RoadExperience

Road Experience

About

Road Experience is a training and placement organization in Thailand. Our role is to find qualified teachers for Thai schools, and to determine the best teaching placements for our teachers. Accordingly, we are indirectly your employer, even after signing a contract with one of our schools.

Road Experience supports our teachers by:
- Providing a guaranteed teaching placement.
- Orientation and short-training program (for new travellers and inexperienced teachers who start the beginning of each semester)
- Prearranging with the school to greet you up upon arrival and to initially help you find accommodation.
- Non-B and work permit assistance by producing all visa paperwork and keeping track of the process.
- 24/7 Support in emergency case
- Full support upon school issues such as contracts, late payments, teaching hours, etc.
- Opportunities to join Road Experience team excursions and English camps

Founded
2010
Headquarters

743 Taweerat Road
Khohong, Hatyai
Songkhla 90110
Thailand

Reviews

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Calvin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good day, my name is Calvin I’m from South Africa.

Working with Road experience has been such a great experience. Their staff are super friendly and always willing to assist with answer any questions at anytime. It is my first time teaching and being in Thailand and with Road experience they made it really stress free from the application process to arriving in a foreign country and meeting me at the airport, taking me to the hotel were the orientation took place in Hat-Yai for 3 days and being placed at my school in Bangkok were i teach today.

The vice process is really easy , Road experience helps you step by step to make it more efficient for you.

I can highly recommend working through Road Experience. They are awesome.

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Brittany
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I don’t mean “life-changing” in that cliche way. Teaching in Thailand will literally challenge every aspect of your patience and adaptability while altering your perspective on how you view the world and come to the realization that life doesn’t always have to be stressful. You feel your entire life slow down here. There is absolutely no other experience that remotely comes close to the benefits you endure while teaching here. You learn to grow, challenge yourself and meet the most incredible, kind and caring people you will ever meet along the way. Road Experience made all of this possible for me. They go the extra mile to help you in anyway possible, whether that’s opening their house up for a place to stay or being available 24/7 for finding solutions to any problems you may have. They are an agency that quickly become great friends that you can always rely on. I am located in a small area central to Phuket and Krabi and travel every weekend. I get the benefits of living in a non-touristy area and being able to engage in the culture and traditions of the locals but also being able to experience the main tourist attractions on weekends. The students here have stole my heart, regardless of their habits to sometimes not listen, you will never meet children that have a kinder or more welcoming personality. I could go on and on, but there’s no way to accurately describe teaching in Thailand that truly justifies how amazing this experience is. So you just have to experience it ☺️

Kerrie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

First time teaching in thailand, it's been interesting and a lot of the time it can be stressful and challenging especially with teaching high school but enjoying it. With so much time off you can travel to some places you would never have thought about going before, and with so many great islands you can always find something to do even if you are like me who is in the middle of nowhere. Overall it's been a great experience and reccomend to anyone that fancies a challenge to teach.

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Kent
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My teaching abroad has been everything I wanted and more. The welcoming, kind nature of the Thai people has made me feel right at home. I live in a small town away from the big city. This has been beneficial for me, as it is peaceful and quiet, and I am able to get to know some of the amazing people that live around me. Meanwhile, I can still travel to the city of Chiang Mai on weekends when I need a large social component and/or more fun. There has been a lot of flexibility for me to travel around Thailand, which has been awesome. My school experience has been incredibly productive for me and my students. The majority of students are eager to learn and extremely motivated, which makes my job easy. The hardest part is probably trying to make a lesson plan that can help both the advanced students, and the lower level ones. Overall, this experience, though challenging, has been life changing for me in a very positive way.

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Jeremy
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It has been fun living in Thailand. I believe every foreigner will love living and teaching Thailand. Such amazing food and such wonderful people. I love the theaters here as well. The malls are crazy beautiful, with so many shops to visit. And the beaches are so beautiful as well. I just can't get enough of Thai food and Thailand. I also think that the taxis here are very cheap compared to America. I have had a blast while living here.

What would you improve about this program?
I would say, more help with visas.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Shaun Els

Shaun is an English teacher working in Hat Yai, Thailand. He has been a teacher with a technological college for the past 18 months and is thoroughly enjoying his tenure there.

Why did you choose this program?

Coming from South Africa, with very little reference with regard to agencies in Thailand, I was at the mercy of online reviews and depended highly on service delivery to dictate my choice in an agency. Road Experience seemed to have the best reviews, and upon contacting them, they were also timely in their responses and more than willing to go the extra mile for my peace of mind.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Road Experience assisted me with everything from initial orientation into the Thai culture and schooling system, to training, placement, searching for accommodation, contract negotiations, dispute resolutions, and visa/work permit documentation preparation.

All I needed to concern myself with was my flight to Thailand and initial costs, including deposit/rent for accommodation, food, transport, visa/work permit fees, etc. Though all costs were summarized before my arrival in a comprehensive information sheet, so there were very little unexpected costs on my behalf.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

In general, I was quite well prepared for my move having researched Thailand quite a bit leading up to my journey. Something I would advise anyone wanting to live and work in Thailand is to be prepared for the very real culture shock that many new expats experience.

Those coming from first-world countries should be prepared for a more laid back culture (almost frustratingly so) and relentless bureaucracy (Immigration Departments leave much to be desired). Other than that, it's important to keep an open mind and to understand that Thailand is a country with its own customs, culture, religions, and people and that these elements should be highly respected. Be a good guest. Embrace the difference, don't let it deter you.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Many participants expect a "working holiday" type of experience, but this couldn't be further from the truth. Most weeks are quite similar to a full-time job in my own country, the only difference being the job description, colleagues, surroundings and of course job satisfaction. Getting up for work (very little traffic in most instances, excluding Bangkok for obvious reasons), attending morning meetings, teaching my allocated classes and then commuting home (if I haven't got a scheduled tutoring session after school).

Most days food is bought at local street food vendors or restaurants, simply because it's cheaper to purchase cooked food than to cook every night. This has allowed me to try many different types of meals, sinking me deeper into the Thai culture I've come to love.

Weekends are when we are able to travel; visiting nearby nature reserves, islands and many other "touristy" attractions. Thailand has many long weekends due to the large number of public holidays here, these weekends are perfect for venturing out a bit further -- whether you want to travel deeper into Thailand than usual or even further into neighbouring countries, there is more than enough opportunity as well as a public transport system that caters for exactly that.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I didn't fear coming to Thailand. I feared staying in my tired old routine. If you're coming to Thailand with fears, you're doing it wrong. If you fear change, then ask yourself if your fear of change outweighs your fear of never experiencing something new and different, with all of its nuances. It's simple.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Chonthira Nuanwilai

Job Title
Placement Director

What is your favorite travel memory?

I have traveled to many places, including Korea, the US and UK, Europe, and around Asia. I would say my favorite trip was when I went to Korea in 2008. I stayed there with a host family and learned that having an unforgettable travel experience is less about visiting tourist attractions, and more about getting in touch with the local people.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since I have been working with Road Experience, I've met so many different types of people and that made me become a very open minded person which very beneficial to my work as I have to deal with people from around the world. I've also gained a lot of experience dealing with difficult situations.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

We always end up having a very good relationship with all of our teachers -- many of them have encouraged their friends to join our programs as well. Personally, I believe that how closely we work with your teachers makes them feel comfortable and encourages them to continue to return to our programs.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are always proud of our team. All of the staff in our company work very hard to support our teachers and volunteers -- this has made us one of the biggest recruitment agencies in Southern Thailand.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

We have so many schools in our network and up having about 100 to 300 positions open in every semester which allows us to welcome a lot of teachers into our program. In addition to teaching, we hope to find individuals from all over the world to welcome into our volunteer programs, which not only include teaching, but forest conservation and farming as well.