About

I’m off to Thailand to teach English! Join me in my journey to discover more about myself and explore Southeast Asia for six months. This blog is to document my self-identification, update my family and friends, and provide a peek into life as an English Teacher through the American TESOL Institute–Special Thai Project. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comment box, and I will be sure to include the answer in future posts!

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,

    I initially came across your blog in my search for other people’s experiences when dealing with ATI. I’m putting together a review and reference guide of the program based on my experiences (which overall I enjoyed) and as many others as I can find. Essentially something I wish I had been able to read about ATI back when I was researching them last summer considering how they seem to spam any possible search about them with links to all their pages.

    Would it be alright with you if I link back to your site and your experience?

    Regards,
    Ben

    • Hey Ben! That sounds awesome! I had a hard time finding stuff about ATI as well. When I’m back in Thailand and have time to sit down, I’m going to write a review and stick it in it’s own tab on here. That might help some as well.

  2. Lindsey,
    Missing you and hope you are doing well. I have a question: How are you liking your life traveling around Asia and teaching? Grandad and I are envious!!!! Love you!!!

  3. Hey ,
    Like Ben I came across your blog when I was looking for reviews about ATIs Special Thai Program. I was originally desperate to work in the south of Thailand to be near the islands, but after hearing ATI places you in the north east I was a little disappointed. What was your school like? Did you like living just outside of Bangkok? And is it worth doing the ATI course if you’re already TEFL certified and want to work in the South? What were the wages like and were you able to get by easily on 3000 BAHT a month?
    One last question, is the housing really paid for by the school? 1000USD + housing per months seems a bit too good to be true!!
    Thanks

    Laura

    • Hey Laura,

      I hope my blog was helpful! I actually teach up in Chiang Mai, and 30,000 baht is plenty! I’m able to live comfortably, travel when I like and save money as well. In the south of Thailand, it’s a bit more expensive. I think mainly because it’s so touristy. Typically, a housing stipend is included in your salary, but it doesn’t always cover the entire cost. If you are already TEFL certified, I wouldn’t recommend ATI. I would just look for a job on my own because, yes, they do have placements mainly in Issan area. There are websites like http://www.ajarn.com that you can go on to look for work, but I would also recommend finding an area you like and walking in with your resume. That’s how I found my current job. The best of luck to you in the job search! If I can help with any other questions, please let me know!!

      Lindsey

  4. Thank you Lindsey for your help and advice! I decided not to go with ATI anyway and have been checking out ajarn too!
    Laura

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