Looking for a job overseas is a little bit like looking for a needle in a haystack. Where in the hell do you even begin? Now throw in the fact that you don’t have a work visa and you’ve got yourself a real kicker. BUT, this doesn’t mean it’s not possible. There are some amazing opportunities, you just have to find them.
Endless visits to a small computer lab in Lumpini is where Kyle and I spent many of our days in early August, surfing Craigslist in search for any and every opportunity we could take. Well I guess not every…you’d be surprised with the amount of weird offers that are posted on a Bangkok Craigslist. But, we won’t get into that.
The first job we took, key word being first, started and ended so quickly Kyle and I could barely keep up with what even happened. We all know teaching kids is difficult, but picture this: being thrown into a classroom and told you are going to tutor children who already “know” English then come to find out they only really “know” one word, “NO”. What we thought would be a fun tutor session turned into an absolute mad house of children running in and out of our rooms, screaming in Thai for over three hours. In the mean time we were somehow trying to remain composed as we were dodging toys and flash cards that were being thrown our way. Safe to say we quickly realized this was not the job for us.
It took a few different interviews and more than a few different schools to find the right fit for us. But, when we found it, the school became one of the main reasons we fell in love with Bangkok and stayed for over five months.
If we could impart any advice from our experience of finding a job while traveling, it would definitely be these three things:
- NEVER settle for your first job offer. I know this may be tempting, especially if you are nervous you won’t find another one, but there will always be more options. It’s not worth hating your job, especially if the point you are there is to travel and experience new things.
- Use Craigslist! I know this may be somewhat sketchy in the US and for many other countries, but for Asia it is a dream come true. You will find new job posts every day ranging anywhere from assistant positions to full time work. If you’re looking for teaching opportunties, more specifically in Bangkok, use this website Ajarn.com . Between these two websites, you are bound to find something.
- Bring a laptop! Kyle and I unfortunately did not do this and man do we wish we had. Bringing a laptop would have saved us a lot of time and hassel throughout the job searching process. No matter what type of job you want to find, a laptop or computer will always make things easier for you. Especially if you are looking to teach or tutor in English (great for any traveler who can speak fluently) there are so many online opportunities that can offer great pay, but the reality is most require a laptop.
Good luck and I hope this helps!
Please enjoy these photos of our ridiculous faces we make while teaching: