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Thailand program seeks grads to teach

Feb. 23, 2001

Schools to offer monthly salaries to teaching students

By CAROLINE DANGLES

Reporter

Graduates can now apply for the Teaching in Thailand program. This program offers students an opportunity to teach English in a foreign country as part of a full-time job with major expenses paid.

Baylor students receive a monthly salary from the Thai school they work for, equivalent to a mid-range Thai income.

Baylor has had a teaching program at the Yonok College in Lampang, Thailand, for more than 15 years. It grew from the friendship between a Baylor professor and a Thai student working on his doctorate in education, Dr. Nirund Jivasantikarn.

In 1998, teaching positions were added at the Chitralada Palace School in Bangkok and this year, the Queen's school, also in Bangkok, has invited Baylor graduates to teach.

'As of now, no other university has all three of these programs,' said Dr. Kathryn Mueller, chairwoman of the Thai teaching selection program and Senior Lecturer in Sociology.

Teaching positions begin May 21 and end March 31, 2002. Graduates teach from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Before school begins, they receive a week of training that helps them prepare for their classes.

American students will not have Christian holidays off, instead, they'll get off for Buddhist and Thai holidays .

There are positions available for 12 to 14 students.

'Students who are interested must graduate from Baylor and be open-minded to different cultures,' Mueller said.

Candidates will be chosen according to their capacity to adapt in a foreign country.

'We really need people who are cultural[ly] sensitive,' said Mueller.

Students must be aware that they will teach and live in a country where the major religion is not Christianity but Buddhism.

'There, 97 percent of the population is Buddhist, 1 percent Christian and 2 percent Muslim,' Mueller said.

The schools will provide interpreters to American students who do not speak Thai.

The application deadline is March 23.