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Old 06-27-2006, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hi. I am planning my first international trip...to Thailand. I will be working on an online degree and am moving with my boyfriend; we think we'd like to stay for quite some time (many months). I've read about country hopping to keep visas up to date, but my concern is what if I don't want to go home and the money is running thin? Are there any jobs available, for even very little pay, for Westerners? I know all about teaching English in Thailand, but I don't have the Bachelor's degree. Any advice on jobs, or visas...or anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everyone. Oh also, I have dogs that I would like to bring eventually, is that at all possible or am I totally crazy??

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The expense of shipping dogs can be fierce (depending on the size), and some airlines don't ship animals at all during the summer months, which could hold you up coming or going. A friend of ours was moving back to the states from a military base in Japan, and had to arrange transport for her large dog (lab) and couple of cats on a commercial flight - it was over $700, just for the dog. I believe small dogs are permitted in the cabin, but you'd probably still have to pay for a seat on which to put the carrier.

Then you'd have to consider vaccination requirements and quarantine issues both coming and going. When my sister-in-law moved to Hawaii, they had to quarantine their dogs for four months. That's four MONTHS of kennel costs. Probably they wouldn't be as expensive in Thailand, but it kind of defeats the purpose of having your pets with you, if they spend half their time in a kennel.

Finally, you'd have to make sure that you stayed in places at which dogs were welcome. I've never seen dogs in hostels or guest houses anywhere we were in Asia, nor in any in Europe. It would seem to limit your options.

We have lived overseas, in several different countries, for two and three years at a time, and have met many many other people who do the same thing. We're in the military, and the military usually does move pets with families, but even so, many of our friends opt to leave their pets in a loving home back in the states, just to spare all of them the headache, discomfort and upset of a short term move. If you were going to be moving there permanently and had a stable home in which to put them, then it might be worthwhile, but for a temporary move (and if you do some traveling around in country, you'll be fairly unsettled the whole time) it's probably fairly impractical and stressful to bring pets along too.


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In spite of not having a Bachelors, you may very well find some teaching gigs in Thailand. They will likely be at the lower end of the scale in both pay and prestige, but they are out there. Whether they come with a valid work permit or not is another story. Of course, you could just buy a Bachelor's Degree on Khao San Road too...

Without a Bachelor's degree you would probably have a hard time finding any work there other than teaching. The reality is that like most countries, Thailand wants their own people to have first crack at jobs. Therefore, the only real jobs Westerners can get a work permit for are jobs that require special skills that are lacking or hard to come by when looking at the local employee population.

There are jobs available to westerners in Thailand - such as Web Developers - but those require a degree generally or a very specialized skill set and experience. There are also a lot of jobs in the tourist industry such as Divemaster or Dive instructors, etc., but again, you need to attain certifications to do those jobs....are you a diver?

You might want to consider starting a business of some sort - selling stuff on Ebay? It wouldn't get you a work permit, however. You would still have to play the visa game. Of course, thousands of westerners who live in Thailand do this.

In any event, don't give up - in spite of the obstacles. If you put some time, effort and thought into it, you can find something to generate some income. Good luck!!
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