I'd love to share my experience with you! I also took a 200 hour TEFL course, online through International TEFL academy, which is based out of Chicago. I started looking for jobs while still working on my hours and found an agency called Bangkok Success, who I currently work for. I also interviewed with other schools directly and spoke with recruiters. The reason I chose BKS over the other opportunities is because they offered 5 month (one semester) contracts rather than a year.
Living in Thailand has been a blast! I live in a really small town, which does make things kind of difficult as far as food variety and accessibility, but teaching kids and just being here is so fun and different. Thankfully I've done a ton of traveling on the weekends to the islands in the south, several of the big cities like Bangkok, and of course I'm in Chiang Mai now for the festival.
My two tips would be to get a motorbike (your choice if you want to buy on or rent one) and pick a town that's slightly bigger. Chiang Mai would be great but it's pretty competitive. Other good locations would be Chanthaburi and Chonburi.
Also, teaching is so fun and EASY! Make sure you find a company or school that already has a curriculum for the students rather than you making your own. BKS provides a full curriculum for my students who are between 12 and 14 years old.
I hope this helps and if you have any more questions, I'm more than happy to help.
Oops, I only just saw your comment. Didn't mean to be rude. The fruit is nothing special, I found one organic food co op but a part from that it's just standard markets (poor quality) or supermarkets. I'm booked my flights for Thailand today so very excited.
AHH I really want to try all of those fruits, especially mangosteen! I desperately want to go to a fruit festival this year, but have no travel buddy :( I'll keep my hopes up for a sunny and fruity experience though haha!
Yeah it's good thanks! I'm at an induction for my new job at the moment which I start on the 10th of March, so I'm really nervous but also very excited :) how about you? I know you were confused on whether to stay or not, right?
Hi Katie! I'm fairly certain I met you at Pilar's meet up recently, I had a lovely chat with you and Kasia?! My fave fruits are definitely super ripe bananas and mangoes...oh and figs...and I also love red dragonfruit haha! What about you?
Actually I had to fly to auckland to get my visa for sydney because I didn't work when I came from germany. I had a model agency for that week in auckland but I didn't do much, I didn't know anyone so I was just walking around being in nice cafes like dizengoff, I wasn't vegan or raw at the time. I did that shot. Berlin is cool and great but Auckland and Sydney is a completely different mentality I love it there!