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Former forklift driver is now teaching in Asia

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Former forklift driver is now teaching in Asia

By timesecholife on in All News, Community News

A CHEADLE man is currently travelling around Asia teaching English to youngsters. Ricky Adrian, aged 28, has been travelling around Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and China for almost four years. Prior to taking the brave leap to travel the world, Ricky had worked at JCB as a forklift driver, on and off, since leaving school.

Ricky said: “I make money through teaching English to young children and poor families for very little money.

So far in the four years I have been here in Asia, I have travelled and worked in Cambodia as a volunteer teacher for poor families with no access to public schools; in Laos for a few months for an agency, teaching teenagers; and in Thailand doing photography for a world famous luxury fishing resort and; my current job position is as an English teacher for a High school in Bangkok.”

The former Cheadle High School student said: “One of the most ironic things about me thinking back to my school days is that I had very little interest in school, so to become an English teacher is very surreal to me somedays.

As a teacher in Thailand, you have several teaching options: you can work as a volunteer for a few weeks or months; you can work for agencies and do private classes for more wealthier students full time or part time; or you can approach schools direct and work for a school or university full time.

Some schools in china offer a job and accommodation, but I haven’t come across a job here in Thailand that offers any extra benefits other than a standard wage.

The standard wage out here for one month is around £600 to £700.

Yes, the cost of living is cheaper out here but schools close for three months every year for holidays, so this can be quite a tough time to survive.

But at the end of the day the job that I’m doing is helping to change the future massively for these children – so I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Born and bred in the Moorlands, Ricky said he tries to come back to his home town at least once a year around Christmas to visit his family.

He said: “I understand while I’m travelling finding myself, I am also losing time that I can never get back with my loved ones.

So I try to video call all of them when I can to check that they are well and happy.

The only thing I miss about my home town other than my family, are my friends.

I miss the English banter and the simplicity of relaxing playing a game console on a Friday night listening to music and talking nonsense but at some point everyone must make a choice to remain, or move forward.”

Ricky said that he had contacted the Times & Echo as he had wanted to share his story to try and encourage more young people to help out teaching English and explore the world at the same time.

He said: “The best part of travelling, other than the new experiences and day to day unknown outcomes, for me was learning to speak the language.

This opens up a whole new world being able to communicate, sing or joke with the people is something quite spectacular and very hard to put into words.

I also felt, after making the first push traveling to one country, that the whole world opens up to you.

I can travel anywhere, and I can do anything.

I really do have a feeling of freedom.”

As for his aspirations for the future, Ricky said: “My plans for the future are to open or co-manage a small school for children from families with no income or next to nothing.

I think everyone deserves a shot in life.

I’m so lucky to be me and do what I’m doing.

I see poor and homeless people everyday here.

The heat and the wildlife are unreal, so to have no home or no one to take care of you, breaks my heart every time I see it.

I will always buy food, fresh water and medicine for anybody I see less fortunate than myself.

We really need to start taking care of one another and remind ourselves how lucky we are to live in England.

Asia is in great need for English native teachers, and I suggest anybody leaving uni should come and try it before settling down.

The world is really a spectacular thing to behold, and you learn so much about yourself and surroundings when you travel.”

Ricky is also working with a Thai Media team in Bangkok; has a Learning English project for Thai people and has also recently started a weekly YouTube series called: “Whats up Thailand” where he shares the insides of being a foreigner living in Asia, travel tips, information, his ‘Best places to visit, and also explains about the culture and famous celebrations in Thailand.

This can be found at

Ricky added: “I would like to thank all my family and friends who have supported me on this journey. I love and miss you all.”

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  • Travel abroad is a unique and special experience. Truly living that experience is even more rare. There is no better time to teach and live in Asia. As China continues to open itself to the outside world, a case can be made the uniqueness of the experience may quickly be fading!
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