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Sriwittayapaknam School is open Monday to Friday, though if you are interested to watch Scouting activities then you should come on a Thursday. People wanting to play World Chess with our students can come any day. The school has two semesters. First semester is mid-May to early October. The second semester is early November to mid-March. There is summer school in April for 4 weeks.
Samut Prakan is about 30 kms south of Bangkok. Many tourists come to our province on day trips from Bangkok to visit the Ancient City, Erawan Museum and the Crocodile Farm.
EXPRESSWAY: If you are coming by car, take the expressway to Samrong-Samut Prakan and exit at the Samut Prakan intersection on to the Sukhumwit Road. This road passes through Samrong first before reaching Paknam, the old name for our city. Some landmarks along this road on the left include a giant three-headed elephant and a Naval Museum with a sea plane and submarine on the main lawn. Finally, you will see a big clock tower on your right and many buildings with red roofs - this is the City Hall. Go straight across the traffic lights, pass Phichai Songkram Temple and then very soon after turn left at the traffic lights. After about 100 metres you will see a blue and yellow striped building on your left. Turn left here down Tetsaban 4 Road (the road sign is in Thai) and you will see the school almost straight away on the left.
BUS: If you are coming by public transport, take ordinary bus No. 25 or air-conditioned bus No. 511 which runs between central Bangkok and Paknam (a.k.a. Samut Prakarn). Air-conditioned bus No. 145 goes from the Weekend Market to Samut Prakan via Srinakarin Road. The bus shouldn't cost more than 17 baht. The first stop inside the city is Pichai Songkram Temple. From here it is a 10 minute walk to the school, though it is probably best to finish your journey on a tuk tuk (about 30-40 baht) or a samlor (about 15-20 baht). Click here for instructions in Thai to give to the bus conductor and samlor rider.
BTS: The Sky Train goes as far as On Nut station where you can catch a bus or take a taxi for the last 35-45 minutes of the journey. The train journey will cost you about 40 baht from central Bangkok and the taxi ride will cost about 120 baht.
TAXI: Some people have come all the way from Bangkok by taxi. This is not really that expensive. It averages about 250 baht (plus 40 baht for the expressway) which is only US $7.50. However, please tell the driver to use the meter. This will start at 35 baht. Some people asked their hotel to organize a taxi which will probably cost you a lot more if they don't use the meter. Click here for instructions in Thai to give to the taxi driver. Even if you cannot find a taxi to come to Samut Prakan on the meter, there will be no problem finding one to go back.
Whichever way you come, please let us know the fax number of the hotel where you are staying and we will then fax a map and instructions in Thai for your taxi driver, bus conductor and local people.
WHAT TO BRING: It would be nice if you could bring some postcards and tourist brochures showing your local area. When you come to the school, we will show you around. During the tour, some classes might invite you in to speak to them.
IMPORTANT: You cannot just turn up at the school because of the security on the front gate. You will need to contact us first. We will then notify security of your name and intended time of arrival.
To learn more about the local area, please visit our Paknam.com web site.
TEACHERS We receive a lot of e-mail from people wanting to come and teach at our school. Far more than we actually need. If you want to sign up for a yearly contract you must already have some teaching experience. Preference will be given to people who can attend an interview at the school and who have already taught English as a foreign language.
We also accept applications from volunteer teachers. These contracts can last anywhere from one week to three months. We often have student teachers and regular teachers on sabbatical come to our school just for the experience. At present, we have a teacher from Japan and England who come every year during their summer holidays. We have also helped people who are interested in teaching in Thailand but have never done anything like that before. Most schools ask for experienced teachers. So, we have allowed some people to teach at our school for a week or two just to gain valuable experience in the classroom. This will then help them apply for jobs elsewhere. All volunteer teachers receive free board and lodging.
Foreign teachers at our school stay in a comfortable modern townhouse which is about a 10 minute walk from the school. Facilities within the house include washing machine, air-conditioning, cable t.v., internet access and roof-top garden. There are many cheap restaurants and road-side stalls just a short walk away. In addition, there is a 24 hour convenience store, video rental store, barbers, drug store and much more.
School address: 58 Tetsaban 4 Road, Amphoe Muang, Samut Prakan, 10270.
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