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Ben Kletzer talks about his time teaching in Sisaket, Thailand

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Ben taught on the TEFL Teach Thailand program in 2012 and shares some of his experiences about living and working in South East Asia.

Where in Thailand was your placement and which age group did you teach?

I lived in Kantharalak, Sisaket in north-eastern Thailand (an area that is referred to as Isan in Thailand). Isan is a beautiful rural area between Cambodia and Laos full of historic monuments and national parks. My town, Kantharalak, is a small friendly town, which had everything I wanted, even a Tesco store! At my placement school, Kantharalak Wittaya School, I taught students who were13-16 years oldin Mathayoms 1, 2, and 3.

Why did you decide to teach in Thailand?

I lived in China during my University studies and after I graduated I wanted an opportunity to travel and live in another culture. I chose Thailand because it is a beautiful, interesting country, and very culturally different from much of Asia. As the only Asian country not to be colonized, Thailand retains a constitutional monarchy, and a rich cultural heritage. This rich culture (and the amazing cuisine) attracted me to teach in Thailand. In addition, I wanted to use my abilities as a native speaker and a teacher to help enrich the lives of the Thai students.

You can read the full interview here

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