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Can I Find An ESL Job As A Black Teacher?

Comments (4)
  1. Jess says:

    Thanks for your thoughts. I will probably visit Bangkok this year on vacation and might try to return as an English teacher if I really like the area.

    1. Mikedam says:

      Best of luck Jess. LMK how it goes!

  2. Samira says:

    Interesting read. I am in Bangkok at the moment and about to start looking for work as a teacher in SE Asia, preferably Thailand. I was wondering, is this type of discrimination just as bad in hiring process at international schools in Bangkok ? I am qualified as a teacher in England but was also considering getting a tefl cert. and possibly teaching English instead. However, having read your post and speaking to people, it seems to teach ESL a ‘white face’ is more important than qualifications and experience.

    1. Mikedam says:

      It’s hard to say because my experience doesn’t extend to the International level. I think it all depends on the structure of the school. If you’re qualified then your qualified and It really just comes down to someone responding to your e-mailed application. Yes you may probably be the only black teacher but if you don’t mind then that shouldn’t be a problem.

      I’ve personally found people who come from the UK generally get along better as well. I use to work with a black girl from Bristol City and all the students and Thai teachers loved her. I think you’ll be fine. I just have to make people aware of what they’re getting into before blindly flying here.

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