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Unless it is a lifestyle choice to go to Thailand to teach English, many foreign teachers do not get paid that well there (exceptions of course if you are working in specialist area, international school etc).

 

The cost of flights, insurance, ASQ, visa app, etc will add up, meaning that for several months, you will be working for free, as you will be paying for the cost of getting back in.  

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Can't see any of those teachers affording the $100k insurance, period testing and paying for their quarantines as teachers usually not that flush with cash to say the least...

So how did these 165 Filipino teachers get approved?.....And why are 3,000 farang teachers waiting?.......I would speculate most Filipino teachers would be less able to jump through all the hoops and

I guess the Covid insurance $100,000 requirement has gone with all the other crazy schemes.???  

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9 hours ago, redwood1 said:

So how did these 165 Filipino teachers get approved?.....And why are 3,000 farang teachers waiting?.......I would speculate most Filipino teachers would be less able to jump through all the hoops and pay the money compared to most farang teachers...

 

Unless

 

Some one plans to pay the Filipino teachers less and does not mind footing the bill...

 

10 hours ago, ezzra said:

Can't see any of those teachers affording the $100k insurance, period testing and paying for their quarantines as teachers usually not that flush with cash to say the least...

You will probably find that the deal is: your salary is (nominally) THB 24000 a month, the school or the agency will pay for the quarantine and insurance ( a bulk deal probably negotiated), you will receive THB 1200 a month, until such time as the costs (and any "incidental expenses" of the agents and school principals) have been recouped. Some will be making a lot of money, you can be certain it won't be the Filipino teachers. In fact, I should imagine their salaries will never again approach the (not very heady) heights they achieved pre Covid.

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10 hours ago, ezzra said:

Can't see any of those teachers affording the $100k insurance, period testing and paying for their quarantines as teachers usually not that flush with cash to say the least...

suspect the insurance and costs may be paid by their employers.

 

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So a "Pino" (Near Native English) NNE who gets paid less than a (Native English) NE teacher, has the airfare and the 100K insurance, plus cash for the two weeks in quarantine with meals. 

 

However, you get what you pay for . . . . 💩

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9 hours ago, Grumpy John said:

Bingo!  The prize for you is to be first in line for a shot of the Wuhan China plague virus miracle cure.  😄

What subjects are these teachers going to teach. If it English then they should be able to speak English phonetically and made to recite the alphabet letters phonetic sounds as spoken in a word  American English is not British English and should not accepted

 

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2 hours ago, nausea said:

I don't know, but I do know a mate of mine was lending out movies to a Filipino and he was renting them out to his mates. And I do know Filipinos who tried to exploit the Thai recruitment system. Basically, your average Filipino doesn't have two pennies to rub together. Anything that makes money.

I worked with a Filippino female teacher once and she was certainly smart and on top of her game. During an exam she was busy communicating the answers to her students. A fellow British teacher and I could barely catch up in the remaining exam time after discovering the above in handing out answers as well. It seemed it was a very non-academic, infantile competitive spirit that encroached on any credibility that the course and its final exam might have had. 

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I am sure any student would agree that a farang English teacher (L1 versus L2) is a far superior English teacher than a Filipino.

Me thinks Rooster would agree also.

However, if they have all of the correct paperwork etc I suppose a Filipino is better than nothing.

 

 

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34 minutes ago, Elkski said:

 

 

Some of you  guys talk like people are starving and dying in the streets and Thailand is about to go into ruins, but all the thai people I know are doing fine.  One gal had a month off during lockdown and 1 month with reduced pay.  What kind of people do some of you guys associate with??

Couldn't have said it better. Some people (foreigners) need to get out of the slums.

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1 hour ago, moe666 said:

A friend worked at a top notch private school in Bangkok, the filippinos taught everything and a few were paid more than many of the other teachers due to being at the school for many years. Reading the commets here people do not know a thing about what teachers can make at a private school in Thailand. My friend started at 120,000b a month this was base salary more was paid for extra work. He could make 30,000 more a month for extra classes also they were paid 40,000 a month housing allowance. This was 10 years ago. Get your facts straight before posting non-sense.

Not clear if your friend is a NNS or NS. NS, possible, although I taught in Thailand ten years ago and private schools were nowhere near 120,000 baht/month (for NS). These days I have no idea about salary levels. The old standard Thai govt school salary of 30-35k seems to have remained the same, I gather.

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14 minutes ago, Percy P said:

What subjects are these teachers going to teach. If it English then they should be able to speak English phonetically and made to recite the alphabet letters phonetic sounds as spoken in a word  American English is not British English and should not accepted

 

I couldn't agree more.  

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3 minutes ago, umlungu2012 said:

I worked with a Filippino female teacher once and she was certainly smart and on top of her game. During an exam she was busy communicating the answers to her students. A fellow British teacher and I could barely catch up in the remaining exam time after discovering the above in handing out answers as well. It seemed it was a very non-academic, infantile competitive spirit that encroached on any credibility that the course and its final exam might have had. 

I hope you are an English teacher who corrects your student's with the correct English pronunciation as water is not Wader or Wars as pronounced by American's.

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1 minute ago, NoComment said:

I am sure any student would agree that a farang English teacher (L1 versus L2) is a far superior English teacher than a Filipino.

Me thinks Rooster would agree also.

However, if they have all of the correct paperwork etc I suppose a Filipino is better than nothing.

 

 

I wouldn't want to be taught English by an Australian or Southern State American I can hardly understand. Apart from that being a NES doesn't make you a teacher. You need to have a proper command as well as knowledge of the language as well as an exceptional vocabulary. Plus ideally a teachers certification or BE. Not really what these begpacker "teachers" recruited at Khao San Road bring to the table but hey at least they have an Australian/Canadian/US passport. 😄

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