Teach English in Thailand

One of the world's top tourist destinations, Thailand is a unique blend of ancient temples and urban living in a tropical haven. Thailand is the ideal choice for ESL teachers who want to gain teaching experience while enjoying a comfortable lifestyle with beaches and naturalistic adventures within reach.

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What to Know about Teaching English in Thailand

Employment Requirements

  • Education

    A minimum university bachelor degree is required to teach English in Thailand.

  • TEFL Certification

    TEFL Certification is required. A minimum of 120-hour TEFL certification is recommended.

  • Citizenship Requirements

    Strong preference for citizens of USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. Many employers also hire nationals of other countries.

Contract Hours and Terms

  • Types of Jobs

    Mainly public schools, language schools, and corporate training

  • Teaching Hours

    25-40 teaching hours and lesson preparation time

  • Vacation

    1 - 2 weeks vacation days plus public holidays

  • Contract Period

    Most contracts are for 12 months

Income and Living Costs

  • Salary

    $800 - $1600 per month

  • Living Costs

    $800 - 1600 per month

  • Savings Potential

    $200 - 500 per month

  • Startup Cost

    $1000 - 2000

  • Housing

    Usually not provided. Some employers provide a housing allowance.

  • Airfare

    Usually not provided

Getting Hired

  • Best Time to Apply

    Year-round

  • Hiring Process

    1-2 interviews by phone or Skype, followed by job offer and contract if successful

  • Visas

    To teach English in Thailand legally, one must obtain a visa extension and work permit (arranged by the employer)

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