Teach English in Thailand

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Teach English in Thailand
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Teach English in Thailand

There’s a reason people from all over the world flock to visit Thailand. The country has a remarkably warm and sunny climate and a broad diversity of ecospheres in a small area. You’ll find thousands of temples, splendid jungles, and world famous cuisine. The population’s gentle Theravada Buddhist beliefs mean the people are among the warmest you’ll meet anywhere. The capital Bangkok is among Asia’s most impressive cities with its skyscrapers, impressive malls, and bustling nightlife. Speaking of nightlife, the islands in the south have a well-deserved reputation for their great parties and even better beaches. For intrepid travelers, being based in Thailand means easy and inexpensive plane hops to Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and beyond.

Types of Jobs in Thailand

International citizens who come to teach in Thailand do so mostly at private schools. International schools also hire often: for example, we work with an international school for Japanese expat children in Bangkok. Salaries in Thailand range from $700 a month to over $2,000, depending on your experience. Housing is usually not included with most contracts, and airfare reimbursement varies from position to position (from no coverage to full repayment of the cost of your return flights). Positions in government public schools have also become common, but these pay a little less than private options. The cost of living is really low - so even at the bottom of the pay scale, you can lead a modest but comfortable Thai life. However, you won’t be able to save up much unless you land a high-paying job that requires professional teaching certification. You should be wary of programs that demand a fee from you for getting you a teaching job in Thailand. If you don’t find what you’re looking for on our Footprints job board, check out the job listings at GoAbroad and Ajarn.

Locations

Most Thai teaching jobs are located in the capital Bangkok and laid-back Chiang Mai in the north, but there are often locations outside of these two hubs – in particular in the sunny islands of the south. If you opt for rural Thailand, it can be a great way to expand your horizons.

Qualifications

You will need a 4-year university diploma, TEFL certification and, if teaching in an international school, a public school teaching license from your home country. In the past, you could sometimes get away with not having a degree, but the Thai government has recently beefed up enforcement of the work visa rule requiring teachers to have a bachelor's degree or equivalent.

Visa Process

You will need to secure a Non Immigrant B visa. A reputable recruiter working for a private school will help you with the paperwork and the process to secure one. The best route is to apply from your home country and have this in place when you land in Thailand.

Other Tips

Here are a couple of cultural norms most foreigners don’t know about Thailand before visiting that will help you avoid embrassment. First of all, you should always take your shoes off as a sign of respect before entering a house or temple. Many foreigners inadvertently break this rule. Secondly, Thais are very proud of their royalty and are extremely sensitive of any criticism, so it can be best to steer clear of this subject altogether. There's even a law on the books that forbids speaking ill of the king. On the teaching side, you should know that classes are expected to be fun – come up with engaging activities to make sure you hold the attention of your Thai students, especially the younger ones.