Teacher Diaries / Thailand

Embracing The Living Conditions Of Rural Thailand

Stu Brown

Stu Brown

January 30, 2017

In case you didn’t know, the living conditions of rural Thailand are somewhat different to what you might find back home in the Western world. Most people who come over to teach English in Thailand do not know this and expect to be placed at schools in luxury accommodations on the islands such as Koh Samui and Koh Tao. Life in Thailand is very different to what one will find on the tourist islands and the living conditions can be quite rural depending on where you are placed in the country.

Austin Bentz taught in the town of Lop Buri in the north east of Thailand and was dealt with one of the more rural and raw living conditions when placed at Sringarinda School. In the above video he explains the circumstances of his living conditions and how he would wash himself each day by scooping and pouring small portions of cold water out of a bucket onto himself. This proved quite challenging when having to adjust to his new living conditions but as he mentions, this was soon one of his most memorable experiences of living and working in Thailand.

These living conditions illustrate just how beneficial it is to be open-minded when moving to Thailand to live and work. Austin’s open-minded approach helped him easily adjust to the rural living conditions of Thailand and it was soon that he came to realise how incredible the simple life can be. Although accommodation for English teachers tends to be slightly more advanced than Austin’s, it is his easy-going attitude that made his teaching experience in Thailand that much better.

After 6 months of teaching at Sringarinda School, Austin became the head TESOL instructor at our TESOL school in Chiang Mai where he continues to share his experiences and train others to become English teachers in the Land of Smiles.

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