The journey to work is indeed an important one. The journey though is not so clear for international school teachers, when looking for jobs at schools in cities/countries to which they have never been. So let’s share what we know!
One of our members, who works at the NIST International School (Bangkok, Thailand) described her way to work as follows:
In February, it isn’t so hot in the morning. Still though, you might still be wearing shorts as you walk to work.
Not many people are out on the street that the school is on just yet, but there are some people getting things prepared for the day. There are a number of hotels nearby so there are taxis and their drivers waiting next to their cars. If the taxi isn’t moving around though, this typically means that the taxi guy is off-duty. Off-duty can only take you somewhere without the meter on, meaning you will have to bargain the price.
There are motor scooter darting through the narrow street as well, so make sure you look both ways before crossing the street to the other side.
Actually, you should always watch what is going around you wheel walking on this street because the pavement can be uneven. There can also be some mysterious smells and puddles on the ground that you would do best to avoid.
There are some secret entrances that you can get a glimpse at if you walk a bit slower and take a peek. Who knows what really inside those areas though. These areas, guarded only by light metal doors, don’t looks like much as you can see what looks like a bunch of nothing and garbage all over the ground.
You can see many of the locals preparing their food carts. Actually, a number of NIST students go to these stands to get their lunch for the day. Great business opportunity for the locals.
And I think they are quite happy for the business from the NIST staff and students because you can see many smiles on locals’ faces, even in such early hours of the morning. I guess the smells of good Thai food is better than the random smell of the rotten garbage just down the street before the food cart area.
There are many beautiful colors in the Thai design to look at as well. Even the gates to some of the apartment buildings are quite nice to look at and appreciated.
As you get closer and closer to NIST, you can see that many of the locally hired people are all busy, getting ready for the rush of students that are to come. There are many locally hired folks that work at NIST to help each day run smoothly!
The entrance to NIST is a long walkway, ending in a beautifully designed mosaic. The NIST campus is one to be proud off. It is quite welcoming and you can feel the excitement from the staff and kids, all wanting to have a great day!
Currently, we have 49 international schools listed in Bangkok on our website. 22 of them have had comments submitted on them by our members. Check out which ones here by using our school search feature and ticking the box ‘schools with comments’. NIST International School is a popular school profile page on our website. It has 65 total comments on it. It also has 3 members that either currently work there or have worked there in the past.
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