Hi, I ve been living here in thailand for 18 months now, and have just completed a 130 hr course, so now im looking for work. i've read that you have already worked here for some time before so wanted to ask you a few things.
one of the first things i found out from a employment agency in Bangkok was that although most jobs require TEFL teachers to work 15 - 20 hours per week, they also require that the teacher stays in the school 8 hours per day, as the lessons could be spread over the entire day, first lesson at 9am last lesson mid-afternoon. This was a big disappointment for me to hear as i thought i would only be working either mornings or afternoons or would at least be able to leave the school between lessons. Is this how it was for you ? and do you know of what type of schools or organisations i should be trying to contact, if i only want to be in the school for the hours that i am being paid for.
Im also told that schools ( or any other type of Thai employers ) do sometimes take the P*ss, by trying to get teachers to do too many extra chores.. I know quite a bit about Thailand the culture etc as ive lived with them for 9 years and know many people here including Thai english teachers, and it is expected that they should do extra tasks for free, if asked. But having to stay in the school for 40 hours while only being paid for 15 - 20 hours is a bit too much to ask from me.
I would be interested in your experiences and any advice you could give.