged that afternoon.  At first I was a little hesitant about coming to Thailand.  I was not sure if I was ready to leave everyone and everything I knew.  After talking to Peter I instantly felt better and had a good feeling about the decision.  I knew Super English would be the place for me.  I applied for many jobs all around the world and I heard back from most of them, but I didn’t get the great welcoming feeling I got with Super.  I wanted to get experience as a teacher and Peter was so supportive and understanding I took the job as soon as I was offered it.  I was offered a job in March and began in July.  I booked my flight straight away and started to save.  I had millions of questions every day and I would often email Peter, the teachers, and the new teachers due to arrive the same time as me.  Everyone was very welcoming and friendly and answered all questions and provided me with lots of advice.  Time flew by and before I knew it, it was July!  I remember having a mini-panic… I was terrified of the thought of teaching!  I was questioning if I had made the right decision about moving half-way across the world to begin a new job I was not very experienced in.  My last 2 weeks with my friends and family were so great I started to think maybe I shouldn’t leave. I sent a very long email to one of the teachers telling her about my fears and thoughts.  She replied instantly and put me at ease.  Brittney was also new and had arrived two weeks before me.  She said she felt exactly the same way but assured me that all would be well, that I would love it, and everyone was friendly.

     I was greeted at the airport by Wen, the Thai staff administrator at Super English who handles many important details on the Thai side at the school.  She had a little sign with my name on and all the teachers had written me a little welcome message.  I began to get nervous as we approached the house; I started practising my “hello, hey, hi” in my head.  When I arrived I was made to feel very welcome.  All the teachers came out to say hello to me on my first night.  I was bought snacks and drinks.  I had a ton of questions about the teaching and everyone shared their stories of when they first came. 

     I feel I settled in really quickly and everyone was really great at making me feel welcome. People took turns showing me around and took me to shops to get settled.  I arrived on a weekend so there were many parties and events; I managed to meet most of the other teachers in the city.  I was amazed and relieved to see that there was a large community of foreign teachers around that hang out and spend time together.  Super English put on a welcoming Hawaiian party for us and it was a great bonding session.  A few drinks, a few cringing dance moves always speeds up the process.

     I cannot believe how fast time flies.  I have one month left!  I am very sad to be leaving, I have had such a great time and experience.  Super English has been the best company I have ever worked for and my job has been the best job I have ever had.  I feel so fortunate with my experience teaching for Super that I am a little nervous to move on as I have been treated so well here.

     I have been lucky to have had nothing to complain about here.  I know if I had had any issues, Peter would have been more than happy to help sort out the problem.  I did have a small problem with some students being disrespectful.  I was a little embarrassed with the nature of the problem but I went to Janet and Peter since I was not too sure how to handle it and they were great!  They really stuck up for me and were on my side.  Peter came to the school to let the administration know that that kind of behaviour was unacceptable.  He brought it to the Thai teachers’ attention and the students have since then been little angels.

    All the teachers that work for Super are amazing.  They have all really helped me grow as a teacher.  They have all sat and listened when I have had a bad day and always said something really positive to help me get back up again.  They have often given me new ideas for the classroom and given me fun ways to manage the classroom as I felt I struggled with it at the beginning.  I have had some really fun nights out with them, some great weekends away, and amazing holidays as well.  They have been my family here and I love them all and will miss them dearly.  Peter really looks after his staff.  He always throws parties and is very generous.  I have had a great time.  If you are reading this because you have accepted a job then you should be really excited!  Coming here was the best decision I have ever made!

    One other bonus for me moving to Surat; I have met the love of my life!  I met him on my second day here at a house party.  Things like that never used to happen to me.  I was always the unlucky one.  I had actually gotten out of a relationship and was going through an awful break up.  That was the last thing on my mind.  It was love at first sight.  I am incredible happy and we are moving to Japan together.