Tell us a bit about yourself. How old are you? Where do you come from?
I’m Charlie. I’m a 25 year old from Bath in England. I’m pretty easygoing, positive and open-minded.
Where is the best place you have visited in Thailand?
I haven’t been outside Bangkok since arriving but I really like Lumpini Park. It feels peaceful, despite being in the middle of a hectic city, and you always see big lizards chilling out around the water.
What do you enjoy doing in Bangkok in your spare time?
I try to go to new areas of Bangkok whenever I get the chance. One of my Thai friends has been great at introducing me to places off the tourist trail. I enjoy going to Muay Thai training once a week; the gym is very traditional and my coach is a humble former champion who doesn’t speak any English.
If you had to leave Thailand tomorrow, what would you miss most?
I would miss my family. I’m half-Thai so have come to live with my grandmother, uncle and aunty. They have helped me settle down in Bangkok and are patient with me as I try to communicate with them in broken Thai.
What is the best thing about teaching?
There’s lots of “best” things. I love how interactive it is; you spend the day talking to people of all ages and helping people from all backgrounds. No day is ever the same, even if you teach the same lesson twice it doesn’t go exactly the same way. Also, it allows you to find work anywhere in the world and facilitates travelling the globe while experiencing cultures from a local point of view.
If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be?
My dream job would be a travel journalist. Can you imagine being paid to go on holiday?
Outside of work, when are you at your happiest?
I’m happiest hanging out with friends or exploring somewhere completely new and unknown to me.
What is the one thing you like that everybody else hates?
In Thailand everyone asks me what football team I support and they seem shocked when I say I don’t like watching football – I prefer rugby. It’s not that they hate rugby, they just don’t know much about it. I’m sure they’d love it too if they watched it more.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
It’s a long story but I basically almost got stranded in no-man’s land. Once over the border, I wasn’t allowed back into Thailand and didn’t have enough money for a Cambodian Visa. Don’t worry, I got back in the end.
If you could be any fictional character who would you be?
I think I’d be Dr Who, so I could operate the TARDIS. Then I could travel forwards or back in time and go to the other side of the universe, stopping at any interesting planets on the way.