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by buffalofan
Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:39 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Have you ever been evacuated?
Replies: 2
Views: 241

Re: Have you ever been evacuated?

Came very close once. Multiple meetings with the school director, and we were all advised to have some cash on hand and a small bag packed and ready to go at all times. The evac was going to be to a safe neighboring country, organized by the school. It was a very tense situation for a couple weeks, ...
by buffalofan
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:21 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?
Replies: 17
Views: 1070

Re: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?

Regarding Mexico, Baja (except for Cabo) is appealing, but probably not as a full-time base. I would want to balance it out by also having a base with a little more going on. Mexico City is great, but the rents there for the neighborhoods I would want to be in are high for a retiree teacher (and ins...
by buffalofan
Mon Oct 19, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?
Replies: 17
Views: 1070

Re: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?

Illiane_Blues wrote: > Colleague just told me he bought a house in Patagonia for his retirement > years. Too cold and isolated for me so I'll stick to my Thailand plan for > now. Parts of Thailand are on my list too, but the idiot generals running the place seem determined to turn it into Myanmar ci...
by buffalofan
Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Salaries in Bangkok
Replies: 17
Views: 1343

Re: Reply

PsyGuy wrote: > No those are current values. Im in agreement with @grdwdgrrrl, set aside > housing and a family of 5 burn through BT฿10K/wk, thats BT฿40K/mth. A > single person, in BKK, can live off half that BT฿20K/mth. What exactly is > so expensive, especially when living off the economy as oppos...
by buffalofan
Sat Oct 10, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?
Replies: 17
Views: 1070

Re: If not in your home country, then where do you plan to retire?

Somewhere warm and close to sea. That list is pretty good. I have loads more places in mind that I won't list here, as some are rather unknown and I'd like to keep it that way. I plan to jump around a bit after I retire rather than staying put in one place. Retiring in the home country is out of the...
by buffalofan
Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Salaries in Bangkok
Replies: 17
Views: 1343

Re: Reply

PsyGuy wrote: > @Heliotrope > > Is that just informative or are you inferring a point? > > I ask because Numbeo, as you cite it, shows a cost of living (without > rent/housing allowance) as THB฿20K for a single IT and only THB฿72K for a > family of four, which is very cheap to live off. Housing cost...
by buffalofan
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Your top 3/5/10 of favorite cities/countries to live
Replies: 15
Views: 1163

Re: Your top 3/5/10 of favorite cities/countries to live

Do we assume we magically get a good salary & benefits wherever we choose, or do we have to consider the realities? Those lists will be different for most. Example: I love Mexico City, but would never move there to work because the international school salaries in Mexico are so awful. But if I could...
by buffalofan
Thu Oct 01, 2020 12:07 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Salaries in Bangkok
Replies: 17
Views: 1343

Re: Salaries in Bangkok

It's hard to just give an average salary in Bangkok as there is such a wide range and extremes at both ends. If you are at one of the top schools you can easily clear 200,000 baht/month. The wanna-be "international" schools might pay as low as 50,000 baht/month. If the school is for-profit and/or ma...
by buffalofan
Tue Sep 22, 2020 12:13 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: GRC
Replies: 17
Views: 1571

Re: GRC

You are required to register with your school email address, and I believe your current Head is auto-notified when you do this. If you are looking to job hunt under the radar, GRC is not going to work.
by buffalofan
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:31 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: mental health and wellbeing support for teachers?
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Re: Comment

PsyGuy wrote:
> Drinking usually.

Is this what my school really means when they constantly urge us to take "wellness" breaks throughout the day when doing VL?
by buffalofan
Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:50 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Any type of Masters degree for a pay increase?
Replies: 10
Views: 1389

Re: Any type of Masters degree for a pay increase?

Totally depends on the school and its policies. I have worked at schools that will give you nothing extra (even for a doctorate in your field), I have worked at a school that gave a trivial amount. The best I've experienced was a school that gave out a bump of over $10k USD per year for an MA. Find ...
by buffalofan
Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: thai police clearance cert
Replies: 9
Views: 1935

Re: thai police clearance cert

[quote=brillo post_id=59283 time=1595064680 user_id=227037] Update: things have changed. I ran around chasing bits of paper. Turns out I didn't need anything other than my passport and a photocopy of the photo page/stamp. They did everything else there, was very easy and took about 30 mins. Still do...
by buffalofan
Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: Schools that take teachers with no teaching cert
Replies: 5
Views: 1563

Re: Schools that take teachers with no teaching cert

You could probably find something in Thailand or Cambodia without much trouble. But the schools there that will hire without a cert tend to be low paying and poorly managed, with zero PD options. I don't think school names are allowed on this forum, but the reviews on the paid side of this site woul...
by buffalofan
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:12 am
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: thai police clearance cert
Replies: 9
Views: 1935

Re: thai police clearance cert

If your new employer hasn't requested it, don't bother. It's a hassle. The cert itself is dated and addressed specifically to the country you specify, so you can't reuse it later either. I've had to get it multiple times for work visas in other countries. The official way (pre-Covid) involves a big ...
by buffalofan
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:07 pm
Forum: Forum 1. From Questions About ISS & Search to Anything and Everything About International Teaching
Topic: new EU ban on travellers from the US
Replies: 5
Views: 2132

Re: new EU ban on travellers from the US

Any word on if the ban is strictly passport-based? What if you are an expat who hasn't been to the US since Covid hit?