TEFL teaching in Thailand is all about living as part of the local Thai community, sharing your knowledge and English skills whilst experiencing a new culture and enjoying a peaceful, beautiful life in one of the world’s greatest destinations.
All you need is a degree or higher education, be a native (or near-native) English speaker and have a taste for adventure.
Take off somewhere tropical and exciting in 2014 to teach in Thailand. Get started by booking your place on a TEFL course today!
Native English speakers from UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, USA, Canada and South Africa
A degree or higher education is not absolutely necessary, but it will make it much easier to find work.
Non-native speakers with near-native English skills are also able to find work in Thailand
TEFLPlus is the highest-rated TEFL training centre in Thailand. Over the 4-week course we will develop your English teaching skills and prepare you for work in a Thai classroom. Teaching English requires training – you can’t make it up as you go along! TEFLPlus has firsthand experience of teaching English in Thailand and many other exotic destinations. We understand the problems that teachers will encounter and can help you prepare.
Certainly. TEFLPlus will provide a letter to support your visa application, along with copies of our school licenses. This will enable you to obtain a single- or double-entry 90-day non-immigrant visa for Thailand. This visa allows you to start work right away while your employer gets your work permit and extended visa sorted out.
Very likely. Thai schools are generally quite large and the schools that hire foreign teachers usually have more than one on their staff. Thailand is also a popular destination for expats so there is always a lively social scene even in the smaller towns.
The school day in Thailand starts around 8.00am and goes on until 3.30pm or 4pm. Classes begin around 9.00am, so normally you’ll have time to prepare for the day’s lessons. Classes are normally 45 to 50 minutes long and foreign teachers teach about 4 classes a day. This would usually be two classes in the morning and two classes in the afternoon. The working week is from Monday to Friday.
Usually, yes. Thai co-teachers are normally the class home-room teacher, so you would have different co-teachers for each lesson. The home-room teacher is there to help translate if students don’t understand, but most importantly they control the class, so you don’t have to deal with misbehaving children.
Normally you will teach each class in the school once a week. In a larger school, you may be responsible for teaching a particular year group and teach each class from that year once a week.
Class size varies a lot in Thailand. Some schools have English programs and class size will be quite small. It’s not unusual to teach four or five students per class where this type of program is offered. The other end of the scale are schools where no separate English program is assigned, in which case classes can vary from anything as low as 25 up to as many as 50 students!
Thais like a smart appearance for teachers, so normal work attire would be a shirt, tie and trousers, or skirt and blouse.
Some schools have a curriculum for the foreign teachers to follow and others don’t. Your job will be to teach the students conversational English and help them improve their pronunciation. Most schools have internet so you can prepare lessons and print lesson plans and teaching materials. Teaching aids, text books, CDs and quizzes are almost always at hand.
Usually it’s possible to get lunch free of charge at the schools. In most schools, the staff and students eat together.
Thai school terms begin in May and November.
October is a holiday month, as are March and April. October is usually paid but March and April often aren’t. There is usually extra work available such as summer camps during the March – April period.
Almost certainly. Thai schools prefer teachers to stay longer than the initial year so you will likely be asked to extend your contract toward the end of the first year. There is no reason you can’t spend many years working at the same school if you like it there.
There are two possibilities here. You can open a Thai bank account and be paid by transfer into your bank account each month. Alternatively, you can get your salary paid in cash.
Sending money home is very easy and quite cheap. You can make a bank transfer to a foreign bank account from any bank in Thailand. The transfer fee is around $18.
The health care available in Bangkok and Phuket is excellent. Other major cities and towns all have very good hospitals. In rural areas it’s probably best to travel to a larger town to get the best treatment. Most doctors speak English and pharmacies are plentiful even throughout the country.
You have to try everything! Thai food is world-class and has a bewildering selection available. From hot curries to coconut soup, spicy mango salad to crispy fried duck, Thai food is hot and bursting with flavour. It is totally addictive and you’ll keep going back for more. Look for street vendors that have a good following of regular local customers. They are always a great bet for a cheap and tasty meal for very little money. If you long for a taste of home, there are western restaurants offering western food just about everywhere. And you’ll never be far from a KFC in Thailand!
The best and cheapest way to see Thailand is to jump on a bus. Thailand has an efficient bus network that reaches into even the remotest spots, far from the tourist destinations. Bus fares are very competitive, with an overnight 12-hour air-con bus trip from Bangkok to Phuket costing around 800 Baht. Trains are also a great way to travel cheaply around Thailand, and afford the opportunity to see more of the country. Tickets are best booked in person at the station. 1st, 2nd or 3rd class carriages are available on the sleeper trains that head north toward Chiang Mai and Nong Khai or south toward Hat Yai, Trang and the Malaysian border.
Don’t use up your baggage allowance carrying unnecessary heavy clothes. And don’t bother with toiletries either! You can get everything you need right here in Thailand for a fraction of the cost at home. The temperature in Thailand rarely drops below 28 degrees, so jumpers and jackets are out! Everything you need is available cheaply in Thailand, so bring the minimum you are happy to carry.
Compared to the west, Thailand is an inexpensive country. Here’s a few prices, so you can see what you get for your money:
At the time of writing US$1 = 30 Baht and £1 = 50 Baht
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