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    experienced teacher available in Udon Thani

    very experienced, qualified Uk teacher available in Udon Thani area.
    Recently retired, ex primary school headteacher, over 30 years experience.
    Also interested in helping in schools/colleges on a voluntary basis

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    Hi denz and welcome to the forum. What I can suggest is that you update your CV and go in person to schools in your area. Thais are not good with e-mail or internet contact but are very good face to face. Good luck.

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    Thanks Natalie. Your advice is much appreciated.

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    Most of the 'educational establishments' in Udon are a nightmare to deal with, as their admin staff are completely useless.

    As Nat said, the only real way to find something is by putting in some leg-work and going to visit them.

    Some places worth checking out are Ubon Uni (Udon campus), Udon Phittaya School and maybe the Rajabhat. Don Bosco & St Mary's are the 2 best schools in town and you may want to enquire at the Udon Christian School too.

    Have you looked two local forums; UdonTalk & UdonMap?

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    Good for you, I retired as an attorney but took a teaching job here 4 years ago to give some meaning to life and keep busy. Frustrating at times because school administration is so inept, but much easier to tolerate when you have money from home and are not depending on the school for a living.
    I would suggest working for a salary though, if you do it for free they will assume your ability is substandard. Good luck, the lack of anything that resembles a disciplinary system in Thai schools will be your greatest frustration, but overall teaching is worth it. I'm sure it's the same in Britain, the girls are much more pleasant to teach than the boys.

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    thanks again for the advice.It is much appreciated.
    I thought by offering to do some voluntary work in schools that I could have a look at how things work in schools here, and maybe make a few connections to work in the future.
    I am also interested in private teaching work and/ or teacher training but know nothing of how theses areas work in Thailand. Only just arrived here-and know very little!

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    denz if you are legit you will find lots of work opprtunities among us farangs who have kids at the moment in Udon Thani schools.Even just teaching English or Maths would be great. Look forward to hearing you have set up something.Our 13 year old daughter goes to Don Bosco and would greatly benefit as the English taught is very poor.

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    BobR's advice is very good, as is Aussie Tiger's. If you want complete control over your teaching, you could advertise English tutoring at any of these schools. You could tutor on an individual basis or to small groups of 3-4 students.

    Look at all ages too, as Marmite has mentioned. That way you'll learn which age groups you are more comfortable with and you would enjoy more.

    For me, I prefer adults or older teenagers. I can't imagine teaching kindergarten age or young children. In my first 6 months of teaching, I did teach P1 to P5 for the experience, but after that, it was high school age and adults in a corporate environment.

    I have a couple of friends who did the kindergarten thing, and they loved it but they would not enjoy teaching business English. To each their own, as they say.
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    Many thanks for the advice. It is great to hear that there are possible teaching opportunities here in Udon Thani.
    Aussie Tigger - I would love to work with farang children who need extra help. Could you please suggest ways I may be able to find out more about this?

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    Anyone naughty retired teachers offering to work for NOTHING
    should be sent straight to the headmistress
    for a proper caning .....

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    There was a teacher a few years ago who got caned. He posted all about it on the Ajarn forum. For the life of me I can't remember his name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denz
    I would love to work with farang children who need extra help. Could you please suggest ways I may be able to find out more about this?
    My 4 year old would benefit from being taught by a real teacher, but you'll not make much money (I know that's not really your aim). Our kids get an hour of extra tuition every day after school for an extra 400B a month each.

    How much do you think parents are willing to pay for an hour with you? I'm practically Scottish, so not much from me

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    Quote Originally Posted by denz View Post
    Many thanks for the advice. It is great to hear that there are possible teaching opportunities here in Udon Thani.
    Aussie Tigger - I would love to work with farang children who need extra help. Could you please suggest ways I may be able to find out more about this?
    Denz I am in Adelaide South Australia at the moment and return to Udon Thani end of January.Would be happy to meet up with you face to face and help you plan this.
    Udon Talk and Udon Map forums would also be worth posting to as they are local forums.
    As Marmite said the money earned may not be huge but for sure you would get plenty of exposure. Weekend sessions with students I reckon would be the smart option as most are loaded up with home work through the week.
    Farangs children I think would be the way to go at the start as you would have no difficulty explaining yourself to them.Once your reputation though was established I believe you would have more work than you would like to handle.

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    Thank you all for your advice.
    Aussie Tigger, -I tried to send you a PM, but I am not allowed to do this as I am new member on here and have not posted enough.
    Thank you for your kind offer of meeting with me in January in Udon Thani. That is very much appreciated, and I would like to take you up on your kind offer.
    I hope you, and your family have a great Christmas.
    I look forward to meeting with you in the new year,
    kind regards,
    Denz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by denz
    I would love to work with farang children who need extra help. Could you please suggest ways I may be able to find out more about this?
    My 4 year old would benefit from being taught by a real teacher, but you'll not make much money (I know that's not really your aim). Our kids get an hour of extra tuition every day after school for an extra 400B a month each.

    How much do you think parents are willing to pay for an hour with you? I'm practically Scottish, so not much from me
    Hello Marmite,
    Thank you for your question. To be honest, I have only recently arrived in Udon Thani and,at the present time, I am unsure as to the rate for individual tuition. I am presently looking into this.
    My mother was part scottish -so its in my blood too! -but,as you say, I am not trying to make a fortune.
    I am keen to teach again, and keen to help with any aspect of teaching.
    kind regards.

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    Hi Denz and welcome , what kind of visa you living in Udon on mate ?

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    Hello NigelandJan,
    Thank you for your question.
    At the present time I have a non immigrant 'o' visa. I may well try to change this in the future.
    kind regards

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    Where in Udon (roughly, don't need address & inside-leg measurement) are you? We just had an English chap move in near us.

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    ok Denz look forward to catching up then upon our return.Most happy to assist you as best I can as I am sure it will benefit our kids who even though going to the best schools lack legitimate English tuition.
    We live quite central so easy to catch up, as I said we arrive around the 22nd January. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Where in Udon (roughly, don't need address & inside-leg measurement) are you? We just had an English chap move in near us.
    hello marmite the dog,
    I am 2 minutes from nong prajak park, 2 mins from wattana hospital - on a road between the park, and Tesco Lotus.
    kind regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Marmite the Dog View Post
    Where in Udon (roughly, don't need address & inside-leg measurement) are you? We just had an English chap move in near us.
    hello marmite the dog,
    I am 2 minutes from nong prajak park, 2 mins from wattana hospital - on a road between the park, and Tesco Lotus.
    kind regards.
    That's a relief - my new neighbour has a right old skanky piece of works with him. She threatens the kid(s) with 'the Farang'. Very bizarre way to refer to ones partner. She has a good method of getting a crying baby to calm down as well. She screams at it. I thought I was bad...

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    good thread, and take a look at the university's marmite has suggested. The average university kid is on a maturity level with a high school kids in the states. Trust me I have taught in the university system here since Fred Flintstone was around. Best of luck. Plus the opportunities for extra work and outside tuition are there if you have the time.

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    We have 4 Thai English teachers at my school, and only 1 can carry a very basic and slow conversation in English. The hilarious thing is, I've talked to bar girl prostitutes (many of them) who have developed much better English skills than the Thai English teachers I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denz
    At the present time I have a non immigrant 'o' visa. I may well try to change this in the future. kind regards
    Thats good to know , its so confusing to me what visa you can work / volunteer on and what categories of work we are allowed to do etc.

    When I arrive there it will be on a retirement visa , so I know 100% its no work on that one , and allthough I am lucky enuf to have a plethora of hobbies + some rubber trees to keep me amused I would love to put something back , ideally helping with disabled kids , but I have allready been told to be very carefull even about volunteering as it could cause me visa renewal probs as it can be construed in some way taking work away from the Thais.

    All the best mate , you sound a good egg
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR
    The hilarious thing is, I've talked to bar girl prostitutes (many of them) who have developed much better English skills than the Thai English teachers I know.
    That's because prostitutes deal with either native speakers or people who are proficient in English as their second language. Thai English teachers learn 'English' from Thais, most of whom simply translate the Thai word into English ones. It's really rough on the ears. What's worse is when native speakers change their English to Thaiglish with their GF's or with other Thais. *shudder*

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