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Teach English in Thailand for May
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Teach English in Thailand for May

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation & Benefits

    10

  • Support Services

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Community

    10

An amazing experience working in Thailand

I've loved my experience so far in Thailand with MediaKids. They supported me from my application to my arrival in Thailand - the orientation was a great way to meet people and learn more about the teaching experience. There is always a staff member ready to help you if you need it, literally about any problem you might have. I've loved my experience so far and am glad I chose such an established company to work with - especially as it is my first time teaching abroad full time.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    8

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    8

  • Community

    10

The path less traveled...

Coming from one of the largest cities in the USA, I was a bit nervous to set off to Thailand on my own to teach English in a rural area. After arriving in my town in Mahasarakham, I soon came to realize that living and teaching in a rural and unfamiliar area was the best decision I could have made. The school and Thai teachers were so friendly, to the point that I became very close with them and we hung out every day. The rural provinces are so beautiful to explore as well. Many people come to Thailand and go to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and the islands. But very few get to experience and immerse themselves in the culture off the beaten path. The MediaKids staff were great at helping me adjust to to living and teaching in Thailand.. Everything was sorted for me, from accommodation, to visas, to curriculum and general support. So I was pretty much just tasked with teaching, enjoying my time, and becoming part of the community, which I gladly did. If you are thinking about coming to teach in Thailand, I highly suggest at least trying one semester in the small provincial towns of northeastern Thailand. MediaKids will be there to support you.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Compensation & Benefits

    8

  • Support Services

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    10

New teaching life in Thailand

I've been teaching in different coutries around asia for the past three years and this is my first experience in Thailand. Mediakids did a great job with helping me to start in new country and at brand new school in their program. Support from Mediakids staff is overall great and they are very helpful. Thai teachers and community around school is amazing.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    6

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Compensation & Benefits

    5

  • Support Services

    4

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    4

Good

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MediaKids is a fine company to work for. The curriculum could be improved by adding different versions of tests and assignments for higher or lower levels. The flashcards are adequate, but lack cultural sensitivity and diversity in that they are quite typically eurocentric and patriarchal. However, this kind of thing is par for the course with most companies no matter the industry. Also the images used in the vocabulary cards are often insufficient to demonstrate the concept in question and could greatly benefit from the addition of Thai translations. Some teachers in rural areas will have to print the vocab cards themselves when they arrive at their schools, which is slightly disappointing. Props for games and activities may have to be made by the teachers in some schools, which is time-consuming. The corporate hierarchy is vague and undefined so it is difficult to know who to ask about certain issues, and in some cases the staff either cannot or will not help to resolve miscommunications or find solutions to problems within the school. There is a lack of organization within the company that is often frustrating for a new teacher. However, once you get used to the lack of interdepartmental communication and oversight, it's actually quite nice because you have a lot of freedom to teach the lessons how you want without any micromanaging (or regular managing for that matter). The curriculum consultants are friendly, helpful and effective. HR should be more concerned with teacher retention.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    5

  • Living Situation

    3

  • Compensation & Benefits

    6

  • Support Services

    5

  • Day to Day Life

    9

  • Community

    3

MK Experience

MediaKids is a fine company to work for. The curriculum could be improved by adding different versions of tests and assignments for higher or lower levels. The flashcards are adequate, but lack cultural sensitivity and diversity in that they are quite typically eurocentric and patriarchal. However, this kind of thing is par for the course with most companies no matter the industry. Also the images used in the vocabulary cards are often insufficient to demonstrate the concept in question and could greatly benefit from the addition of Thai translations. Some teachers in rural areas will have to print the vocab cards themselves when they arrive at their schools, which is slightly disappointing. Props for games and activities may have to be made by the teachers in some schools, which is time-consuming. The corporate hierarchy is vague and undefined so it is difficult to know who to ask about certain issues, and in some cases the staff either cannot or will not help to resolve miscommunications or find solutions to problems within the school. There is a lack of organization within the company that is often frustrating for a new teacher. However, once you get used to the lack of interdepartmental communication and oversight, it's actually quite nice because you have a lot of freedom to teach the lessons how you want without any micromanaging (or regular managing for that matter). The curriculum consultants are friendly, helpful and effective. HR should be more concerned with teacher retention.