Welcome to cornishkylie.

Cornish?  I’m from Cornwall; arguably the best corner of the UK.  That makes me Cornish first, before anything else.  Kylie?  Well that’s just the name my mama gave me.

I came to Thailand in 2012 for a four month teaching stint and I’m still here.  I don’t know if it’s the food, the people or the weather… something is making it hard to leave.

After recently relocating from Hat Yai (in the deep south of Thailand) to Phuket I’m learning to be a newbie once again – join me on my adventure!

Take a look around for an insight into my life in Thailand, teaching ideas, travel tips and photography.   All alongside my general musings on life as an expat with no set date of return quite yet.

Thanks for stopping by!


24 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Kylie! Silly me didn’t know that you’d relocated to Phuket. How are you liking it? I’m seriously considering moving there and would always love any advice you have as to which schools to apply to. I’m interested in international schools anywhere on the island and living in Phuket Town, but I’m up for anything.

    • Yeah I moved here in March and I’m loving it! The international school year starts in August so there’s time to get in somewhere for the start of the next academic year… only to be a teacher you need a PGCE, I haven’t got one so I’m a Teaching Assistant. The money is still way better than what I was on before and I’m loving my job. If I hear of any vacancies I will let you know!

      • Awesome! I saw a posting from Kajongkiet on ajarn.com for a secondary English teacher, effective immediately. Somewhat unfortunately, my current contract runs through next March. I’ll be in the middle of a Masters in TESOL program then – do you think that’d work for the TESOL/Masters requirement?

      • I would think as long as you were walking towards it that would be fine! Well, most jobs will start in August but you can still get positions part way through the year, just like I did – just keep your eyes peeled!

  2. Just saw they’re looking for a secondary English teacher now but heard the position begins ASAP. I figured I’d ask you since I’m a bit confused — doesn’t the semester not begin until August? I’d love to hear your thoughts about your school now that you’ve been working there a little longer!

    • There are six or seven Kajonkiet schools across Phuket so I guess the job is at another one, they are all part of the same school ‘family’ but vary from Thai curriculum to English Programme to full international (my school). There is a really big Kajonkiet high school right next door to mine which is probably the one that has the job if it’s a high school English position. I’m not too sure what that school is like but I can say that mine is really good to work for! I think all the schools under the Kajonkiet umbrella are good to work for and they tend to pay slightly better too, or so I’ve heard!

  3. Thanks so much for the follow on my site and for the sweet comment. I love your site! Thailand is close to my heart so I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences. I am also following a TEFL teacher to Oman so I am really into all the ideas and tips you have about that! Thanks!!!

  4. What a wonderful site. My first time here, I followed a tip from the man whose Blog is called Tastehitch, and he certainly does have good taste, in Blogs at least. I’ve loved what I’ve seen, and since I’m now following you, I will certainly be back to see whatever else you may be getting up to. Thanks for the view.

  5. Hello Kylie,

    great page, you really like your work:-)
    Can you tell me how likely it is to get a job as a german teaching english in Thailand (with a TEFL certificate)?


    • Hi,

      To teach in Thailand you usually need both a TEFL and a degree (it is the degree that enables you to get a work permit and therefore work LEGALLY!)

      As you are German nationality (and therefore not a native speaker), you would also need to to a TOEIC to show that you have the correct level of English.

      I have worked alongside South Africans, Dutch, Romanians, Polish… you can still get a job if you aren’t a native speaker, you just have to show that you are able to use the language,

      Hope that helps :)

  6. I recently read your latest article on ajarn.com about the work in the Thai Government school system. I have just been offered a position at a Thai Government School Anubansrisaket in Srisaket Province. I was wondering if you have any more information on working in the government schools and it is a better idea to work in private schools?

    • …my articles on ajarn were my more opinionated pieces…! I worked at a Thai gov school for 18 months, and in the end it took its toll. However, it’s a good starting point for a teaching career in Thailand. Now I have moved on to a private international school – the pay is better but there are much higher expectations and a much larger work load. All depends on what kind of experience you are looking for really.

  7. Hi Kylie,

    I loved reading your blog, and your insight into what life is like in Thailand! I work in marketing at i-to-i TEFL and we currently have a project running on our TEFL Life section that I was wondering if you would be interested in. Please drop me an email if you’d like to find out more :) Elle

  8. Hello Dear Cornish Kylie,

    What a fantastic world we live in, that I can go online and find a person like you! Lovely blog you have here, and while most folks are curious about your experiences in Thailand, I am curious about your experience growing up in Cornwall and actually leaving. You see, I currently live in America with my English husband (who was conceived in Cornwall, but that’s his only claim to fame- aside from spending every summer there as a child). We have 3 young children and want to raise them in Cornwall because it is indeed a lovely place with lovely people. However, we are unsure whether it will equip them with enough “reality” to navigate this crazy world. Compared to where we live now, Cornwall is a complete and utter fairy tale. I say, it will give children the ability to sense beauty and be beautiful people no matter where they end up. Skeptics say, they won’t know how to handle the uglies of the world (racism, crime, highly competitive work places, etc).

    Would you be willing to share your experience? Do you feel you grew up in a bubble and how did you adjust to being outside of Cornwall? Any bit of information on your perspective would help us immensely. Moving overseas is proving to be a bigger deal than I ever thought it would be. And strangely, a friend of ours (who happens to live in Thailand and is an English expat) thinks we are nuts for thinking of moving there because it is so expensive and the tourists ruin it. Any thoughts?

  9. Shame on me, WordPress just told me you left this comment 22 days ago and I was yet to reply…! Apologies for my tardiness!

    What an interesting question you pose for me… yes I have ‘actually left’ (that made me laugh!!!) Cornwall AND I have survived AND I found out that despite my sheltered upbringing, I didn’t see any drawbacks at all.

    Yes, I didn’t grow up in an ethnically diverse place – but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t aware of the cosmopolitan country that I come from. Same goes for things like crime. Growing up in Cornwall is lovely but it isn’t a fairy tale, or a protective bubble! Now when I talk to people about my childhood I get countless jealous looks when I recount lazy days on the beach and countryside walks. But I too get jealous when I learn that they grew up with access to things like ice skating rinks, shopping centres, cheap travel and city centres to hang out in! I guess everything is relative.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do, but please don’t be afraid of the move being a backwards step in any way – I’ve been to a fair few places around the world, and Cornwall is certainly very special (I may be biased with that statement!!!) – Kylie :)

    • Thank you, Kylie. And no worries about the tardiness! It’s just in time as my husband prepares to head back to the UK to house-hunt. I appreciate your real-person perspective and it does help to know that you see it all as relative. Good point. Personally, I’d choose the outdoors over man-made wonders. I guess that’s why I fell in love with it. Enjoy your adventures in Thailand (also a lovely place!)
      With gratitude,

  10. Hello! I’ve decided to go for a TEFL program in Phuket and your blog has given me great insight on what i should expect! I’m obviously stressed about the whole move but i’m excited. Reading your blog entries has calmed me down recently. :).

    Please let me know how i can contact you with a few questions i have if that’s okay with you!

    Best Regards,


    • Hi Zo, thanks for your comment. How exciting! You have made the big decision! It’s all onwards and upwards and adventures and sunshine from here (…ok so maybe after the initial work of getting the tefl done…) – if you email me on info@cornishkylie.com it will come straight to my personal hotmail account. I will be happy to try to answer any questions you might have.

      Kylie :)

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