Lloyd Frampton, who has been teaching English in Thailand answers some of our questions about his experiences thus far.
TravelBud: Where are you based at the moment?
Lloyd: At the moment I am based in a rural town called Ranong, in Ranong province, which borders Myanmar.
TravelBud: What is the school like where you teach?
Lloyd: The school I teach at is called Sri-Arunothai school, it is a catholic school, and it is awesome. I teach grades 1,2,3 and kindergaten 2, with between 30-40 students per class.
The school is good, and has a great atmosphere, the students are awesome and so are the teachers. I have got an agent that communicates with the school for me as there aren’t really good English-speaking teachers.
My lesson are between 40 and 50 minutes each with 4-6 lessons per day.
TravelBud: If you had to sum up your experience in Thailand in one word, what would it be?
Lloyd: If I had to sum up my experience in a single word, it would probably be (although not technically ‘one word’!) “life-changing”.
The whole experience opened my eyes and forced me to push my boundaries and learn to accept responsibility.
TravelBud: What was it like coming straight out of school and going straight to teaching English in Thailand?
Lloyd: Coming straight out of school and into teaching was quite a step, but I embraced it and learnt very quickly.
The TESOL course that I did here helped me enormously. The experience as a whole has truly broadened my horizons and inspired me! I feel that it is a really good way to experience another culture and another lifestyle in a short period of time and would really recommend it to anyone thinking about taking a gap year.
TravelBud: What stood out for you in the TESOL course?
Lloyd: The course really does just what it should do, which is get you prepared to teach English in Thailand. What really stood out for me was the practical teaching within a real classroom environment, because its one thing to learn about teaching methods and English grammar but to physically step into a class with 40 children is a completely different ball game! So in that respect the practical classes were of great assistance. I can highly recommend the in-class TESOL training.
TravelBud: What are your plans for the future?
Lloyd: I have to be honest here and say that I still don’t really know, I am staying in Thailand until March-April and then looking at either going to do some volunteer work in Tanzania or possibly travelling somewhere else and then applying for university.