Teaching English in Thailand
Interesting facts about life in Thailand
- Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice.
- Nearly 95% of Thai citizens practice Buddhism.
- The world’s largest reclining Buddha is located in Bangkok.
- Thai cuisine is one of the most famous in the world, consisting of a blend of 5 fundamental tastes: sour, sweet, spicy, salty, and bitter.
- Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been colonized by a European country
English Teaching Requirements in Thailand
- Education: BA/BS is prefered but not required; TEFL TESOL Certification is required and students can obtain certification in our Onsite TEFL Course in Chiang Mai, Ban Phe, or Phuket, or by taking the Online TEFL Course.
- Citizenship Requirements: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Austalia, New Zealand, South Africa, others with fluent speaking ability and 12 years education in a native English speaking country
- Typical hiring process: Face to face interview in Thailand for most schools, some schools will interview in advance over phone
- Average teaching hours per week: 20–25 hours of classroom plus extra prep time
- Types of students: Business professionals, children in public schools and private language schools
- Cost of living per month: 500–750 USD; 15–25 million THB
- Average monthly pay: 750–1,000 USD; 25–35 million THB
- Start-up cost: 750–1,100 USD
- Potential to save or break even: Save 150–250 USD/month
- Accommodation/housing benefits paid: No, recommendations provided
- Flight reimbursement: No
Living in Thailand Teaching English
From the bustling streets of Bangkok to the mystic city of Chang Mai, Thailand embodies both the past and the future of Southeast Asia. Travelers feel immediately welcomed upon arriving in Thailand- so much so that it is often referred to as "The Land of Smiles." Thai cuisine is in a class of its own, and the average meal costs about as much as a can of soda in the U.S. Explore Buddhist pagodas, relax in open-air pubs, meander through colorful floating markets, and (if you’re daring) dine on some barbequed crickets or spiders from a streetside vendor.
English teachers can find jobs year round in Thailand, as it is an enormous and still growing market for English instruction. Jobs are found primarily in private language schools for both children and adults. Within recent years, however, the demand in Thailand's public school system for trained English language teachers has expanded considerably. While most interviews are done in person, some are completed in advance over the phone and via e-mail. English instructors in Thailand are responsible for airfare and housing expenses. Most teachers live in apartments recently vacated by previous teachers, and many room with coworkers. Contracts typically last 12 months with jobs available to teach business professionals as well as children.
A generous salary affords English teachers the opportunity to live a comfortable lifestyle, while saving 250–300 USD per month. The Thai Baht is valued at about one third of the US Dollar- foreigners have considerable purchasing power while in the country. English language schools in Thailand offer approximately 20 to 25 hours of work per week, allowing for plenty of time to travel and explore. English teachers do not need to have a bachelor’s degree to teach in Thailand, although it is preferred. TEFL certification is required. The major cities for English teaching jobs are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya.
Request a brochure to receive more information and to speak with a personal TEFL Adviser