Friday, August 17, 2007

More than 3,000 Filipinos are now teaching English in various parts of Thailand.

My comments: I worked directly with many Filipino English teachers and it amazed me to work with someone with a master's degree in English at the ripe old age of 20 who when speaking "English", I could not understand 90% of the time. Of course the Thai's might say they think they are great as they can't speak any or understand any English as well and most Thai English teaching is scripted down to a couple of pages of phrases and words. It is a complete joke!

The one thing you might note however is the average pay these Filipino teachers receive! This is significantly below what an average native teacher would get in Thailand and considerably less that what a qualified native speaker would get in Vietnam (120,000 baht a month-$3,000 USD). The wages mentioned in this article are more in line with what Thai teachers are paid. As always, you get what you pay for!

3,000 Pinoys teaching English in Thailand


By JOSE RODEL CLAPANO

The Philippine Star

BANGKOK – More than 3,000 Filipinos are now teaching English in various parts of Thailand.

Thai teacher Chaiyot Saengthong told The STAR that Filipinos are among the best English teachers here.

Saengthong, a teacher at Minburi Polytechnic School in Bangkok, said Filipino teachers are good in English and are currently working in various private and government-owned schools in this country.

He said Filipino teachers are earning salaries ranging from 12,000 Baht (P17,000) to 30,000 Baht (P43,000) a month.

He said the Filipino teachers are more efficient than their Thai counterparts.

“They are better than Thai teachers when it comes to English and Mathematics subjects,” Saengthong said.

Napoleon Favila, 28, a Filipino teacher who attended the four-day Southeast Asian workshop for the media hosted by the UNESCO from Aug. 14-17 here, said that he was forced to work in Thailand because he was not able to get a job in the Philippines after graduation.

“I’ve been here in Thailand for the past two years now. I applied to an agency two years ago because I failed to get a job in our country. I was luckily hired to teach in Sathit Bangna School located in Bangkok where I earn 12,000 Baht per month,” said Favila, who finished Bachelor of Science major in Industrial Education at the Nueva Vizcaya Polytechnic College in 2001.

Favila said his wife, Robelyn Bergonia Favila, is also working in Lumpini, Bangkok as an aide to Associated Press executive Patrick McDowell.

“My two kids are living with my parents in Nueva Vizcaya. So, I’m still sending them money from the earnings that I’m getting from my teaching profession here,” Favila said.

Favila said he transferred two weeks ago to Islam Lam Sai School, a government-owned school being funded by the King of Thailand, because the salary offered to him was bigger than what he is receiving from the private school.

“The management is giving me topics for students in Kinder to Grade VI, then I will create a conversation training in English for them. I also teach grammar for Thai English teachers here,” Favila said.

Favila said he is now earning a monthly salary of 20,000 Baht (P29,000).

“I have free lunch here. I am budgeting 3,000 Baht for my needs for the whole month. Lam Sai is a very peaceful place. There is no violence here and the people are all honest. I easily adjusted here because Thailand is just like the Philippines except for the culture of the people here,” Favila said.

Favila said he and his wife meet only during weekends whenever they have time to go out.

He said he plans to continue working in Lam Sai until he saves P500,000 which he will use for the construction of a house in the hometown of his wife in San Manuel, Isabela.

“I have no plans of migrating here. But before I return to our country, I want to build our house in Isabela where my wife’s parents have land of their own. My wife and I are scheduled to have our vacation in the Philippines next year and visit our two kids,” Favila said.

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