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Welcome to cornishkylie.  If you are looking for my latest blog posts, click on the tab above, or explore the right hand side of this page.

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.

Thanks for stopping by!

  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!

      • Awesome! Thanks! Enjoy Phuket :).

  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. ANewStretchofRoad.com

    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. I’m nominating you for the Liebster Award! http://lanivcox.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/liebster-award-2/ Hope to see you participate/post, but no pressure. I know these things are not everyone’s gig. Nevertheless, thinking of you ^^

  5. Hello Kylie what is Cornish. I’ve nominated you for a blog award. Not sure if you’re into these things but here it is :) http://tastehitch.com/2014/10/08/black-wolf-blogger-award-huzzah/

  6. 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.

  7. Sabrina Krabbenhoeft

    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)?

    Thanks

    • 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 :)

  8. 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.

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