In 2009, LanguageCorps hosted a Southeast Asia media contest for people Teaching English Abroad.  Chris Johnson in Thailand was one of the winners of that contest.  He put together a great photographic story of some his adventures while teaching English abroad, and I think it really does a great job showcasing just how much is possible if you take the plunge and join LanguageCorps.

I was looking back through those photos today, and thought it would be nice to lay the series out on the blog, so that you can follow Chris’s journey in a somewhat linear fashion.

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Chris Johnson – Thailand 

In February of 2009 I packed my life into an Osprey internal frame backpack and made my way to Southeast Asia to pursue a once in a lifetime experience as a Mathematics teacher in a foreign country.

First stop: LanguageCorps Training Facility in Phnom Penh, Cambodia…

Next stop: Bangkok Christian College Bangkok, Thailand…

Third Stop, Fourth, Stop, Fifth….: Well…. you’ll have to scroll through the album! 🙂




Monkey and his Coconuts in Thailand
















A Monkey Enjoys a Lunchtime Snack – Siem Reap, Cambodia

My adventure teaching English abroad began in Phnom Penh, Cambodia where I received my TESOL teaching certification from LanguageCorps USA ( During the program we took a weekend trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia to view the beautiful Angkor Wat temple ruins. Here, a monkey has discovered some discarded coconuts by tourists and decides to make a snack out of them.

Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Statue - Siem Reap

One of the many massive statues in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Massive Statue Head – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia is home to many wonderful temple ruins. Here, I was able to capture this monstrously enormous statue head by taking a photo looking up at it. I uploaded the photo as b/w because I felt like it captured its pure form.

Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Koh Chang Thailand

Swinging on one of many beautiful beaches in Koh Chang, Thailand
















Island Hopping – Koh Chang, Thailand

Upon Completion of my TESOL certification I made my way towards LanguageCorps’s Thailand training center in Pattaya Thailand where I was to complete my on sight teaching training. On the way to Pattaya we stopped in Koh Chang, Thailand, one of the largest islands in Thailand for some swimming, relaxing, sun bathing, elephant riding, and “hammock-ing”. Here, I relax on a beach swing overlooking the ocean.


Chris and his math class in Thailand

M1 Math Class – Bangkok, Thailand

With some help from LanguageCorps I was able to secure a great job as a Mathematics teacher at a private high school. I taught grades M1, M5, and M6 which translate to the US system as grades 7, 11, and 12.

Here, I take a break from Pre-Algebra to pose with my M1 students.

(Note: The student in the back that looks enormously taller then the rest of the class is actually standing on a stool!)

Bangkok, Thailand.

BIg Bhudda Statue in Chang Mai Thailand

BIg Bhudda Statue in Chang Mai Thailand

Big Buddha Belly – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Taking advantage of a long weekend we hopped a quick train from Bangkok up to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai is a beautiful, relaxed place with plenty of outdoor activities as well as some of the most beautiful temples in Thailand.

Here, I take a moment to find my inner Buddha.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Night Market

Food vendor having a good time at the Chiang Mai Night Market

 Chiang Mai Night Market – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Another highlight of Chiang Mai is the Chiang Mai night market. Chiang Mai boasts a gigantic market of vendors selling clothes, artwork, statues, games, wall hangings, and food.

Here, a food vendor is enjoying himself as he prepares the ever so popular “meat on a stick”.

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Check back for the next part of this photo series soon!