As a paid English teacher, you'll experience the real Thailand - from its strong Buddhist influences to its delicious cuisine and the generosity of the Thai people. Thailand has a rich history, a tropical climate, and is renowned for its welcoming hospitality. You'll become a part of your host community and have a unique opportunity to meet and form relationships with your students and other teachers. You'll also earn a good salary, enjoy free housing, and earn a bonus at the end of your program if you start in May and stay for 10 months.
One Semester: May 6, 2017 - end of September 2017
Two Semesters: May 6, 2017 - end of March 2018
NOTE: Limited space also available for late arrivals in June 2017. Participants arriving in June must commit to two semesters.
One Semester: October 14, 2017 - end of March 2018
Two Semesters: October 14, 2017 - end of September 2018
Check out this video below created by Katie, one of our English teachers in Thailand, about her experiences during her year in the Land of Smiles:
We offer one- and two-semester programs, lasting about 5 and 10 months, respectively. Your lesson plans will focus on improving conversational English skills, but many schools are also seeking someone who can teach an additional subject as part of the English curriculum, such as science or math. Although most placements are at the secondary level (grades 7 through 12), you may be assigned to teach students of all ages and there are sometimes openings at the kindergarten or primary level.
A typical schedule consists of about 20 classroom hours per week, with additional time devoted to class planning, grading, faculty meetings and school-related extracurricular activities. You should expect to work about 35 to 40 hours per week. There is a two-month break between semesters and teachers will not be paid during this time unless they teach English camps/extra classes. School coordinators will explain what work is required during the break.
Specific locations can be requested, but not guaranteed, as availability depends on the needs of schools at the time you apply.
Our online application is free to start and easy to complete. You will fill out a few web forms, upload documents including references, resume and certificates and, when you're ready, pay a $250 deposit towards the program fee (the balance will not be due until we confirm your placement). We're always here if you have any questions. Sign Up.
For visa purposes you must obtain an FBI or State Criminal Background Check on official letterhead with a stamp or seal and signature. The check must clearly indicate that you have "no record" and cannot be more than three months old at time of visa application, which occurs four to six weeks prior to the program start-date.
After you submit your application, we'll make sure you've got everything in order and reach out for a video-chat interview. If accepted, we'll start working on your school placement. We generally send you your teaching placement a month before your program start date, but this can vary depending on application review by individual schools. If you apply early, you may be able to receive your placement sooner.
We're here to help you with your application, provide pre-departure support and guidance, find the right school placement match for your goals and needs, and pick you up at the airport! Once in Thailand, our international partner will be there throughout your program to help with any issues that might come up, and you'll have a coordinator at your school to provide guidance. We also have alumni resources for you once you've returned home.
Following your airport pickup, you'll attend a week-long orientation (June participants will have an abbrieviated three-day orientation) that includes activities and classes on TEFL theory, Thai language, and local culture. This is a great chance to get to know the friendly staff who are available for support throughout your program. They'll discuss everyday concerns and can provide travel advice for weekend excursions. You'll also meet fellow teachers, who will be great resources for both teaching and exploring Thailand. The week ends with a transfer onward to your teaching placement.
We work with our trusted international partner to find and thoroughly screen our partner schools. Our schools go through a vetting process before we even give them the chance to consider your application. Many of our schools repeat, so they understand the program and would love to welcome you into their community.
Throughout your teaching contract, whether that be for five or ten months, you'll receive free housing! You might live in a studio apartment, a school dorm or a shared house (always with a private bedroom). Depending on the facility, sometimes internet is also available for an extra fee. You'll be responsible for utilities, although some schools provide a small stipend to help. Accommodations do not usually have cooking facilities.
You'll need a Non-Immigrant (Type B) Visa. After your school placement is confirmed, we'll send you a visa letter along with visa application instructions. Your FBI or State Criminal Background check cannot be more than three months old at time of visa application, which occurs four to six weeks prior to program start-date.
Our international partner will greet you at the airport within the designated pick-up time and take you to the hotel for orientation.
Yes, we have been very successful at placing friends and couples together at the same institution in Thailand. Please let know about such requests upon applying.
No, but it's a good idea to work on your language skills before departure. Listening to language CDs, Thai radio, watching films and talking to native speakers are all excellent ways to do this. You'll learn some basic conversational Thai during orientaton.
Most schools have internet and sometimes WiFi available, but internet may not be available in your home. If it's not, there are many internet cafes where you can find cheap or free WiFi.
School holidays, vacations and semester end dates vary by school and you should ask your coordinator about your school's schedule. Generally, schools are closed for all Thai public holidays and other school-specific events and activities. If you sign-up for a 10-month program, there is a two-month break between semesters. During this time you may be required to teach some classes and will only be paid for the time worked.
Schools are very understanding if participants need to take time off due to illness. If there is an important occasion that you'd like to take the day off for, schools can also be pretty flexible, though as with any job, there is no guarantee that you will be allowed a personal day on the date you request. Most importantly, you should talk to your school coordinator about it as far in advance as possible.
No, but getting certified is probably the right thing to do, especially if you don't have any classroom teaching experience. We offer an online TEFL course.
No, please be prepared to pay the cost of your round-trip airfare and visa. The single-entry, non-immigrant (type B) visa costs $80 (as of November 2016).
We recommend bringing at least $600 to cover expenses until you receive your first month's salary.
There are no compulsory vaccinations or inoculations required to enter Thailand, but you should be up to date on routine vaccines (measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus, chickenpox and polio). Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations are recommended.
From elementary to high school, the first semester commenses mid-May and runs to the end of September. The second semester commences in early November and runs to mid-March of the following year.
Overall, crime is not a serious problem in Thailand, but you should take the same precautions you take at home and avoid unnecessary risks. If you intend to travel around Thailand, especially to remote border areas, you should do research to check for any trouble spots. In recent years there have been several instances of demonstrations by opposing political groups within Thailand, which are not aimed at foreigners. We strongly advise all participants to avoid any area of unrest and stay away from demonstrations/protests.
Going to Thailand to teach English is the best thing I have ever done. It has shaped me and made me a better person. I already miss life in Thailand but am also so grateful for all I have accomplished and to return home for a short time before beginning on my next journey… I have learned so much this past year. I have learned what true love is and that is something my students taught me. I have learned that that with risk comes reward and if you work hard it will always pay off. I feel like a completely different person than I was a year ago and I never want to go back to the person I was then. Katie
It isn't often in a job - especially your first out of college - to feel that you're getting more than you're giving. But this is the case in the Teach English in Thailand program. I took a job as a teacher, and the school pays me, houses me, and always seems to be feeding me. I agreed to coach a student for her university interview, and she hands me a bag of handcrafted gifts from Chiang Mai. I taught a physics teacher the word "papaya," and the next day she brings me one. I ask my classes what they are thankful for on Thanksgiving, and they say they are thankful for me. Hannah
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