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.
UPDATE 2014: I am no longer involved with teaching English in Thailand. I’m leaving this site up though, as some people might find value in the information on this site…and I sometimes like to come back here for nostalgic reasons.
If you want to get in touch with me, head over to sennhauser.com.