Teaching English in Thailand, Traveling, Bone-Dry Humor, Other Stuff Too


Greetings, web-surfer!

My name is Derek, and this is my web-log. I’m from San Luis Obispo, California and I recently graduated from UC Berkeley, where I studied English and Education. So it’s probably not a big surprise that I’m now an English (as a Second Language) Teacher. I was teaching ESL to 3rd and 4th-graders at a government school in Lopburi, Thailand, but now I’m on a working holiday in New Zealand. Whatever happens to me, weird things I witness and find interesting, places I go, possibly humorous anecdotes, lessons taught and learned as a new teacher and traveler, 10 ways to solve the universe without spilling your drink, and my slow but inevitable psychological transformation–all that good stuff–is all going in here. You can even read it. All the pictures are taken by yours truly.

I am new to Thailand (and New Zealand) and to TESL/TEFL, so I’m writing less about “what you should do,” “how to teach ESL,” or “what to expect in Thailand,” and more about my own experience. In other words, I am by no means an authority on these subjects. However, if you are considering visiting or teaching in Thailand, then you might find some of the information useful, especially as I settle in more and explore further.

I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for checking it out!


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