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      The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand

      Some provinces are severely hit by the floods. The start of the second semester has been delayed at many schools in affected areas.

      What are the consequences of the floods for you as a foreign teacher.

      • Is your school starting later with the second semester?
      • are you therefor confronted with unpaid leave?
      • will you have to teach on Saturdays and/ or Sundays to compensate the planned late start of semester 2?
      • will the late start have consequences for the April/ May 2012 holiday?
      • do you have to look for another job in another province?

      I live in Phetchaburi City in Phetchaburi province. Our city and therefor our schools aren't affected at all by the floods except for having empty shelves at the super markets.

      Please use this thread for discussing the consequences of the floods for you as a foreign teacher in Thailand.
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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand


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      Is your school starting later with the second semester?
      They say the 15th, so around 2 weeks late

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      are you therefor confronted with unpaid leave?
      It's meant that the teachers will start their contracts for the second term late, me well that's another story, but yes, lost pay

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      will you have to teach on Saturdays and/ or Sundays to compensate the planned late start of semester 2?
      I really hope the schools don't bring that in, the easy way is to extend the term by 2 weeks at the end, but will Thai's see it that way

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      will the late start have consequences for the April/ May 2012 holiday?
      All they have to do is to extend the term by 2 weeks, not a lot really

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      do you have to look for another job in another province?
      That was going to be a plan for me when in Rangsit, but as that flooded and same for Bangkok i never went with it.
      Hoping we can get our LC back open in the next few weeks all being well, then try to re build

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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand


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      Is your school starting later with the second semester?
      Yes. we are theoretically starting two weeks late.

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      are you therefor confronted with unpaid leave?
      Quite possibly, or some other financially hard-hitting measure in the future.

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      will you have to teach on Saturdays and/ or Sundays to compensate the planned late start of semester 2?
      Unknown at this time.

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      Originally Posted by Stamp
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      will the late start have consequences for the April/ May 2012 holiday?
      Probably, but also unknown at this time.

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      do you have to look for another job in another province?
      I hope not.

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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand


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      Is your school starting later with the second semester?
      as of today, we start tomorrow


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      are you therefor confronted with unpaid leave?
      I doubt it, we are always paid for all holidays and unforeseen leave. we were paid a week early this month.


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      will you have to teach on Saturdays and/ or Sundays to compensate the planned late start of semester 2?
      I doubt it, we will be told just to catch up on lessons missed.


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      will the late start have consequences for the April/ May 2012 holiday?
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      do you have to look for another job in another province?
      No.

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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand


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      Is your school starting later with the second semester?

      yes, about 1 week

      are you therefor confronted with unpaid leave?

      nope. we were paid.

      will you have to teach on Saturdays and/ or Sundays to compensate the planned late start of semester 2?

      i will not work weekends.

      will the late start have consequences for the April/ May 2012 holiday?

      yes, probably.

      do you have to look for another job in another province?

      no
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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand

      Thank you all for your comments.
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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand

      OK I started work today... here is an update...


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      Is your school starting later with the second semester?

      yes, teachers back on the 10th. kids back on the 15th. so after being back at work for 1 day i have 10 days holiday again...

      are you therefor confronted with unpaid leave?

      no

      will you have to teach on Saturdays and/ or Sundays to compensate the planned late start of semester 2?

      initially it was said that we would have to work 13 saturdays to make up for the lost time... it was discussed that maybe we could make it u in other ways, like an extra hour added on after school and less holiday at xmas.

      to our great suprise it was decided that we can make it up in March/April instead.


      will the late start have consequences for the April/ May 2012 holiday?
      do you have to look for another job in another province?

      no and no

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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand

      1)Yes, 2 and a half weeks late for me (15th Nov. as per gov. mandate for NP all schools),
      2)NO, :-)
      3) Nope.
      4) Usually finish around March 6th but as the talk goes (and I think that gov. is proposing/drafting this now as per MOE rules on hours taught) the semester will be extended 2 weeks to around 20th March ....thus a wery wery wery short holiday until I start my mandatory summer school on April 1st :-(
      5) No.

      Funny or not, where I live is dry ...20/30 km's away it's chest deep, thus the closures as a lot of our kids live in these flooded areas. As for the consequence of the extended semester (80% chance) just have to bite the bullet on that one ...we are indeed living in an exceptional moment therefore we can't grumble if this is the outcome.

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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand


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      we are indeed living in an exceptional moment therefore we can't grumble if this is the outcome.
      Quite well said...it's something to keep in mind, through all of this.

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      Re: The Consequences Of The Floods For Foreign Teachers in Thailand

      im really curious about this. today is the nov 7th, monday. we are slated to open next week. the school i just got a job in is in a "red zone" and im really curious if they will even open then.

      im also curious if the admin will demand that teachers wade through dirty ass water to get to school. that puts me in a predicament as a father of a young kid. do i go back to work and deal with the slop- or do i look after my own first?

      thais have a great happy way of dealing with floods, as its a part of their culture. but im more concerned about health, lack of information vis a vis getting back to an unsafe area. although i like the people at my new job (thus far) i doubt they will be as concerned as me as to what to do.

      making me think mak mak

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