TESOL Jobs in Thailand
If you have a university degree, a well recognized TEFL certificate and you can present yourself in a professional manner, finding a TEFL job in Thailand is as close to a guaranteed certainty as you can get.
In places like Bangkok and the island of Phuket, there are far more TEFL jobs than there are teachers to fill them. All state schools are mandated to employ at least one native speaking English teacher, and a large number of schools just can’t find one, because the job market is so heavily weighted in the teacher’s favor.
Teachers in Thailand are accorded a tremendous amount of respect, traditionally coming in third, just behind the king and monks. However, this respect is not indelible, and your actions can easily erase it, if you are not careful to be culturally sensitive and behave in a decent manner.
Thailand is one of the most popular countries to work as an English teacher. Salaries are relatively low to start, but you can keep the cost of living very low as well and will not have trouble making ends meet, provided you keep a rein on your lifestyle.
TEFL Job in Thailand
Practically all school TEFL jobs in Thailand require a university degree in any subject and a well recognized TEFL certificate. TEFL International is the only certificate in the country which is approved by the Thai Ministry of Education. Teaching experience can aid you in procuring a higher paid position, but is not necessary.
These jobs will often help you with the difficult process of getting the correct visa and work permit, providing you are willing to commit for at least one school year. You will need to bring your original university diploma as well as official university transcripts with you for this.
TEFL Salaries in Thailand
Beginning salaries for jobs in schools are usually around 30,000 THB per month. It is a bit easier to get a job before the beginning of the school year in May, but jobs are always available year round. School jobs usually entail a 40 to 50 hour work week, but have numerous paid holidays.
Types of TEFL Jobs in Thailand
TEF jobs at international schools can pay considerably more, but you will be expected to work longer hours. They are not as numerous and you often to need to have some previous teaching experience in addition to having a TEFL or similar certification and a degree to get one of these. Sometimes they will follow a western academic schedule.
TEFL jobs at language schools are plentiful and pay an hourly rate. Your schedule will be more plastic and subject to frequent change, and you will often have to travel to your appointments. The requirement for a university degree can be more flexible with these kinds of jobs, and in rare circumstances, a TEFL certificate is not even needed. But don’t expect to get help with obtaining a work permit, requiring you to do many tedious and expensive runs across the border to renew your tourist visa. This also means you will be working illegally, something that we do not endorse.
Finding a TEFL Job in Thailand
Most people begin their TEFL job search once they get to Thailand. A high value is placed on appearances in this country, often to the neglect of substance, so Thai employers will usually want to see you before offering you a position. Conditions in the work place will vary widely. Before accepting a position, make sure that you ask questions regarding salary or hourly pay rate, whether you’ll have to travel to your lessons and if you get compensated for this time and reimbursed for expenses, what kind of material resources the school has for lesson planning and teaching materials, what kind of administrative and collegial support you will have, whether the school assists with obtaining a work permit, etc. Also be sure that the contract you sign will accurately reflect these details. This will help to avoid any nasty surprises after you’ve already agreed to take the job.
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Thailand is in high demand for qualified TEFL teachers and, therefore, the perfect stepping stone towards your career as an English teacher in Asia. Thousands of trainees obtained their TEFL certification at our Thailand locations and teach around the world. Many of them stayed in Thailand due to the great weather, beautiful beaches and great opportunities.
Besides the beautiful scenery and welcoming people, one of the main reasons why so many teachers come to Thailand is the low cost of living. Our TEFL graduates are able to live a comfortable lifestyle while living in paradise in Thailand.
After completing your course, we will help you finding your dream job. We assist you with your resume, set up job interviews and prepare you for the questions. Many employers in Thailand also like to see a mock video lesson, which we can also help you with.
It’s easy to gain valuable teaching experience in Thailand, and if you don’t want to stay, great TEFL locations are just around the corner in Japan, South Korea or China, where TEFL salaries and benefits are high.
Schools in Thailand hire new teachers throughout the entire year. You can easily find job positions in the big cities from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, Phuket to Koh Samui. Schools in smaller cities are also in need for qualified teachers.
TEFL Course on the Andaman Sea
Phuket is one of our most popular destinations as it is famous for its splendid beaches on the Andaman Sea. Besides the beaches, Phuket has a variety of other sites and attractions you can check out after classes and on weekends. Scuba diving, trekking and island hopping are among the most popular activities in the area. Take a boat to the famous Phi Phi Islands and see where “The Beach” with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed. The island is also home to various big temples that are worth a visit. Indulge in delicious local Thai food and don’t miss out on your opportunity to join a full moon party. Join our over 3,000 TEFL graduates who obtained their certification in Phuket and started their career in teaching English around the globe.
TEFL Course on the East Coast of Thailand
If you are looking for less tourists and a laid-back lifestyle, the sleepy fisher’s village of Ban Phe is the right choice for you. Located on Thailand’s Eastern coast, this little village will enabled you to completely relax and forget all your worries. Join a fishing trip or snorkel around the bay after a tiring day in the classroom. The welcoming locals will tell you stories about their life in the village and offer you some of the finest fish dishes you ever tasted. You will not regret coming to Ban Phe for your TEFL training.
TEFL Course in Thailand’s North
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s old capital and a gem in the North of the country. Its major attractions are the many temples as well as the annual floating lantern festival in November. Situated in the north of Thailand, you have plenty of opportunities to go hiking and trekking or visit elephant sanctuaries where you can spend a day feeding, playing and bathing with elephants! You can really find full relaxation in Chiang Mai while training to become an English teacher at our training center in the city.
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