I’m Claudio, here to help you with resources and tips to make your life teaching English in Thailand (or anywhere abroad) more pleasant.
I moved to Thailand in 2008 after a successful career first in business development for leading high tech companies and later as a sales and presentation skills trainer. I really enjoyed traveling the world, promoting bleeding edge technology. But traveling 150,000 air miles each year can be stressful and gets old after some time.
How did I end up teaching English in Thailand?
The first time I visited Thailand was in 1982. I was a teenager and it was the first time I traveled this far away from home. After arriving in Bangkok, it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this exotic country: the friendly people, the delicious food, the sunny weather, the beautiful beaches… I knew then that I wanted to live here some day.
Many years later, the time for me to finally make my dream come true was ideal. I started planning my big transition in Spring 2008. I sold my house, gave away practically all of my possessions and arrived in August with a suitcase, a duffle bag, and my laptop.
Before moving to Thailand, I had signed up for a TEFL program, mainly because it provided me with a one-year visa. Enough time to figure out how I could be most useful here. Although I never imagined myself as a language teacher, I took the classes and totally enjoyed the experience, especially the observed teaching practice in front of real students. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to give teaching a try, despite the low salaries here in Thailand. Shortly thereafter, the school I worked at helped me start my own agency and I began recruiting and managing teachers for this and other government schools in Samut Prakan.
What Else Am I Doing?
I also enjoy spending time behind the viewfinder of my camera. To see some of the photos I have shot at schools, during English camps, or in my spare time, visit my Photos page.
It is wonderful to meet you here and please feel free to contact me if you ever need anything. Or simply drop me a comment below.